Faculty perspectives on e-learners' library research needs

Ellysa Stern Cahoy, Lesley Mutinta Moyo

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This paper reports on a survey of faculty perceptions of the role of the library in online distance education. The study is second in a series of related studies exploring The Pennsylvania State University's library services to patrons at a distance. In 2004, faculty of the World Campus (Penn State's online distance education program) were surveyed on their perceptions of e-learners' research needs. The faculty responded to questions on how their students access research information for their courses, whether they require their students to use the library as part of their courses, and their expectations of the library as an academic support service. The survey revealed that 60% of the responding faculty supply all of the required research information to students in their courses, and 62% do not require students to use the library as part of their course(s). The study concludes that online, distance-education faculty members have minimal to moderate expectations of the library in supporting their teaching and their students' research needs. Moreover, the study shows a significant lack of faculty awareness of existing library services and resources available to the e-learning community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 11 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


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