Library Services for Online Patrons
A Manual for Facilitating Access, Learning, and Engagement
A practical blueprint for improving online services for library patrons who learn, study, and research online.
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||Educational Technology and Instructional Design/Online Education
||Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above
This practical and holistic approach to offering library resources and services to online patrons addresses multiple areas of service to online patrons, including reference, instruction, access, and marketing.
Academic libraries are wonderful resources for university students and faculty on campus, and public libraries thrive on providing targeted in-person services such as storytime, makerspaces, and adult programming. It can be easy, however, to forget about the large population of students, faculty, and community members who access library resources and use library services remotely.
Library Services for Online Patrons reaches out to patrons who are not—or not always—located on campus or who seldom—if ever—visit libraries' physical facilities and who may not be aware of or able to equitably use library services. The authors focus on ways to organize library resources using principles of design and to cater library services to the specific needs of online students, faculty, and community members. They also address how to effectively target marketing to the online population and how to collaborate with campus and community stakeholders who work directly with them.
- Provides novel services and resources that will save librarians already serving online patrons time and energy
- Offers a broad, practical perspective to help novice librarians make initial connections with online learners
- Emphasizes the importance of identifying other institutional players in online education in order to effectively implement and market improvements
- Enhances understanding of the importance of universal design and how to assess possibilities for improvement in online services
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"A strong addition for any academic libraries starting to offer distance learning support services."
"Because of the broad focus, Library Services for Online Patrons covers the basics of many public service functions or areas (e.g., online reference, service design). This broad focus and practical bent results in a manual that would be most helpful for those with less experience in these areas. However, because of the inclusion of case studies and templates, even experienced online service providers should still find the book of value. Library Services for Online Patrons is recommended for everyone interested in improving the online library services they provide."