Serving Distant Learning Business Programs and Students

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Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee
June 15, 2002
Atlanta, Georgia


Hankel presentation

Marilyn Hankel
Associate Dean of Library Services
University of New Orleans



INTRODUCTION

  • BRASS Distance Education Guidelines Committee Survey Overview
  • Jamaica Executive MBA Program of the University of New Orleans

OVERVIEW OF SURVEY

  • Definition of Distance Education - ACRL’s "Guidelines for Distance Learning Library Services," www.ala.org/acrl/guides/distlrng.html
  • Based on survey results, decided there is NO need for separate guidelines for business distance education, but we developed a checklist.
  • Details can be found in article written by the BRASS DEG Committee in the Winter 2001 issue of Reference & User Services Quarterly, pp. 145-158.

SUMMARY POINTS FROM SURVEY

  • MBA most common program
  • Geographic locations - most in state, then out-of-state, in same city, another country
  • Methods of delivery - traditional format of instructors and students in room away from home institution, then web-based tutorial, correspondence, broadcast television, and video.
  • Services - circulation, reserve, ILL, document delivery, database access, email reference, online chat, instructional services
  • Coordinator - distance education librarian, business librarian, both, or no one
  • Challenge to get print-based information to distant students
  • Globalization is having a big impact

JAMAICA EXECUTIVE MBA (JEMBA) - UNO

  • 18-month program began in 1997 in Kingston, Jamaica and continues today
  • Classes held in hotel conference room
  • UNO business faculty fly to Kingston on weekends to teach classes
  • Classes held every other weekend
  • UNO established an office in Kingston
  • Students get laptops & internet service

ACCREDITATION - SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools)

  • What arrangements have been made for ensuring that students have access to appropriate resources?
  • Are students making use of these resources?
  • Are these resources made available through technological means?
  • Are the resources adequate to support the program?
  • Has the institution provided reasonable financial support for the learning resources and services to support these activities?
  • Are students in the distant learning activity adequately informed about available resources and how to access?
  • Is training available for accessing resources?
  • SACS web address - www.sacscoc.org

CHALLENGES TO MEETING SACS REQUIREMENTS

  • Technical issues with providing database access and document delivery from the home campus
  • Problems finding reliable Internet Service Provider in Jamaica initially
  • Contracting with local institutions for library services explored

UNO LIBRARY SERVICES PRIOR TO SACS VISIT, 1999

  • Circulation of books - business faculty carried them down with them
  • Email reference, ILL, document delivery
  • Instruction - printed handouts about library services as well as sending information by email to registered students
  • Coordinator of JEMBA program provided some limited library instruction after working with the library before going to Jamaica

SACS RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER VISIT, 1999

  • UNO must provide JEMBA students with life-long learning opportunities in information access
  • Recommends that librarians work cooperatively with business faculty in assisting students to use library resources
  • Suggests that a full-time librarian teach electronic library skills

FIRST TRIP TO JAMAICA, JULY 2000

  • Library presentation scheduled during general orientation session for new JEMBA students
  • UNO’s College of Business made all the travel arrangements and paid for my travel expenses
  • Prepared a PowerPoint presentation
  • Also planned for live Internet demonstration
  • Visited UNO JEMBA office, and they provided me with a laptop and technical assistance

ACCREDITATION - AACSB

  • Accreditation visit in November 2000 for the College of Business, and no questions about the JEMBA program and library services
  • Although supplied statistics on library resources, only interested in usage
  • AACSB web site - www.aacsb.edu/accreditation

SECOND TRIP TO JAMAICA, JULY 2001

  • Presentation again scheduled during general orientation session
  • Prepared a JEMBA web page that provided easier access to all of the library services and resources rather than just going through the main UNO Library web page

SERVICES USED

  • We know that some business faculty have brought library books to JEMBA students when they go down for classes
  • We get quite a few emails from the JEMBA students with reference questions and with access questions
  • Little ILL or document delivery requests probably because they don’t plan ahead

CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE ACTIONS

  • The JEMBA program has resulted in better working relationships with the UNO EMBA faculty and staff involved including those on the main campus and in Jamaica
  • Need to do assessment of the effectiveness of the library instruction and all of the library’s resources and services for the JEMBA students
  • Requires regular communication with JEMBA students and staff when things change

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Business Reference in Academic Libraries Committee, ALA Annual Conference, June 15, 2002

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