Distance education has exploded in the last ten years. Libraries that want to remain in the center of the educational arena must expand their services to support distance learners in the same way they support those who enter through the library’s doors.
This comprehensive guide provides librarians with an overview of distance education delivery systems and trends along with requirements of various accrediting associations and professional guidelines to help you better understand the distance education environment. You’ll learn how to assess your clientele, available resources, and any gaps in service. Also covered are such practical matters as relationships between distance learning services and the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) unit, collection development, record keeping, copy-right compliance, and document delivery (physical and electronic). Other topics include finance, staffing models, collaboration with other campus units, space planning, contracts and cooperative service agreements, legal and ethical issues, and marketing and public relations. Includes examples, model programs, and resources.
Let this down-to-earth guide help you design and administer a distance education program.