2014 Distance Learning Visionary
Kathleen Pickens, the Coordinator of Information Services at Cincinnati State, has been named our 2014 Distance Learning Visionary. In her current position,she has worked diligently to ensure that off-campus students have equivalent access to library resources by promoting the library’s electronic resources, establishing guidelines for LibGuides development, and personally creating over 140 library guides in the last 18 months. Additionally, she is an internal Quality Matters Peer-Reviewer for her institution. Kathleen has been heavily involved in DLIG, and has been a driving force in many of its resources. She is also currently the Co-Chair of ACRL’s Distance Learning Section’s Communications Committee and is responsible for maintaining the DLS Facebook page with updates intended to spark collaboration and involvement at the national level. She frequently presents at local workshops and state and national conferences on matters related to distance librarianship, with topics including accessibility in the online environment, embedded librarianship, social media, faculty outreach, information literacy, and Quality Matters.
2013 Distance Learning Visionary
Bridget Faricy-Beredo, Clinical Medical Librarian at the Mulford Library, University of Toledo, has been named our 2013 Distance Learning Visionary. Bridget's work helps enhance evidence-based practice through collection development, teaching and mediated searching. Bridget's continued support for distance learning has been demonstrated through her work with faculty outreach, providing tools that can be used to help faculty better support the research needs of distance students. Bridget highlighted her tireless efforts in providing faculty and student outreach at the 2013 DLIG/IIG Spring Workshop in an engaging session entitled Finding Your North Star.
2012 Distance Learning Visionary
Kenneth Burhanna, Head of Instructional Services for Kent State University Libraries, has been named our 2012 Distance Learning Visionary. Kenneth's leadership and vision in supporting distance learning has been demonstrated through his commitment to developing strategic partnerships on campus, providing professional development opportunities, and by developing support tools and resources for librarians and instructors.
Ken shared his distance learning experience & philosophy at the 2012 DLIG Spring Workshop in a session entitled "A Strategic Action Plan for Distance Learning Support." Attendees were able to learn about:
- A clearer vision for the strategic role their libraries can play in distance learning.
- Tools and approaches for providing leadership on distance learning initiatives.
- Models for creating guiding documents and online support tools.
- An awareness of key challenges for libraries in distance learning.
"Distance learning is a strategic priority at many colleges and universities. It is a tremendous opportunity for libraries to contribute expertise and resources in supporting these initiatives. After all, it's really an opportunity to help meet institutional strategic goals while having those discussions about library instruction, services and resources that librarians always want to have. Distance learning could also be a threat. If libraries don't act with some sense of urgency to support online initiatives, we could be left behind."