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Chad Haefele's picture

ALA Annual 2011 - DLIG program & meeting

Using Virtual Focus Groups in Distance Learning & Online Environments
A program hosted by the LITA Distance Learning Interest Group(DLIG)
Monday, 6/27 from 1:30-3:30
Morial Convention Center, Rm 333
ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA

Gathering information about the library needs of students who are taking courses online or off-campus can be challenging. This program will focus on the use of virtual focus groups to gather student and faculty reactions to existing and future library services and gain a better sense of how these students research and what they find challenging.

The program will feature three librarians who will describe virtual focus group projects that they conducted at their own libraries. These projects, targeted at online and distance students and faculty members, were used to determine awareness of library resources, service needs of distance populations and to inform web site redesign. Panelists will discuss recruitment of participants, technology used for conducting the focus groups, challenges they faced and evaluation post-focus group. A fourth panelist, Dr. Janet Salmons, author of Online Interviews in Real Time (Sage 2010), will participate remotely, and will demonstrate and discuss the use of visual features of online meeting space such as shared whiteboard for interactive focus groups.

This session will provide an opportunity for librarians who work with distance, online and face-to-face students and faculty to connect with one another and share experiences with assessment methods.  We'll have plenty of time for Q&A and audience interaction. The panel session will be followed by a brief DLIG business meeting.

Panelists Include:
Stefanie Buck, Ecampus and Instructional Design Librarian, Oregon State University.
Barbara Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services for Information and Library Services,  University of Maryland University College Library.
Janet Salmons Ph.D., Graduate Faculty member, Capella University School of Business and Technology and scholar-practitioner and consultant through her company, Vision2Lead, Inc. 
Diane Wahl, Librarian for Planning and Assessment, UNT Libraries, Denton, Texas.

Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian and Computer Science Subject Specialist, University of North Carolina, Davis Library
Lauren Ray, Research Commons and Educational Outreach Services Librarian, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, WA

Beth Filar-Williams's picture

sounds like a good session! for those of us not attending ALA I hope we can see/view the session?  (of course it would be really cool if we could join in and view it live as that would demosntrate the content of the session first hand,  but I know thats close to impossible)

Chad Haefele's picture

Thanks Beth!  That is an excellent point, I'm always slightly embarassed that the state of conference centers' wifi makes it so hard to livestream at DL-focused events.

We're hopeful that the remote presentation by Janet will go fine - if so, the good news is that the Elluminate platform we're using will record her session for us!  We'll make that available soon afterward.

I had limited success with ustreaming a conference session via the cell network last year, and might try to do that again.  I'll post any relevant info to the DLIG connect page.

Chad Haefele's picture

And following up, the slides and audio are now available!  http://connect.ala.org/node/137552#comment-22192

Nancy Black (non-member)'s picture

Sounds like a great session - would like to echo the previous comment about being able to see/view session for those who aren't able to attend in person. Thanks.

Nancy E. Black

Chad Haefele's picture

Hopefully we'll be able to!  If the technical bits of Janet's remote presentation work well, that segment will be archived online.  

I had limited success with ustreaming a conference session via the cell network last year, and might try to do that again.  I'll post any relevant info to the DLIG connect page.


Chad Haefele's picture

Just following up - slides and audio are now available!


Chad Haefele's picture

Our panelists' slides and recorded audio of the session are now available on Connect: