distance education and libraries

Among my many fun, summer projects this year is the task of creating online tutorials for distance education students. After reviewing the ACRL’s standards and guidelines for distance learning library services  (for more info see: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/guidelinesdistancelearning.cfm) I feel inspired to begin this project…and I’d like to discuss it with my fellow librarians!

Have you created online tutorials for distance learners? If so, what were the tutorials designed to do? Teach specific skills, like using the catalog or databases; or information literacy, such as how to evaluating information and developing research topics; or explain library procedures, like renewing books or interlibrary loan services? What software did you use (I’m thinking of using CamStudio – it’s free!)? How did you assess the usage of the tutorials and their success?


  1. Hi Bryan and Caley, I have only recently looked in to Jing. I have yet to produce a finished screencast, but will probably be covering a variety of topics. Right now I don’t anticipate purchasing a software since I don’t need any of the advanced panning, zooming, highlighting features, etc. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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