I won't be attending ALA, but Jerilyn Marshall Chair, DLS Liaison Committee, just sent the following list of programs related to distance library services to the OffCamp listserv:
Going the Distance: Librarians Supporting Online Courses
Saturday, June 26, 8:30 am - 10:00 am; Peabody Plaza International BR F/G
Librarians are taking active roles in online learning in both academic and public libraries. In academia, librarians may have a presence in web-based courses. In public libraries, innovative programs can bring traditional learning opportunities to the Web. Librarians entering the virtual environment frequently need training and support for adapting traditional skills to new media. This program will feature speakers from Penn State, Purdue University, as well as from a public library
Bridging the Gap: How Well are We Serving Our Students' Needs as They Move Along in Their Learning Careers?
Saturday, June 26, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; Radisson Barcelo Hotel Orlando Butler BR
Panelists serving students at the high school, community college, four-year college, and research university library level will demonstrate how their online tutorials and web sites are being used to support their students' current needs and prepare them for the next step in their learning careers. Needs of students at satellite campuses, taking online courses, day and evening/weekend students, and life-long learners will also be addressed. Speakers: Mary Smither, Head, Media Department, George Jenkins High School, Lakeland, FL; Maira Bundza, Reference Librarian, Western Michigan Univ.; Marianne C. Rough, Collection Development Librarian, Prince George's Community College (moderator); Imogene Zachery, Electronic Services Librarian, Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD; Sara E. Crest, User Instruction Librarian, Towson University (MD)
Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing to Better Serve Distributed Learners
Saturday, June 26, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm; Peabody Florida BR III
As distance learning programs continue to expand, library users increasingly have multiple affiliations, use multiple libraries, and are geographically distributed. With the added concern of budget cuts, librarians must develop new ways to serve users across boundaries by sharing our resources and services. This program will showcase different models of cooperation and communication between various types of libraries.
Pedagogy and the Online Learner
Saturday, June 26, 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm; Radisson Barcelo Hotel Orlando Butler BR
Providing library resources and services via the web is a major challenge and opportunity facing academic libraries. Librarians are actively using the web to provide resources and services, yet many lack sufficient understanding of how online learners learn and use resources and how to best present information and services in this medium. This program will address human factors in information design, best practices in online learning, and how to use effective design in a library setting. Speakers: Michael Newlin, Psychology Department, Univ. of Central Florida; Jerilyn Veldof, Univ. of Minnesota Libraries
Angst to Zest: Empowering the Non-traditional Student
Sunday, June 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; Orange County Convention Center 209 B/C
Join LIRT for practical approaches using adult learning theories in the development of effective library instruction. Keynote speaker, Dr. Phyllis Bibko, Florida Atlantic University, addresses adult learning theories while librarians Judi DeLesle, Valencia Community College and Deborah Anderson, Broward Community College, Palm Bay Campus, share their experiences and advice in developing exciting and creative instruction programs for non-traditional students. Speakers: Judi DeLesle, Valencia Community College; Deborah Anderson, Broward Community College, Palm Bay Campus.
Come Dance with Us: Library Collaborations and Partnerships
Sunday, June 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; Peabody Plaza International BR C
Speakers will present three different partnerships that demonstrate best practices in leadership and management: 1) Libraries as Court Help Resource Centers, a program to help Spanish-speaking citizens navigate the New York State courts, 2) The UD Lib/Search partnership between the University of Delaware and the State which provides electronic information to middle and high school students, and 3) Central Florida Memory, a digitization project of the University of Central Florida Library, the Orange County Regional History Center, and the Orange County Library System. Speakers: Gregg Gronlund, Genealogy Department Head, Orange County Library System; Diane Eidelman, Government Documents Librarian, Suffolk Coop. Library System; Dr. Sandra Millard, Asst. Director for Library Public Services Univ. of Delaware Lib & Prog Dir.
Celebrating a Decade of Web-based Reference Collections-Where do we go from here?
Sunday, June 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm; Peabody Plaza International BR F/G
Virtual reference is a major aspect of reference service. While much of the focus has been on staffing, training, and other issues, an equally important concern is the web-based reference resources that librarians use to answer questions. Our program will examine the history and sustainability of these services as well as their future. Speakers: Joseph Janes, Assistant Professor, Information School, University of Washington; Susan McGlamery, 24/7 Reference Project Director; Karen G. Schneider, lii. Org. Director.
Is "Distance Learning" Passe?
Monday, June 28, 8:30 am - 10:00 am; Peabody Plaza International BR C
The practice of enhancing classroom teaching with web-based courseware is commonplace. Chat reference services can be used anywhere, even within the library. Many patrons now receive documents electronically from interlibrary loan. With numerous electronic services available to all library patrons, is the need to distinguish between “distance” and “on-campus” becoming less necessary? This panel will address how technologies developed with distance learning in mind now have broader use.