Heather Dalal holds a MLIS from Rutgers University (2002) and a MEd in Instructional Design from University of Massachusetts, Boston (2011). In September 2012, she started her role at Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) where she is tasked with instruction and reaching distance learners using emerging technologies. She has creates tutorials, libguides, and promotional videos (known as the Guardians of the Library and the Rider Libraries Minutes). She experiments with and promotes emerging technologies including Canvas (Rider's LMS), virtual reference, lecture capturing, social media and mobile applications.
While at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, she ran a required Information Literacy course integrated program for over eight hundred students per semester. This began completely face to face and slowly morphed into a sustainable hybrid course with the strategic use of effective asynchronous online modules.
She has experience using almost all free software she can find (Jing, Voicethread, Audacity, etc) but has more expertise using Camtasia, Captivate, and Articulate. Heather has done comprehensive evaluation and is continually improving her programs. Heather believes that sound instructional design principles must be applied to ensure cost and time effective library instruction that can meet all the needs, styles, and preferences of today's college students.
Heather is the Vice President/President Elect of ACRL-NJ/NJLA College & University Section. She is a member of the ACRL/DLS Standards Committee, ACRL/DLS Instruction Committee, the ACRL 2017 Conference Coordinating Committee, and the ACRL 2017 Conference Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair. At Rider, she's a member of HOIST (Online Instruction Support Team), the University Assessment Committee and the School of Education Advisory Board. In the Libraries, she's chair of the Moore Assessment Committee, alternate for the Library Academic Policy Committee, and member of the Website subcomittee.