Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2016


online education, distance, Blackboard, library instruction, collaboration


With the growing number of online courses and programs across the higher education spectrum, the need to train faculty to effectively design and deliver online courses has become essential to many institutions. However, many professional development options do not include information or support in order to transition the same library services and resources faculty might use in their face-to-face classes to this new environment. The following case study describes professional development for faculty preparing to teach online at one small, private, doctoral-granting institution; how library resources and services were incorporated into the professional development experience; and the overall impressions from faculty who have participated.


Presented at the Distance Library Services Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 20, 2016.

Accompanying slides included as supplemental material.

This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form as been published in the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning, 2016, Christina Hillman. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning is available at The final published version of this article is available at

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