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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

Standards for Distance Learning Library Services Worksheet makes C&RL News!

Natalie Haber, Andrea Hebert and Melissa Cornwell teamed up in 2018 to make using the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services easier with a helpful worksheet, building on work Haber started in 2017. You may have caught their related presentation “But does it scale? Charting the new DLS standards across three institutions,” at the Distance Library Services Conference in 2018. Now, you can read about the origins and uses of the worksheet in their article This worksheet works: Making the DLS Standards work for you published in College and Research Libraries News. Ready to dive into the worksheet?

Reminder: Nominations Welcome for the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award

Do you know or could you be the next recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award?  If so, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) wants to hear from you!

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship. The winner receives:

  • $1,200 to attend the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (June 25-30, 2020)
  • A commemorative plaque presented at an awards luncheon during ALA Annual

Nominees should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services (e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership)
  • Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality
  • Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students
  • Significant research, publication, and/or presentations in areas related to distance learning librarianship

Submissions are due by December 6, 2019.  Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information about this award (including a list of previous winners) and the application form, please visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/dlsaward

Questions? Contact DLS Awards Committee Co-Chairs:

Melissa Atkinson: melissa.atkinson@acu.edu
Tricia Lantzy: plantzy@csusm.edu

Distance Mentorship Beta Program!

Hello Distance Learning Section members! Are you new to serving distance and online students and want to expand your professional knowledge/skills? Or are you an experienced librarian willing to share your knowledge to help others develop their skills? The DLS Mentoring and Networking Committee invites you to participate in the launch of our DLS Mentorship BETA program!

Participants will be paired (mentor/mentee) by the end of December, and the beta program will then run from January 6, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Space is limited as we are currently accepting a total of 10 mentor applications and 10 mentee applications for the beta. The beta program is available on a first come, first served basis, but if you apply after we have reached our cap, we will save your information for when the full mentorship program launches in Fall 2020!

Program Timeline: Applications for mentors and mentees will be open October 14 to November 15, 2019. During the months of November and December, the DLS Mentoring and Networking Committee will match mentors with mentees based on intended areas of professional growth (as well as applicant pool and availability). On December 20, 2019, applicants will be contacted with their mentor or mentee name and contact information. The program officially begins January 6, 2020. We recommend mentors get in touch with their mentees early in the program to set goals using the DLS Goal Sheet that will be provided. At the end of the program in June, participants will be asked to complete a survey to assist our committee in collecting data on what worked well in the beta, what can be improved for the fall launch, and assessing the program overall.

Requirements for Participation: All participants in the DLS Mentoring Program must be current members of ACRL and DLS, and have an interest in serving distance/online students. Mentors should have experience serving distance/online students in librarianship, through research, through service participation, or all three.

How to Apply: Fill out the appropriate application at the link below before our November 15 deadline!

Mentor Application:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGljdOmH0Ak7DzFx0b_LP2zru5hccyALq9K8uTOyVEvVRhjg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mentee Application:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHA3aH9rph4sBcyRbF3rbCg_9t2_SsPzreDqgeYtOeqo1qUw/viewform?usp=sf_link

For more information, contact the Mentoring and Networking Committee Chairs: Neely Tang (nt243@cornell.edu) or Chiméne Tucker (cetucker@usc.edu).

ACRL DLS Member of the Month: October 2019

The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) Membership and Events Committee is continuing an initiative to highlight members of our group. Here is our highlight on Heather Dalal, Instruction & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Rider University. 

If you are interested in being or nominating an ACRL DLS “Member of the Month”, please fill out this brief nomination/sign up form.

Name:  Heather Dalal

How long have you been a DLS member?
7 years

Where do you work and what do you do there?
I am the Instruction & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Rider University. I teach a lot of face-to-face classes and my work is online learning and I am primarily in charge of our online learning objects and online course instruction.

Heather Dalal

What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance services librarian support the mission?
Rider University focuses on the success of every individual with their own personal dreams and aspirations. The engaged learning program sets up students to be motivated and innovative leaders. I collaborate with course instructors on how best to increase students’ information literacy skills and knowledge as well as reduce their information anxiety. These skills are of course essential for our graduates, but I’m really able to make deep connections with our students which encourages them to fulfill their academic goals.

How do you bridge the distance with online learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?Fortunately, I have very good collaborations with the program coordinators of our online degrees. They allow me time in online department meetings and online orientations to welcome and explain what librarians too. I try to be warm, approachable, and available to the needs of our online students and faculty.

How do you recharge your knowledge of distance library services?I am recharged through the Distance Learning Section. I look at the work of our committees to keep us aware of recent articles and trends. I also appreciate getting to know other distance & online learning librarians who understand the work that I do and the various hurdles we face. Our members are efficient and productive and I’m proud to be a part of such a great team.

What’s something fun that you’re doing now (outside of your work as a distance librarian)?
We recently discovered our 8 year old daughter would really hike so we backpacked 14 miles on the Appalachian Trail. I loved it way more than I thought I would. 

What are you reading right now?
Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals by Dan Ariely

Twitter, LinkedIn, or other handles you would like us to share?
https://www.linkedin.com/in/heatherdalal

What else would you like for us to share about you?
My liaison roles are mostly linked to online programs, such as Nursing, Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling, and Management. I also serve the School of Fine & Performing Arts, which is all on campus.

Nominations Welcome for the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award

Do you know or could you be the next recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award?  If so, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) wants to hear from you!

This prestigious award, sponsored by the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship. The winner receives:

  • $1,200 to attend the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (June 25-30, 2020)
  • A commemorative plaque presented at an awards luncheon during ALA Annual

Nominees should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services (e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation, and/or leadership)
  • Participation in the creation and/or implementation of distance library programs or services of exemplary quality
  • Successful collaboration with faculty in support of information literacy and/or other aspects of library instruction or services for distance students
  • Significant research, publication, and/or presentations in areas related to distance learning librarianship

Submissions are due by December 6, 2019.  Self-nominations are welcome.

For more information about this award (including a list of previous winners) and the application form, please visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/dlsaward

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