Shorr, Claudia. “Conference Circuit: ACRL in Orlando: Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing to Better Serve Distributed Learners.” College & Research Libraries News 65, no. 8 (September 2004): 432-433.
At the 2004 American Library Association annual conference, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) sponsored the program “Interlibrary Cooperation and Resource Sharing to Better Serve Distributed Learners.” Three speakers addressed the topic from different perspectives, touching on areas such as faculty expectations of libraries, the role of librarians in distributed learning, and the role of public libraries in serving distributed learners. A. Slade.


Ortega, Pamela F. “Conference Circuit: ACRL in Toronto: Partnering with Faculty and Instructional Designers.” College & Research Libraries News 64, no. 8 (September 2003): 513-514.
The ACRL Distance Learning Section, the LITA Distance Learning Interest Group, and the Canadian Library Association Services for Distance Learning Interest Group co-sponsored a program at the 2003 ALA annual conference. The title was “Crossing Our Own Borders: Partnering with Faculty and Instructional Designers in the Online Environment.” Five panelists discussed the topic from a variety of viewpoints, including those of instructional support services manager, faculty member, and librarian. All the panelists encouraged collaboration, but acknowledged the increased workload for librarians. A. Slade.


Shorr, Claudia. “”Conference Circuit: ACRL in Atlanta: E-Research Companies.” College & Research Libraries News 63, no. 8 (September 2002): 565, 574.
At the 2002 ALA annual conference, the ACRL Distance Learning Section and the Community and Junior College Libraries Section co-sponsored the program titled “E-Research Companies: Value Added or Virtually Redundant?” A variety of perspectives on electronic reserach tools was presented. Speakers included James Neal (Columbia University), Troy Williams (Questia), Morris Shephard (Knowledge Ventures), and Susan Swords Steffen (Elmhurst College). A. Slade.


Davis, Susan M. “Conference Circuit: ACRL in San Franscico: Models for Distance Learning Services.” College & Research Libraries News 62, no. 8 (September 2001): 800-801.
At the 2001 American Library Association annual conference, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) sponsored the program “Integrate, Separate, or Outsurce? Models for Distance Learning Services.” Alexander Slade introduced the topic with an overview of current issues and trends. The three models are integrated services, where the same group of people offer both in-house and distance services, separated services, where distance services is staffed and sometimes budgeted separately from in-house, and outsourced, where services are provided by a outside vendor. Academic librarians discussed the first two models from the viewpoint of their own programs, and a distance services vendor commented on the pros and cons of outsourcing. Slade finished the program with a discussion of future trends. C. Biles.

Kelly, Rob. “Virtual Library: Providing Accessible Online Resources.” Distance Education Report 5, no. 1 (January 1, 2001): 3, 5.
Students taking courses online or in traditional settings both need access to library resources to complete their course work. While a tremendous amount of information is available on the Internet it is not all reliable or easy to locate. Jones Knowledge has developed e-global library in an attempt to organize Internet resources for students. e-global library has been constructed to assist students of any skill level and includes online tutorials and research guides. The e-global library currently has 2,500 links in its Internet research collection. Information on financial aid and career development is also available through the e-global library. Three optional services available through e-global library ‰ are on-call reference librarians, core collections of academic databases, and document delivery. Jones Knowledge developed e-global library based on the Jones International University library and will market it to higher education institutions, K-12 schools, corporations, and individuals. S. Heidenreich.

Petersohn, Barbara. “Coverage From ACRL’s 10th National Conference, Part 2: Delivering Distance Learning, From Calgary to Quito.” College & Research Libraries News 62, no. 6 (June 2001): 592-593.
Arden Matheson presented a paper “Research Services for Distance Learners: The OLADE project” in which he described the University of Calgary library’s evolving role in a distance learning program stretching between Canada and Ecuador. The University of Calgary, teamed with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), offers a 14 month MS with courses delivered to Quito. The library provided document delivery, electronic resources, and reference help, as well as site visits for more personal instruction. To cope with an environment without guaranteed access to the Internet, the library developed a CD-ROM instructional tool with video clips and teaching screens for off-line instruction as well as links for on-line instruction. In the course of the presentation, Matheson acknowledged issues with changes in vendor database format and search interfaces. C. Biles.

