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Updated March 3, 2016

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2016: INOV8! 2016

When: Friday, April 29, 2016
Where: Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center (Room 127), located in West Chester, Ohio
Cost: $35.00 for ALAO members / $45.00 for non-members. Includes Food, Parking, and All Sessions.
Student Discounted Price: $20.00. Must present valid student ID at registration

What: This year’s workshop will feature a presentation from our Visionary Award Winner Sara Klink, interactive sessions, networking opportunities, and food–lots
of food! In the afternoon, there will be a hands-on session and lab focused on accessibility, so bring your laptop and/or tablet and an online learning tool (tutorial, webpage, libguide, etc.) that you would like to make accessible.

Directions to Miami U's Voice of America

Address: 7847 VOA Park Drive (off of Cox Road), West Chester, Ohio 45069 Attendees may park for free in any of the lots adjacent to the building.

[See Building Photo]


If you need overnight accommodations, there are a variety of hotels located in and nearby West Chester. You can check pricing, availability, & make reservations by following the Google Maps



9:30-10:00: Registration and Light Breakfast
9:55-10:00: Welcome and Introductions
10:00-11:00: “Instruction Beyond the Classroom: Building Lessons and Connections in a Digital Environment”, DLIG Visionary Sara Klink, Stark State College

11:00-12:00: Accessibility Lab, Laura Patch DePue, Miami University
12:00-1:00: Lunch
1:00-1:30: “Engaging and Educating Students Worldwide”, Hong Cheng, University of Cincinnati
1:30-2:15: Interactive Roundtables

2:15-2:30: Break

2:30-3:30: Roundtable Sharing
3:30-4:00: Additional Q & A, Evaluations, and Wrap Up

Session Details

All sessions will take place in the VOA's Room 127. 

Engaging and Educating Students Worldwide

Presenter: Hong Cheng

As many American universities enroll students through a shared or global campus, librarians can play a vital role as the primary information and library services provider. The University of Cincinnati (UC) and Chongqing University (CQU), China established the first shared engineering programs in China with mandatory co-operative education, the Joint Co-op Institute (JCI). Students primarily receive on-campus instruction in China from JCI instructors; however, no UC librarian is onsite to provide dedicated support. In response, UC Libraries developed the new Global Services Librarian position as the lead presence for support of the Libraries' growing global engagement and partnerships, especially with the JCI. This librarian provides a full range of services, mostly at a distance, including instruction, outreach, and faculty support. This presentation will describe the Global Services Librarian position, its roles in supporting the JCI, lessons learned in the first year of this position, and how this role could be adapted for other library environments.

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2015: INOV8! Elevating Engagement for Students Online

At Miami University’s Voice of America Learning Center (Room 127), located in West Chester, Ohio on Friday, May 15, 2015.

Embedded Librarianship: Communicating Our Crucial Value
Presenters:2015 DLIG Visionaries, Beth Tumbleson & John Burke

Academic libraries spend millions on emerging technologies, digital and print collections, and hiring staff with subject and technology expertise. How do we signal stakeholders this sizable investment is worthwhile when libraries are under siege by funders and often bypassed by potential users? LMS embedded librarianship is the workable solution for a digital, mobile generation of learners who rely on the LMS.

Together we will review trends today that impact teaching, learning, and research. We will contemplate our changing yet constant role of providing access to ideas and information, acclimating students to academic culture, preparing graduates for career success, and exposing learners to a vast array of sources and tools so they may develop their research acumen.

It is crucial to communicate clearly and proactively with stakeholders who may hold dated and foggy notions of Camelot, of what was, the card catalog, runs of bound journals, and a librarian at the Reference Desk. The educational landscape has shifted radically. Although students may prefer playing in Never Never Land far from the library’s reach, embedded librarians are dedicated to developing students’ research prowess. Only by working with faculty may we accompany students in their LMS learning journey, as guides and consultants, from archival research, to clinical studies, to big data, and beyond. They need to know our name and our game.

