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ERIC Number: EJ845764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1533-290X
How Are Teacher-Librarians Finding Resources for Coursework?: Distance Learners and the Role of University Library Services
de Jong, Cees-Jan; Branch, Jennifer L.
Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, v2 n3 p63-74 2005
Providing distance learners access to library services does not automatically translate into usage of those resources. The literature on information-seeking behaviour of distance learners has indicated that they prefer to use local resources, as well as Web-based resources. This study investigates perspectives on library services and available resources for distance learners in the Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning program at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. The findings suggest that distance learners in this program tend to rely on local and familiar resources, have a lack of awareness or understanding of certain library services provided to them, rely heavily on electronic full-text availability, and may feel isolated from fellow students, resulting in low collaboration in the process of accessing information. The researchers suggest developing effective marketing strategies and collaborating with faculty to promote usage of library services provided to distance learners. (Contains 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Media Staff
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Edmonton)