eLearning and Digital Publishing / Edition 1

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Our universities are facing immense pressures from within because of the increase in the 'publish or perish' syndrome. There are severe budgetary demands on university libraries attempting to enable access to this increasing avalanche of information. University teaching also needs to prepare graduates for a rapidly changing and connected world. This book explores the role of technology in this challenging scenario. Technology is portrayed as part contributor to the challenges higher education faces, and also part contributor to the solutions we need to explore. This book is not a 'doom and gloom' exposition but is forward-looking, offering fresh insights and new strategies for understanding the nature of scholarly communication in higher education. In this book there are three threads that are constantly intertwined - information literacy, eLearning and digital publishing - with information literacy acting as the glue that connects eLearning and digital publishing. This book was designed to occupy a unique niche in the literature accessed by library and publishing specialists, and by university teachers and planners. It examines the interfaces between the work done by these four groups of university staff who have been in the past quite separate from, or only marginally related to, each other. Yet all four groups are directly and intimately connected with the main functions of universities - the creation, management and dissemination of knowledge in a scholarly and reflective manner. The structure of the book has three main sections: the first has primarily an educational focus, the second a focus on digital publishing, and the third builds on the first two sections to examine overall implications for the growth of knowledge and scholarly communication. This collection brings perspectives (in alphabetical order) from Australia, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States of Americ

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"The book’s three main parts provide a framework that points out the relationships between information literacy, e-learning, and digital publishing. … I think anyone who wants to deploy modern publishing and learning projects at his or her university will find useful information in this book. … The book will appeal to a range of professionals who work in higher education libraries, university teachers, university policy makers, and staff who work in university publishing presses wishing to understand others experiences." (Patriciu Victor-Valeriu, Computing Reviews, December, 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402036408
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Computer Supported Cooperative Work Series, #33
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 0.63 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Issues in organizing and disseminating knowledge in the 21[superscript st] century 1
2 The provision of non-local programmes in Hong Kong : the experience of the Open University of Hong Kong 13
3 The synergy between information literacy and eLearning 29
4 Changing the mindset : from traditional on-campus and distance education to online teaching and learning 45
5 Developing and managing a professional development distance-learning programme : the ARL/OLMS online lyceum 69
6 Learning to learn in networked environments : a focus on 'orientation' 89
7 Trends in electronic publishing 111
8 'Copy and paste' or scholarly communication? : changing the balance point 133
9 Believing six impossible things before breakfast : electronic resource collection management in a consortial environment 151
10 Digital publishing and the knowledge process 175
11 Development of, and trends in, scholarly communication in China 195
12 Global changes in scholarly communication 221
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