ERIC Number: ED344574
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
How Should the New Technology Affect the Commission's Expectations for the Provision of Library Services at Off-Campus and External Degree Programs?
Cook, William A.
This discussion of the availability of information sources and resources to students in higher education and continuing education argues that extension education and distance education will become increasingly prevalent because people change jobs more frequently and require additional skills and knowledge for those jobs. Many institutions assume that programs delivered off campus are comparable to those delivered on campus, and that information resources needed to support such programs are also comparable. It is often necessary, however, to make special arrangements, either with the institution's library or with local public libraries, to offer supplemental resources to students. Such resources may include microcomputers connected to computer networks and databases, as well as other library services and instruction on how to access research information. Six recommendations are offered for the provision of library services at off-campus and external degree programs: (1) the institution providing the program should provide the appropriate information resources; (2) students should undertake research projects appropriate to the level of the degree program; (3) students should be able to learn to use libraries and electronic resources; (4) traditional views of library usage must change to acknowledge distance education students; (5) scrutiny must be applied to off campus programs as it is to on campus programs; and (6) students must use available library services whether they are public libraries or the delivering institution library. It is concluded that it may become possible to deliver information resources to students without providing access to the home campus library. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Continuing Education, Databases, Distance Education, Extension Education, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Information Sources, Library Services, Microcomputers, Online Catalogs, Online Systems, Optical Data Disks, Public Libraries, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: LaVerne Univ., CA.