To outline the structure and development of a library‐based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) training programme at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and to describe its origins, implementations and long‐term goals. To explain why WIT Libraries was prepared to diversify from its traditional role and to take on the challenges involved in this project.
Case study report on the VLE training initiative as it has progressed at WIT. Describes WIT Libraries' experience as the main instigator of the WebCT training programme at WIT and questions whether or not this has been an effective medium for the introduction of WebCT to WIT.
Concludes by stating that the Library Unit is capable of implementing a varied, diverse and successful VLE programme. Stresses the importance of the personnel involved to the success of the project to date.
The project is still at an early stage of development. The study provides a short‐term view of one small academic library service's experience of implementing a VLE. No full‐scale user survey has been conducted to date.
This account of WIT Libraries” experience of working with a VLE is likely to be a useful source of practical information for libraries in similar positions, of similar scale, faced with similar challenges.
Offers practical solutions for libraries in similar positions. The successful diversification of the traditional library role is likely to be of interest to all members of the library profession.
Quinlan, N. and Hegarty, N. (2006), "Librarians outside the box: Waterford Institute of Technology's library‐based virtual learning environment (VLE) training and development programme", New Library World, Vol. 107 No. 1/2, pp. 37-47. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074800610639021Download as .RIS
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