Join DLIG Round Table Discussion at ALAO 2018 Conference

DLIG will be holding a round table discussion at this year’s ALAO annual conference held on November 2, 2018.

Our discussion will focus on Challenges in Serving the Distance Learner. Specifically, what challenges or issues is your library (institution) currently experiencing which is affecting your ability to serve your distance learning population?

Please join the DLIG round table to share your experiences and to also suggest training or other learning opportunities which would help you better serve the Distance Learner.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

ALAO DLIG/IIG Co-Hosted 2018 Spring Workshop Agenda & Presenters– Registration Closes April 27th

Thank you Mark Eddy, co-chair, Instruction Interest Group, for sharing post.

DLIG IIG workshop

NOTE: Registration closes on Friday, April 27th

Registration is now open for the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Distance Learning and Instruction Group co-hosted 2018 Spring Workshop, “Authority, Source Evaluation, and Critical Thinking For In-Person & Online Library Instruction.”

Date:  Friday, May 4, 2018
Time:  10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.)
Location:  State Library of Ohio, Large Board Room
Cost:  $35 (ALAO members), $45 (ALAO non-members), $25 (student members)
Registration Link:

Agenda & Presenters – **See schedule below

Keynote SpeakerDr. Mary Hricko, Library Director (Kent State University Geauga Campus) and 2018 DLIG Distance Learning Visionary

Dr. Mary Hricko is a Professor of University Libraries and serves as the Library Director at Kent State University Geauga Campus and the Regional Academic Center. She is one of KSU’s Coordinators for Quality Matters and serves on the Instructional Technology Council’s Taskforce for Accessibility in Distance Education. She is one of OhioLINK’s Affordable Learning Ambassadors and is the Chair for the Open Textbook Library’s Research Group. In addition to her library work, she teaches courses in English and education and received an NEH Fellowship from the Newberry Library this past summer for her research on Langston Hughes. She has published numerous articles and books on quality assurance in online education. Her current research involves personal learning environments, web accessibility, and assessment in online education.

Dr. Hricko’s keynote presentation is entitled, “Best Practices for Online Instruction.”


Workshop Agenda and Schedule

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Check in and breakfast

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Welcome & Keynote Speaker Presentation

Best Practices for Online Instruction
This presentation will provide an overview of the research associated with the “best practices” for online instruction to assist library staff in designing and delivering online library tutorials and educational programs. This session will provide an overview regarding curricular alignment, accessibility, and quality assurance.

Mary Hricko, Library Director
Kent State University Geauga Campus
2018 DLIG Distance Learning Visionary Award Winner

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Presentations

Taking the DRAMA out of Source Evaluation
We know the difficulty of even beginning to broach a topic as broad as source evaluation in a one shot session. I will outline my approach, which is to be a talking head only briefly to outline the basics of DRAMA (Date, Relevance, Accuracy, Motivation and Authority), a concept that is all too familiar when use of academic sources is still new, and then pair it with demonstrating learning technologies that allow the students to assess using DRAMA, finally paired with another learning technology creating friendly competition that encourages honest and real discussion among students.

Hanna Primeau, Instructional Designer
The Ohio State University

“Module”-ating the Information Conversation: Creating Modules for Ease of Teaching about Source, Authority, and “Fake News.”
An overview of the presenter’s new system of library instruction modules, from which instructors of record can choose classroom teaching topics, including authority, source and other necessary evaluation concepts.

Jennifer Joe, Owensboro Campus Librarian
Western Kentucky University

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Presentations

They’re Going to Google It Anyway: Using An Information Scoring System to Teach Students How to Use Problematic and Biased Sources
In the current environment of ubiquitous data, telling students not to use Wikipedia and other online resources is unrealistic in light their information usage patterns. Our task as instruction librarians should be to teach students how and when problematic and/or biased sources can be used. This presentation will demonstrate a structured scoring system (1 through 4) for online texts and other resources that was developed in concert with Glenn Muschert, a professor of Sociology at Miami University. It will also present a series of scaffolded assignments that employ this scoring system to teach students the relative value of information sources.

Andrew A. Revelle, Social Sciences Librarian
Miami University

Teaching With Tutorials: Integrating Authority Analysis in Online Courses
Using a combination of LibWizard and Canvas modules, instruction librarians at Northern Kentucky University have increased information literacy exposure for online students.  This presentation will highlight modules that teach online students to ask critical questions about the information they encounter and extend student thinking beyond the traditional evaluation criteria of author, date, relevancy, and accuracy.  Using LibWizard, students are able to interact with embedded sources, question the information, and respond to provided questions. Canvas offers a less interactive environment, but easily integrates within student courses. Librarians will share examples, engage discussion, and share findings based on experiences in the last year.

