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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Wednesday, June 30th
8:00 AM


David K. Ferguson

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

10:00 AM

Live Session: ASDAL Business Meeting

Southern Adventist University

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