Library Support to Distance Learners: Case of a University’s Distance Library Services in India

Kshema Prakash (Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), India)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 134
EISBN13: 9781609606664|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-111-9.ch009
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The chapter discusses library support services in a distance education system and their value and importance in the overall development of a learner in general and a distance learner in particular. The chapter also traces how emerging digital technologies allow libraries to offer efficient support services to distance learners. This case of Distance Library Services at a university in India describes the evolution, experiences and challenges of offering distance library services through the university. The chapter focuses on information literacy and use of social networking tools. Development of information literacy is critical for distance learners, and social networking tools based on Web 2.0 technologies may provide library services and impart information literacy to distance learners. The chapter concludes with some suggestions pertaining to opportunities and future propositions.
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