SLCC Library Program Wins Technology Award from the Center for Digital Education

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Salt Lake Community College Electronic Library and Information Environment (ELIE) has received a technology innovation in education award from the Center for Digital Education. Tiffany Evans, Dean of SLCC’s Dean of Developmental Education and Learning Resources, submitted the winning application and will be featured in the Converge Yearbook 2011.

SLCC Library Program Wins Technology Award

Salt Lake Community College Electronic Library and Information Environment (ELIE) hasreceived a technology innovation in education award from the Center for Digital Education.

Tiffany Evans, Dean of SLCC’s Dean of Developmental Education and Learning Resources, submitted the winning application and will be featured in the Converge Yearbook 2011.

The College developed ELIE in August 2007, and increased online research sessions at the College by 33 percent, online library resource usage increased 1,300%, and research sessions using the program exceeded 1.5 million in the first two years of ELIE’s deployment. Over the past year, ELIE was accessed over 4.1 million times.

About ELIE: ELIE is a unified digital resource that includes: an integrated library catalog; a wide array of full-text electronic resources; fully tagged online instructional modules for each subject area taught at the College; an institutional repository; an online calendar and registration system for ePortfolio training workshops; a searchable database of technology-enhanced classrooms; online tutorials focused on how to use the equipment in the technology-enhanced classrooms; an online Inter-Library Loan system; an electronic reserve system; social networking spaces; RSS feeds; an institutional knowledgebase and thesaurus; remote reference services; and a set of community resources. Each individual item in the library catalog has been coded with its own QR (Quick Response) code that enables users to use their smartphones to collect and store item-specific bibliographic and content information.

In addition to the award from the Center for Digital Education, ELIE was commended by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. In 2009, ELIE was commended by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

About Tiffany Evans: Dr. Tiffany Evans is Dean of Developmental Education and Learning Resources at Salt Lake Community College. Previously, she was Dean of University Libraries at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Her research interests include Organizational Development, Knowledge Management, information architecture, applications of social media to higher education, and community development. For her work in education, Dr. Evans has won the League of Innovation in the Community College’s Innovation of the Year Award, the NISOD Award from the University of Texas, the Ohio Learning Network’s Rainmaker Award, and has been recognized twice by Harvard University for establishing and maintaining one of the nation’s leading community learning center programs. She has extensive experience leading and serving on community and non-profit boards, and is the former Board President of Cleveland Digital Vision.

Dr. Evans earned her B.A. in Political Science from John Carroll University; her M.A. in Art History and History from Cleveland State University; her M.A. in Non-Profit Management from the University of Akron; her M.L.I.S. from Kent State University, and her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

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