Distance Learning and 2.0

September 5, 2007

I was just reading the Annoyed Librarian blog and thought the comments regarding a possible connect between 2.0 and distance learning were interesting–it almost argues the opposite of my previous post about our upcoming ALA program that questions whether there is a difference between distance learning and traditional librarianship (or perhaps, more accurately–in my mind, at least–whether there should be).

What do you think? Do you think the two are tied together? Do you find that 2.0 technologies/practices help make for effective distance learning services and instruction?

Hi everyone,

After so many mix-ups with the last ALA meeting, I want to be sure to get on your calendars early for ALA Midwinter 2008. We’ve asked to have space for the Distance Learning Interest Group would to meet Saturday, January 12th, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.

This isn’t confirmed yet, so use pencil! I’ll update when you should upgrade to ink 🙂

Good news! The Distance Learning Interest Group has been trying for a few years to get enough momentum to have a program at ALA Annual (Anaheim, CA, June 26-July 2, 2008). I’m happy to say that Lauren and I proposed a topic and it has been approved! The topic came from our last in-person meeting, where there was much discussion (in part spurred on by past chair, Howard Carter–thanks, Howie) about whether, with distance learning evolving and becoming ever more ubiquitous, distance learning is really distinct from on-site library and information services. To sum up: isn’t all learning now, to some extent, distance learning?

With that in mind, then the program is titled “If we don’t call it distance learning, does it exist?” and the description is:

In our world of online access to resources and services, aren’t all users distance learners? Should all library staff have engage with distance learning?

We will look at these questions in three ways: impact on the library’s mission and culture; how outreach is affected; and challenges for solo distance-learning librarians. Discussion will engage the audience to identify ways to integrate distance learning services and resources with traditional support and physical collections.

Let’s get this discussion started early. What do you think?