With more than one in three learners taking at least one online course, and one in seven taking all of their courses at a distance, how do academic libraries expand services to meet evolving digital preferences? Berkeley College offers a robust embedded librarian instructional program, an array of virtual support services, mobile-friendly eResource collections available at point-of-need in the learning management system, and a variety of virtual co-curricular events and programs. Discover strategies to transform online communication, networking, and collaboration. Explore tactics for leveraging existing and emerging technology infrastructure in preparation for a virtual library of the future.
The following topics will be discussed by the presenter:
- Virtual reference: proactive live chat support, text messaging, online appointment booking, virtual office hours, videoconferencing, screen sharing, meeting the needs of non-traditional students (working parents, etc) and global students (across time zones);
- Electronic collections: the transition from physical to virtual, embedding articles, eBooks, streaming media, & digital magazines at point-of-need in the LMS, delivering physical materials to online students, mobile access and app integration;
- Embedded librarianship: online faculty support, virtual information literacy instruction, course-integrated interactive learning objects, library orientation for distance learners;
- Online library events: cultivating a virtual community through co-curricular programming, Online Book Club, Virtual Art & Creativity Festival, live-streamed guest speakers, eScavenger Hunts