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Information literacy instruction for satellite university students

Heather Nicholson (University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada)
Nicole Eva (University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 16 August 2011




The purpose of this paper is to describe how librarians at the University of Lethbridge Library recently undertook a pilot project to deliver information literacy to satellite campus students using Skype. Distance delivery of post‐secondary education is on the rise; this creates unique challenges for academic libraries who strive to meet the resource and instructional needs of students.


This case study outlines the literature review and environmental scan the authors took before deciding to teach their distance education students via Skype, and looks at the successes and challenges of their pilot.


Skype has some limitations as an instructional delivery tool; however, for the purpose of this pilot study proved fairly successful and a good “first step” for distance information literacy delivery.

Practical implications

Readers will learn from the authors' experience, getting ideas and tips on how to conduct information literacy classes for distance students.


This paper is of value to those librarians who must teach distance students, providing them with ideas on low‐cost and low‐tech solutions.



Nicholson, H. and Eva, N. (2011), "Information literacy instruction for satellite university students", Reference Services Review, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 497-513.



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