Learning Virtually: Online Professional Development for Library Workers with Tight Budgets and Full Schedules

Saturday, June 28th, 1:30-3:30pm

  • Planning training and professional development for library staff or for yourself? Have limited funds? How can e-learning be a solution for your library or institution?
  • Many innovative technologies are available in delivering flexible and inexpensive on-site programs.
  • This program will feature some current trends in e-learning as addressed by creators, experts, and librarians involved with virtual learning, the role of the e-learner, and the use of virtual space in training and development via e-learning.
  • Panelists
    • Jon Stahler, Manager of Web Services, ACRL;
    • Dan Balzer, Learning Architect, BP (The Green Room)
    • Elaine Fabbro, Senior Reference Services Librarian, Athabasca University
    • Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder & Executive Producer, LearningTimes, and President of LearningTimes Network;
    • Moderator, David A. Wright, Director, Learning Resources, Surry Community College

Saturday, June 28th,4:00 pm – 05:30 pm CJCLS/CLS/DLS Poster Session



This year we’re working with the Distance Learning Section of ACRL to share programming information. Here are other distance learning related opportunities for ALA 2008!


Saturday, January 21

Sunday, January 22

  • 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. All-Committees Meeting
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Bibliography Group Meeting*
    Convention Center, Room 103A
  • 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Executive Committee
    Convention Center, Room 007B

Monday, January 23

  • 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Discussion Group
    St. Anthony Hotel, Georgian Room


If We Don’t Call It Distance Learning, Does It Exist? 
LITA Distance Learning Interest Group Program

ALA Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA
Saturday, June 28th, 8 a.m. – 12 noon

This event will look at the question of whether, in our world of online access to resources and services, if all users aren’t in fact distance learners? Or is there a valuable distinction between distance learners and library users who use online library services and resources? Further, should all library staff have engage with distance learning? Together we will look at these questions in three ways: impact on the library’s mission and culture; how outreach is affected; and challenges for solo distance-learning librarians. Discussion will engage the audience to identify ways to integrate distance-learning services and resources with traditional support and physical collections.


8:00-8:15 a.m.: Welcome
Lauren Pressley, Co-chair, LITA Distance Learning Interest Group, and Instructional Design Librarian, Wake Forest University

8:15-8:45 a.m.: Keynote
Kim Duckett, Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning, North Carolina State University Libraries

8:45-9:30 a.m.: Perspectives of a Solo Distance Learning Librarian
Chad Haefele, Reference Librarian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

9:30-10:15 a.m.: Distance Learning & Library Outreach
Samantha Hines, Assistant Professor, Distance Education Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian, University of Montana

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break

Organizational Perspectives: Distance Learning in the Library, Across the University, and into the Future

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Howard Carter, Associate Professor and Manager, Instructional Support Services, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

11:15 a.m.-12:00 noon: Harvey R. Gover, 2008 ACRL/Haworth Press National Distance Learning Librarian, Acting Chair and Consultant to the Distance Learning Section Guidelines Committee, and Assistant Campus Librarian, 
Max E. Benitz Memorial Library, Washington State University Tri-Cities

Visit the Distance Learning Interest Group Blog at https://dlig.wordpress.com