DeLiberations a Web-site for Librarians and Academics (fwd)

Roy Tennant rtennant at
Sun Nov 24 14:33:20 EST 1996

Forwarded by request.

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Date: Sat, 23 Nov 1996 16:19:33 -0500
From: Ted Monkhouse <edwardm at>
Subject: Re: DeLiberations a Web-site for Librarians and Academics (fwd)

I find it interesting that some find CD-ROMs, the WWW, etc. as being 
somewhat different for purposes of learning, instructional planning and 
incorporation into a students research than periodical indexes, citation 
indexes or dissertation abstracts. The electronic tools are still tools and 
would be used where appropriate as with any tool in print format. Each have 
their idiosyncracies and methods of presentation and arrrangement requiring 
some mastery before they are efficiently used by a student. Be it electronic 
or print, a tool is a tool and in many cases the electronic version (as so 
many are a repackaging of a print version) is just more flexible and 
presents more ways of access generally much more quickly. The joy is the 
potential for sharing among many at one time if in a network configuration. 
An added bonus is being able to print it and clear the way for the next 
user. Electronic access to information just has a few more advantages than 
access utilizing print sources. Search strategy is often the same and 
requires similar mental processes to to solving a problem.

Now, teaching as opposed to instructing, (or merely showing or providing 
information) is another story! 
Ted Monkhouse  

>>>From: Roy Tennant <rtennant at>
>>>To: Multiple recipients of list <web4lib at>
>>>DeLiberations - Flexible Learning [Section] on Teaching and Learning A
>>>Web-site for librarians and academics
>>>	**  **
>>>The Flexible learning section of DeLiberations examines the issues
>>>involved in preparing and implementing flexible learning materials to
>>>encourage independent student learning. To that end it is vital that
>>>librarians, who are on the front line of educational provision, are
>>>involved in the preparation of these materials. 
>>>In the Forum to discuss Flexible Learning Issues, the future role of
>>>librarians in HE is discussed in light of the growth of new technology:-
>>>"Access to a comprehensive, systematic and co-ordinated network of support
>>>is, therefore, essential for students to learn independently. This is an
>>>issue for all parts of the university involved in supporting the learning
>>>of students including academics, library staff, study advisers and
>>>information technology support staff..."  Rigmor George
>>>"Marcum (1995) raises concerns about the focus of librarians being on the
>>>technical aspects of information retrieval. She makes the point that the
>>>technical aspects are a means to an end, and that librarians in academic
>>>libraries must conceptualise themselves within the educational framework
>>>rather than as information processors.."  Rigmor George
>>>Or in response to these claims:-
>>>"librarians teaching abilities are taken for granted by faculty staff; 
>>>there has always been a resistance to acknowledging library staff as a
>>>legitimate faculty. Academic librarians tend to be multi-skilled and equip
>>>themselves with a teaching qualification in addition to their
>>>IT/library/undergraduate qualifications....academics will have to become
>>>more like librarians, because they will have to provide guidance to the
>>>best source of information instead of being that source..."  Dale Wache
>>>To read the FULL comments visit DeLiberations at:-
>>>It is only by bringing together librarians and academics in a frank
>>>exchange of views and experiences that higher education can hope to
>>>maximise the productive use of new technology. We can provide this forum
>>>and, with your participation, try to bring about institutional change. 
>>>We would be interested in hearing how you see your role within the
>>>changing environment that new technology provides?  How do you use
>>>CD-ROMs, WWW, PCs, etc. to improve student learning? Is it incorporated
>>>within the course structure? Do you work with academics in course design
>>>and delivery? Are the new means of information dissemination and retrieval
>>>being used productively? 
>>>These contributions would only be 1-4 paragraphs expounding your
>>>experiences, ideas and opinions to create a productive dialogue between
>>>the communities involved in higher education. 
>>>We also have sections on Resource Based Learning, IT in Teaching, Courses
>>>and Resources and Learning Resources. 
>>	Gerald R. Brown, Consultant, Library Media Services
>>	& Vice President, International Association of School Librarianship
>>	c/o 3403 - 55 Nassau Street North
>>	Winnipeg, Manitoba  R3L 2G8   Canada
>>	Phone & Fax: 204 - 284 - 5620
>>	E mail: browner at
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