The Socially-Distanced Library: Physical Spaces, Transition Tactics, and a Look at the Data

Sponsored by Taylor & Francis
Recorded on 08/06/2020

Posted in Library Leadership and Management

In this webinar:

In the final webinar of this four-part series:

You’ll have the unique opportunity to hear from Rossana Morriello, a librarian working in Italy whose office is responsible for supporting evaluation and research, particularly research assessment. You’ll get an overview of what libraries are doing in Italy, plus a direct view into data collected from studies conducted by the Italian Library Association and other institutions that examined the post-pandemic effects of and engagement with online instruction among the country’s students, faculty, and researchers. You’ll also learn helpful on-the-ground tactics Natalie Haber and her team used to get their library ready to facilitate online learning across the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga campus—including a massive content inventory to determine how best to match up online instructional efforts with learning outcomes for the fall semester and beyond. Additionally, Brian Doherty, Dean of Jane Bancroft Cook Library at the New College of Florida, will describe the decisions he’s having to make to transform the physical space at his library, investigating controlled digital lending, and the library’s role in developing a virtual orientation for incoming students.

In this series:

Choice and ACRL present a four-part webinar series that provides practical guidance for academic libraries to help their campus communities shift to online instruction and services in a socially-distanced environment. Designed for library leadership as well as front-line staff, the four webinars will address issues such as:

  • Publisher and vendor negotiations for services and content
  • How to identify opportunities in the midst of uncertainty for long-term changes to resources, services, and instruction
  • Planning for a “new mix” of scholarly resource formats
  • Programming designed to transition faculty to online teaching
  • How libraries can be proactive partners in the transition to online instruction and services
  • How academic libraries are reconfiguring their physical spaces

Check out the other three webinars in the series:


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    Natalie Haber

    Online Services LibrarianUniversity of Tennessee Chattanooga

    Natalie is the Online Services Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), where she implements and promotes innovative online tools and services for both off-campus and on-campus learners. As a member of the Research and Instruction team, Natalie teaches library research sessions in the online environment as well as face to face. Natalie’s research interests include online learning, information literacy, user experience, and assessment of instruction. Natalie is currently the past Chair of the ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section.

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    Rossana Morriello

    Research Support LibrarianPolitecnico di Torino (Polytechnic of Turin)

    Rossana is a research support librarian for research assessment at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy. She is originally from Turin but she lived for many years in Venice and worked at Ca’ Foscari University as a digital resources librarian. She is a member of the Observatory on libraries and sustainable development of the Italian Library Association. Her research interests focus on research evaluation, digital scholarship, library collection development, library automation and digital libraries.

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    Brian Doherty

    Dean of Jane Bancroft Cook LibraryNew College of Florida

    Brian Doherty has worked in academic libraries for nearly 30 years. He currently serves as Dean of the Library at New College of Florida, a small public liberal arts college, where he oversees all aspects of library services as well as educational technology services, tutoring, and quantitative reasoning. Previously, he held positions at Arizona State University, Missouri State University, and Stetson University. His scholarship has appeared in library science and music journals and encyclopedias, and he is currently Editor in Chief for the International Journal of Library and Information Services (IGI Global).