ACRL Webinar | The Future of the Digital Library: Leveraging Digital Content in an In-Person Learning Environment

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September 16, 2021

In the last year, academic libraries have had to exchange their traditional methods of student support for newer, untested formats to help students manage their new digital learning environment.

Now, with a return to primarily in-person learning on the horizon, libraries are having to re-adjust their offerings to incorporate the successful digital strategies they’ve implemented over the last year with their traditional services.

This panel will bring together librarians who have done innovative work implementing digital content during the pandemic to discuss how they plan to leverage their digital offerings as campuses re-open for the fall. Topics will include:

  • How libraries coped with the sudden shift to remote learning
  • What initiatives librarians started during COVID to ensure they could continue to support students
  • Which strategies they plan to continue with as students return to campus
  • How libraries plan to integrate their digital and in-person services moving forward
  • The role that digital content plays in their long term strategy

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Susie Kopecky

Library Coordinator & Associate Professor
Allan Hancock College

Susie Kopecky is Library Coordinator and Associate Professor of Library Science and English at Allan Hancock College. Her research interests include information literacy, academic libraries, and embedded librarianship.

Lauren Magnuson

Head of Collections, Delivery and Access
California State University San Marcos

Lauren Magnuson (she/her) is Head of Collections, Delivery and Access at California State University, San Marcos, where she is a guest on traditional, unceded Luiseño/Payómkawichum land. In her current role she works to support technologies, workflows, and initiatives in the areas of library acquisitions, metadata, and resource sharing. Her areas of focus include supporting equitable access to information and resources for students with disabilities and students who experience financial hardship, particularly students who struggle to afford textbooks or other required learning materials. Lauren has a master’s degree in Information Science and a master’s degree in Educational Technology, both from the University of Missouri.