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Courseware and library services: bridging the gap for distance students

Jane Scales (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)
Danel Wolf (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)
Corey Johnson (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)
Lara Cummings (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 13 March 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to model a practical solution to the lack of library modules within commercial courseware.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive examination of the technical, political, and practical issues surrounding this problem provides the framework for designing a dynamic administrative tool that facilitates information access for distance courses.

Findings

There are many different programming languages and models librarians can use to implement similar course modules. If librarians lack the skills to build these applications, student workers skilled in computer science can help.

Practical implications

This and similar models of organizing resources and information for distance students has an immediate impact on services to online users, leveraging of resources and tangible benefits to the student.

Originality/value

Librarians need to build their own technological solutions to serve their users when the commercial world is not addressing a real need.

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Citation

Scales, J., Wolf, D., Johnson, C. and Cummings, L. (2007), "Courseware and library services: bridging the gap for distance students", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 147-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830710735920

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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