Experiments with online tools to deliver off-campus library instruction

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Lisa Abbott, Distance Learning Librarian (Creator)
Geraldine Purpur, Distance Learning Librarian (Contributor)
Institution
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: http://www.library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: Delivering library instruction to off-campus students offers numerous challenges. The varying needs of the teaching faculty and user need to be considered. Does the user need general information, specific data- base searching techniques, or want to know more about ILLiad? What about "point of need?" Can this information be integrated into the off-campus classes? At Appalachian State University Libraries we are using an array of online tools and are exploring others. An interactive guide, Virtual Research @ ASU Libraries: A Guide for Off-campus Students, uses animations to provide information about library services and procedures. With faculty in Instructional Technology, we built a virtual library to deliver research assistance within AppEdTech (a 3-D virtual teaching environment). We have provided orientations to the virtual library (led by a librarian avatar) via voice-over-IP. WebCT also provides a number of opportunities to deliver information, including the faculty professional development course, Preparing to Teach Online, which contains a library support and information literacy module. During 2006, we will experiment with screen casting to pro- vide mini tutorials, small group discussions within WebCT and offering Instant Messaging to our distance learning community.

Additional Information

Publication
Abbott, Lisa T., and Geraldine Purpur. “Experiments with online tools to deliver off-campus library instruction.” The Journal of Library Administration. 45:3/4 (2006), 549-550. Version of record published by Taylor & Francis (Haworth)
Language: English
Date: 2006
Subjects
Distance education
Electronic information resource searching
Computer users
Database searching
Information retrieval
Interactive computer systems
Voice-overs
Internet protocol
Computer network resources
Appalachian State University