18th Distance Library Services Conference: Panel Sessions

URL: https://libguides.cmich.edu/dls2018

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January 8 - February 18, 2018

February 19 - April 2, 2018

April 11-13, 2018

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Questions? Contact Thad Dickinson, Conference Coordinator


Phone: (770) 933-7669

Panel Sessions

2 Librarians + 4 Universities = 6 Ways to Sunday: The Pitfalls & Paragons of Distance Librarianship
Rachel Cannady, University of Texas at San Antonio
Erica England, Washington State University

Come learn from the experiences of two distance librarians who have each worked at two universities. One librarian set up distance learning at two campus libraries and the other further developed two existing programs by taking outreach to a whole new level. Between these two librarians and their experiences, you will gain ideas on how to create engaging programs that will benefit students and instructors, while learning how to collaborate with stakeholders in the library and across campus. 

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Collaboration, Student Success

Assessing the Library Needs of Distance Faculty: A Multi-Institutional Approach
Cassandra Kvenild, University of Wyoming
Kate Conerton, University of Wyoming
Teagan Eastman, Utah State University
Erin Davis, Utah State University

How can libraries provide better services to distance courses? What do instructors expect from their librarians in online classes? We asked hundreds of distance instructors at five mid-sized to large public universities about their needs, and we’ll share the results during this interactive panel presentation.

Audience: Some experience in the topic
Track: User Experience
Tags: Assessment, Value/Impact

But Does It Scale?: Charting the New DLS Standards Across Three Institutions
Andrea Hebert, Louisiana State University
Natalie Haber, University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Melissa Cornwell, Norwich University

The newly revised ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services (2016) provides a guide for librarians and institutions to follow for service and access excellence, but how do these standards translate across institutions of different sizes? Join three librarians, one from a small private, military college, one from a mid-sized state university, and one from a large, public R1 university, as they discuss how they’ve created a chart to map how their institutions use the standards. 

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Trends & Forecasting, Value/Impact

Case Studies in Collaboration: Promoting Libraries and Information Literacy for Course Personalization
Brittany Dudek, Colorado Community Colleges Online
Jennifer Shimada, Relay Graduate School of Education
Emily Mross, Penn State University
Joscelyn Leventhal, George Washington University

Do you struggle to find a hook when trying to collaborate with online faculty teaching “master courses”? These faculty may disregard available library services and resources as something not useful to them, since they have limited freedom to personalize their courses. Outreach is made even more difficult since these faculty are often not on campus. Come hear how four librarians at three different types of academic institutions have addressed these obstacles in order to incorporate information literacy, assist online faculty in personalizing their courses, and increase awareness and usage of library services and resources. 

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Collaboration, Instructional Design

Finding Success in Our #Fails: Using Instructional Design to Advance Online Learning
Kristin Woodward, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Kelly Diamond, West Virginia University 
Susan Wengler, Queensborough Community College
Molly Mansfield, Dominican University 

Instructional design has become an important specialty in academic libraries serving online, distance and traditional students. Engaging online learning activities with meaningful assessments can form the foundation of effective information literacy learning experiences. Not every design, faculty collaboration or learning assessment is immediately successful. However, by studying our strategies and revising our approach we can build stronger learning designs with improved student outcomes. In this session, four practitioners will share their successes and failures, and what they have done to create high-impact online instruction programs.

Audience: Some experience in the topic
Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Instruction, Instructional Design

Fresh Perspectives from the Field: The Voices of New Distance Librarians
Christina Hillman, St. John Fisher College
Mia Breitkopf, College at Brockport, State University of New York
Ina Rodino, Brigham Young University - Idaho
Anjali Parasnis-Samar, Monroe Community College, State University of New York

Sometimes the newest voices are the ones we want to hear. New librarians start their first library jobs with valuable original ideas—but how do we listen to them and bring their voices into the conversation? Panelists will share their experiences as new librarians, in newly created Distance Librarian positions. Come share your voice, and ask us questions about our challenges, success, and failures. Don’t just listen to new librarians talk. Come with your ideas, so we can discuss how new and experienced librarians can build a community. This is a session for both new and experienced librarians.

