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2021
Monday, June 28th
8:00 AM

Welcome and Devotional

Robert Young

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

9:00 AM

Keynote Address: Re-Imagining Librarianship Beyond the Pandemic

Pauline Ngimwa

Libraries have always been at the forefront of digital transformation and have invested in different technologies, such as automation of library services, provision of online information resources, and digital literacy, etc. More recently, libraries have been in a continuous process of re-inventing and leveraging on the transformative power of digital technology to become more people-centered and not mere resource-centered institutions. Modern libraries are being designed with common spaces and technologies that facilitate social engagement and interactions. The unexpected demand to shift services online that was created by the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated this digital transformation process as libraries, like other service providers, were forced to close their physical facilities to keep their staff and patrons safe. The need to continue supporting library users meant that libraries had to quickly fast track their application of digital technologies and innovate new ways and tools to support effective virtual service delivery. With these sudden changes, how does the future of librarianship look, and how are libraries and librarians positioning themselves to adapt and thrive in a new space that presents unique challenges and opportunities? What is the place of disruptive technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality in a post-Covid-19 library service? The keynote address will reflect on how this important service responded and adapted itself to the challenges of the pandemic. It will then explore the nature of the emerging post-pandemic environment, the evolving characteristics and demands of patrons, and how libraries and librarians should adapt to this rapidly changing space. Participants will be provoked into thinking of new methodologies, competencies, and skills of the librarian of the future.

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

10:00 AM

Live Session: ASDAL Business Meeting

Southern Adventist University

https://southern.zoom.us/j/95070669198

ASDAL Conference 2021 business meeting for June 28, 2021.

Moderator: Jessica Spears, McKee Library

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Adventist Virtual Library: Strengths and Challenges in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Néstor Holmes Ramírez

The Adventist Virtual Library (AVL) was created in 2007 as an initiative of the Department of Education of the Inter-American Division (IAD) of the Seventh-day Adventists. Its main objectives are the acquisition and management of relevant sources of information for the educational plans of schools and educational institutions of the IAD and to provide users access to such sources. The Adventist Virtual Library (AVL) is an example of the regional Seventh-day Adventist library consortia. This consortia is a means of solidarity with smaller institutions since the only digital information resources they have is through the AVL. In addition, due to the pandemic, it has become a factor for more dialogue among librarians.

Users who may access AVL are students from 513 primary and secondary schools. It is also available to the academic community of 13 universities. In presentation I will share my experience as a librarian at one of the universities from the Inter-American Division, particularly about the strengths and challenges of the Adventist Virtual Library in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library

Melissa Hortemiller, McKee Library
Bliss Kuntz

Immersive experiences are a great way to introduce students to academic library services. A well-designed experience may relieve library anxiety by acquainting students to library spaces, introducing students to library staff, and showcasing a variety of library resources. During this time of space variability and uncertainty, it is important for libraries to engage students in immersive experiences online if they are unable to visit a library in person. This session includes a discussion of on-site immersive experiences with directions for design and examples of successful programs. The discussion is then connected to online immersive experience design and execution. The application of these concepts for the future may include any off-site academic library populations who would benefit from an interactive experience with library services.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Flipping the Switch: Using Flipped Classroom Ideas to Support Information Literacy During a Pandemic

Christy Scott

At Walla Walla University, discussions of flipped classroom ideas to provide more hands-on and individualized instruction during classroom information literacy in the general studies writing sequence had been discussed prior to moving virtual during spring quarter 2020. Moving virtual and preparing for the possibility of asynchronous instruction required librarian presentations to take up a different format. This presentation looks at potential benefits of flipped classroom experiences in writing sequences, how the education services librarian utilized products like Springshare’s LibWizard to meet the needs of asynchronous and synchronous instruction beginning spring quarter 2020, and discuss lessons learned and plans for future instruction in more traditional face-to-face settings in the future.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Path to Streaming: Delivering Academic Video in a Distance Environment

