18th Distance Library Services Conference: Poster 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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Poster Sessions

#BookDate: Starting a Blind Date with a Book for Online Students
Victoria Raish, Penn State University

Ever wonder how to engage online students in activities that residential students partake in? Interested in making online students feel like they are part of your university? This poster session will provide insight into an online version of a Blind Date with a Book initiative. This program was started after a failed initiative to invite online students to campus open house and orientations. Learn what is required to run this program in terms of partnerships and logistics. This program fosters a sense of belonging for online students, a vital part of student retention.

Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Innovation, Social Media

Assessing Awareness and Satisfaction of Library Resources and Services for Online Students
Melissa Raymer, Stephanie Crowe, John Osinski, Anne Pemberton
University of North Carolina Wilmington

In Fall 2017, a team of librarians at the University of North Carolina Wilmington created and administered an online survey of students enrolled in online courses to assess their awareness of and satisfaction with library resources and services. This survey was the first step in allowing us to improve the accessibility and usefulness of our resources and services for distance learners and better target our outreach to these students. The survey instrument will be shared as well as the results of the survey. 

Track: User Experience
Tags: Assessment, Student Success

Bento Box: Improving the User Experience in a Discovery Layer
Christine Tobias, Michigan State University

Although discovery layers are intended to make it easier to find resources, users still have difficulty interpreting search results. At the Michigan State University Libraries, Summon statistics and Google Analytics were analyzed to understand users’ interactions with the discovery layer. Findings translated into design decisions for a bento box display, reducing confusion through compartmentalizing results by content type. Although earlier efforts to launch received opposition, User Experience developed an implementation plan that would address concerns and minimize disruption to users. This poster summarizes this innovative experience, highlighting the creativity, research, and strategy involved in implementing a bento box for a discovery layer. 

Track: User Experience
Tags: Innovation, Technology & Tools

Breaking the Glass Walls: Outreach to a Hybrid Masters Program
Alexandra Hauser, Michigan State University

Librarians have begun an instruction relationship with a hybrid masters business program, the first such relationship in the 10 years of the program’s history. Librarians present a library orientation to new program cohorts and also visit more established cohorts to discuss more in-depth research methods and resources. This poster will discuss the initial “ask” for library involvement as well as instruction strategies and outside of classroom outreach methods for engaging with students. 

Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Advocacy, Instruction

The Citation Situation: Teaching APA Style to Distance Learners
Leah Townsend, NorQuest College

As distance learner populations become increasingly diverse, so should the information literacy instruction and resources offered by libraries. In the tricky area of citation, our librarians have recently been focusing on offering greater access to APA Style learning resources and instruction for distance learners. APA Style can be difficult to learn, so sufficient support and resources are critical for distance learners. This poster will discuss our multifaceted approach to teaching APA Style to distance learners, through the use of interactive tutorials, online guides, personal librarian newsletters, online appointments, and access to APA Style Central.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Electronic Resources, Information Literacy

Designing for the Unknown: Making Online Information Literacy Modules Work for Your Campus
Emily Bliss-Zaks, Deirdre McDonald
Texas A&M University-San Antonio

As a rapidly growing university, Texas A&M University-San Antonio is often unable to finalize course offerings and delivery methods until after the semester begins. This prompted the librarians to create non course specific online modules in our LMS to promote information literacy and research skills that could be used in any type of class. This poster discusses our process of creating these online modules and provides suggestions to librarians who want to design a core information literacy presence that can be used in hybrid and distance education courses as well as supplement in person instruction.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Information Literacy, Learning Management Systems

Discovering Patron Social Media Preferences to Promote Library Services and Improve User Experience for Online and Distance Education Users
Cori Schmidtbauer, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Discover how your academic library can reach out to online and distance learners who may be unaware of library services. This poster session will review survey results of online learners’ social media preferences and Internet habits at a large metropolitan university. Learn how an outreach platform was implemented to improve user experience and foster greater student success by promoting library services and resources.