Strong, Janet, Justine Wheeler, and Harvey Gover. “Panel Discussion: Delivery of Library Services for Distance Education Programs.” PNLA Quarterly 66, no. 1 (Fall 2001): 19-20.
The moderator, Janet Strong, began the panel discussion with an overview of distance learning and the ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services. The first panelist, Justine Wheeler, discussed the distance services offered by the University of Calgary library via a centralized service and the methods of offering custom services to various programs such as the masters program in Ecuador. The panelist also mentioned Canadian collaborative efforts, including the Canadian National Site Licensing Project (CNSLP). The second panelist, Harvey Gover compared the library distance services offered by the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) system and the Washington State University (WSU) system. Both of the systems provide distance services on a branch basis. The panelist focused on finding that the ACRL Guidelines were consulted during the setup of distance library services at both institutions, and that the guidelines were still being used. C. Biles.


Campbell, Nicole and Marcia Suter. “Conference Circuit: ACRL in Chicago: New Trends in Accreditation and Distance Learning.” College & Research Libraries News 61, no. 8 (September 2000): 670.
The Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQUIP) was the topic of the program, a joint presentation between the Distance Learning Section and the Community and Junior College Libraries Section. According to presenters, AQUIP is an alternative model for accreditation, with continuing quality improvement throughout the institution. The process focuses on self-assessment and quality reviews on an ongoing basis, with action taken to fill perceived lacks. As an example, the library added an instructional lab, and redesigned the help desk and public services area. The ACRL Guidelines are often referred to when making quality assessments. C. Biles.

Davis, Mary Ellen. “News From the Field: ACRL’s Distance Learning Section Celebrates 10th Anniversary.” College & Research Libraries News 61, no. 8 (September 2000): 662-663.
At the ALA annual conference in Chicago, the Distance Learning Section (DLS) celebrated its 10th anniversary with presentations by section members, messages from past chairs, and stories and memories from those present. DLS began as the Extended Campus Library Services Section in June 1990 with 25 signatures and, by June of 2000, boasted almost 1400 members. The ACRL Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services are produced by DLS. C. Biles.

Davis, Mary Ellen. “News From the Field: Regents College Teams with Johns Hopkins to Create Virtual Library.” College & Research Libraries News 61, no. 4 (April 2000): 269.
Regents College, which specializes in distance delivery courses for alternative students, has teamed with Johns Hopkins University to create the Regents College Virtual Library (RCVL). Regents students will be able to access electronic reference materials, online databases, web-based reading rooms, and reference services via email and toll-free phone. Special services such as document delivery and personalized research aid will be offered on a fee basis. This collaboration offers Regents students flexible library access and Johns Hopkins librarians experience in delivering distance services. C. Biles.

Goddard, Alison. “Students Flock to Online Library.” Times Higher Education Supplement, no. 1446 (July 28, 2000): 15.
The Open University, an institution offering distance-learning courses to180,000 students, is offering new portal for electronic library services to its students. More than 1,000 students per month have signed up for Open Library, which offers online access to more than 4,000 journals, librarian reviewed websites, and electronic versions of core reference books and classic texts. Librarians carefully select websites to complement the content of each class. C. Biles.

Miller, Sue. “Distance and Lifelong Learners at Swansea (DALLAS Conference): From Dream to Reality: Library and Information Services for Part-Time and Distance Learners.” SCONUL Newsletter, no. 19 (Spring 2000): 23-25.
More than 70 librarians and information specialists attended the DALLAS Conference, hosted by the University of Wales Swansea campus (UWS). The keynote speaker described the government and Welsh Assembly’s support of lifelong learning, finishing with the point that the majority of the students currently attending university were from the top two social classes and only 1% came from the bottom social class. Liz West of the University of Northumbria told the saga of the HyLife for Health project and its success with the students. The UWS Health Sciences Librarian, Rebecca Davies, spoke of the evolution of distance services at UWS over the years. The first day of the conference closed with a talk by Richard Weyers, Regional Information Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa, British Consul. Weyers outlined possibilities for selling British education in Third World countries, and the provisions necessary to support overseas learners. The second day of the conference opened with a talk by Danielle Hinton, University of Leicester. The speaker described the library web page, and covered a few of the problems encountered with overseas learners, such as embargoes on information products. The final speaker, Ali Taylor, spoke about managing a distance learning service and mentioned possible future trends. The conference finished with the attendees’ choice of workshops. C. Biles.

