Congratulations to Christina Sibley, Winner of the 2015 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award

Congrats to Christina Sibley, winner of the 2015 Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award!

The Awards Committee for the Distance Learning Section (DLS) of ACRL is pleased to announce that the 2015 recipient of the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship award is Christina Sibley, Distance Education Librarian at Arizona Western College.

This award is sponsored by the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group and honors any individual ACRL member working in the field of or contributing to the success of distance learning librarianship.

Read more about Tina’s accomplishments and the award here:

Attending ALA Annual in San Francisco? Stay tuned for details in the coming months about the Distance Learning Section luncheon on Sunday, June 28th where Tina will be presented with the award.

Please join us in congratulating Tina!

The DLS Awards Committee

Jennifer Hill
Distance Education Librarian/Electronic Resources Manager
Entrepreneurial Library Program
The Sheridan Libraries
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street | Baltimore, MD 21218
410-516-8823 |

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DLS Virtual Discussion Recording Available

The recording of the DLS Discussion Group’s “Defining Distance in the Academic Library” panel discussion is available! Thank you to all of our panelists, Neely Tang, Stefanie Buck, Luann Edwards, Seth Allen, and Priscilla Coulter.

You can access the recording at

If you attended the discussion and didn’t have a chance to complete our evaluation form, or if you view the recording, please take a moment to provide us with feedback at

Best regards,
Jill Hallam-Miller, Discussion Group Chair, 2014-2015

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Tech Tool Review: Web-based Presentation Tools

It seems fitting that our Tech Tool Review post for February comes during the month that features Groundhog Day. While most Americans await Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostication of more or less winter, others may recall fictional weatherman Phil Connors’ imprisonment in a time loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over. While most of us wish for an early Spring, we don’t want you to be doomed to repeat the same old presentation over and over. With that in mind, the Instruction Committee is highlighting two very useful and powerful web-based tools to create dynamic and engaging presentations as well as a tool for storing and sharing your presentations. Our reviewers looked at Haiku Deck, Prezi, and SlideShare. We also look forward to learning which tools you find most useful and creative. You can post your thoughts in the Comments below as well as linking to projects you might have made with these tools to share with others.

Haiku Deck

Access/Storage: Cloud-based/iPad App/Exportable
Cost: Free (premium images for a fee)
Learning Curve: Easy
Evaluation: Haiku Deck is a slide presentation tool, accessible via the web or iOS app. You must register for a free account, which comes with unlimited storage. Haiku Deck lets you do a keyword search for images from the web to use as slide backgrounds. The image search settings can be adjusted to find Creative Commons images licensed for all use or for commercial use only. The iOS app allows you to find and purchase premium images from Getty Images for $1.99. You can also upload your own images or use a solid color background. Haiku Deck comes with several layout options for the text, as well as different font themes. Graphs/charts and speaker notes can also be included with the slides. Presentations are synced with your account, so you can work on the same presentations from both the web and iOS app versions. Presentations can be set to public, restricted, or private. You can present your slides directly from the Haiku Deck website or iOS app, or you can export them to PowerPoint or Keynote. The Haiku Deck website has an extensive Support section with instructions for use, troubleshooting tips, and educator resources.
Reviewer: Hilary Bussell (with Michael Courtney)


Access/Storage: Cloud-based/iOS App/Desktop Version
Cost: Free (all presentations will be made public)/Fee-based pricing for premium options such as making presentations private, offline editing, and volume purchases.
Learning Curve: Medium-to-Difficult
Evaluation: Prezi is cloud-based presentation software. It uses pan & zoom technology and allows for the importing of PowerPoint slides, images, videos, YouTube videos, PDF’s, etc. There are many familiar features such as text and image manipulation, color customization, URL linking, and slide/path rearranging in the sidebar. Prezi includes templates and layouts or projects can be started from scratch. The layout features and path navigation allow for a unique look where the whole layout can be visible on the screen; panning from frame to frame and zooming into and out of details in each frame is controlled in the sidebar. Judicious use of the path navigation should help avoid motion sickness among the audience. The free account allows editing and includes 100MB of storage and presentations are public. Two higher levels include privacy, more storage, support, and offline editing. There are educational prices available.
Allows for worldwide collaboration.
Reviewer: Jim Kinnie (with Hilary Bussell and Michael Courtney)


Access/Storage: Cloud-based
Cost: Free for basic/Premium levels for a fee
Learning Curve: Easy
Evaluation: SlideShare is a worldwide site for sharing presentations. Besides slides it also supports documents, PDFs, videos, webinars, etc. It can be linked to many of the social networks e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. However, one cannot create in this site, it is only for storing & sharing.
Reviewer: Holger Lenz (with Hilary Bussell and Michael Courtney)

