Distance Learning Section Discussion Group (ACRL DLS) Community
Join the DLS Discussion Group at ALA in Las Vegas!
When: Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Location: Bally’s Bronze 1
Add the meeting to your schedule: http://ala14.ala.org/node/14682
Join the DLS Discussion Group for an informal discussion of the DLS Program “Leading from the Side” as it applies to distance learning at your library. Share your experiences as a distance librarian who leads through innovation and creativity. Discuss what you learned and how you envision applying it. Attendance at the DLS Program is not required to join us for this timely and important discussion.
Join the Distance Learning Section’s discussion group for a lively discussion on topics including the most effective ways/ideas/strategies to market library services and collections to distance/online students; how to make your webpage and research guides more effective; and new ideas for meeting the needs of distance learners. If you have a question, idea, or topic, please join us for informative and interesting discussion.
Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center 115A
Let us see what you’re doing! Bring screen shots, a printout, or a URL. We’ll compile the examples and links and post them to the DLS Discussion Group’s ALA Connect page for all to see after Midwinter.
Need some reading material for your trip into Philadelphia? Try one of the articles below that addresses the discussion topics:
Adams, K., & Cassner, M. (2000). Marketing library resources and services to distance faculty. Retrieved from Faculty Publications, UNL Libraries http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libraryscience/77/
Bonnand, S., & Hansen, M. A. (2012). From Two Dot to Turkey: Reaching online library users via web conferencing. Urban Library Journal, 18(1). Retrieved from http://ojs.cunylibraries.org/index.php/ulj/article/view/70/pdf
Doucet Rand, A. (2013). A model for designing library instruction for distance learning. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 7(1-2), 84-92. doi: 10.1080/1533290X.2012.705570 (open access beginning 1/21/14)
Hill, J. B., Li, Hongyu, & Macheak, C. (2013). Current practices in distance learning library services as urban and metropolitan universities. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 7(3), 313-322. doi: 10.1080/1533290X.2012.732550 (open access beginning 1/21/14)
Please join ACRL’s Distance Learning Section Discussion Group for a lively online discussion about assessing information literacy and student learning in online environments!
The discussion will take place on Friday, July 19th at 1pm EDT.
Register at http://tinyurl.com/DLSdiscussion
Membership is not a requirement! This discussion is open to all interested parties.
We’ll consider how assessment can be used to show library value, how to approach faculty and administration to get a foot in the door with embedding assessments, and whether librarians should be doing assessment at all!
Please spread the word and share the registration link.
DLS Discussion Group @ Annual 2013
When: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 1:00-2:30pm
Where: Palmer House Hilton, Wabash Room
Join the Distance Learning Section for a continuation of the discussion and comment period that concluded the Saturday DLS program ("Is It Worth It? Assessing Online Instruction." http://ala13.ala.org/node/10053) on the topic of assessing online instruction. This session begins with a brief award ceremony. Refreshments will be provided.
A supplemental reading bibliography is available at http://bit.ly/DLS-Bib
Add the meeting to your schedule: http://ala13.ala.org/node/10620
The topic for this year’s Discussion group meeting was assessment. Participants shared what is currently done with assessment at their institutions which varied widely; from a three to five question surveys following one-shot instruction sessions to the assessment of e-portfolios using the ACRL standards. Although many institutions had already created a culture of assessment, some were just starting to develop a plan for measuring distance learning services and/or instruction in a useful and achievable manor.
Participants discussed the purpose of assessment. For instance, should librarians be assessing learning outcomes versus satisfaction with the instructor? What is the meaning of “learning” for librarians and how well are they suited to assess it? Further questions were raised regarding the assessment of critical thinking, including whether it should be done at a higher university level instead of the library. Participants were interested in finding out how to demonstrate the library’s contributions to student’s achievements. Suggestions were: Alumni surveys (for contribution to lifelong learning), five year reviews, curriculum mapping, and information literacy being incorporated into institutional goals. One participant cautioned that people should remember that what you measure may not be what is most important to patrons. She felt it was important to allow for open-ended questioning to discover areas where you can improve services, as opposed to always trying to get patrons to pinpoint what they want from the Libraries.
Several suggestions were provided for how to keep assessment data, although some still found it difficult to find a perfect product, especially one which could tie assessment to standards. Examples of where assessment data is currently stored include:
- Excel spreadsheet
- Task stream- for 5 year reviews
- Program Assessment using Qualtrix- Use learning outcomes mapped to ACRL standards. Informal approach using sampling.
Participants also discussed what to do with results. The emphasis was on closing the loop and showing that changes have been made based on data that has been collected. One participant suggested creating a time line and identifying five things to respond to regarding the assessment data. Another recommended getting feedback from faculty to see if they notice an improvement in students who have received formal library training. One person mentioned that success can be as simple as students remembering your name or providing a comment on your LibGuide.
For more information about assessment for distance education in libraries attend the DLS program at ALA annual in 2013 and see the following three presentations from this year’s Distance Library Services Conference
- Listen to What They Have to Say! Assessing Distance Learners’ Satisfaction with Library Services Using a Transactional Survey
University of North Carolina – Pembroke
- Aided and Embedded: The Team Approach to Instructional Design
Leslee Shell, Steven Crawford, Patricia Harris
Arizona State University
- In it for the Long Haul: Lessons from a Decade of Assessment
Susan E. Searing
University of Illinois