Presentations will be conducted asynchronously for the ASDAL Conference 2021. You can view the session presentations using the links below.

Business Meeting

An ASDAL business meeting will take place live each day from 10 am to 12 pm EST.


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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

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 for information on connecting to the meeting.

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM