Oladokun, Samuel Olugbade. “New Technology, New Clientele: Distance Still Remains in Library Service.” Paper presented at Distance Education: An Open Question? an international conference sponsored by the University of South Australia in conjunction with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) held at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 11-13 September 2000. Online. Available: http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/cccc/papers/refereed/paper31/Paper31-1.htm
46 students enrolled in a distance education program at the University of Botswana were asked to complete a survey for the university library, and 37 questionnaires were completed. Over ninety percent of the students were employed, three-quarters working full-time. Respondents were scattered throughout the country, some living close to a library while others were over 1000 kilometers away from the university. Significant numbers did not have access to a telephone (38%), facsimile (78%), a computer (89%), email (92%), or the Internet (97%). While nine out of ten indicated a need for materials beyond course readings, almost half (48%) had not used a library, a quarter used the University Library, and a quarter visited a public library. An analysis of the results included recommendations that the university library collaborate with branches of the public library, establish more branches of its own branches, and install computers with Internet access in other centers across the country. J. Brandt.