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
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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.

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