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

Lauren is a Superstar!

November 20, 2007

Congratulations to Lauren on the recent announcement of her participation in LITA’s  Emerging Leaders Program. I always knew she was a star.


For Immediate Release
November 20, 2007

LITA Congratulates Lauren Pressley Their New Emerging Leaders Program Participant.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Board is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Lauren Pressley to the ALA Emerging Leaders Program. Lauren is currently the Instructional Design Librarian at Wake Forest University and co-chair of the LITA Distance Learning Interest Group.  In addition, Lauren serves on the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship and the ACRL WSS Instruction Committee.

The ALA Emerging Leaders Program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving workgroups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Each participant is expected to provide two years of service to ALA or one of its units.  The LITA Board wishes to ensure that its’ Emerging Leader has a meaningful leadership experience within LITA, therefore Lauren will work closely with the LITA President and President-elect on aspects of the LITA strategic plan implementation.

LITA had a number of excellent applicants and congratulates these additional LITA members on being accepted into the ALA Emerging Leaders Program as well:  Derik Badman, Emily Ford, Wing Yee Vincci Kwong, Sally Ma, Ghouse Mohammed, Neely Tang, Joseph Williams, and Michael Witt.  LITA has a very bright future with such bright, rising stars.