2016 Guidelines & Standards Impact DLIG

Framework for Information Literacy  for Higher Education, Adopted January 11, 2016

ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services, Revised June 2106

After much thought, discussion, and work, these professional guidelines and standards are now approved.  Come to the DLIG Round Table at ALAO Annual, Ballroom A, 10:55 – 11:40 am to discuss what this may mean @ your library.

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Please Welcome New DLIG Members

Be sure to stop and give a warm welcome to DLIG’s newest members at ALAO Annual. Karla Aleman, Eric Rector, Lauren Connolly, Catherine Smith, Hannah Schmillen, and Alaine Kay have joined since July 2016!

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Take advantage of opportunities to meet and mingle with DLIG members!

Attend the DLIG Sponsored Session featuring Ms. Jessica Long, Miami University Middletown, Which Path Will You Take?: Building a “Choose Your Own” Style Interactive Tutorial, including story development and video production of an interactive tutorial on the research process.  1:45 – 2:30 pm in Hamilton 1

DLIG Round Table. Discussion will highlight the 2016 ACRL  DLS Standards and offer an opportunity to get acquainted with other distance education librarians throughout Ohio.  10:55 – 11:40 am in Ballroom A

Presentation of Distance Learning Interest Group Visionary Award 2016

Beth Tumbleson and Kristin Cole, DLIG Co-Chairs, 2016-2017

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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 dligchair2@alaoweb.org

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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 dligchair2@alaoweb.org.IMG_1889

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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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