The Weinberg Memorial Library officially
inaugurated its Distance Learning Library Services
during the Fall 2004 Semester thereby achieving its
operational goal to provide alternative delivery modes
for remote users of Library resources and services.
Over 50 requests were made by a total of 15 distance
students. All of the students are graduate students
enrolled in either the Transition Doctor of Physical
Therapy Program or the Health Administration Program.
One of these students, Suzanne Skibinski, recently
sent an e-mail to Evening Public Services Librarian
Bonnie Oldham praising the Document Delivery service
that the Library provides for distance learners and
the helpfulness of the librarians. Suzanne is taking
Evidence-Based Practice, a Physical Therapy course
that is offered in a Web-based format. She wrote,
"I was very surprised at the ease of use of all
the online features for the Doctoral level Physical
Therapy course I am enrolled in this semester. In
my experience, regardless of the time of day or the
nature of the question, all of the librarians have
directed me without hesitation to the appropriate
information to solve my problem."
Distance Learning Library Services are available to
students enrolled in University of Scranton credit
courses offered as online distance courses and who
are living off-campus; or enrolled in University of
Scranton credit courses that are offered at off-campus
locations; or who are completing their University
of Scranton coursework either via the Internet or
through guided independent study or internship and
who are living off-campus. Distance learning faculty
are also eligible for special services if they are
teaching all of their University of Scranton credit
courses at off-campus locations and do not have office
hours on campus.
The purpose of these services is to support distance
library users in their University of Scranton courses.
The Weinberg Memorial Library does NOT provide distance
learning services for faculty or students who are
enrolled in programs at other institutions or for
those who reside in campus housing.
In order to be eligible for distance learning services,
students and faculty must register by completing an
online Registration Form. Twenty-two distance students
are currently registered. As yet, no faculty members
Library services provided to registered students include
home delivery of books and articles. All of the requests
received to date have been for either journal articles
from periodicals to which the Library has only a print
subscription or for journal articles from other libraries
that were requested through Interlibrary Loan.
Last semester articles were faxed or mailed to students.
The Library charges a $1.50 fee per article for this
service, and the charge is billed directly to the
student's library account. Bonnie Strohl, Associate
Director of the Weinberg Memorial Library, and the
Library's Systems staff are working with the University's
Information Resources Department to begin some form
of electronic delivery of articles sometime during
the Spring 2005 semester.
For questions on document delivery and all distance
learning library services, contact the Distance Learning
Library Services Coordinator, Evening Public Services
Librarian Bonnie Oldham, at 570-941-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.