Stanley Cottrell, Southern Adventist University

The physical media in our libraries were already starting to see less usage before March of 2020, as streaming services became more available and media players were harder to come by. But when education went completely virtual, it was imperative that we were able to deliver media content in a streaming format. I will survey the options available to libraries, from single-title licensing to aggregated video database offerings, as well as free and paid commercial sources on the web.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

1:00 PM

Live Session: ALICE Council Meeting

Don Essex

Contact Don Essex at dessex@wau.edu for information on connecting to the meeting.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuesday, June 29th
8:00 AM

Devotional

Stephanie Guster

8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

10:00 AM

Live Session: ASDAL Business Meeting

Southern Adventist University

https://southern.zoom.us/j/96433719857

ASDAL Conference 2021 business meeting for June 29, 2021.

Moderator: Melissa Hortemiller, McKee Library

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

AUC Center for Adventist Research Collection

Adventist Resources Section

Jim Ford will provide an update on the Atlantic Union College Adventist Heritage Collection for the Adventist Resource Section.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dusting for Stories: How Adventist Archives Shape Our Identity

Jim Wibberding

This presentation recounts the researcher's quest to find forgotten stories in Adventist history, using online archives. After a brief survey of early findings in local churches, current issues, and family history, the talk narrows in on recent discoveries about Merritt G. Kellogg and Jennie L. Ireland. Dr. Kellogg was the first Adventist to preach in California, and a pioneer in mission expansion. Miss Ireland was the first person to start a successful Black Adventist church west of the Mississippi, and mentor to a generation of Black Adventist leaders. The presentation illustrates how archives can shape our sense of identity through the stories waiting to be told.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Librarian and Lecturer A Partnership? From Then Until Now: 2005-2020

Petra Pierre-Robertson

This presentation will trace the relevance of librarians in a changing context, by drawing on the experience of building scheduled instruction sessions into a proposal for a full course for credit. COVID-19 engendered need for adaptation of the proposal into a fully online course. The process of designing the course will be shared. The role of Librarian as Lecturer will also be explored against the backdrop of the then and the now. The presentation will also stress that a course for credit does not negate the need for an information literacy program. In doing so, it will pull from the literature which reveals that the two work side-by-side. Drawing on over 20 years as a Library Director, and now charged with the responsibility of library literacy instruction in a new professional area, the presentation will trace how an information literacy program involving scheduled orientation and instruction sessions can be drawn on or used as a springboard in the development of a proposal for a full course for credit. I will provide considerations, strategies and tips and tricks.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Open Education Resources: Removing Barriers and Promoting Equity Passport size Photo: Attached

Margaret Adeogun

Higher Education (HE) is rethinking pedagogy: the way teaching is delivered using technology to reach beyond the walls of the classroom, removing barriers, and promoting equity. Many reasons account for this thinking—the high cost of textbooks, and the pedagogic shift due to the COVID-19 epidemic that is now fostering distance education, remote teaching and learning, and the prevalence of blended learning. Lack of affordable learning resources has resulted in considerable learning gaps that are preventing many from attaining their dreams, thus, resulting in considerable inequality and equity in access to HE. Our SDA constituents eager to attain HE in Church institutions are locked out due partly to expensive textbooks. Also, those who would like to benefit from distance education to study and attain their degrees from reputable HE institutions outside their home regions are unable to accomplish their goals owing to expensive and inaccessible learning resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) are acclaimed for their ability to reduce student costs and improve equity and access to HE. Today, they are central to HE in many parts of the world, including the USA and Australia. As HE education contends with providing a safe learning environment in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, the adoption of OERs and other affordable textbook options as curriculum resources will foster distance learning and all other forms of blended learning. Such a pedagogical shift will alleviate students’ financial pressure, remove the economic gap, and open the world of education to all. This presentation makes the case for the role of the library in the adoption of OERs in SDA higher educational institutions. It also discusses Andrews University's approach to alleviating the prohibitive cost of textbooks.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Social Media Beyond the Stacks: How Librarians Can Use Social Media to Increase Library Awareness and Engagement

