Call for 2017 Distance Learning Visionary

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 2017 “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 2017 DLIG Workshop.   Links to relevant supporting materials are encouraged.  Self-nomination or group nominations are permitted.

Visionary Benefits:

  • Awarded honor of being named the 2017 Distance Learning Visionary.
  • Recognition at the 2017 ALAO Annual Conference Luncheon, as well as on the ALAO Website, ALAO Newsletter, and the DLIG Blog.
  • Monetary grant of $150.00 to present at the 2017 DLIG Workshop:  distance learning innovations, research, strategies, programs, or products.  (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 DLIG Blog at or
email the DLIG Co-Chairs at

Applications are due by December 9th, 2016.

Kristin Cole

Beth Tumbleson

2016-2017 DLIG Co-Chairs

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ACRL DLS Round Table Conversation, 10/24/16

Come to a new Distance Learning Section event:

Round Table Conversations
Topic: Motivation, engagement, and participation in asynchronous courses

Join the Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee for our first Round Table Conversation. Our goal is to gather distance learning librarians into breakout rooms to encourage active conversations about this month’s topic: motivation, engagement, and participation in asynchronous courses. Discussion will be focused on creating engaging tutorials, encouraging participation in discussion forums, ensuring everyone has a chance to discuss/practice, and assessing motivation, engagement and student participation. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Date: October 24, 2016

Time: 3 PM Eastern, (2 PM Central, 1 PM Mountain, 12 PM Pacific)

Register online (FREE):

For questions, contact either Natalie Bennett or Anjali Bhasin at

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Staying Current on Distance Learning Library Services

ALAO DLIG Readings, October 2016, Compiled by Beth Tumbleson

Antell, K., & Johnson, Q. (2014). Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction. Reference & User Services Quarterly54(2), 79.

Behr, M., & LaDell-Thomas, J. (2014). What Do They Have that We Don’t Have? Local Libraries and Distance Students: Why Do Students Stray and Can We Get Them Back?. Journal Of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning8(3/4), 137-167. doi:10.1080/1533290X.2014.945830

Bonnand, S., & Hansen, M. A. (2012). From Two Dot to Turkey: Reaching Online Library Users via Web Conferencing. Urban Library Journal18(1), 1-13.

Colson, J., & Allen, K. (2015). Our Trek to DISCOVERY. Online Searcher39(2), 45-49.

Embry, A., & Antell, K. (2013). Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources. Reference & User Services Quarterly53(2), 194.

Embry, A., & Antell, K. (2014). Reinventing the Library for Online Education. Reference & User Services Quarterly53(4), 368-369.

Embry, A., & Antell, K. (2013). Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services. Reference & User Services Quarterly53(1), 80.

Fritts, J., & Casey, A. M. (2010). Who Trains Distance Librarians? A Study of the Training and Development Needs of Distance Learning Librarians. Journal Of Library Administration50(5-6), 617-627. doi:10.1080/01930826.2010.488925

Gall, D. (2012). Librarian Like a Rock Star: Using Your Personal Brand to Promote Your Services and Reach Distant Users. Journal Of Library Administration52(6/7), 549-558. doi:10.1080/01930826.2012.707952

Hartman-Caverly, S., Knapp, C., LaMagna, M., & Perzchowski, R. (2013). Using Qualitative Assessment Protocols to Evaluate a New Library Discovery Service. Computers In Libraries33(8), 5-9.

Hedreen, R. (2012). Time Zones, Screencasts, and Becoming Real: One Distance Librarian’s Experiences and Lessons Learned. Urban Library Journal18(1), 1-13.

Huwiler, A. G. (2015). Library Services for Distance Students: Opportunities and Challenges. Journal Of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning9(4), 275-288. doi:10.1080/1533290X.2015.1111283

Kappus, T., Jenks, K., & Pauw, A. (2011). “Can You Meet with Me on Friday?”: Personalized Library Instruction by Appointment. Alki27(3), 8.

Porter, T. D. (2014). A Focus on Reflective Learning at the Library Instruction Round Table Retreat. Kentucky Libraries78(2), 14-19.

Ritterbush, J. (2014). Assessing Academic Library Services to Distance Learners: A Literature Review of Perspectives from Librarians, Students, and Faculty. Reference Librarian55(1), 26-36. doi:10.1080/02763877.2014.853274

Scale, M. E. (2010). Assessing the Impact of Cloud Computing and Web Collaboration on the Work of Distance Library Services. Journal Of Library Administration50(7-8), 933-950. doi:10.1080/01930826.2010.488995
Sibley, C., Carr, M. M., & Todaro, J. (2015). OPINION: On My Mind. Winds of Change. American Libraries46(11/12), 26-27.

Tobias, C., & Blair, A. (2015). Listen to What You Cannot Hear, Observe What You Cannot See: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Methods for Evaluating and Enhancing the User Experience in Distance Library Services. Journal Of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning9(1/2), 148-156. doi:10.1080/1533290X.2014.946354

Twomey, B. (2015). Authentic Assessments: Praxis for the Distance Librarian. Journal Of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning9(1/2), 170-178. doi:10.1080/1533290X.2014.946356

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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

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