Librarians Outside The Box: Waterford Institute Of Technology's Library based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Training & Development Programme

Nora Hegarty, Neil Quinlan

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    Abstract

    The article fits into the category of Case Study as defined by the Emerald Publishing Group : Describes actual interventions or experiences within organisations. May well be subjective and will not generally report on research. Purpose To outline the structure and development of a library based VLE training programme at WIT and to describe its origins, implementations and long-term goals. To explain why WIT Libraries was prepared to diversify from its traditional role and to take on the challenges involved in this project. Design / Methodology / Approach Case study report on the VLE training initiative as it has progressed at WIT. Describes WIT Libraries’ experience as the main instigator of the WebCT training programme at WIT and questions whether or not this has been an effective medium for the introduction of WebCT to WIT. Findings Concludes by stating that the Library Unit is capable of implementing a varied and diverse and successful VLE programme. Stresses the importance of the personnel involved to the success of the project to date. Research limitations / implications The project is still at an early stage of development. The study provides a short-term view of one small academic library service’s experience of implementing a VLE. No full-scale user survey has been conducted to date. Practical implications This account of WIT Libraries experience of working with a VLE is likely to be a useful source of practical information for libraries in similar positions, of similar scale, faced with similar challenges. Originality / value Offers practical solutions for libraries in similar positions. The successful diversification of the traditional library role is likely to be of interest to all members of the library profession. Keywords : VLE, WebCT, Academic libraries, Learning Support, User education, ELearning
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)37-47
    JournalNew Library World
    Volume107
    Issue number1/2
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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