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Facilitating Continuing Distance Learning Among Librarians: Findings from LE@D

Cheryl Lawson

ASIS&T Annual Meeting - 2006 (ASIS&T 2006)
Austin, Texas, November 3-9, 2006


Distance learning has been praised for its potential to nourish end-user education of librarians and library staff, by providing extended opportunity for the promotion of advanced library education. However, it has been studied sparsely, leaving limited knowledge of the extent of its benefits. Since 2003, Library Education @ Desktop (LE@D), a collaborative partnership between the University of North Texas School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and Northeast Texas Library System (NETLS) has fostered learning among more than 60 libraries nationwide. This poster presentation will chart a conceptual framework of an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant initiative for public library use. Web Vista, a learning management system hosting LE@D, has allowed over 9,000 students form across 12 states to access self-paced academic courseware. Through data collected, a greater understanding of the information needs may be achieved. Even though some information frameworks already exist, they may prove more beneficial through a comparative analysis. Combined variables of library setting, professional experience, education level, and prior exposure enable the organization of data, indicating relationships between different libraries and library staff. Analysis of end-user relationships is relevant to the future of our profession, lending assurance that learning management systems such as LE@D prove effective. Examination of learning management systems for librarians falls within my dissertation interests, as I predict relative measures may prompt optimal prescriptions in seeking true end-user needs.

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