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Collaboration, Value/Impact

The Implications of Augmented Reality and Information Seeking Behavior in Libraries
Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Prairie View A&M University
Justin de la Cruz, Atlanta University Center

Augmented Reality (AR) is a software application that combines the virtual or digital with the real world environment (Bangalore, 2015); the literature also references AR as being an enhancement that is contextual and reliant on the user’s personal experience.  Libraries are beginning to use augmented reality to encourage reading and promote library programs.  Books enhanced with augmented reality become dynamic sources of multimedia information. Archived documents can become interactive objects and posters can become engaging communication tools. This session will discuss current trends in augmented reality applications, the impact and implications for library services in distance education, archives, reference and instruction.  

Audience: Some experience in the topic
Track: User Experience
Tags: Technology & Tools, Value/Impact

Open Educational Resources and Textbook Alternatives: State of the Art and Lessons Learned
Mary Ann Cullen, Georgia State University
Heather Blicher, Northern Virginia Community College
Cynthia Thomes, University of Maryland University College
Brenda Smith, Thompson Rivers University
Kristin Woodward, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

In this interactive panel, librarians from four widely varying institutions discuss their libraries’ efforts toward lowering the costs of educational materials for students, particularly as they impact distance learners. The discussion will focus on progress made in the two years as well as lessons learned along the way about librarians’ roles in OER / textbook alternative efforts, how to stay current, and communicating with faculty and students. Whether newbies or old pros, the audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion as we share experiences and learn from each other.

Audience: Some experience in the topic
Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Campus-Wide Initiatives, Open Educational Resources

Service Excellence in Global Librarianship: Perspectives and Trends
Daniel Perkins, New York University
Lindsey Wharton, Florida State University
Hong Cheng, University of Cincinnati
Neely J. Tang, Cornell University

As the opportunities afforded by globalization expand, colleges and universities are committed to providing students with academic opportunities on an international scale. This has led academic libraries to focus efforts on meeting the needs of students and faculty at global campuses and study abroad sites. In this panel, we’ll be discussing the similarities and differences between our global library services programs and the opportunities and challenges we’ve faced, with practical advice on working with partners on-campus and overseas. This will be an interactive session where audience will work towards formulating and refining global initiatives based on institutional needs.

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Collaboration, Trends & Forecasting

Stronger Together: Librarian Partnerships in Course Design and Development
Sarah Leeman, National Louis University
Ashley Guy, Rasmussen College
Brittany Dudek, Colorado Community Colleges Online
Mark Coltrain, Central Piedmont Community College

Librarians from four different universities explore models for forming university-wide partnerships in curriculum development and course design.

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Information Literacy, Instructional Design

Varieties of the Embedded Experience
Wendy Dover, Gulf Coast State College
Amanda Ziegler, University of West Florida
Heather Blicher, Northern Virginia Community College
Ina Rodino, Brigham Young University - Idaho

Embedded librarianship isn’t one size fits all! Four librarians present four totally different approaches to the embedded experience. One librarian is housed directly in the Education building to assist her students, one has been added to Canvas courses as an instructor, one hangs with her students in a Facebook group, and one is in a position dedicated solely to online students. Come hear their tips, tricks, trials and triumphs, and learn something you can use, whether your own embedded program is in its infancy or an institutional tradition!

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Embedded Librarians, Information Literacy

We Can Do It!: How Librarians Can Start Advocating for Students with OER's
Joscelyn Leventhal, George Washington University
Lindsey Wharton, Florida State University
Laura Harris, SUNY Oswego
Doris Vankampen, Saint Leo University

The cost of textbooks has risen 945% in the last 40 years and vastly outpaces other expenses as tracked by the consumer price index. It’s no wonder that open and affordable textbook initiatives are gaining momentum. How can you start a robust Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative? Four librarians from diverse institutions will share their experiences and give you practical, and creative ways to lay the groundwork and get off to a strong start on your own successful program. We will cover a variety of topics, including marketing it to faculty and administrators, and their frequent concerns.

Audience: New to the topic
Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Open Educational Resources, Value/Impact