The co-chairs of the Distance Learning Interest Group of ALAO are delighted to announce the recipient of this year’s Distance Learning Visionary Award.
Dr. Beate Gersch is the Coordinator of Instruction Services and the Bibliography and Undergraduate Outreach Librarian at the University of Akron Libraries.
She 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.
She has presented internationally at ACRL, LOEX, DLS, and IFLA on topics such as archival research, collaboration, the Framework, library outreach with students and administrators, and assessment of academic libraries’ web pages. She has published book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers on these same topics. She recognizes the importance of intercultural communication as it relates to information literacy instruction as well as collaboration within the university and assessing impact.
Dr. Gersch will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming DLIG Workshop on Friday June 9, 2017 at the Voice of America Learning Center of Miami University, West Chester, Ohio. More details about the workshop are forthcoming.
Kristin Cole and Beth Tumbleson, DLIG Co-Chairs