Andrea Brooks, Information Literacy Coordinator
Jane Hammons, Instruction Librarian
Northern Kentucky University

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Lightning Talks

How Might A Psychology Professor Teach Critical Thinking?
Teaching critical thinking is addressed from the perspective of a psychology professor and a librarian. Methods used to improve student understanding of validity and reliability of sources are examined from the perspective of a classroom and online psychology professor. Lecture material, assignments, and discussions of real-world problems are included with a focus on developing critical evaluation skills as well as impressing upon the students the importance of choosing to be responsible consumers of information. Lessons learned while teaching critical thinking as a psychology professor are applied to the teaching of critical thinking as a social sciences liaison.

Anna Liss Jacobsen, Social Sciences Librarian
Miami University

Designing An Online Module to Explore Bias
I used the fee-based instructional design tool Articulate to design a module encouraging students to consider bias as they evaluate sources for timeliness and reliability. The lesson that discusses bias is placed within the larger context of the research process that also includes framing a research question and gathering evidence to support the thesis. The lesson includes activities and demonstrates different features of the design tool.

Kate Lucey, Education Librarian
Miami University

Learning Commons Passport
How do you meet your distance students where they are for instruction? With attention spans set by social media behavior, how do you ensure your instruction message gets across? We created a tutorial library – the Learning Commons Passport – with short, navigable and succinct instruction videos that are accessible to learners across the globe and that instructors can embed in their courses. We worked with our IT and interactive media teams to create the structure and templates, but maintained ownership over the site and videos so we could quickly create needed tutorials, push edits, and provide the most up-to-date resources.

Karen Caputo, Instruction & Design Librarian
Alyssa Darden, Director of Learning & Library Resources
Franklin University

2:45 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. Break

2:55 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. Round Table Discussions

Attendee-driven group discussions defined by themes and questions arising from presentations and lightning talks. (*details to follow)

3:20p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Workshop Survey & Closing Remarks

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Registration now open for the 2018 DLIG/IIG Spring Workshop!

Authority, Source Evaluation, and Critical Thinking for In-Person & Online Library Instruction 

When: Friday, May 4, 2018
Where: State Library of Ohio

Register Now

Have you experimented with in-person or online strategies for getting students to think critically about the construction, credibility, or influence of information sources?  Would you like to learn how to design assignments, instruction sessions, online tutorials and modules that focus on critical source evaluation?

If so, the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s Distance Learning and Instruction Interest Groups invite you to join us for the 2018 DLIG/IIG Spring Workshop. Workshop attendees will have the opportunity to learn about real-world applications for teaching source evaluation based on the ACRL Authority Frame.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Mary Hricko, Director of Library & Information Services and Professor at Kent State University’s Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center.

This event, co-sponsored by the ALAO Distance Learning and Instruction Interest Groups, will be held on Friday, May 4th, at the State Library of Ohio.

To view the day’s schedule and to register, please visit our website at




Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr. Mary Hricko is 2018 Distance Learning Visionary

The co-chairs of the Distance Learning Interest Group of ALAO are pleased to announce that the 2018 Distance Learning Visionary is Dr. Mary Hricko. Dr. Hricko is currently the Director of Library & Information Services and Professor at Kent State University’s Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center.


Dr. Hricko is well known for her commitment to quality in distance education. She has served in several positions with Quality Matters, including Online Trainer, Course Review Manager, and Master Reviewer. She served as the Quality Matters Coordinator at Kent State. She also holds certifications in online teaching from Sloan-C and the Center of Distance Learning Research at Texas A&M.


Dr. Hricko also has been a leader in addressing textbook affordability. In 2017, OhioLINK named her an Open Textbook Network System Leader. As an OTN System Leader, Dr. Hricko is responsible for coordinating awareness and advocacy initiatives for open educational resources and open textbooks.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Who Among Your Colleagues Is a Distance Learning Visionary?

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) wishes to recognize and commend visionary librarians in distance learning who promote equitable access to library resources and services.  Who among your colleagues is implementing creative solutions, conducting studies, or coordinating programs in distance library services andlearning?  

ALAO’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) invites nominations for the 2018 “Distance Learning Visionary”.  