Reaching Visual Learners: Incorporating GIF Graphics into Online Instruction
Karla Aleman & Toccara Porter

Connecting with text-weary students can be a challenge in the online instructional environment. A video tutorial will show a database in action, but it may not address what students’ need in a timely manner. After all, students may get impatient with even a one-minute video. A screenshot, on the other hand, will get to the point quickly, but cannot capture the actions of a user fully interacting with a database search. How can librarians achieve a blend of both video and screenshot effects within one platform? A great solution is to create animated GIF graphics. This presentation will showcase online learning objects utilizing this technology, including one Science Information Literacy Module, a general How to Do Library Research LibGuide, and further examples. Come to this session to explore best practices, browse recommended GIF makers, and participate in a discussion on how to effectively incorporate this technology into online and face-to-face instruction.

No Software? No Problem. Creating Interactive Lessons Using Open-Access Free Resources

Presenter:Mandi Goodsett

Literature in the field of education supports the idea that teaching is more effective when it involves active, engaged learning. One way that librarians can accomplish this in a distance environment is by creating online lessons and tutorials which call for interactivity by the participants, whether by asking the learner to answer quiz questions, manipulate objects on their screen, or even complete tasks in a guided environment. However, while these methods have been shown to be effective, software like Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline, which provide impressive features that allow for interactivity, might not be in every library’s budget. Fortunately, there are a variety of online options that are completely free and easy to use. This presentation will present a number of free, open-access tools that allow librarians to create engaging, interactive learning objects without paying top dollar for tutorial creation software. Some featured tools will include Vialogue, Zaption, Guide on the Side, HapYak, and EduCanon, among others. In the spirit of active learning, audience members will be given opportunities to actively participate in the presentation and return to their libraries with practical tools to implement right away for better distance learning library services. 

Using LibGuides 2.0 & Video Creation Tools to Provide Distance Learning
Jennifer Natale & Jennifer Bazely

How do we ensure students have access to library instruction and librarian support when they’re in an online course? Learn tips for using LibGuides and video creation tools to offer information literacy and library instruction on a subject or course specific level. We will share our experiences with LibGuides version 2.0 including establishing standards and best practices to better engage students and personalize services. Participants will learn how to utilize LibGuides statistics and Google Analytics to analyze usage and ensure relevancy of your guides. Gain an understanding of various video creation tools such as Jing and Camtasia to create engaging, accessible distance education tutorials. Finally, we will share our strategy for creating subject and course LibGuides to meet the specific needs of students in online courses. Online Resource for Participants:

For more details, please email either Carrie Girton at or Kathleen Pickens at

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2014 ALAO Conference Session: 

This year's DLIG sponsored ALAO Conference Session is “Rethinking our LibGuides to Engage Our Students: Easy DIY LibGuide Usability Testing and Redesign That Works” Terese DeSimio & Ximena Chrisagis of Wright State University.

2014 Spring Workshop

Thank you for your interest in DLIG. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2014 Spring Workshop has been cancelled. We hope to see you at the 2015 Spring Workshop! Be watching for dates and details.

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2013 Making Noise in the Library: Advocating for Our Students and Our Libraries

Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center, June 3, 2013

Moving from Nice to Necessary: Academic Libraries and Communities Collaboratively Composing Participatory Practices of Learning
Presenter: Buffy Hamilton
In in higher education, how might academic libraries examine their work through a lens of participatory culture to cultivate new kinds of partnerships for learning and community engagement with faculty, staff, and administration? We'll explore how a lens of participatory learning and librarianship can help academic librarians forge new pathways that can rewrite the possibilities for library as place, partner, and platform for learning, innovation, and collaboration.

Finding Your North Star
Presenter: Bridget Faricy-Beredo
Bridget Faricy-Beredo, DLIG 2013 Distance Learning Visionary, will address the challenge of prioritizing online and distance students – especially when your technology, audiences and responsibilities are shifting. Touching on both national standards and trends as well as on specific projects, Bridget will discuss her work with faculty outreach and students.

