The Browsable Classroom: An Introduction to e-Learning for Librarians

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This work examines new roles for libraries and librarians, discussing techniques for managing classrooms on the Internet. Each chapter explores a specific facet of distance education that librarians need to understand so that they can plan and implement services for distance learners and teachers. After a chapter explaining synchronous and asynchronous learning environments, a variety of distance learning models are described, and suggestions are given for designing services for distance education students and teachers. Braun is an educational technology consultant working with schools and libraries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In The Browsable Classroom, the authors tackle the entire realm of distance learning in just 171 pages: they introduce the vocabulary and concept of distance learning; discuss library and information science education taught in distance modes; instruct librarians on development of their own distance learning courses; and show librarians how to collaborate with instructors to include library resources in electronic courses. By packing so much into one volume, they have produced broad but shallow coverage of the realm of distance librarianship. Noah and Braun each have experience as web-based educators. Noah manages the distance-learning program at the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System and Braun (Introducing the Internet to Young Learners) is an educational technology consultant for LEO: Librarians and Educators Online. For librarians who need a quick introduction or for those who are not intimately involved with distance librarianship but who might find themselves in the position of providing occasional services to distance learners, this is an appropriate primer.-Beth Stahr, Sims Memorial Lib., Southeastern Louisiana Univ., Hammond
School Library Journal
Noah and Braun describe how Web-based learning is changing the methods by which adults and young people seek and utilize information. School and public librarians interested in how this aspect of learning can fit into the current library program will find this book useful. Asynchronous and synchronous learning environments are introduced, along with other vocabulary associated with distance learning. Courses offered by the American Association of School Librarians and the Young Adult Library Services Association are included, and there is a discussion of the school library media specialist's role in high school distance learning. Distance education requires planning, enthusiasm, and energy, and the authors provide suggestions for how to start, and how to balance this new way of learning with other library projects. The time, staff, and effort necessary to initiate a program described here may not take place in the foreseeable future. However, schools of education and library schools using this book as a foundation to plan a program to deliver library skills will find a wealth of clearly written information.-Mary Lankford, Library Consultant, Austin, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555704254
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Series: Neal-Schuman Netguide Series
  • Pages: 171
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
1 Go the Distance: Education Options Online 1
Synchronous Learning Environments 2
Asynchronous Learning Environments 9
2 Think Strategically: Successful Distance Education Models for the Library Community 19
Courses for Adult Learners 20
Courses Offered from the American Association of School Librarians and the Young Adult Library Services Association 24
Courses Offered by Libraries and Librarians 26
Courses Offered by Accredited Library and Information Programs 35
What's Next 38
3 Lead On: The Library's Growing Role in Distance Education 41
Who Are These People, Anyway? 42
High School Distance Learning Programs 43
Library Resources for Distance Learners 46
Traditional Library Resources to Support Distance Learners 46
Non-Traditional Library Roles to Support Distance Learners 53
Standards for Distance Learning Library Services 60
Copyright 61
Collaboration 62
4 Be Creative: Effective Distance Education Program Design 67
Background Issues 68
The Players 69
Potential Audience 74
Technical Considerations 75
Charting the Course 77
Putting the Pieces Together 95
Going Live 98
Barriers to Success 100
Outcomes for First-Time Distance Learning Providers 104
5 Renew and Retool: New Skills for the Distance Educator 107
Starting From Scratch: Selecting and Preparing Content 108
Considering the Student 115
Communicating Professionally 116
6 Handle with Care: Assessment of Distance Education Students' Needs 129
Student Readiness 130
Once the Program Begins 139
7 Look Ahead: The Future of the Browsable Classroom 145
The Facts of Distance Learning 145
Expanding Options for Distance Learners 146
Libraries Get Involved 147
Building the Online Library 148
Teaching in the Virtual Classroom 149
Good Candidates for Distance Learning 150
App Glossary of Useful Distance Education Terms 153
Bibliography 159
Notes and Credits 161
Index 163
About the Authors 171
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