Kenneth Burhanna, Head of Instructional Services for Kent State University Libraries, has been named our 2012 Distance Learning Visionary. Kenneth’s leadership and vision in supporting distance learning has been demonstrated through his commitment to developing strategic partnerships on campus, providing professional development opportunities, and by developing support tools and resources for librarians and instructors.
“Distance learning is a strategic priority at many colleges and universities. It is a tremendous opportunity for libraries to contribute expertise and resources in supporting these initiatives. After all, it’s really an opportunity to help meet institutional strategic goals while having those discussions about library instruction, services and resources that librarians always want to have. Distance learning could also be a threat. If libraries don’t act with some sense of urgency to support online initiatives, we could be left behind.”
Ken will share more of his distance learning experience & philosophy at the 2012 DLIG Spring Workshop in a session entitled “A Strategic Action Plan for Distance Learning Support.” Attendees can look forward to four learning outcomes:
- A clearer vision for the strategic role their libraries can play in distance learning.
- Tools and approaches for providing leadership on distance learning initiatives.
- Models for creating guiding documents and online support tools.
- An awareness of key challenges for libraries in distance learning.
Save the date! The DLIG Spring Workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 11th at the Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester, Ohio (on I-75, just north of Cincinnati). Details about additional sessions and registration will be forthcoming in February.