ACRL/NY Distance Learning Discussion Group held a meet and greet on Friday, April 25, at the Mercy College, Manhattan campus.
Participants included colleagues who serve our off-campus patrons, whether they are taking classes via the dorm next-door or on the other side of the continent. Our collective experience ranged from those who are just starting up DL-Services, to those who have been “in the trenches” for a while. Our discussion covered the different ways to be “embedded” within the LMS, including the use of code in the admin level of Blackboard to auto-populate courses with course-specific libGuides, (based on course CRN), and a discussion regarding the use of e-reserves vs. course-hosted-files in the LMS.
We also discussed the various ways we try to reach students, faculty and IT to facilitate better collaboration and mutual support, including sharing our experiences with using text, chat and social media for outreach. The latter topics led to an animated discussion about our concerns on the fine line between “being available” and “being creepy” when it came to library service outreach in the social-media sphere. The group looks forward to meeting again soon in a member’s only event addressing “promotion of info literacy and digital literacy in library curricula” later this summer.
About the Author: Kathryn G. Shaughnessy is Chair of the Distance Learning Discussion Group and Instructional Services Librarian at St. John’s University Library, Queens.