Join the DLS Discussion Group for a Virtual Panel Discussion on Copyright

Join the DLS Discussion Group for a Virtual Panel Discussion on Copyright!

Event: ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion – Copyright or CopyWRONG
Please register at
Date and timeThursday, October 30, 2014 12:00 pm Eastern
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Often viewed as a hindrance and a source of apprehension, copyright law affects all educators and academic librarians. As colleges and universities increase their online course (educational/instructional) offerings, the rights of ownership and rules of fair use are only further complicated. Join the ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion Group for a discussion focused on the state of copyright in distance learning. Learn more about the role of librarians in providing resource support for distance learning courses and faculty’s teaching needs. Panelists include Copyright MOOC facilitators Kevin Smith from Duke University and Anne Gilliland (formerly of OSU) from the University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill as well as Luann Edwards of Tiffin University and Patricia Aufderheide of American University, this will be an opportune conversation to advance your understanding and competency in distance learning copyright issues.

Take part in our discussion on Twitter with #dlscopyrightchat. For more information, please contact Jill Hallam-Miller at or at 717-728-2415.

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The Sandy Slade Distance Librarian Scholarship- Donations Needed

As part of the ACRL Kick Start The Future Campaign, the Distance Learning Section is raising funds for a named scholarship in memory of Sandy Slade to provide support for DLS members to attend the ACRL 2015 Conference.  The Distance Learning Section is honored to establish the Sandy Slade Distance Librarian Scholarship, but we need your help.

In order for the DLS to sponsor a scholarship, we humbly ask every DLS member to join the DLS Executive Committee in contributing to the campaign in honor of Sandy Slade.

To donate $5 or more, please see the Campaign’s How to Contribute page for directions on sending a check or pledging funds.

To donate $10 or more, please follow these steps for online donations:

  1. Head to to access the ALA online donation form. If you are already logged into the ALA web site, you will be taken directly to the online donation form when you click on the link provided above.
  2. Once you log into the ALA web site, you will see the online donation form. Select ALA Divisions and Offices from the left-hand navigation.
  3. Once you select ALA Divisions and Offices, you will see the detailed online donation form.  Enter your donation amount to ACRL Friends Fund-Professional Development. Only donations to the ACRL Professional Development Fund count toward 75th Anniversary campaign, so be sure to enter your donation amount in the box provided for the Professional Development Fund. Once you have entered the amount of your donation, you can click the Checkout box on the left-hand side of the screen.
  4. On the checkout page, click on Add Tribute to specify a group donation (for a section, committee, chapter, interest group, etc.).
  5. On the next screen, click the in honor of button and in the tribute name box, enter: The Sandy Slade Distance Librarian (DLS) Scholarship. Be sure to save this information, which will lead you back to the checkout page.
  6. When ready, add the donation to your basket and proceed with checkout.

Also, if you would like to know more about Sandy Slade and his contributions to the field of distance learning, please visit Steve Schafer’s announcement of Sandy Slade’s passing in 2012.


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Nominations Needed- Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award

Dear colleagues,

The Distance Learning Section (DLS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is excited to be now accepting nominations for the annual Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award!

This prestigious award honors an ACRL member who has made valuable contributions to the field of distance librarianship.

Award, Sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group: A plaque to honor the winner’s achievements and $1,200 to attend the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. The award will be presented to the winner at a special ceremony during the conference.

Submissions must be received by December 5, 2014. Self-nominations are welcome! For complete information about this award and the application form, please visit:

The applicant should demonstrate achievement in one or more of the following areas:

  • Support for distance learning librarianship and library services, e.g., service to students and faculty, innovation and/or leadership
  • Training of faculty/staff who support library services for distance students
  • Significant research and publication in areas of distance learning librarianship
  • Advocacy at decision-making levels, especially in funding and policy development as related to distance learning librarianship
  • Work with outside agencies in support of students learning at a distance
  • Consultation services in support of higher education distance students and programs beyond the traditional library boundaries
  • Planning and implementation of distance learning library programs of such exemplary quality that they serve as a model for others.

For a printable flyer with the Award information, check out this DLS Award poster.

Check out a list of previous recipients here:

Questions? Contact Jennifer Hill, DLS Awards Committee Chair:, 410-516-8823

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Ad Hoc Committee- Volunteers Needed

Dear Distance Learning Section Members,

I would like to extend the following volunteer opportunity for ACRL Distance Learning Section members. You must be a current member of ACRL and DLS in order to volunteer.

On Thursday, August 28, 2014 the Distance Learning Section Executive Board approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to serve through my tenure as Section Chair (June 30, 2015). The DLS Ad Hoc  Member Collaboration Program Committee is  informally charged with planning, purposing, and starting a DLS Member Collaboration Program. The scope of the program will go beyond the realms of a formal mentorship program and may include pairing DLS members working on similar projects or pairing together librarians to exchange professional advice. The committee will need to define its own purpose and outline desired outcomes as well as draft a plan to launch a successful Member Collaboration Program.

I am looking for 8-10 members to serve on this committee under the guidance of the DLS Executive Board.

If you are interested please email me ( by COB Friday September 12, 2014.  Please do not email the listservs.

I am excited about this opportunity.

Thank you,


Alice L. Daugherty
ACRL DLS Chair 2014-2015
Collection Assessment and Analysis Librarian
LSU Libraries
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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Feedback Needed on New Standards

Want to see the new drafted Standards for Distance Learning Library Services?  Please visit our New Standards for Distance Learning Library Services page to see the draft and to provide feedback.  All feedback is welcome!

If you have questions, please send them to Harvey Gover, Chair of the DLS Standards Committee.

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