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Management of Distance Library services with reference to learner support

Show simple item record Henning, JC 2011-10-05T10:49:14Z 2011-10-05T10:49:14Z 2011
dc.identifier.citation Judy C. Henning, (2010) "Management of open distance libraries with reference to learner support", Library Management, Vol. 31 Iss: 6, pp.440 - 450 en
dc.identifier.issn 01435124
dc.identifier.other 10.1108/01435121011066199 (Permanent URL)
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the article is to share information on the management of Open Distance Libraries with special reference to learner support as developed at the University of South Africa (UNISA). Information on the changing roles of Academic Libraries with specific reference to the requirements of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is also provided. It focuses on the practical management experience of the University of South Africa (UNISA) library in support of the implementation of a new ODL model at the university. Design/ methodology / approach. A review of the relevant literature was conducted to provide an overview on the topic and a context for the information provided on the UNISA Library. Information gathered from the planning, policies and procedures of UNISA in general and the UNISA library specifically as well as experience gained by participating in workshops on ODL at UNISA is included in the article. The findings indicate that research and literature on leadership in distance education in general (Beaudoin, 2002) is limited and this is even more so for Open and Distance Libraries. It is however evident from experience and the required standards for distance library services, that structured management and planning of these services is important to ensure success and future developments of the services. Furthermore, leaders in Open Distance Libraries also need a variety of skills that are constantly updated to ensure optimization of resources, for suitable strategic planning, policy formulation and suitable in terms of new technology developments. In addition to the literature survey and analysis the information gathered for the article is original in that it captures the experience gained from management of an Open Distance Learning Library. Although focused on Open Distance Learning, the information is also of value to residential institutions as the border between online services and open distance services is becoming blurred. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited en
dc.subject Library management en
dc.subject Distance library services en
dc.subject Open distance learning en
dc.subject Learner support en
dc.subject open distance libraries en
dc.title Management of Distance Library services with reference to learner support en
dc.type Article en

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