Assessment Learning Circle
Discussion Leader: Buffy Hamilton

Engage with peers about all things assessment! Discussion topics will include: why we should be involved in the assessment of student learning, tackling assessment challenges, best practices and strategies for assisting faculty with assessment of student learning, and dealing with formative, summative, and self-assessment in the virtual, blended, and in-person learning environment.

They Didn’t Teach This in Library School: Straight Talk from the Trenches

Moderator: Rob Snyder
Panelists:  Jessie Long, Lauren Wahman, Katie Foran-Mulcahy, and Sara Klink

Real librarians will “keep it real” in this panel discussion, including topics like time management, committee work, relationship building, the art of saying “no,” classroom management, and more.

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2013 ALAO Conference Session: 

This year's DLIG sponsored ALAO Conference Session was Academic Libraries & Course Management Systems: Can You be Embedded without being Buried? presented by our 2012 Distance Learning Visionary Ken Burhanna of Kent State University. You can view Ken's presentation at slideshare.

2012: INOV8! Strategies & Models for Distance Library Services

Miami University's Voice of America Learning Center, May 11, 2012

A Strategic Action Plan for Distance Learning Support
Presenter: Kenneth Burhanna

You may know the importance of libraries for distance learning, but does your campus community? In this session, you'll get a clearer vision for the strategic role their libraries can play in distance learning--a vision you can take back to your campus. Learn additional tools and approaches for providing leadership on distance learning initiatives, models for creating guiding documents and online support tools, & boost awareness of key challenges for libraries in distance learning.

What's the Fuss? Understanding Why "Quality Matters"
Presenter: Janet Hurn
In this session, you'll learn more about how universities utilize Quality Matters to develop "quality" online courses. What are the standards & how are they met?  Even if your institution does not use QM, you'll gain insights that will help you market your distance library services to faculty teaching online--insights that will help you & your library stay relevant.

Models & Tactics for Embedded Librarians: A Panel Presentation & Discussion
Moderator: Jessie Long
Panelists:  Robert Zai III, Kenneth Burhanna, Rob Snyder, Lauren Wahman
Have you ever wondered how other people were doing DL? Each panelists will give a 5 minute overview of what they are doing...any tell you why they do it that way. After viewing sample embedded course content & the panelists' preferred tools, attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions, seek guidance, & share their own methods. By the end of the session, the DLIG community will have a clearer perspective onbest practices for distance learning library services.

Best Practices: A Collaborative DLIG Workshop Project

By the end of the panel discussion, the DLIG community will have a clearer perspective on best practices for distance learning library services. As a group, we’ll wrap up the workshop by creating our own Best Practices list that attendees can take back to their institutions.

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About our Presenters

Kenneth Burhanna is 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.

JHurnJanet Hurn As a reviewer for Quality Matters & Interim Director of E-Learning for Miami University Regionals, Janet Hurn has ample experience creating and delivering high quality content to students in learning management systems. Janet is also a Senior Instructor in the university's Physics Department, a position which has allowed her to garter ample first hand experience with the trials & triumphs of connecting to students in the online classroom. She has been teaching courses online since 1999.

RobSRob Snyder Using LibGuides, Meebo, Twitter, & more, Rob provides library-related support for distance education and online degree completion programs at BGSU. His research interests include research include the application of emerging technologies to classroom instruction, and finding ways to better provide library support for online and distance learners.

LaurenLauren Wahman As the Instruction Librarian at the University of Cincinnati’s, Blue Ash College, Lauren coordinates library instruction services which includes teaching, Blackboard library support, leading the Library in college-wide information literacy projects, and collaborating on the development of tutorials and learning objects. She is currently looking at ways to collaborate with teaching faculty on library instruction for online courses.

