Registration Now Open for the DLS Discussion Group’s Fall Presentation!

The Research as Inquiry Framework in Distance Education Courses

Sponsored by the ACRL DLS Discussion Group
Event Date: Thursday, Nov 12, 2015 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Registration Deadline: November 10th at 5pm

Please join the Distance Learning Section Discussion Group for our fall virtual discussion, The Research as Inquiry Framework in Distance Education Courses. We will host Rebecca Renirie, Global Campus Librarian for Central Michigan University and Smita Avasthi, Public Services Librarian at Santa Rosa Junior College who will present on their implementations of the “Research as Inquiry” framework in the distance education environment. The speakers will discuss how they did it and how they assessed the effectiveness of their application. The first 20 minutes will be a formal presentation followed by 40 minutes for Q& A and discussion.

The webinar is free but space in the webinar is limited to 100 participants, so please register online here: by November 10that 5pm.

After registration has closed you will receive instructions for joining the webinar or if it is necessary to add you to a wait list, you will be notified via email.

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Unanimous Landslide!

Among the seventeen members of the DLS Executive Committee who voted on acceptance of the newly revised Standards for Distance Learning Library Services, the vote was one hundred percent for approval of the draft. The next phase in this cycle of revision is submission to the ACRL Standards Committee (SAC) for their review and approval before sending the new Standards for Distance Learning Library Services to the ACRL Board of Directors for their final review and approval for publication at the ACRL Guidelines, Standards, and Frameworks site.

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Call for Proposals – Virtual Discussion Series

Do you have activities or approaches applying the new Framework for Information Literacy in the distance learning environment that you would like to share with peers? The ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion Group would like to invite you to submit a proposal to be part of our virtual discussion series.

The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to 10/4/2015.

You will be notified by 10/15/2015 if chosen to be a panelist.

Tina Adams and Jill Hallam-Miller (DLS DG Co-Chairs),
DLS Discussion Group Committee

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Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Award!

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 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. The award will be presented to the winner at a special ceremony during the conference.

Submissions must be received by December 4, 2015.  Self-nominations are welcome! For complete information about this award and the application form, please visit the Awards page.

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.

Check out a list of previous recipients here:

Questions? Contact DLS Awards Co-Chair Committee Chairs; Rebecca Nowicki: or Brandon West

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Tech Tool Review: Social Networking & Collaboration Tools

This month’s set of tools from the DLS Instruction Committee includes three popular sites for collaborating and networking online. In addition to Twitter, a commonly used social media tool, we also provide reviews of Tumblr and Reddit. These are just a few of the many great, freely available social collaboration tools available online. We invite you to share your own favorites in the comments below. Have you used any of these sites in your work with students? Let us know!

Social Networking & Collaboration Tools

Tumblr Access/Storage: Cloud Cost: Free Learning Curve: Easy Evaluation: This is a social media site and microblogging tools. Users post blogs, pictures, and share with friends. A library could post whatever they might post on Facebook and Twitter. Tumblr is very accessible, open, and very informal. See the tag for Academic Libraries on Tumblr. Here is a review from Library Journal on Tumblr.

Reviewed by: Heather Dalal

Reddit Access/Storage: Cloud Cost: Free Learning Curve: Medium Evaluation: Reddit is a website full of forums (called subreddits) with user submitted links or text posts. Users can upvote or downvote posts and comments. The learning curve is “medium” because Reddit can get a bad reputation. Users should create their own accounts, choose subreddits that interest them. Visit the Ask Academic subreddit for academic advice. Find a subreddit related to your professional tasks or goals. For example, is full of tips from professionals in that area and it helps me to apply usability testing in the library. Some colleges have their own subreddits, which is fun to lurk. Reddit does have a very male userbase, with mostly a younger audience 18-24.

Reviewed by: Heather Dalal

Twitter Access/Storage: Cloud Cost: Free Learning Curve: Easy to Medium Evaluation: Twitter is a type of social networking site called a microblog, which allows users to share small amounts of content at a time. A Twitter user is limited to 140-character tweets, which can be comprised of text, images, or web links. Twitter also makes use of hashtags, which are easily searchable words or phrases preceded by a # sign, designed to group similar tweets together. Twitter can be used by individual librarians for networking, sharing their research, or following conference tweets via hashtags. Libraries and institutions also Twitter as a way for connecting with their patrons, providing updated information on services and resources, and/or advertising promotions or sharing news. The Library Success Wiki has a long list of libraries and librarians on Twitter, which may be useful to consult for sample content or best practices.

Reviewed by: Melissa Mallon

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