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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


Rosters (present and past) are available on the ACRL site by clicking on the committee name. Log into the ACRL site to view contact information.

Executive Committee

Charge: Provides a forum for reporting, discussing, and coordinating the work of Distance Learning Section’s committees and task forces. Facilitates information exchange and collaboration between Section committees.

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Charge: To solicit, collect and review applications for the Routledge Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award and to identify and recommend the most qualified individual for the annual award in accordance with the Distance Learning Section Awards Committee’s criteria to the DLS Executive Committee.

Bibliography Committee
This committee is no longer active. Please see the Research & Publications Committee.

Communications Committee
Charge: To facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices and news from ACRL/ALA units and relevant outside agencies to DLS members; assess the many communication options available and maintain a formal communication plan to disseminate information among DLS members.

Conference Program Planning Committee
Charge: To plan and organize a program to be presented at the ALA Annual Conference. This program will discuss a topic that reflects the interests and values of both ACRL and DLS. This program will discuss a topic that reflects the interests and values of both ACRL and DLS and may be presented jointly with another section.

Discussion Group Committee
Charge: Selects topic(s) for and leads virtual discussions following Annual and Midwinter conferences. May optionally plan and host additional face-to-face discussions during Annual and/or Midwinter conferences, or host additional virtual events throughout the year. Goals are to inform attendees and promote sharing of expertise and ideas.

Instruction Committee
Charge: Creates professional development opportunities for DLS Section members and librarians from other Sections who have an interest in library instruction and instructional technology in distance learning environments; hosts professional development events via Webinars, online panels, and other virtual platforms as appropriate; facilitates meaningful conversations among librarians associated with the distance learning community, on topics such as best practices for teaching and learning in online and blended learning environments, and develops models for collaborating with faculty to integrate library instruction into online and blended courses; coordinates the Section’s library instruction-related activities with ALA/ACRL; collaborates with the Instruction Section, LIRT, and other appropriate ALA/ACRL units in activities related to instruction in a distance learning environment.

Membership & Events Committee
Charge: To promote membership and encourage active participation in the section; to welcome and orient new members; to provide social activities; and, to conduct and report on monthly membership statistics. The Membership Committee co-chairs serve as the Section’s representatives on the ACRL Membership Advisory Committee.

Mentoring & Networking Committee
Charge: Develops and oversees the DLS Library mentors, a program which helps new and less experienced librarians tasked with serving distance students identify a mentor in the field; Promotes and facilitates research and publication opportunities in the area of distance librarianship; develops opportunities for distance learning librarians to meet and discuss topics related to research and librarianship.

Nominating Committee
Charge: To develop a pool of candidates who are active members of DLS eligible to serve as officers of the Distance Learning section. The committee will arrange for and conduct a voting process to determine who will serve as officers from this list of candidates.

Outreach Committee
The outreach committee is in transition and has been disbanded for the year.

Research and Publications Committee
Charge: Highlights and publicizes research in distance learning librarianship by creating, organizing, maintaining and distributing published and unpublished research materials designed to enhance librarians’ knowledge of the field through selected physical and virtual outlets.

Standards Committee
Charge: To review and revise the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services to incorporate current technologies and practices; to serve as a resource regarding the use of the Standards and to work with appropriate committees and agencies to promulgate the Standards.

Strategic Planning Committee
Charge: To develop, review, and make recommendations to the Executive Committee regarding the Section’s future direction, goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; to evaluate the progress of the Section and its units, and ensure consistency of policies with those of ACRL; to suggest to the Executive Committee strategies for facilitation communication within DLS and between DLS and ACRL; to serve as a “think tank” for the Section by suggesting areas for development for further consideration of the DLS Committees and interest groups; to prepare and maintain policies and procedures manual for the Section.

Web Committee
Charge: To develop and maintain the Section web site, including adding information and resources of interest to the Section membership, designing and organizing the various web pages, monitoring the site’s contents for applicability and timeliness, and planning for upgrade and updates as required. The Committee will work with other Section committees and external agencies, as appropriate, to identify relevant resources for integration into the web site.


  1. Conference committee to plan programs & workshops at ACRL would be helpful (in addition to conference planning for ALA).

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