ERIC Number: ED398930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Role of Libraries in Distance Education. SPEC Kit 216.
Snyder, Carolyn A., Comp.; And Others
The Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC) surveyed 119 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) members to gather information about current distance education and distance learning initiatives in ARL libraries. The objectives of the survey were to: (1) identify libraries involved in distance education activities and determine the extent or level of involvement; (2) determine library services delivered to remote patrons; and (3) ascertain the management and support provided by libraries for distance learning (interactive video) programs. The survey had a response rate of 62% (n=74), with 62% of the respondents (n=46) indicating that their institution participates in distance education programs. Types of distance education programs identified included interactive video distance learning, instructors traveling to remote sites, videotaped courses, as well as communication by Internet, correspondence, satellite, and cable TV. Only seven of the libraries at institutions participating in distance education have responsibility for administering the campus program. Very few of the libraries are involved in the technical aspects of distance learning, but approximately half of the respondents are involved in instructional support for faculty. Survey results are followed by general information, library services, and course-related materials from a variety of university distance learning programs. (SWC)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cable Television, Distance Education, Interactive Television, Interactive Video, Internet, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Library Role, Library Services, Library Statistics, Library Surveys, Questionnaires, Telecommunications, Telecourses
ARL Publications Department, Association of Research Libraries, 21 Dupont Circle, Wasington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Research Libraries, Washington, DC.