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Library orientation in blackboard: supporting online and distance learners

Diane L. Schrecker (Ashland University, Ashland, USA)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 7 August 2017



This paper presents a comprehensive review of the poster session “Library orientation in blackboard: supporting online and distance learners” presented at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 conference in Baltimore, Maryland.


Development of AU Library Student Orientation in Blackboard is discussed from the initial course proposal up to its completion of first year use. Orientation modules are reviewed and include purpose, organization and technology resources utilized to deliver content.


Complete library orientation information including project timeline, marketing, learning management systems (LMS) usage data, survey and assessment outcomes, video viewing statistics and plans for moving forward are provided.

Practical implications

This paper details steps taken and resources used to develop an online library orientation suitable for any LMS. Project design, orientation module structure and select orientation resources are provided.


This paper addresses the need for academic library orientation to support online and distant learners by delivering a practical library introduction in Blackboard.



Schrecker, D.L. (2017), "Library orientation in blackboard: supporting online and distance learners", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 34 No. 6, pp. 11-13.



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