Distance education: the future of library and information services requirements

Fulcher, Glenn and Lock, Debbie (1999) Distance education: the future of library and information services requirements. Distance Education, 20(2), pp. 313-329. ISSN (print) 0158-7919

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Abstract

This paper considers the role of library support for distance learning activities at the University of Surrey, with specific reference to the MA in Linguistics (TESOL) and the MSc in English Language Teaching Management. These courses represent a major challenge to support services for distance learners, as the students have no face-to-facc contact with staff, and most of them live and work overseas. Firstly the courses are described as operating along a number of clines that define a distance learning operation, and the issue of resource support is considered. We then turn to the role of the library in supporting distance learning students, and consider the ways in which the role of the library in distance learning programs is expanding and changing to meet the challenges of the future. The specific example of the Distance Learners' Information Service (DiLIS) of the George Edwards Library (GEL) is presented as an example of good practice.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Education
Library and information management
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Services and Administration > Vice-Chancellor's Office
Depositing User: Sue King
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 14:21
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2011 14:21
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/17788

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