By Kay Johnson
Exploring the electronic Library, a quantity in The Jossey-Bass on-line instructing and studying sequence, addresses the major factor of library providers for college and their scholars within the on-line studying setting. Written through librarians at Athabasca collage, a number one establishment in distance schooling, this publication indicates how school can successfully use electronic libraries of their daily paintings and within the layout of digital classes. Exploring the electronic Library is stuffed with info, rules, and
- Discusses how details and verbal exchange applied sciences are reworking scholarship communication
- Provides feedback for integrating electronic libraries into instructing and direction development
- Describes techniques to selling info literacy talents and integrating those talents around the curriculum
- Outlines the abilities and data required in electronic library use
- Suggests possibilities for school and librarians to collaborate within the on-line academic environment
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The library’s journal database subscriptions offer convenient access to online full-text materials, optimizing the use of materials already licensed for access by the AU community. Librarians are available to support course authors in locating online materials and in linking to this material through the library’s electronic course reserves system. Course authors also have access to the Course Authors Guide (http://emd. pdf), designed to provide assistance as they work through this process. It is essential to consider library support for faculty and students when considering the development of a distance education program or course, because the library and librarians are often not only integral in the development of support services for students but also the providers of this support.
This chapter looks at new dynamics and new opportunities in the relationships of users to libraries, in scholarly publication, and in academic culture. We consider in particular how digital technology and electronic publishing are promoting a form of scholarly communication that is based on open access to ideas and research, and the issues this raises for promotion, tenure, and review. 19 MANY-TO-MANY RELATIONSHIPS IN THE DIGITAL LIBRARY The traditional library model requires librarians to serve as a bridge between the consumers of information and the providers of information, to select and organize quality information resources, and to be the keepers and the lenders of these resources.
Many of these resources are evaluated and selected by librarians, and librarians provide ongoing support by developing structured gateways to digital information, troubleshooting access problems, providing instruction and reference services, negotiating online subscription agreements with publishers and vendors, and serving as advocates for their users’ information needs. Users of the digital library are interacting with libraries and with information and knowledge sources in new ways. Faculty may recommend online products that they have heard about from colleagues, seen at conferences, or located themselves.