Registration now open for the 2019 DLIG/IIG Spring Workshop!

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Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design

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The Distance Learning and Instruction Interest Groups (ALAO) invite you to join us for the 2019 DLIG/IIG co-sponsored Spring Workshop to learn basic, evidence-supported strategies for designing library instruction.

The workshop will feature two speakers that specialize in instructional design to lead attendees in hands-on, active learning sessions.

Carolyn Kraut

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Carolyn Kraut is the Online Instructional Designer for the University of Findlay. She has dedicated her career to helping faculty create meaningful and engaging learning experiences in the classroom and online. When she’s not educating educators, she likes to cook, solve murder mystery subscription boxes, and spend time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.

Hanna Primeau

Hanna Primeau

Having received her Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in 2011, Hanna took a unique path to her current position. Starting as a small business owner archivally digitizing memories, she then followed an opportunity into academia working side by side with many of the instructors that set her on her path. Being unimpressed with the library instructional sessions she had encountered as a student made her throw herself into how librarians could best conduct the instruction of Information Literacy skills, at that institution and beyond.

In December of 2015 she packed up her life and moved just 20 minutes east of Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State University at Newark also home to Central Ohio Technical College was her new home, allowing her to continue her focus on Information Literacy as a Reference and Instruction Librarian there. In 2017 she shifted to the Columbus campus, still working for the University Libraries, but now as an Instructional Designer. It was time to give back what she had learned as a librarian, helping others who teach within libraries with creating learning objects and teaching with technology. She focuses on creating student driven sessions, thoughtfully utilizing emerging technologies while creating easily adaptable and reusable digital objects and lesson plans to ease the load of juggling busy semesters.

Come learn, connect, and share with your colleagues!



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Save the Date! Distance Learning & Instruction Interest Groups Spring Workshop on April 26th

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Mark your calendars and please join us this coming April 26th, 2019 at the Columbus Public Library Shepard Branch for a co-hosted IIG and DLIG Spring Workshop!

This year’s program, titled “Back to Basics: Active Learning & Instructional Design” will focus on basic, evidence-supported strategies for designing library instruction.

The workshop will feature two speakers that specialize in instructional design to lead attendees in hands-on, active learning sessions, as well as opportunities to connect and share with colleagues.

More information will be coming soon about workshop registration and program details. We hope you can join us!

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Deadline for “Distance Learning Visionary” Nominations- December 20th

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 and learning?

ALAO’s Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) invites nominations for the 2019 “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 2019 DLIG workshop.   Links to relevant supporting materials are encouraged.  Self-nomination or group nominations are permitted.

Visionary Benefits:

  • Awarded honor of being named the 2019 Distance Learning Visionary.
  •  Recognition at the 2019 ALAO Annual Conference, as well as on the ALAO Website, ALAO Newsletter, and the DLIG Blog.
  • Monetary grant of $150.00 to present at the 2019 DLIG workshop. (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 Distance Learning Visionary Research/Project and Presentation Grant website at

or email the DLIG Co-Chairs, Rebecca Quintus and Jessie Long, at

Applications are due by December 20, 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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




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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.

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