To Nominate: 

Nomination applications should include (1) a 250-500 word essay that demonstrates the nominee’s contributions to distance learning at an Ohio institution and (2) a brief presentation proposal to suggest what the nominee might share with colleagues at the 2018 Workshop (hosted by DLIG and IIG) in May.   Links to relevant supporting materials are encouraged.  Self-nomination or group nominations are permitted. 

Visionary Benefits: 

 Awarded honor of being named the 2018 Distance Learning Visionary. 
 Recognition at the 2018 ALAO Annual Conference Luncheon, as well as on the ALAO Website, ALAO Newsletter, and the DLIG Blog. 

Monetary grant of $150.00 to present at the 2018 DLIG Workshop:  distance learning innovations, research, strategies, programs, or products.  (Please note that the funds are contingent upon the grantee presenting in person, remotely, or via pre-recorded session.) 

For complete details and submission guidelines, please see the DLIG Blog at or email the DLIG Co-Chairs, Kristin Cole and Rebecca Quintus, at

Applications are due by February 28, 2018. 

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Speakers @ DLIG Workshop: Bridging the Distance in Distance Librarianship

When:  Friday June 9, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Where:  7847 West VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH
Register Now

Dr. Beate Gersch, Keynote & 2017 Visionary
Coordinator of Instruction Services at University Libraries of the University of Akron
Online Culture or Culture Online?
As librarians, we create content, develop strategies to connect our users with that content, and are on a constant quest for the best technology that will help us achieve that. There is no shortage of scholarship, best practices, and tools when it comes to bringing these elements of librarianship together in an online environment. Despite the attention given to the importance of fostering communities and engaging diverse groups of students online, the focus all too often lies with technology as the online panacea. By delving into concepts of intercultural communication the audience will be challenged to reconsider the focus on technology and to explore the role of culture online.


Robyn Charlton
Coordinator of Online Faculty for Miami University’s Regional E-Learning Initiatives
Strengthening Connections through Instructor Presence and Student Engagement


Cherie Bronkar
Regional Library Director for Kent State University Tuscarawas
Serving Students Overseas


Hanna Schmillen
Health Sciences and Professions Subject Librarian at Ohio University
Serving Online, Nontraditional Students: Online Consultations, Direct Chat, Patience, and More Strategies from an Academic, Health Sciences Librarian
The need for continued education and advanced degrees are not new concepts to higher education. It’s also not news that many programs are shifting (and have been) from an on-campus to an online environment. But what happens to those nontraditional students who have to take an online program, but do not have the technical skills or comfort level to thrive in an online, classroom environment? For the RN-BSN program, online MSN, and online DNP programs at Ohio University, a good portion of the students have been clinical nurses for years, if not decades, and are coming back to school. Because of the online nature of the program and the general need for a more in-depth reference experience, I meet with these busy, very adult students via Adobe Connect. This allows us to talk, chat, share documents (if needed) and share screens with ease without downloading any software. I’ve also created several tutorials and have designed my RN-BSN LibGuide in a manner that is, hopefully, better equipped for these students.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Distance Learning Interest Group Spring 2017 Workshop

Bridging the Distance in Distance Librarianship: Meeting the Needs of Today’s Diverse Online Learners

Dr. Beate Gersch, 2017 Distance Learning Visionary & Keynote Speaker
Coordinator of Instruction Services, University of Akron Libraries

  • Dr. Gersch earned her Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Oregon in 2003 and later turned librarian, graduating from Kent State University, School of Library and Information Science in 2011.  She brings an interesting perspective of media, power, and culture to librarianship.  She focuses on information literacy instruction, especially in digital environments.  Dr. Gersch has taught face to face courses and online.  She recently joined the Part-time Faculty of KSU School of Library and Information Science in 2016 with a concentration on Information Literacy Initiatives and Instruction.

Cherie Bronkar, Library Director, Kent State, Tuscarawas, serving students overseas
Robyn Charlton, Online Faculty Coordinator,  Miami Regionals, engaging online students
Hanna Schmillen, Health Sciences Librarian, Ohio University, non-traditional students in online programs

Learn how to engage diverse online learners in information literacy.  Theories, techniques, and tools that create a positive learning and research environment will be explored and demonstrated.

Friday, June 9, 2017 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Miami University, Voice of America Learning Center
7847 W VOA Park Dr., West Chester, OH 45069

Registration Opens March 1, 2017


Posted in workshops | Leave a comment