The DOLS Member of the Month initiative started in 2018 as a way to highlight the diverse members of DOLS and their contributions to the distance and online library community.
This month, we highlight Kristine Robinson, Research and Instruction Librarian at Wingate University.
How long have you been a DOLS member?
Where do you work, and what do you do there?
I’m a Research and Instruction Librarian at Wingate University. I teach library BI sessions and answer research questions and reference questions.
What is unique about your institution, and how does your work as a distance and online services librarian support the mission?
I’ve only been at Wingate University for about 5 months so I’ll do my best to answer this question. Wingate University tries to instill the ideas of faith, knowledge, and service into the students so that they become educated, ethical, and productive citizens. At the Ethel K. Smith Library, we do this by offering a welcoming, research-oriented, and engaging space that allows creativity and academic inquiry. While I’m just a Research and Instruction librarian, I’m also a distance and online services librarian so I have to make sure that I can create an environment that allows for creativity and encourages academic inquiry regardless of whether it’s in-person or online. I do that by ensuring that all of our LibGuide information is update and accessible and establishing communication.
How do you bridge the distance with online and distance learners? What’s one way you create community for your distance learners?
I try to keep communication lines open at all times and remind students that they can always ask for help. I was a distance learner when I was in Grad School (pre-pandemic) so I remember what that was like. While it was great for me, there was times when I didn’t have that sense of community or easy access to resources that my in-person peers had. It was easy to fall into this trap that I was alone and had to figure things out for myself. To prevent that, I try to create a community where they know who I am and how to reach me, whether it’s through my email or chat. I also try to remind them that the library is always here to help and that it’s okay to ask for help. They can always reach out to one of us, whether it’s myself or another colleague.
How do you recharge your knowledge of distance and online library services?
I read books on the subject and attend conferences (like the Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy (GICOIL)).
What Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives are you and your institution focusing on?
Well, one of the projects we are working on is turning one of our rooms into an Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room. We are hoping to create a space that’s located in the heart of campus that everyone from all backgrounds can use, whether it’s to pray, meditate, or just unwind. The plan is to begin work on it this summer and have it ready by fall 2022.
What’s something fun you’re doing now (outside of work!)
Well, I’m trying to play in our college faculty and staff tennis and volleyball league. I’m not that good at it but it’s fun.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.
Twitter, LinkedIn, or other handle you would like to share with us?
Kristine Robinson on LinkedIn
What else would you like us to share about you?
When I’m not working, I’m either reading, cross-stitching, or playing cards with my family.
If you are interested in being or nominating a DOLS Member of the Month, please fill out this brief nomination/sign up form. (Note: If you don’t have a Google account, please email DOLS Membership Chair Jessica Bennett to submit your materials.)