Hi everyone, and happy 2006!

Re. below, this will be
of interest to those in Academic library settings.


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Libraries and E-Learning - Final Report of the CARL E-Learning Working Group

Canadian Association of Research Libraries Association COMMUNIQUÉ

OTTAWA December 19, 2005 - The use of electronic learning in Canadian
institutions has increased by as much as 30% over the past five years - and
library participation has kept pace.

In 2002-2003 over 330,000 students at CARL institutions took advantage of
instruction in using library online resources. Academic librarians, faculty
and staff are providing direct access to thousands of online journals and
databases and are increasingly integrating electronic library resources and
learning techniques into online courses.

These are among the conclusions of  Libraries and E-Learning - Final Report
of the CARL E-Learning Working Group. The Report was commissioned by the
Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) to investigate the role of
libraries in e-learning and to explore the further potential for CARL and
CARL members in e-learning.

The Report finds that libraries' 'pull' service model agrees well with
progressive higher education teaching and learning models. However, although
library staff work closely with faculty at the local level on course design
and content, librarians have not yet assumed these responsibilities in
broader online learning policy or Learning Management System design.

The Report calls for CARL and CARL libraries to act at the institutional,
national and international level to ensure that library services and
resources are integrated into learning management systems and that library
expertise benefits teachers and learners directly. It recommends that
librarians take the lead in the consolidation of Learning Object Repository
management and licensing practies, in order to bring an orderly approach to
management and use of shared instructional resources across Canada.

 "Our business is information acquisition and dissemination," stated Lynn
Copeland, Chair of the CARL E-Learning Working Group. "Libraries  are
critical in helping design the  systems and services that serve the needs of
information seekers and in integratng them into the learner's online world."

 "Academic libraries are continually working to identify value-added
resources for their institutions." says John Teskey, CARL President. "This
report clearly identifies some of the key areas where libraries can partner
within the Academy to provide an enhanced learing environment for our

CARL is the leadership organization for the Canadian research library
community. The Association's members are the 27 major academic research
libraries across Canada and Library and Archives Canada, the Canada
Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the Library
of Parliament

Ms. Lynn Copeland Chair, CARL E-Learning Working Group [log in to unmask]
Mr. Timothy Mark CARL Executive Director [log in to unmask] 613.562.5385

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