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Felts, John W., Jr. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
Kimbel Library launched its mobile environment and ran it in full production for several months yet usage patterns were quite low and flat. The library only saw a substantial increase in usage when new, value-added services were integrated into this platform. Upon implementing and integrating discovery services, chat and SMS capabilities, and…
Descriptors: Integrated Activities, Handheld Devices, Library Services, Access to Information
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Gall, Dan – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
A study to compare the effectiveness of an in-person library orientation with an online asynchronous orientation was conducted with three sections of Social Work Research Methods, a required course in the University of Iowa's Master of Social Work program. Two sections of the course received an online orientation involving short videos, text and…
Descriptors: Orientation, Library Services, Library Instruction, Conventional Instruction
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Gebb, Billie Anne; Young, Zach – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
Mobile device use has been soaring in recent years in all user groups. Mobile learning is no longer an optional activity for academic institutions, but a necessary endeavor. Developing a curriculum around mobile learning is essential, particularly for distance-based, non-traditional students. Understanding how students use their mobile devices is…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Baker, Ruth L. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
Did you ever wish for an easy-to-maintain tool to create course-level or assignment-level instruction for online or distance students? LibGuides can provide the solution! LibGuides provide a versatile and easy-to-maintain platform for delivering step-by-step, scaffolded tutorials that enhance learning outcomes through chunking, reduced strain on…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Instructional Materials, Tutorial Programs, Delivery Systems
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Behr, Michele; LaDell-Thomas, Julie – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
A significant number of distance students report they "stray" from their home universities by using local libraries, despite the fact that distance education librarians work hard to provide customized resources and services tailored to their programs and needs. Are public libraries and special libraries able to meet the research needs of…
Descriptors: Distance Education, College Students, Public Libraries, Electronic Libraries
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Berndt-Morris, Elizabeth; Minnis, Samantha M. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
When looking for ways to improve library services, we considered what data sources were readily available to us and how we could harvest and use this data. We investigated three years of chat reference statistics at Central Michigan University, a large research institution, to gain a better understanding of our patrons' chat behavior. We then…
Descriptors: Library Services, Computer Mediated Communication, Discourse Analysis, Network Analysis
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Casey, Anne Marie; Cawthorne, Jon E.; Citro, Kathleen – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
This article describes the use of scenarios as a tool to assist a large distance learning library service in its strategic planning. Through a description of the scenario process from beginning to end, the authors detail the steps that the library director and the consultant took initially; their missteps; and the successful conclusion. This study…
Descriptors: Library Services, Distance Education, Vignettes, Program Descriptions
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Coltrain, Mark – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
In an era of exploding online enrollment and tight budgets, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) struggles to meet the needs of online students. CPCC librarians went one step towards solving that problem in 2009-2010 by launching an embedded librarian program. CPCC's program became so successful that it struggled to meet demand. In 2013, CPCC…
Descriptors: Librarians, Professional Development, Community Colleges, Online Courses
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Avery, Beth Fuseler; Batman, Cindy – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
Far from being dusty old relics who are guardians of the book, embedded librarians need to be proactively leading students through the digital maze of the virtual library. Working with students more than 7,000 miles away changed perceptions of how to teach and learn, and how people interact online. We will share how as embedded librarians we…
Descriptors: Educational Experience, Electronic Learning, Electronic Libraries, Library Services
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Catalano, Amy – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2014
This article describes a study in which seven students with diverse disabilities participated in a one-credit online library research course which had been adapted to be accessible using the best practices literature on distance education for students with special needs. Students provided feedback on the design of the course and participated in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Special Needs Students, Educational Improvement, Qualitative Research
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Rand, Angela Doucet – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2013
Providing library instruction in distance learning environments presents a unique set of challenges for instructional librarians. Innovations in computer-mediated communication and advances in cognitive science research provide the opportunity for designing library instruction that meets a variety of student information seeking needs. Using a…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Library Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication
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Steiner, Heidi – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2013
Library literature and blogs frequently discuss customer service and user experience in physical libraries and Web sites, but little is said about this mentality toward services for distance learners specifically. This paper takes customer service best practices from well-known thinkers of the business world and makes connections to services for…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Library Services, Internet, User Needs (Information)
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Powers, Michelle M.; Contreras, Rhonda – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2013
What could bring more change to an online library than going from a federated to a discovery search system? Not much! This paper will share what was learned about initiating and implementing an important change that ultimately impacts a variety of stakeholders, and the importance of collaboration between library personnel at all levels of an…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Academic Libraries, Search Engines, College Faculty
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Summey, Terri Pedersen; Valenti, Sandra – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2013
Librarians offer a variety of library instruction utilizing multiple formats. Many struggle with the task of transferring instruction to the online environment. Principles of instructional design can be leveraged to effect quality change in the delivery of instruction to make teaching more effective, efficient, and appealing to learners. Although…
Descriptors: Library Instruction, Instructional Design, Electronic Learning, Academic Libraries
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Wray, Christina C. – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2013
Providing accessible library services and instruction to distance users with disabilities can seem daunting. This article, which grew out of a webinar presented by the author to the Health Science Special Interest Group of ACRL, provides practical strategies to help content creators utilize built-in accessibility features and provides a resources…
Descriptors: Library Services, Online Systems, Access to Information, Accessibility (for Disabled)
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