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Providing library services for distance education students : a how-to-do-it manual
Goodson, Carol F.
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New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, [2001]

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xv, 227 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
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Z675.U5 G58 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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A practical guide for librarians supporting distance education programmes. It describes distance education delivery systems and trends as well as requirements of various regional accrediting associations and guidelines. There are also chapters on PR, legal and financial issues, and more.

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Booklist Review

The author is accurate in her descriptions of what "distributed" rather than "distance" education initiatives are, and she is correct in regarding the need to plan for delivery of library services to potential users wherever they might be and in whatever program they are enrolled. This is a compilation of ideas, library examples, documents, sample forms, and bibliographies/webliographies of interest and use to librarians planning or involved in providing library service beyond the doors of the library. The sections on legal issues and sample policies and forms will be of interest to those beginning or adding to their distributed service. The book's material could have fit on fewer pages and been more affordable. Linda Scarth

Library Journal Review

Up until now, academic librarians serving distance learners had only a few sources for reference and support. Now they can turn to this manual, the first for practitioners. Goodson, head of library access services for distance education at the State University of West Georgia, and author of The Complete Guide to Performance Standards for Library Personnel (Professional Media, LJ 8/97), has been in the trenches and knows the territory. For librarians creating new service initiatives and those adapting established programs to changing technology, she provides practical, current resources: sample policies, forms, marketing tools and promotional materials, web sites, and existing model programs. Goodson considers the concerns and needs of various types of distance learners and academic libraries in her discussion. She also includes background details on distance learning, a variety of accreditation guidelines directing the academic library's charge, and an overview of professional responsibilities as they specifically apply to distance learning. These additions make the book a one-stop reference for distance librarians. One concern lingers: the rate of change of campus technologies and needs of learners and faculty may require an expeditious revision. Beth Stahr, Sims Memorial Lib., Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond Volunteer Management (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.