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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Tuesday, June 29th
8:00 AM


Stephanie Guster

8:00 AM - 5:00 AM

10:00 AM

Live Session: ASDAL Business Meeting

Southern Adventist University

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