Schneider, Kathy. “WILS Distance Education – It Takes a Village to Make It Work.” OCLC Newsletter, no. 243 (January/February 2000): 52.
The Collaborative Nursing Program (CNP) is offered by five of the University of Wisconsin’s many campuses. The students enrolled in the program may attend the video presentation of class at any of the system’s campuses. The author describes the efforts of the Wisconsin InterLibrary Services (WILS) to address the lack of effective library resources at the branch campuses not offering the degree. The Distance Learning Committee at WILS created a central website with links to participating campuses, electronic resources focused on nursing, and a web-based tutorial of research techniques. In addition, they centralized interlibrary loan and document delivery for the program, notified public libraries of the CNP website, and sent information packets to the enrolled students.WILS used a prior cooperative agreement with the OCLC cooperative to convince them to offer a trial subscription to FirstSearch, giving the students a web based search interface. C. Biles.


Brack, Verity. “Libraries Without Walls 3: Conference Report.” Information Management Report, no. 11 (November 1999): 17-18.
The third Libraries Without Walls conference, themed “The Delivery of Library Services to Distant Users,” was attended by librarians from over twelve nations. In the keynote address, Alexander Slade discussed the twin pressures on schools of competition for students and collaboration for resources. Collaboration and access formed the basis of several presentations, including the ‘People Flows’ project, which looked at cross-sectoral use of public, university, and college libraries, focusing primarily on barriers to access. Other topics at the conference ranged from discussions of best practices in distance reference support and networked learner support to more technical details of web design, development of services based on Z39.50 technology, and electronic document delivery and inter-library services. The final paper discussed evaluation of the performance of electronic services. Professor Peter Brophy closed the conference by summing up conference topics and touching on subjects not covered, including copyright and authentication issues. C. Biles.

“News Fronts USA: Universities Sign Library-Sharing Agreement.” American Libraries 30, no. 8 (September 1999): 20-21.
On July 28, 1999, the New Jersey City University signed a one-year collaborative agreement to share its campus library with the University of Phoenix, a school that caters to alternative students. With access to a physical library, the University of Phoenix fulfills the regulations for opening a branch campus in New Jersey. In return, the New Jersey City University acquires access to some of the University of Phoenix online databases, additional computer stations, a staff person, and the University of Phoenix textbooks. The University of Phoenix maintains their online collections and telephone reference for 28 campuses and 65,000 students using a call center setup manned by two full time and four part time librarians. C. Biles.

Pike, Marti. “A Distance Education Partnership: Woodbury University and Mesa Community College.” Art Documentation 18, no. 2 (1999): 18.
Woodbury University and Mesa Community College, working with the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), have developed a unique architecture program in which students attend Mesa for the first two years and then transfer to the Woodbury University San Diego branch campus for the final two years. In order to meet NAAB library criteria, the two schools collaborated to create a joint collection of 5000 volumes to be housed in the Mesa campus library. The two schools arranged to both use Baker & Taylor as their primary vendor, with Baker & Taylor then sending all volumes preprocessed, complete with MARC cataloging, to the Mesa library. With only 4000 architecture books in print available through Baker & Taylor, the schools turned to other sources and acquired the remaining volumes through other vendors and as gifts. The most difficult problem, not yet completely resolved at the time this article was written, was to exchange bibliographic records between incompatible cataloging systems. Attempts to transfer records between SIRSI and Innopac failed. The only solution for records of books previously owned by either institution was to download records from OCLC and manually compare records. C. Biles.