Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education


Room 212


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Presentation Description

Having convenient, instant access to electronic library resources in academia is excellent as research can be conducted literally anywhere and at anytime; however, a level of user self-direction is required for optimal results, creating the need for librarian interaction to guide the user towards acquiring this self-direction most effectively. As more institutions add online degree programs, it is essential that librarians are integrated within so that participating students have access to the same (or at least, equivalent) library resources and services as those who are on campus, and also develop sound research skills for information literacy acquisition. Although librarians have been involved in distance learning for decades, emerging technology has allowed for a more substantial emphasis on librarian involvement in distance learning. This is evidenced by such trends as job responsibilities expanding to include distance learning activities, libraries adding Distance Learning Librarian positions, online library services such as virtual reference and instruction, and journals focusing on library services in distance learning. This presentation will discuss a two-pronged research study on academic librarian integration in Teacher Education distance learning programs on a local and national level. The first part of the study evaluates the library needs of Georgia State University faculty and students participating in the Teacher Education program of the GeorgiaONmyLINE initiative recently established by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The second part of the study assesses how academic librarians integrate into Teacher Education distance learning programs across the United States.


Electronic resources, Online degree programs, Distance learning, Information literacy

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)


Sep 26th, 11:00 AM Sep 26th, 12:30 PM

Towards Virtual Information Literacy: Academic Librarian Integration into Teacher Education Distance Learning Programs

Room 212

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