Remaking Our Roles Virtually: Current and Emerging Practices in Distance Librarianship

Session Description
Find out how librarians moved into distance librarianship, which current and emerging services are being offered and marketed to faculty and students, how librarians collaborate with faculty and other campus partners to offer services, how services are assessed, and which online platforms and tools are used.
Brenna Helmstutler
Librarian for the School of Information Studies,
Syracuse University Libraries

Brenna Helmstutler has been in the field of academic librarianship for 15 years. She is currently the Librarian for the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University in which her responsibilities are both on-campus and online with the iSchool's 2U distance learning degree programs. Prior to joining Syracuse University Libraries, she was a subject librarian for several disciplines including Education and Nursing, which included distance learning activity, and also served as Team Leader of Health & Science at Georgia State University. She has presented at both ALA and ACRL conferences on scholarly impact and faculty information literacy, and has served on ULS and LLAMA committees.

Samantha Harlow
Online Learning Librarian,
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Samantha (Sam) Harlow is the Online Learning Librarian at UNC Greensboro, as well as the liaison to Kinesiology and Public Health Education. She has been working in libraries, instructional technology, and with online learners for around 7 years.


Breanne Kirsch
University Librarian,
Briar Cliff University

Breanne Kirsch is the University Librarian at the Bishop Mueller Library of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Her Masters in Library and Information Science is from Dominican University. Currently, she is taking courses in the Master’s program in Education with a focus in Educational Technology with the University of South Carolina Aiken. She was recognized as an emerging leader in 2011 by ALA and founded the Game Making Interest Group within LITA. Breanne is a past Chair of the Imagineering Interest Group. Currently, she serves on the Publications Committee. In addition, she participated in a grant-funded ILEAD project through the South Carolina State Library in 2015 and led the group project that created a website to help librarians discover new technology tools ( In 2018, her LITA Guide to No- or Low-Cost Technology Tools for Libraries was published. She has also presented at a number of conferences.

Erin Richter-Weikum
Information & Research Specialist,
LEK Consulting


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