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Instruction on the Go: Reaching Out to Students from the Academic Library

Heather Moorefield-Lang, Tracy Hall
2015 Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning  
The purpose of this paper is to describe how a series of one-shot or single class library instruction webinars were created for on-campus and distance education students at Virginia Tech, a land grant institution in rural southwestern Virginia. Virginia Tech's distance learning department on campus trained in Centra 7.6 software and the lead librarian collaborated with peer librarians to offer a wide range of instructional sessions. In this study, interviews were conducted one-on-one with five
more » ... e-on-one with five webinar participants at Virginia Tech. Interviews were digitally audio-taped and transcribed. These interviews were used to gain feedback and information regarding the library-based webinars. Results were organized into thematic codes using NVivo 10 software. Results showed strong interest in the library webinars, especially in the playback or archiving features and interactivity. Keywords: distance education | academic libraries | higher education | online instruction | webinars | information literacy Article: BACKGROUND Virginia Tech is located in the southwestern portion of the commonwealth, approximately three and a half hours from Richmond. The university library serves over 31,000 full time and nearly 3,000 part time students in 65 bachelor programs and 150 masters and doctoral degree programs. Virginia Tech's School of Education is a graduate-based program offering teaching certifications, master's and doctoral degrees to over 900 students at five off-campus locations across the state of Virginia. The School of Education focuses in the programs of Curriculum and Instruction, Counselor Education, Career and Technical Education, Educational Leadership, and Education Research and Evaluation. Librarian liaisons, or department-designated librarians, deliver library and research instruction in a multitude of formats. The most common of these is face-to-face
doi:10.1080/1533290x.2014.946347 fatcat:ipics5bzazgwlh6ayu2bxc63qa