The DLS Program at ALA Annual

Please join ACRL’s Distance Learning Section for its conference program at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco!

Intentional Teaching Online: Using Instructional Design to Enhance Distance Library Instruction

When: Saturday, June 27, 10:30-11:30 am
Where: Moscone Convention Center 3010 ( W )
Description: Library instruction can be enhanced by intentionally applying the principles of instructional design, which will enable librarians to systematically address factors such as learners’ needs and motivation.
Panelists: Amanda Clossen, Learning Design Librarian, Pennsylvania State University; Kimberly Mullins, Instructional Design Librarian, Long Island University, Post Campus; and Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian, Kansas State University.

Be sure to add this event to your ALA Annual schedule by checking out the program details:

Want a printable reminder?  Check out the DLS Session Flyer 2015.  If you have any questions, please contact the Conference Program Planning 2015 Committee.


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Incorporating the Framework in Distance Learning- Virtual Workshop

Incorporating the Framework in Distance Learning

Free virtual workshop

May 5, 2015, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Successful distance learning programs will incorporate the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. We invite you to work with other distance librarians to devise strategies for using the Framework in your distance instruction!

On May 5th at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern), join Trudi Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian and Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries, and Co-chair of the ACRL Task Force that drafted the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, as she offers a presentation on the Framework.

Immediately following Trudi’s presentation, join a group of librarians in a virtual workshop designed to generate ideas for incorporating the Framework into your distance instruction. Be prepared to participate! The workshop will consist of six breakout rooms, one for each frame in the Framework, with approximately 16 participants working together in each breakout room to share and generate ideas for using the Framework at a distance.


  • Generate and share ideas for incorporating the Framework into distance information literacy instruction

  • Create a network of distance librarians seeking and developing solutions for incorporating the Framework into distance learning

  • After the workshop, participants can further develop–and generate new–ideas in a shared online resource

For the best participant experience, use a USB headset with microphone to listen to the presentation and interact with your workshop group. Without a headset, you can still participate with another audio source and via the chat feature.

This event will run for approximately one hour.
The workshop will be recorded, and made available to DLS members and workshop participants.

Registration for this event is FREE, and is limited to 100 participants.
Register at

Please contact Jill Hallam-Miller at with questions.

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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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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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