Robert ZRobert Zai III Robert's impact on distance learning & embedded librarianship extends far beyond his role as Coordinator of Information & Research Assistance Librarian at Northern Kentucky University. A co-author of high impact research articles that include: "Adding an Extra Helping of Service When You Already Have a Full Plate: Building an Embedded Librarian Program", "Value-Added Library Resources & Services Through Blackboard", and "Web Accessibility at Academic Libraries:Standards, Legislation, and Enforcement", Robert has helped NKU become a recognized leader in Blackboard librarianship.

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2011:INOV8: Revitalizing Distance Learning

Ohio Dominican University, May 13th, 2011

Learning Management Systems: Synchronous & Asynchronous Strategies for Remote Users Presenter: Louis Mays

Looking for innovative ways to provide access to library resources & services while building a relationship with your students? Using Blackboard & Dual Enrollment Student as primary examples, Louis Mays of Southern State Community College will provide you with some proven strategies for connecting to your audienceundefinedstrategies that can be adapted to any audience & any learning or course management system.

TL;DR: Amp your Audience’s Energy (Without Draining Yours) Presenters: Karen O'Hara, Eric Resnis, Eli Sullivan, & Kathleen Pickens-French

Keeping content fresh can be a challenge & finding the time to redevelop materials you already have can pose an even bigger challenge. In this session, you’ll be introduced to some of today’s freely available tools that can be used for promoting services, teaching visual literacy skills, or for crafting your next creative presentation. You will have the opportunity to get “hands-on” experience creating your own projectundefinedexperience that you can take back to your libraryundefinedby attending 1 of 3 breakout sessions.

  • Option 1: Join Interactive Media Studies Instructors Eric & Eli in creating your own Prezi. If you’re tired of PowerPointsundefinedor your students areundefinedyou’ll appreciate the flexibility this tool has to offer. [See for sample]
  • Option 2: Need a way to integrate images, video, & text into one creative project, either to foster visual literacy skills or promote your library? Web 2.0 Librarian Kathleen will guide you through Animoto, where you can make professional looking video clips with just a few clicks. [See for sample]
  • Option 3: Learn how to make the most of the most valuable real estate your web page has to offer so you can get (& keep!) audience attention. Technical Writing Instructor & Technology Specialist Karen O’Hara will you give you tips to help you avoid the “Too Long Didn’t Read” complaint!
Exceeding Comes Later: Identifying and Understanding Expectations Panelists: Jessie Long, Karen O'Hara, Sarah Garrison, & Kate Topper

Have you ever wondered what kind of support online faculty really expected of you? Or what students needed from you? Or what an instructional designer would say about your approach to being embedded? Find out during this Q & A open discussion, featuring an embedded librarian, e-learning faculty, a distance learner, and a techie.

Audiovisual Conundrums: Legality versus Equality with Media Resources Presenter: John Burke

Pictures, video, soundundefinedyou have to have it all if you are going to connect to different learning styles & keep content stimulating. Join John Burke, Library Director of Miami University Middletown, in a frank look at how the use of multimedia in the physical classroom has impacted delivering equal services for the online classroom.

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ALAO Conference Session
This year's DLIG sponsored ALAO Conference Session is Town and Gown: Collaborations between a Public Library and an Academic Library with speakers Krista McDonald of Miami University Hamilton and Carol Bowling of Lane Public Libraries. To learn more or to register, please see the Conference Website.

2010:Effective Instruction from Design to Assessment

Co-sponsored by IIG & DLIG
Instruction by Design: A Panel Discussion
Moderator: Dr. Christina Bonner (Ohio Dominican University)
  • Jillian Jevack, Content Developer / Instructional Designer, Ashland University
  • Dr. Dawn Snyder, Chair, Instructional Design & Performance Technology, Franklin University
  • Litsa Varonis, Multimedia Specialist, The University of Akron
  • Lynn Trinko, Program Manager, Educational and Media Technologies, The Ohio State University at Lima
A well-designed library instruction program can make a big difference for your students’ academic success. A panel of professional instructional designers will share their expertise with creating instruction programs that work. Discussion will include tailoring programs to fit the audience, to meet objectives, and to be used with on-campus and distance learning settings.

