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This paper illustrates practical situations in which librarians are beginning to have an impact on developments on the Internet and ultimately have an impact on lifelong learning by providing organized interfaces to resources. In the area of information skills training, it is argued that the librarian must contribute actively by developing these resources and ensuring that students and academic staff are made aware of their critical importance to learning. The first section of the paper discusses the new role for information professionals, focusing on two critical developments--increasing knowledge and use of new technology by users of library services, and changes in the philosophy of teaching and learning and in the environment in which teaching takes place. The following World Wide Web-based research and development projects at Robert Gordon University (Scotland) and their implications for information professionals are described in the second section: (1) NETLEARN, a project that developed a directory of Web-based materials to support teaching and learning Internet skills; (2) ReMOTE, a project that developed of a directory of Web-based teaching and learning materials on research methods, a library of in-house materials, and an interface to allow incorporation of these materials in higher education programs; and (3) Information Skills, a scheme that developed a Web-based directory to support open or distance learners. (Contains 24 endnotes and 17 references.) (MES)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Directories, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Skills, Information Technology, Instructional Materials, Library Role, Library Services, Lifelong Learning, Open Education, Research and Development, Users (Information), World Wide Web

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Autor: Newton, Robert; Marcella, Rita; MacLennan, Alan; Middleton, Iain


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