Universiti Putra Malaysia

Hamid, Kamariah Abdul. “Meeting the Information Needs of Distance Learners: The UPM Experience.” In [Proceedings of the] ICDE Librarians’ Roundtable, 11-12 October, 1999, The Open University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Open University of Hong Kong, 1999, 16-21. ERIC ED 438 832. Also online. Available: http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/10th/roundtable/upm.pdf (in pdf format)
The experience of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in the field of distance education is described, starting with background information on the university itself and the Institute for Distance Education and Learning (IDEAL), which enrolls 8,700 of UPM’s 35,000-person student body. The UPM Library has customized all of its main services to accommodate distant learners, including providing a liaison librarian, loan services, reference services, an information search service, interlibrary and document delivery services, information literacy, and access to local Malaysian and foreign online databases. The history of computerization at the UPM Library since its beginnings in 1979 is outlined. Future plans include an increase in the number of online databases, digitization of UPM publications, including theses, and technology upgrades, all with the goal of making the digital library a reality. S. Tschabrun.