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In Response to COVID-19: Digital Initiatives

Special Collections public services update

Virtual Workshops

This semester Hutchins Library’s Digital Scholarship Department is offering virtual workshops for you to learn more about our digital support services, various digital tools and skills, and all kinds of different digital project opportunities that are at your fingertips. 

Our goal has been to offer workshops at a variety of times to accommodate your different schedules. All workshops require registration. You can view August’s workshops and register for them below.

Register at:

If you’re unable to attend a workshop, please reach out to Abby Houston at to explore ways for you to still get the information. All questions can be directed to Abby as well. We hope to see you (virtually that is!) at some of these workshops this semester, whether you’re interested in learning how to use Canva, how to create a podcast, or how to present your research online. 

Have workshop ideas? Send them to ->

Please note that "How to Present Your Research Online" on 9/17/20 will now be from 1-2pm rather than 10-11am. 

Planning for the second 7-week session is underway. The workshop schedule will be shared when it is complete. There will be a brief recess in workshops between the first and second 7-week sessions so please note there will be no workshop offerings between September 28th, 2020 through October 9th, 2020. Thank you! 


Abby will meet with students by appointment to help and provide guidance for digital assignments/projects/tool/presentations. Please note this is a separate appointment form than the one for reference consultations:

Faculty can set up a meeting time/consultation for their online course design needs/questions by emailing Abby Houston at Questions? Send them her way!

Digital Pedagogy/Digital Humanities/Online Teaching

The primary goal of the Digital Initiatives Librarian is to encourage and support faculty and student use of digital tools and methods in research and learning through consultations, project support, workshops, one-on-one training, and curricular engagement. We facilitate the use of these tools and techniques to enrich the research, scholarship, and teaching of Berea faculty; and to equip Berea students with the critical literacies and technical skills necessary to enhance their liberal arts education within a 21st-century context.

While you likely aren't taking on a big, new digital humanities project, Abby has been working alongside the CTL as a leader/facilitator in Leslie Ortquist-Ahrens' iterations of a "Course (Re)Design for Online Teaching and Learning" faculty development course. Her expertise/experience is listed below, but note that this list is not all-encompassing. Ask for help when you need it! She'll figure it out or refer you to someone who can.

  • digital pedagogy
  • digital humanities
  • online teaching and learning, with an emphasis in:
    • online discussion forums
    • collaborative learning
    • using MS Teams
    • teaching presence
    • using Moodle
    • using Zoom
    • design and accessibility
    • audiovisual learning materials
    • a wide array experience with educational technology and other digital tools


If you're holding synchronous meetings, you can still book Abby for class instruction sessions where she'll lead a session and/or activity around a topic of your choosing. To schedule a session and/or view the instruction session options, please visit this link:

Abby will work with you to ensure the session will meet your learning goal(s).