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Exploring the digital library : a guide for online teaching and learning
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Jossey-Bass guides to online teaching and learning
1st ed.
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San Francisco, CA : Jossey-Bass, 2005
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Exploring the Digital Library, a volume in TheJossey-Bass Online Teaching and Learning series, addresses thekey issue of library services for faculty and their students in theonline learning environment. Written by librarians at AthabascaUniversity, a leading institution in distance education, this bookshows how faculty can effectively use digital libraries in theirday-to-day work and in the design of electronic courses. Exploring the Digital Library is filled with information,ideas, and Discusses how information and communication technologies aretransforming scholarship communication Provides suggestions for integrating digital libraries intoteaching and course development Describes approaches to promoting information literacy skillsand integrating these skills across the curriculum Outlines the skills and knowledge required in digital libraryuse Suggests opportunities for faculty and librarians tocollaborate in the online educational environment

Author Notes

Kay Johnson is the head of Reference and Circulation Services at Athabasca University, where she has been actively involved in the development of the digital library, and consultant to the Digital Reading Room.

Elaine Magusin is a Reference Services Librarian at Athabasca, and also serves as a consultant on the Digital Reading Room project.

Table of Contents

About the Authors
1 Digital Libraries: A Cultural Understanding
Digital Libraries in the Matrix of Digital Culture
Defining Digital Libraries
Transforming the Academic Library
Digital Library Culture
2 New Dynamics for Scholarly Communication
Many-to-Many Relationships in the Digital Library
New Opportunities for Scholarly Communication
Sharing in the Online Community
Academic Culture Meets Digital Culture
3 Digital Libraries in Teaching and Course Development
The Digital Library and Teaching in Distance Education
Course Development
Challenges in Supporting Students at a Distance
Learning Styles
Faculty Development
4 Beyond the Mechanics of Online Retrieval: Information Literacy
What Is Information Literacy?
Library Literacy and Beyond
The Necessity of Evaluation
Integrating Information Literacy
Development of Skills
Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum
5 Using the Digital Library in Higher Education
Understanding Online Systems
Using Digital Information in Higher Education
6 Faculty-Librarian Collaboration in Online Teaching and Education
Collaborative Efforts
Leadership Roles
Collection Development
Teaching and Instruction
Marketing the Library and Its Services
The Importance of Organizational Climate
7 Collaborating on Information Literacy
Case Study 1 Research Guides
Help Centre
The Digital Reference Centre
INFS 200: Accessing Information
8 Collaborating on the DRR and Reusing Learning Resources
Case Study 2 The Digital Reading Room
The Collaboration
The Evaluation
Beyond Course Reserves: Reusable Digital Resources
9 Beyond Digital Library Culture Barriers
Humans and Computers Interacting
Easier-to-Use Digital Libraries
Appendix: Web Resources