Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University

Saroja, G. “Information Resource Centres in Distance Education.” University News (New Delhi) 39, no. 38 (September 17-23, 2001): 8-10.
Information resource centers should supplant traditional libraries so as to better support learning at the ten Open Universities in India, whose large enrollment makes the transformation of such libraries crucial. Such centers mediate between learners and the information and knowledge they need. To transform themselves, the centers must convert library resources into electronic, networked resources accessible through user customized web sites and provide round the clock reference assistance. As the first Open University in India, the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University and its Central Library is described with a focus on the steps the University has taken to become such an information hub. S. Tschabrun.

Indira Gandhi National Open University

Sharma, Lalit and I.V. Malhan. “Library and Information Needs and Problems of IGNOU Students of Jammu Region.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Sharma-malhan.htm
Courses at the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) often require students to collect information and consult the Library. Due to the hours the regional central libraries are open, some students face difficulties in accessing library and information support services. A study was conducted to determine the information needs and problems of students. An account of the findings is provided. Based on the study it is suggested that the IGNOU library system should become more interconnected, a document supply service should be offered, and agreements with other university libraries and public libraries should be explored. J. Wheeler.

International Centre for Distance Education and Open Learning, Himachal Pradesh University

Roy, S. P. “Library Services to the Learners of ICDEOL.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Roy.htm
A list of steps that would improve outreach to distance learners is provided. A discussion on the difficulties facing distance students in India, particularly those in underprivileged areas, is also undertaken. J. Wheeler.

Kota Open University

Singh, B. K. “Library Services to Distance Learners: A Study of Kota Open University.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/BK%20Singh.htm
A discussion of the research surrounding the needs of distance learners is presented. The methods of providing library and information services for students at a distance in developed and developing countries are outlined. Based on published research, the needs of distance learners are categorized as: the need for materials and facilities, information services, and user services. The focus of the article then shifts to the library services and resources offered to students at the Kota Open University in India. A detailed profile of the University is also provided. J. Wheeler.

Maharishi Dayanand University

Jindal, S. K. “Outreach Library Services in Distance Education.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Jindal.htm
The challenges in providing adequate library services to students at the Maharishi Dayanand University are described. These challenges include a lack of funding for library services, and a lack of access to libraries for distance students. Recommendations for improving library services are offered. J. Wheeler.

National Law School of India University

Navalgund, C. U. and Pushpa Kadam. “Library Services to Distance Learners: An NLSIU Experience.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Navalgund.htm
A description of the library for the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) is given. This description includes a history of the school, library statistics, a listing of the electronic resources available in the library, a review of the library services offered, and the impact of information technology on the library. Distance education programmes offered by NLSIU are then listed along with the teaching methods for these programmes and the evaluation scheme of the courses. Finally, the services to distance learners are reported along with suggestions and recommendations on how these services could be improved. J. Wheeler.

University of Jammu

Malhan, I. V., R. R. Sharma, and Desh Bandhu Sharma. “Quality Library and Information Services for the Distance Education Students.” In Quest for Quality: Strategies and Applications in Library and Information Services: ILA Seminar Papers, 46th All India Library Conference, Ahmedabad, 3-6 January, 2001, edited by S. M. Dhawan and Kanwar Prem. Delhi: Indian Library Association, 2001, 501-507.
Interest in library services and other student support services to distance education learners has increased as India strives to make higher education available to all those who want it. Electronic media and information technologies have made distance education possible. A survey of distance students at the University of Jammu’s Directorate of Distance Education found that most students used the Directorate’s library, but that many felt that the library’s biggest problem was a lack of reading and study space. They also reported insufficient copies of textbooks and a desire to have more resources circulate. The students were prepared to pay fees for a reading facility, access to information services organized through the Directorate, and delivery of photocopies of library material to their homes and offices. A majority of students would like electronic delivery of information, even though they reported they did not have computers. S. Tschabrun.

Sharma, Ram Rattan. “DDE and Library Services, University of Jammu: A Profile.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Sharma-ram%20ratan.htm http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Sharma-ram%20ratan.htm
An overview of the services and resources available to University of Jammu students is given. Emphasis is placed on the role of the Directorate of Distance Education, which oversees non-traditional education. The Directorate has established study centres and a Library, however there are many challenges facing distance learners who wish to access the Library. A list of challenges is presented along with a list of recommendations and suggestions for improving library services. J. Wheeler.

Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University

Shewale, Madhukar. “Status of LARC and its Activities – YCMOU Scenario.” Paper presented at the AAOU Pre-Conference Seminar on “Outreach Library Services for Distance Learners,” February 20, 2002, New Delhi, India. Online. Available: http://www.ignou.ac.in/aaou-pre/Shewale.htm
The services and resources available from the Library and Resource Centre (LARC) for the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) are presented. The academic programmes and organizational structure of YCMOU are described. Next the services, resources, and recent changes in library automation at LARC are outlined. Finally, the problems facing the LARC are mentioned along with a list of the future plans of the LARC. J. Wheeler.

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