Knowing What They Know: Information Literacy Assessment Techniques
Presenter: Carolyn Radcliff, Associate Professor, University Libraries, Kent State University & project administrator for Project SAILS, an instrument for assessing information literacy skills.
This presentation will touch on a variety of assessment techniques that you can use with your students, with an emphasis on knowledge testing. Learn how to create effective tests and work with the results. Find out about options for standardized testing for information literacy, including the Project SAILS test. Get an update on Project SAILS, including a preview of its latest offering. The session will be interactive, and you will be challenged to put the workshop material to work through small group exercises.

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2009:Trends & Innovations in Information Literacy & Distance Learning

Co-sponsored by IIG & DLIG
Integration of Information Literacy Instruction into the Core Curriculum: One Online Approach Presenter: Christina Bonner, Ohio Dominican University
A presentation on ODU Library’s course web pages for the university’s core interdisciplinary seminars

Bridging the Distance with Virtual Reference Service
Presenter: Megan Mitchell, Oberlin College, Chair of the OhioLINK WebRef Committee
Discussion and demonstration of KnowItNowAcademic, the virtual reference partnership with KnowItNow 24x7, the statewide service supported by the State Library of Ohio and public libraries across the state.

Teaching Information Literacy to On -Site & Distance Learners: A Panel Discussion.
Moderator: Traci Moritz (Ohio Northern University)
  • Pat Antonelli, (BGSU Firelands)
  • Steven Kenneally (Mount Union College) Amy Fyn, (BGSU)
  • Kathryn Venditti (Ashland University)
A panel of academic librarians will discuss the benefits and challenges of library instruction in the context of different delivery methods. Methods include online courses for credit, traditional stand-alone classes, & one-shot presentations, both on campus and off-campus.

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2007: Distance Learning and Libraries--Generational Techniques and Emerging Technologies

What a Difference a Generation Makes: How to maximize performance and job satisfaction for Veterans, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Nexters.
Presenter: Georgene Johson, Washington State Community College

Second Life
Presenter: Brian Gray, Case Western Reserve University

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world that is built by the participants rather than a handful of paid programmers. Organizations have tapped this virtual environment to offer classes, conduct research, collaborate on projects, and offer an alternative to traveling to traditional meetings or conferences.

Presenter: Deanna Romano, Ashland University
WebConferencing enables instructors to deliver that personal touch of sharing the relationship between concepts and practice with voice, video and personalities. This presentation will discuss the use of WebConferencing and the various tools available.

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2006: Virtually Anywhere: Innovative Approaches to Library Services for Distance Learners

Location: Ashland University

Modules and Online Instructional Design Promote Problem-Based Learning
Presenters: Kelly Broughton (Interim Associate Dean for IT, Bowling Green State University Libraries) and Bonnie Fink (Interim Director, Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Bowling Green State University)

This session offers discussion on how problem-based learning works for traditional students on campus and non-traditional students online. Discusses how problem-based learning has a direct relationship with adult learning research and online instructional design.

The S.A.G.E. Project: a Model for Library Support of Distance Education
Presenters: Ruey Rodman (Head of Access Service, John A. Prior Health Sciences Library, OSU)

This presentation describes the collaborative process and the creation of a library resources and services page within the courseware used in a distance education program for non-traditional students at the Ohio State University.

Convergence of the Library and the Freshman Experience: Instructional Collaboration and the Online Environment
Presenter: Christina L. Bonner (Reference & Instruction Services Librarian, Ohio Dominican University)
This presentation focuses on the librarian as online course component designer and the issues of instructional collaboration using a course management system in a freshman orientation seminar.

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