Track: User Experience
Tags: Social Media, Student Success

Embedded Librarianship in Distance Education: Tech Tools to Enhance Engagement and Outcomes
Betsy Reichart, Penn Foster Education

Using tools such as GoTo Webinar, Libguides CMS, Microsoft Word, Acuity, Power Point, BibMe, Easy Bib, Camtasia, SMS Chat, Purdue OWL, various electronic databases and integration into our Student LMS, we have created an embedded librarian program for various content areas at our institution. This poster session will focus on the process, the use of the tools and how they increased student engagement and outcomes in both typical, online and mobile environments.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Embedded Librarians, Technology & Tools

Embedding with the Bedside Nurse: The Librarian’s Role in Supporting the Non-Traditional, Working Nursing Student Online
Kathleen Phillips, Penn State University

A majority of students enrolled in Nursing PhD and DNP online programs are working nurses. As such, this gives embedded librarians the unique opportunity to facilitate their course interaction beyond typical instruction. Applying a multifaceted approach to communication, instruction, and outreach not only increases a working student’s chances of success in an individual class, but also in their programs overall. 

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Embedded Librarians, Student Success

Fifteen Campuses, One Librarian
Jennifer Shimada, Relay Graduate School of Education

How does a single librarian -- in charge of everything from cataloging to electronic resource management to reference to outreach to instruction -- serve fifteen graduate school campuses located around the US? Through a primarily virtual library that relies on a discovery system and makes heavy use of a demand-driven acquisition e-book program, a partnership with a 24/7 chat reference consortium, the purchase of shelf-ready materials, small reference collections managed by local (non-library) staff, a single course in the LMS that all students are enrolled in, and frequent outreach to curriculum designers and faculty. 

Track: User Experience
Tags: Electronic Resources, Reference

Gotta Catch ‘em All or Can You? A Holistic Plan for Distance Library Services
Mou Chakraborty, Salisbury University

How do you reach all your distance students…or can you? How do you get started with a comprehensive plan with goals, tactics, budget estimate, target dates, and assessment—to promote and market distance library services to all relevant stakeholders? See and hear the librarian discuss the implications and importance of having a plan as a foundation to revamp distance library services; reports of a faculty survey; and her new study involving an environmental scan of regional distance library services websites. 

Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Collaboration, Professional/Staff Development

Is It Worth It?: Assignment Design as a Predictor of Librarian-Student Interaction
Emily Mross, Penn State University

Do labor-intensive assignments lead to increased interaction between distance students and their embedded librarian? To investigate, librarian return on investment for online courses is analyzed by comparing time spent creating and managing assessments against the number of meaningful student interactions seeking additional research help. We evaluate interaction statistics for similar courses with different library assessment types – an automated library skills quiz versus an individually-graded, written research skills assignment – to provide considerations for the most effective use of librarian time in generating assessments with respect to the potential for increasing student interactions and improving course outcomes.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Assessment, Embedded Librarians

Never Say Never: Adventures in Non-Course-Related Library Workshops for Graduate Students
Amanda Calabrese, SUNY College of Technology at Delhi

Non-course-related library instruction sessions are usually less than ideal. Without a specific course or assignment to work toward, students often don’t attend unless required, and they have little reason to engage, no matter how innovative and interactive the session might be. But when online graduate students request more library instruction and faculty can’t find room for it in their courses, you don’t want to turn them away. Learn how a solo online librarian at a small public university responded to student feedback and offered enough workshops to meet working students’ varied schedules without teaching around the clock.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Instruction, Student Success

Now You See Me, Now You Don't: Moving a Large-scale Library Instruction Session from In-person to Online
Ida Martinez, Georgia State University

This poster will present current research that compares the effectiveness of library instruction in online vs. in-person learning spaces. In response to what the research shows, a case study from a large southeastern university will be presented. Data from a large-scale library instruction session that was moved from an in-person classroom environment to an online session will show whether learning outcomes were affected positively or negatively by the transition.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Instruction, Student Success

