Supporting Digital Instructional Technology: The Role of the Academic Library.Report as inadecuate

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Academic libraries must reevaluate their instructional technology services in order to fulfill their mission of supporting the teaching activities of their parent institution in the current state of technological development. Applying modern approaches to further traditional library goals and making use of the expertise librarians gain while building and supporting electronic libraries can position the library at the center of an active instructional technology program that benefits the whole campus community. Librarians possess many skills--expertise with organizing information; teaching information literacy; creating and maintaining electronic libraries; concern for effective, easy, and equitable access; knowledge of user behavior; and relationship with faculty--that argue for their involvement with instructional technology support. Students benefit from richness added to the learning experience, and gain information skills that will help them both during and after their university careers. Instructors benefit because instructional technology can make their teaching more effective and more efficient. Librarians gain updated services, more visibility, a close working relationship with faculty, and an expanded electronic library that includes course materials in support of the university's instructional activities. (Author/SWC)

Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Access to Information, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Electronic Libraries, Faculty, Higher Education, Information Literacy, Information Needs, Library Instruction, Library Role, Library Services, Users (Information)

Author: Koltay, Zsuzsa


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