Circling Back: Leveraging Digital Content in In-Person Learning Environments

Revisiting a conversation about integrating tech insights from COVID into in-person learning environments.

With classes back in session and students fresh from winter break, campus life is beginning to feel normal again, full of squeaky shoes and stifled coughs. Before we lose ourselves completely to the familiar rhythms of the semester, we wanted to pause to revisit a webinar Choice had back in September 2021 about the “new normal” for university libraries after the COVID lockdown. Specifically, we were curious how librarians might take the technology innovations (and improvisations!) of the lockdown and integrate them into traditional, in-person learning environments.

The conversation did not disappoint. Our panel left us with concrete strategies for improving digital content, access, and services with the tools and skills we developed during the pandemic.

The start of every semester offers us a new opportunity to reflect on our old practices and try out new ones. This conversation invites us to recall the digital strategies we pioneered during COVID and put these insights to good use.


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    Susie Kopecky

    Library Coordinator and Associate ProfessorAllan Hancock College

    Susie Kopecky is the library coordinator and an associate professor of library science and English at Allan Hancock College. Her research interests include information literacy, academic libraries, and embedded librarianship.

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    Lauren Magnuson

    Head of Collections, Delivery and AccessCalifornia State University San Marcos

    Lauren Magnuson (she/her) is Head of Collections, Delivery and Access at California State University, San Marcos, where she is a guest on traditional, unceded Luiseño/Payómkawichum land. In her current role she works to support technologies, workflows, and initiatives in the areas of library acquisitions, metadata, and resource sharing. Her areas of focus include supporting equitable access to information and resources for students with disabilities and students who experience financial hardship, particularly students who struggle to afford textbooks or other required learning materials. Lauren has a master’s degree in Information Science and a master’s degree in Educational Technology, both from the University of Missouri.

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