Karla Aleman is the Dean of the Library and eLearning Division at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, OH. She spends her days leading campus initiatives in digital learning, electronic accessibility, equity, and student learning strategic planning. Previously, Karla served as a Distance Instruction Librarian at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. There she managed the library’s Regional Campus Services, which provided research instruction, reference assistance, and library material delivery to distance students, staff, and faculty. She also coordinated the library’s online information literacy instruction program, which included creating online learning objects, video tutorials, and research guides. As the library's Webmaster, she redesigned the library’s entire Web site using the principles of user experience design. Focusing on her work in serving rural distance students, she wrote the book chapter, “Removing Barriers and Building Bridges: Distance Learning Library Services in Small or Rural Academic Libraries,” which is now published in the book, The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations (ACRL, 2016). While at Morehead State University, her other scholarship included the exploration of animated GIFs and other web technologies in stimulating student engagement.
Previous to Morehead State University, Karla was a faculty librarian at the College of DuPage, a community college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. While there, she led the college library’s investigation into emerging video technologies and was a content manager for multiple Library Futures teleconferences, a program devoted to exploring innovation in the field of Library and Information Science. She also partnered with college faculty in the Early Childhood Education and Care Program to develop the Library's collection and design and teach library research instruction sessions tailored to the needs of the program.
Karla received her Master’s in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University, in California. During her time in the graduate program there, she worked in diverse library environments, including public libraries, archives, and the university library. She began her academic career at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Medieval Studies.