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Thursday, October 3 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Innovating Online Engagement

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Marx Library Live: Increasing Student Engagement Using Social Media, Stephanie Evers Ard & Elizabeth Rugan Shepard, (University of South Alabama)
Live streaming platforms such as Instagram Live, which allows users to view and interact with broadcasts, have become increasingly popular with students. Our library determined live streaming could improve student familiarity with library services, so two librarians started a broadcast called Marx Library Live. Episodes answer recurring reference questions, the librarians are unscripted and personable to dispel students’ anxiety about seeking help, and students ask questions through comments, providing another point of contact.

Esports for the Win!, Dianne Connery, (Pottsboro Library)
Esports is the competitive wing of electronic gaming which is experiencing explosive growth around the world. This session is designed to provide the resources libraries need to meet young people where they are with an interest-driven learning environment. The learning ecosystem encompasses a variety of roles beyond the players, such as videographers, graphic designers, and writers. Esports can provide opportunities for ALL young people to use esports as a platform to acquire critical skills.

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Stephanie Evers Ard

Social Sciences and Student Engagement Librarian, University of South Alabama
Stephanie Evers Ard is the Social Sciences Librarian at the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library. She holds an MLIS from the University of Alabama and an MA in English from the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include academic integrity, student engagement... Read More →
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Elizabeth Rugan Shepard

Arts & Humanities and Instruction Coordinator Librarian, University of South Alabama
Elizabeth Rugan Shepard is the Instruction Coordinator Librarian/ Arts & Humanities Librarian at the University of South Alabama’s Marx Library. She hold an MLIS and and MA in English from Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! Her research interests include information literacy... Read More →
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Dianne Connery

Director, Pottsboro Library
Dianne Connery is the volunteer director of the Pottsboro (Texas) Area Public Library, named a Best Small Library America 2017 Finalist by Library Journal. She was a corporate trainer and entrepreneur before moving to a rural community nine years ago. On the verge of closing its doors... Read More →


Thursday October 3, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MST
The Scott, Sunset Room