Jessica Spears, Southern Adventist University

McKee Library is active across a variety of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and most recently, TikTok. This presentation will discuss why you should be on social media. We will look at the creation of social media content to engage students and faculty using online tools and resources. We will explore what has worked for each platform, and what ideas failed to connect with our audience. Additionally, we will explore the importance of planning content and using a social media organizer to provide a consistent online presence.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Challenges of Interlibrary Loan During COVID-19: a Brave New World

Donald Martin

The pandemic that began at the beginning of 2020 forced libraries to rethink many of their work flows. Interlibrary loan was no exception. In particular, the most affected area was borrowing physical books. Though this area has always had challenges in a digital world, the pandemic forced our hand to come up with a faster solution for supplying print content to students and faculty. Because the cost of eBooks can be expensive, we turned to ProQuest’s EBook Central’s DDA collection for short-term loans, and it has made a world of difference to help us maintain relevance in a pandemic and virtual world. I will provide an overview of our interlibrary loan services, workflow changes, eBook Central, and mention other viable options we may explore in the near future.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 30th
8:00 AM

Devotional

David K. Ferguson

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

10:00 AM

Live Session: ASDAL Business Meeting

Southern Adventist University

https://southern.zoom.us/j/92952546014

ASDAL Conference 2021 business meeting for June 30, 2021.

Moderator: Stan Cottrell, McKee Library

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Adventist Digital Library Annual Report

Jim Ford

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Journal of Adventist Libraries and Archives Report

Terry Robertson

The Journal of Adventist Libraries and Archives (JALA), ASDAL's peer reviewed journal featuring research and theoretical articles addressing issues common to Adventist libraries and archives, has a growing international readership. You will meet the editors and we will share a variety of opportunities for you to participate. This report will highlight recent developments and explore future directions.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Libraries in the Virtual Realm: Relevance of Librarians in a Virtual World

Dickson Monda
Chebichiy RoseMercy

The shift from the traditional library to the digital library environment has identified new opportunities and challenges to librarians. Traditionally librarians offered their services from a physical location with physical information materials. Currently, with advancements in technology, libraries and librarians exist in virtual environments, therefore, they have opportunities to use modern technological tools to hasten service provision to their patrons. Digital libraries provide solutions to the challenges traditional libraries have, such as storage space for collections. Virtual libraries can be defined as internet-based digital libraries. Librarians have to change their mode of operation to face the challenges of modern technology in the virtual world. With use of data from existing literature, this presentation aims to examine the change in the roles of librarians, skills required by librarians to adapt and innovate in the virtual worlds, and their relevance in these environments. Further, this presentation seeks to show how librarians will remain relevant in the changing information environment to provide information to users while implementing use of virtual technologies that will assist in learning.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Contribution of Telecommuting to Productivity and Innovation in Academic Libraries in Kenya in the Wake of COVID 19

Norah Osebe Mauti

The term telecommuting was first coined in the 1970s, and scholars and practitioners have debated the merits of working away from the office because it is a fundamental shift in how organizations have historically done business. Telecommuting, also known as teleworking, refers to work arrangement and agreement to carry out job duties and responsibilities from remote locations away from the traditional office or workplace. The current digital technologies have enabled mobile connections, and people can work away from the offices worldwide. Telecommuting is performed either on occasional or permanent basis. Literature reveals that there is widespread telecommuting in the developed world as opposed to the developing world. Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic, a lot of light has been shown on telecommuting globally due to frequent lockdowns and restricted movements. Hence the term telecommuting or working from home is more on the surface in developing countries like Kenya where the government, private sector and academic institutions had to devise methods of working from home during the frequent lockdowns. These unprecedented phenomena affected operations in academic libraries in institutions of higher learning. Consequently, the academic librarians had to innovatively device ways of remaining productive and relevant amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic that is still taking a toll in the lives of people. The objective of this presentation is to establish the contribution of telecommuting to productivity and innovation in academic libraries in Kenya in the wake of COVID 19 pandemic.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The COVID Challenge: Keeping up with Student Engagement during a Pandemic

Deyse Bravo, Southern Adventist University

This presentation will discuss the ways in which McKee Library maintained its student engagement and provided research support while still adhering to COVID-19 prevention policies. We will discuss successes and lessons learned.

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM