Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS)

The Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS) is a section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. DOLS supports and promotes library services to off campus and distance education students; provides a vehicle for the professional development and exchange of ideas among librarians working with off campus and distance education students. Visit the DOLS website for more information.

Please update your bookmarks to the new DOLS website at acrl.ala.org/dols/.

Links and resources on this page will be deleted after July 31, 2021


Learning Objects in Action: Highlights from the Spring 2020 Virtual Poster Session (December 3, 2020)


Distance and Online Learning Virtual Poster Session (Posted January 27, 2021)

Nominations Welcome for the Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award (Posted September 16, 2020)

Member of the Month

December 2020 - Sophie Reverdy

November 2020 - Audrey Gunn

October 2020 - Margaret Montet


Top 5 Articles on the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Year In Review (PDF)

Top 5 Articles on Inclusivity, January-March 2021 (PDF)

Top 5 Articles on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Library Instruction (PDF)

Top 5 Articles for Librarians New to Providing Distance & Online Support, July-September 2020 (PDF)


Standards for Distance Learning Library Services

Standards for Distance Learning Library Services Worksheet (.XLSX, 2018 Supplemental Worksheet)

Note: The DOLS Standards Committee is busy reviewing and drafting a new version of the Standards for Distance Learning Library Services during the 2020-2021 committee year. Be on the lookout for calls to review via ALA Connect and the DOLS listserv.

Working With DOLS

DOLS Manual 2020-2021 (PDF)

DOLS Universal Committee Report Form (Word)

DOLS Committee Rosters