On the Go Interventions: A Portable Referral System for Library Instruction
Erika Bennett, Kim Staley
Capella University

Capella University has a competency based online curriculum. Library liaisons travel to residencies across the country, and were asked to design a referral system that would fly with us, transforming a one-shot instruction model into a flipped approach with an intervention framework. The system combines LibCal, Qualtrics and Peoplesoft. Faculty can send multi-modal help to learners who didn’t understand the tutorials, or who lack specific competencies. Many libraries struggle to meet students at the point of need – out wherever they are. This system provides a model of distance librarianship that bridges face-to-face and virtual support in an innovative way.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Instruction, Technology & Tools

Online Librarianship: The Bookend to Online Learning
Tracy Ponder, Sarah Fancher
Ozarks Technical Community College

Online courses have been an institutional priority for our Midwestern community college for nearly a decade, with consistently expanded course offerings and increased enrollment. The services of an embedded online librarian have been offered since 2009; however, despite the trend in online enrollment, requests for embedded librarian participation in online courses had declined over time. A campus-wide migration to a new Learning Management System (LMS) beginning in Fall 2016 provided an opportunity to entirely revamp our approach to marketing library services and resources to online students and faculty, resulting in an immediate, sustained uptick in engagement with the online librarian. 

Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Embedded Librarians, Learning Management Systems

Opportunities for Library Integrations in a New LMS: Growing Distance Learning Partnerships
Lindsey Wharton, Florida State University
Sean Hogan, Colorado State University - Global Campus

While most library and learning management system integrations happen after the system is in place, adopting a new campus-wide client provides librarians a chance to design resources and implement services from the ground up. This poster will detail our LMS initiatives as we prepared for the switch to Canvas in 2017 as well as lessons learned, tips for working with your distance learning offices, and plans for future maintenance of the integrations. Higher education institutions are in a constant state of change and distance librarians must be ready to artfully take advantage of these shifts to increase service excellence.

Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Campus-Wide Initiatives, Learning Management Systems

Phone a Friend and Librarian: Learning and Communication Preferences Among Online Occupational Therapy Students
Ronda Kolbin, Lisa Adriani
Quinnipiac University

Have you ever wondered what methods are effective for teaching online students information fluency?  In what ways would the students like to communicate with the librarians? We surveyed students from the Quinnipiac University online Occupational Therapy Doctorate program to find out what the student preferences are for teaching and communicating. Come see our poster session to discover students’ views toward different methods of learning, how the students seek information and where they turn for help. Our survey gathered responses on the most effective ways of communicating with and conveying information to our students.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Information Literacy, Instruction

Pizza with a Side of Outreach: Re-Invigorating Library Outreach at Distance Campuses
Teagan Eastman, Erin Davis
Utah State University

Struggling to reach students at your distance campuses? Feel like your outreach needs a makeover? Learn how two librarians utilized pizza, partnerships with distance administrators and student government and an open house model to redesign their outreach initiatives at their distance campuses. 

Track: Outreach & Marketing
Tags: Collaboration, Value/Impact

Scattered, Smothered, Covered & Chunked: How I Like my Videos Served
Jeff Dowdy, Georgia College & State University

Three video creation platforms are evaluated: Kaltura, WebEx, and Camtasia. Each platform was evaluated from the instructor and student perspective, seeking to answer whether it's preferable to chunk video content or to make it interactive. Or whether sleek, third-party content is more effective than a recorded, live presentation. Conference attendees will be invited to view finished products from all three platforms using their smartphones or an iPad display.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Instruction, Multi-Media Development

Synchronous Sessions: Applying Active Learning in an Online Environment
Melissa Bauer, Kent State University - Stark Campus
Sara Klink, Stark State College

This poster presentation will highlight a community college library and regional campus library’s experiences in developing engaging, real-time online library instruction sessions to meet the instruction demands of classes taking place off campus. These synchronized sessions range from conducting instruction for entire classes to small group workshops. Unlike webinars, these sessions are interactive, giving students the ability to collaborate, explore, and have hands-on experience with finding information and learning new concepts during the sessions. Practical applications, assessment data on learning outcomes and students’ experiences will be included.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Instruction, Technology & Tools

