is the role of the Cornell
in distributed learning?
University Library's key areas of interest in distributed learning
involve the development and preservation of content and services
take advantage of a technology-rich environment. Distributed learning
provides an opportunity for the Library to build a stronger relation
faculty and other Cornell service providers to be seamlessly integrated
in to the academic process. The Library already has in place a rich
of collections and services to support faculty and students in distributed
learning realm. Here are the areas in which the Library will be
to the implementation of technology-mediated instruction both in
and distance modes:
select, and acquire digital and print information sources.
digital content (e.g., digitizing print materials).
in tailoring library resources to meet faculty's specific curricula
the library's digital content so that it is readily accessible
by a global audience.
and manage new information discovery and delivery mechanisms
to facilitate access to networked resources.
the longevity of these resources for future use.
with faculty to identify, locate, and acquire or create specialized
content to support technology-mediated instruction (e.g., locating
information sources to assist faculty in updating and augmenting
lecture notes; verification of various information elements such
statistical data; identification of additional illustrations).
to identify required or supplementary resources for assignments
and projects to enrich student's e-learning process (e-reserve,
supporting material for case studies, research projects, etc.).
information on how to find and evaluate information
into virtual courses.
Provide current awareness services to keep digital course
and Instruction Services
reference and referral services about information resources
from various sources (the Library collection, other libraries
institutions, and Web resources) through voice, email, chat services,
and other means.
in obtaining information through document delivery,
electronic reserves, and ILL (reciprocal and contractual
instruction in the identification, evaluation, and use
of digital and print information sources.
lifelong learning skills through information literacy instruction
in the form of workshops and tutorials to assist learners in
acquiring competencies required to locate, retrieve, evaluate,
and use information.
the Library's instruction programs to better fit the new
learning environment, which is characterized by a preference
for interactive, self-paced online tutorials that support different
learning styles in a just-in-time fashion.
joint workshops with CIT to help students and faculty
acquire core information technology skills that are necessary
for learning and teaching in a technology-mediated instruction
environment (e.g., CourseInfo, DreamWeaver, presentation software,
with CIT to develop the information discovery and retrieval
proficiency of student assistants who are providing support to
Development and Metadata
with faculty in creating digital collections (image, audio, video)
that the Library will be responsible for maintaining and making
accessible over time.
consultation and training in creating, organizing, and managing
digital collections that support faculty's research and teaching
the development of common metadata and content structuring
standards for instructional and other digital collections that
managed by the libraries and other entities within the University.
the development of a suite of copyright services in collaboration
with the Office of the University Council, CIT, and the Cornell
copyright ownership and assist in securing permissions for
materials to be incorporated in distributed learning materials.
information services to inform faculty of Cornell-specific and
general copyright clearance procedures (Web site, consultancies,
forums, training, current awareness services).
interpretation of copyright as it applies to distributed learning,
in conjunction with the Office of the General Counsel and the
Policy Advisor and other appropriate legal experts.
faculty on managing the copyright for the materials they
and maintain a rights management database for
with Other Cornell Service Providers
with CIT in the design of courses including the identification
of new resources to enhance and transform course content.
in the development of common standards and best practices
for organizing and managing course objects.
with CIT and other partners to evaluate and select Course
Management Systems (CMS).
to the assessment of effectiveness of technology-mediated
instruction and the related Cornell services.
information about distributed learning services at Cornell
(resource center) to provide faculty with systematic assistance
relevant resources and services in support of their specific projects.
Complementarity in Distributed Learning: The Roles of
Cornell Information Technologies and the Cornell University