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Join the DLS Discussion Group for a Virtual Panel @ Midwinter

Join the DLS Discussion Group for a Virtual Panel Discussion on Defining Distance in the Academic Library

Event: At the Tipping Point: Defining “Distance” in the Academic Library—Trends, Roles, and Challenges

Please register at:

Date and time: Thursday, February 12, 2015 12:00 pm Eastern

Duration: 1 hour

Distance Librarians work on the front lines of one of the biggest changes taking place in higher education—online learning. As educational institutions develop models for online delivery of courses and curriculum that best serve their students, their libraries must also respond with the appropriate services and support for these students. The result is many different models for how distance librarians work, where they work, and what additional challenges and obstacles they face.

Panelists include Neely Tang, Off-Site Public Services Librarian, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Stefanie Buck, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University Libraries in the Teaching and Engagement Department; Luann Edwards, E-Librarian, Tiffin University; Seth Allen, Online Instruction Librarian, King University; and Priscilla Coulter, Senior Online Librarian, American Public University System.

These librarians bring experience and insights into blended distance librarianship, working outside the library’s traditional organizational structure, and whether librarianship is increasingly serving all its students “at a distance”. Join us for a conversation with these librarians, to learn more about their experiences as they meet the needs of distance learners.

Take part in our discussion on Twitter with #dlsdefinedistancechat

Attendees will need a headset or speakers and an Internet connection to hear the discussion. Prior to accessing the meeting, you will need to have the most up-to-date version of Java downloaded. If attendees have any difficulties accessing the meeting, they can call WebEx’s tech support number at 877-469-3239.

If you have never attended WebEx Event before:

How do I join a meeting demo:

System Requirements:

For more information, please contact Jill Hallam-Miller at or at 717-728-2415.

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Tech Tool Review: E-Learning Tutorial Creators

This month the Instruction Committee is highlighting three very useful and powerful tools to create E-learning and tutorials. Our reviewers looked at Articulate StoryLine, Camtasia Studio, and Adobe Captivate. We know many distance librarians have used at least one of these tools so please weigh in on the comments below. We look forward to learning which tools you find most user friendly and productive. You can also post projects you might have made with these tools so others can see the final outcomes.

Articulate StoryLine

Access/Storage: Computer
Cost: $1398/single license* $1845/single license (regular pricing)
Academic Discount (save 50% or more) ;Volume Pricing discounts on purchases of 5 or more licenses (at Academic Discount) *special advertised at time of review
Learning Curve: Medium
Evaluation: Articulate Storyline is an E-learning authoring software with highly interactive features including customizable slide templates, avatars, quizzes/assessments, screen recording and animations. This is a very user friendly product. Articulate allows for self-paced progression through content. The published content is Tin Can, SCORM and AICC compliant so it can be integrated into most learning management systems for tracking/reporting of student progress. Articulate is mobile friendly with Articulate’s own app. The downside is that it is very pricey: one license was advertised as 1K+ at the time of this review. Academic discounts of 50% or volume pricing options may help reduce cost.

Reviewer: Rebecca Bliquez

Techsmith’s Camtasia Studio

Access/Storage: Computer
Cost: $299PC/$99MAC Software is licensed per user. Each purchased user can have the software installed on two machines. Educational and volume discounts available.
Learning Curve: Medium
Evaluation: Camtasia Studio is the most affordable tool listed today. It does not have all the features that others have, but one can still create customized and professional looking videos through screen capture. Videos & quizzes can run on desktops, laptops, iPad, & Android tablets and connect with learning management systems using SCORM. Editing has a learning curve but once you become familiar with it, it is very useful for on-the fly-videos. A webcam and microphone are recommended, however you can also edit videos/voiceover captured with a smartphone. The Techsmith Fuse app facilitates sharing files from your mobile device.

Reviewers: Holger Lenz & Heather Dalal

Adobe Captivate

Access/Storage: Computer
Cost: Student/Teacher Edition: $299. Professional pricing $999 new purchase; $399 upgrade from a previous version; 19.99/month one year subscription.
Learning Curve: Medium to Difficult
Evaluation: Captivate is a screen-casting tool used for making video tutorials with audio (closed captions), text bubbles, quizzes and other interactivity. It and Camtasia Studio work in similar ways. You record your screen movements and then edit slides using a storyboard layout. Captivate is best for more complex and interactive content. Production times takes longer so it is not as useful for on-the-fly videos as Camtasia Studio. However, the slide by slide editing is a timesaver when individual slides need updating. For example when a database interface changes, one does not have to start over from scratch.

Reviewers: Anjali Bhasin & Heather Dalal

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