Distributed Learning and Virtual Librarianship
by Sharon G. Almquist, Editor
September 2011, 306pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-59158-906-8
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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In the long-ago past, librarians used various means to distribute books to people in remote areas, such as mule, railroad car, or horse and buggy. Ironically, modern library specialists face the same basic challenge—delivering information and resources to patrons in the most efficient and effective manner.

Brought to you by a team of experienced practitioners in the field, this book examines the vast topic of library support for distributed learning, providing both historical and contemporary viewpoints.

What is the best way to deliver research resources to students who live “off campus”—as in, “way off campus,” in a rural area without a high-speed Internet connection? And where does one find a complete (and accurate) synopsis of copyright guidelines that will prevent well-intentioned librarians from being labeled as the “copyright police”?

The answers to these two questions regarding distributed learning—and many more—are contained in Distributed Learning and Virtual Librarianship. Written by practitioners in their field of expertise, this book documents the history of distributed learning and discusses current issues in distributed learning librarianship, with a special focus on the role of technology. Topics covered include virtual libraries, reference assistance, E-reserves and document delivery, administrative and marketing issues, and copyright concerns. This text is valuable to librarians working in public, school, and academic libraries.

Features

  • Ten librarians with current, in-the-field experience bring their knowledge to each chapter
  • Provides a complete chronological time line of distributed learning
  • Illustrations clarify key topics such as copyright
Sharon G. Almquist teaches library and information science courses at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Her published works include Opera Mediagraphy: Video Recordings and Motion Pictures and Opera Singers in Recital, Concert, and Feature Film: A Mediagraphy.
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