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The Mission of the Distance Learning Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is to provide leadership in promoting and supporting the development of library services for distance learning programs offered by higher education institutions. Find out how joining and volunteering within the DLS committee can enrich your career and improve the library experience for distance students everywhere.

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE DISTANCE LEARNING SECTION?

You’ll make valuable connections with library leaders who care about distance learning and the issues facing distance students and faculty. And you’ll have the opportunity to apply your unique experiences and skills to issues faced by distance learning librarians across the country.

As a committee member, you’ll find opportunities to network and develop your professional and leadership skills. You can enhance your project management experience and develop new expertise to apply at your home organization. You’ll also help to advance the library profession through your service and unique perspective.

“One of my favorite library school professors advised me that becoming professionally active would be rewarding, energizing, and essential to my own growth – all of which proved to be true.  I chose ACRL as my professional home and I have been rewarded with stellar colleagues, opportunities to hone my leadership skills, and the deep satisfaction of knowing my contributions have made an impact.  Volunteers make ACRL a vibrant organization.”

Karen Williams
ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE?

There are 15 different committees within the Distance Learning Section, each with its own charge, activities and composition. Membership on committees rotates every two years so there are frequent opportunities to serve.

WHAT ARE MY RESPONSIBILITIES ON A COMMITTEE?

Section officers and committee chairs have specific duties as outlined in the DLS Section Manual 2017. These duties can include submitting reports, communicating with other section officers and leadership, and attending meetings. Regular committee members are expected to attend regular physical and/or virtual meetings, and participate in projects and activities designated by the committee chair. Questions about the responsibilities of individual committees can be posed to committee chairs.

HOW DO I JOIN?

ACRL members can learn more about volunteering for a committee by visiting the volunteer page on the ACRL website. Non-members must first join the Association of College & Research Libraries.


3 Comments

  1. Good morning! I’m a learning technologies librarian at ECU’s Joyner Library. I’d love to contribute however I can in promoting information literacy and library collections to our distance education students. Thanks!

  2. I am the Online Graduate Support and Instruction librarian at Drake University. Our organized degree-granting online program began only 14 months ago. I also work with our other online classes across the university. These classes are part of on-campus programs and are not on a regular schedule. One of our biggest problems has been finding ebook versions of the assigned books for our classes.

  3. I hope everyone is well and in good health. I’m the current University Librarian for a small but expanding online university, Yorkville University, that now is building a blended on-campus format in different locations across Canada (Toronto and Vancouver).

    The biggest challenge is how to ensure quality services both for the purely online students and now the growing on-campus students, as well as the challenge of building a Library Management plan for a distributed system with different needs at each site.

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