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ACRL DLS Chair: Natalie Haber
Vice-Chair: Amanda Ziegler
Secretary: Stephanie Espinoza Villamor
Archivist: Andrea Hebert
Webmasters: Katie Stewart and Matthew Stevons (dlswebcontact@gmail.com)
Members-at-Large: Karla Aleman and Jennifer Rundels

Distance Library Services Conference 2020

Penn State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University are pleased to announce that the site for the Distance Library Services Conference 2020 is now live and the Call for Proposals is OPEN. If you wish to submit a proposal, please create a new account in order to access the CFP submission section.

The site can be accessed here:

Registration and hotel reservations are also open. Please note that additional information will be added to the website periodically about the keynote, physical logistics including things like dine-around, and the opening night reception.

Several orders of business and changes for the upcoming conference:

  • Proposals will be accepted for posters, presentations, and workshop/unconference sessions.
  • There are options for paper presentations or presentations. Paper presentations will be published in the conference proceedings in The Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.
  • We are accepting proposals for TWO travel awards – the recurring New Presenter Award & the new StudentPoster Award.

Please encourage any MLIS/MLS students you know who are interested in or are currently studying Distance Librarianship to submit a poster proposal and to apply for the travel stipend.

DLS 2020 will have vendors present and is actively seeking sponsorships from entities who cannot be present at the conference.

If you have any questions please contact:
Torrie Raish: vrc112@psu.edu
Kat Phillips: kec5013@psu.edu.

We are happy to help anyone navigate this process and to answer questions as they arise. We know that you’ve all be eagerly awaiting and anticipating the launch of the site and opening of the CFPs and we truly thank you for your patience as we navigated the wild west that is conference planning!

We are so very excited to see everyone in July 2020 and look forward to welcoming you all to Penn State! A heartfelt thank you to Embry-Riddle for partnering with us to create and launch the conference site.

Instructional Design for Distance Learning Librarians Virtual RoundTable Conversation

Logo DLS Distance Learning Section Association of College and Research Libraries ALA

Join the DLS Instruction Committee in a Virtual RoundTable Conversation
Theme: Instructional Design for Distance Learning Librarians

Participate in an online RoundTable Conversation with your professional colleagues. Attendees will be placed in a breakout room so all can engage in active conversations. This month’s theme encourages conversation about instructional design best practices, processes, tools, and assessment. Microphones are strongly encouraged.

Guest speaker Amanda Ziegler, from Northcentral University, will kick off the event with a presentation on instructional design.

Cyclical diagram begins with analysis, moves into Design, Development, Implementation and finally evalaution

Date: Tuesday, November 19th , 2019
Time: 12pm EST, 11am CST, 10am MST, 9am PST
Event Registration Page (FREE): https://ala-

Only registered users may enter the room, space is limited so register today!

Questions? Email DLS Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, Jennifer Shimada jennifer.shimada@gmail.com or
Matthew LaBrake matthew-labrake@berkeleycollege.edu

Author Forum on Embedded Librarianship: March 7th, 1 PM CST

Author Forum

Meet authors, Victoria Raish, Lori Lysiak, and Emily Mross, who were featured in our most recent Top 5 Post. The authors will share a little bit about their experiences with embedded librarianship and working with distance students, but the majority of the session will be open for questions from attendees. Bring your questions and join us in this discussion!

To register, please fill out the registration form:  

*Please note: This session will be recorded. By registering for the session, you indicate that you are willing to be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all recipients after the session.

VRaish_smallVictoria Raish is the Online Learning Librarian for Penn State. She is dedicated to providing equivalent access for online students and bringing their unique perspective to important conversations and decisions within the library. She has her PhD in learning, design, and technology from Penn State and has published in leading national venues including portal: Libraries and the Academy, College & Research Libraries, Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, and multiple book chapters. Her most recent publication is an ALA technical report due Spring 2019 on microcredentials in libraries.

LLysiak_smallLori Lysiak is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State Altoona. She supports distance learners through Penn State World Campus, and incorporates online learning best practices in resident instruction.


EMross_smallEmily Mross is the Business Librarian and Library Outreach Coordinator at Penn State Harrisburg Library. She supports distance learners through Penn State World Campus and Harrisburg-based programs.



Featured Article:
Lysiak, L., Mross, E., & Raish, V. (2018). Across the campus and around the globe: Reaching online learners through high-level embedded librarianship. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 12(1-2), 13-34. https://doi.org/10.1080/1533290X.2018.1502717

Join ACRL-DLS at the Upcoming Distance Library Services Conference

Join us at the 18th Distance Library Services Conference, April 11-13, 2018, at The Hyatt Regency San Antonio.


Using the Community of Inquiry to Engage Online Students

Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific

Speaker: Marcia Rapchak, Duquesne University

Register online at http://bit.ly/dlsinquiry. This event will feature 45 minutes of presentation with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Finding a way to keep distance students feeling engaged and connected can be a challenge. Distance students need to interact with educational content, of course, but is that enough? According to the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000) online education environments require three interdependent elements – teaching, social, and cognitive presence – to generate effective learning. This session will provide attendees with research-based methods of increasing all three presences in online environments so that students interact with each other, the content, and the instructor in ways that move them through critical inquiry and discovery, ultimately deepening the learning experience.

Join us on Twitter to continue the discussion by using #dlsinquiry.

We look forward to seeing you at the event,

Lindsey Wharton, lwharton@fsu.edu


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