Co-Chair Position Open July 2016

Would you like an opportunity to get more involved with ALAO and distance learning initiatives? ALAO’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) is seeking a co-chair to begin July 1, 2016. The term is a two year appointment.  The co-chair is responsible for communicating with ALAO members about distance learning issues by organizing an annual spring workshop, sponsoring a session at the annual conference, and communicating through email, social media and blog posts.

If you are interested in being considered, please fill out an interest form. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Natale at

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Great Conversations at INOV8 2016!

We want to thank everyone who participated in our 2016  Distance Learning Interest Group Spring Workshop! We had a wonderful group from across Ohio and Kentucky sharing ideas and best practices about distance learning in our libraries. Special thanks to our presenters Sara Klink, Laura DePue, and Hong Cheng and discussion group facilitators Gerald Natal, Justin Bertsch, Glenna Herald and Andy Revelle. Stay tuned for future blog posts that will continue conversations from the workshop. If you have suggestions or would like to blog for DLIG, contact Jennifer Natale at

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2016 Distance Learning Visionary!!

We are very excited to announce that Sara Klink is our 2016 DLIG Visionary Award Winner!!!


Sara is currently the Assistant Director of Library Services at Stark State College where she works in a non-traditional  academic library. She has worked as a librarian for 10 years in both public and academic libraries. Sara developed and implemented an innovative instruction program on her campus that incorporates in-person and online components to provide outstanding embedded library services.

Six years ago when library services were officially brought to campus the library instruction program was non-existent. With the opening of the new digital library requests for your typical one-shot sessions grew rapidly, but with only one instruction librarian, it quickly became unmanageable. So she moved the rapidly growing instruction program beyond the typical one shot to embed library skills and learning objects into programs and courses across campus which not only expanded the library’s reach but connected the students on a more personal level with their digital library.

A three stage library instruction plan was designed to create and embed learning objects that would take the burden off of the librarian and face to face instruction. Currently the library has embedded units in all composition classes and college orientation with development underway for developmental reading and the allied health programs.

Sara will be presenting about her innovative instruction program at our DLIG Spring Workshop on Friday, April 29th at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati).

Please join us in congratulating Sara on winning the award and for her contributions to distance librarianship and services!

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2015 DLIG Spring Workshop

Attendees of the 2015 WorkshopWe’d like to thank everyone who made this year’s DLIG Spring Workshop a huge success, especially our attendees! Links to presentations can be found on the “Resource Links” page & we’ll be uploading photos to our flickr account shortly. Thank you all!

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Register now for the DLIG Spring Workshop!


Registration is now open for the 2015 Spring Workshop!Visit our Workshops page to view session details, presenter bios, and an agenda, and then follow the big red Register button to sign up! You can also print our Workshop Flyer so you don’t forget.

We hope to see you there!

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Burke & Tumbleson Snag Title of 2015 DLIG Visionary(ies)

John Burke and Beth TumblesonWe are excited to announce that for 2015 we have not one, but TWO DLIG Visionaries! John Burke and Beth Tumbleson of Miami University Middletown were jointly nominated for their vast contributions to distance librarianship. They frequently co-present at national, state and regional conferences on topics that include marketing embedded librarian services, working within your institution’s LMS, and other hot topics in e-learning.

Additionally, John and Beth have co-authored several well-cited journal articles and, in 2013, they published Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (ISBN 1555708625). Whether you are just getting started in distance librarianship or you are looking for ways to streamline your services, you’ll find inspiration and guidance inside.

We’re looking forward to their presentation at our DLIG Spring Workshop on Friday, May 15th at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio (just north of Cincinnati).

Please join us in not only congratulating John and Beth, but in thanking them for their service to distance librarianship!

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Save the Date, and Nominate!!

DLIG Conference SessionIt was good to see so many people at the ALAO Annual Conference last week! The DLIG-sponsored session “Rethinking our LibGuides to Engage Our Students: Easy DIY LibGuide Usability Testing and Redesign That Works” presented by Terese DeSimio and Ximena Chrisagis was great! They did a great job and there were just under 100 people in attendance!! Also, thanks to all who stopped by our booth and chatted. We will be in touch soon. Excited to have more volunteers!

Save the Date: Our Spring Workshop will be Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Voice of America center in West Chester (just north of Cincinnati). Plan to attend–it’s going to be awesome!!

Distance Learning Visionary Award: We are now accepting nominations, so send us some info about librarians you know who are working on Distance Learning initiatives. (Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged!) More information about the award can be found on our Distance Learning Visionary page. Nomination deadline is December 19th.

If you have questions about DLIG, or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We’d love to chat with you! Contact information for the co-chairs is listed on the right-hand side of the page, or you can email

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