A Teaspoon of ThingLink and a Pinch of Padlet: Spicing Up Virtual Library Services with Interactive Learning Technologies
Rebecca Bliquez, Reilly Curran
Seattle University

This poster will highlight ways that librarians at one university are using innovative learning technologies to create a more professional, inviting and connected online experience. Three tools will be spotlighted - ThingLink, Padlet and Airtable - and how they can be used to build engagement and “spice up” various online library services. Key features and highlights of each tool will be detailed as well as ways to integrate them effectively. In addition, the authors will also report out on results of how these tools have been adopted for specific projects within their library including goals, methods, successes and lessons learned!

Track: User Experience
Tags: Collection Development, Instruction

Tell Your Research Process Story: Using Digital Storytelling Software to Teach the Research Process in an Online Information Literacy Course
Carrie Bishop, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Can you tell the story of your research process the same way you would tell the story of your beach, camping, or big city vacation?  Absolutely! This poster will detail an assignment in an online information literacy course in which students used digital storytelling software to combine screenshots, videos, and text to tell their research process story. The assignment was designed to foster deep engagement with and critical reflection of the research process and information literacy concepts while allowing students to exercise creativity and share their work online. The poster will share details of the assignment, students’ reactions, and lessons learned.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Information Literacy, Instruction

Vampires, Sustainable Garden Parties, and Martian Agriculture: Empowering Composition Students to Save the World with Everlasting Information Literacy Knowledge
Michael C. English, Izzie Hunsberger
George Mason University

Have you been grappling with ways to create a more engaged learning environment for your online information literacy instruction? Are you looking for a way to create sustainable, yet customizable, online learning modules? Join us as we detail the strategies we used to handle the challenge of providing information literacy instruction to growing numbers of online 1st-year and 3rd-year composition sections. We will detail our entire process from initial composition program consultations to the development of learning outcomes and creation of the modules that incorporated narratives, learning activities, and customizable options for faculty.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Embedded Librarians, Instruction

Virtual Literature: Replacing Literature Textbooks with Free Web Resources
Nora Rackley, Lake-Sumter State College

At a small two-year college in central Florida professors wanted to reduce the cost of textbooks by providing primary source materials through Library Guides. Librarians created library guides to deliver both primary and secondary sources online through the library’s website or through the learning management system. This resulted in a huge savings for students and an increased level of student success in analytical writing. 

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Open Educational Resources, Student Success

Where is My Reading? The Effect of Textbook-Free Classrooms on Reference Desk Questions
Megan Davis, Julie Harding, Melissa Foge, Christine Moua, 
University of Maryland University College

This study will determine the impact of textbook-free classrooms on reference desk questions and quality of service. Included in this research study are examinations of the types of questions being asked both before and after the textbook-free initiative, and perceived helpfulness and resolution. Chat transcripts from 2012 and 2015 will be studied to answer the following questions: How have reference questions evolved since the university began its move to textbook-free classrooms? How well are questions regarding readings and assignments being handled? What is the success rate of librarians finding readings that students cannot locate? What are the major issues?

Track: User Experience
Tags: Open Educational Resources, Reference

Why You Need an Embedded Librarian – A Case Study
Aja Bettencourt-McCarthy, Dawn Lowe-Wincentsen, Carrie Dickson
Oregon Institute of Technology

Are you thinking about going online but not sure how to get started or if the outcomes are worth the effort?  Learn how we have grown and streamlined our embedded librarian program by partnering with the online learning center, leveraging the learning management system, and using quantitative and qualitative data to assess our program. Since 2013, we  have been providing online services to students ranging from a passive presence in class discussion areas to active assignment development and providing interactive feedback to students. Our initial results demonstrate that students in classes with active embedded librarians interact more with the library and have a better understanding of information literacy principles.

Track: Teaching & Learning
Tags: Assessment, Instruction