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Lunch and Learn Report: Shorter University – Collaborating in a Virtual Environment

By Anne Bao

The Shorter University Lunch & Learn on March 28, 2014 was hosted by Stephanie Dunn (MLIS), Off-Campus Librarian. Her presentation was titled “Collaborating in a Virtual Environment.”

Shorter University has campus locations in Rome (main campus), Riverdale, Gwinnett, and Cobb. The programs offered include Bachelors’ degrees in various disciplines and an Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the College of Adult and Professional Programs (CAPP). Stephanie Dunn, the Off-Campus Librarian, is based in Riverdale, but makes weekly visits to the Gwinnett and Cobb campuses to provide services. The main campus in Rome is the location for the Library Director. An on-campus
Assistant Resource Facilitator works at each campus, under Stephanie’s supervision, and supports basic library functions and video equipment inventory.

Stephanie provides a broad range of reference services, including support of Learning Teams (LT) across the curricula. She is available for face-to-face reference consultation and phone reference. She provides in-class bibliographic instruction to students and faculty on: electronic resources, search techniques using Boolean operators, the Shorter Scholar platform, APA style, copyright issues, Turn-It-In (for plagiarism) and Moodle (an online teaching-learning platform which displays all course materials and teaching transactions between faculty and students). Stephanie has PowerPoint presentations to share with students who are not able to attend training on library resources, Moodle, and other topics. Current virtual services include: Scholar, Online Library Catalog, social media, email, and occasional text messaging. The library has a Facebook page, and there is also a Shorter University Facebook page. Stephanie offers superb assistance to faculty, students, and staff, while encouraging them to become confident independent library users.

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