Diane M. Fulkerson (University of South Florida Polytechnic Library, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0234-2.ch012
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Remote access technologies for library collections encompass more than just the technology required to access the resources from an off-campus location. Users no longer have to enter the library to use journals or search the catalog to find books, and remote access technologies have moved the library beyond its physical space to reach a greater numbers of users. Is the library going to cease to exist because of this technology? It is doubtful. The number of electronic resources and collections continues to grow but libraries cannot subscribe to every journal electronically, and not every journal is available electronically. The same holds true for books. E-books can be found in the collections of almost every academic library, yet they are not very popular with students. As more online courses are offered by colleges and universities, remote access to library collections will continue to increase, and libraries will need to make sure their users will be able to access the resources and to offer instruction to students and faculty on how to gain access to the resources from off-campus locations.
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This book began with a chapter about distance education and its influence on remote access technology. Now and in the near future distance education and online courses will continue to have a significant influence on remote access to library collections. As colleges and universities across the country continue to see increased enrollments while at the same time experience reduction in funding either through the state, donations or a decline in their endowment they will be unable to fund new construction projects which will result in a reduction in much needed classroom space. To combat the lack of classroom space colleges and universities can offer more online classes. Students will be able to take the classes they need while at the same time the university can provide the required courses to meet the students' needs.

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