Library Instruction Round Table Adult Learners Center

Distance Learning

Standards for Distance Learning Library Services
This document was prepared by the ACRL Distance Learning Section. It provides standards and guidelines for meeting the information needs of distance students and faculty. Included in the document is the assumption that academic libraries are responsible for information literacy and bibliographic instruction to promote lifelong learning skills. Library user instruction is deemed an essential service for the distance learning community.
Adult Learning and the Internet
Adult Educators get a step-by-step breakdown of the challenges involved in introducing the Internet to adult learners. Topics include web tools for instruction and interaction, guidelines for course development, and advice for avoiding problems and pitfalls.

Distance Education Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse is a compilation of national and international information related to distance teaching and distance learning. Of particular interest are the sections on library support and on teaching and learning.

Library Services for Distance Learning: The Fourth Bibliography
This online source is a continuation of three earlier print bibliographies covering library services for distance learners. The bibliography contains both print and web resources. Citations include abstracts. Chapter 7 covers information literacy and web-based instruction. One especially useful article is "Developing Library Instruction for Distance Learning" (

LOEX Clearinghouse for Library Instruction
LOEX, the Library Orientation Exchange, is a non-profit clearinghouse for library instruction materials. Included on this website is information on tutorials, class syllabi and assignments, evaluating Web resources, tutorials, virtual library tours, electronic classrooms, teaching sites, organizations, conferences, and journals.

Off-Campus Library Services Conference
The Off-Campus Library Services Conference is an international conference of librarians, administrators, and educators who meet to discuss library services and instructional support to adult distance learners. This website provides information on upcoming conferences as well as previous conferences. Included are some article pdf files, presenters' PowerPoint slides, and information on ordering printed copies of conference proceedings.

Teaching with Technology Collaboratory – Distance Teaching
This website was produced by the Worchester Polytechnic Institute Academic Technology Center. It contains useful information on various aspects of teaching online courses. Especially helpful are "Tips for Teaching Adult Students Online" and "Characteristics of Distance Learning Students."
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Last Updated: Content: 5 December 2012 -- Billie Peterson-Lugo; Graphics: 15 April 2001-- Jana Ronan