Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

Online Library Education Programs: Implications for Rural Students

Constance A. Mellon and Diane D. Kester
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science
Vol. 45, No. 3 (Summer, 2004), pp. 210-220
DOI: 10.2307/40323888
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40323888
Page Count: 11
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Online Library Education Programs: Implications for Rural Students
Preview not available

Abstract

The primary purpose of this study was to identify and examine the unique needs of library education graduate students from a rural working population in eastern North Carolina. The data for this study were collected formally and informally over a five-year period. Methods used included observation, interview, faculty discussion, informal interaction, student surveys, and documentation of personal experience, plus action research. Examination of the data identified five issues basic to the importance and success of online graduate programs for rural working adults: student reaction to online teaching, motivating faculty to develop online courses, recruiting and mentoring faculty as online teachers, providing technical assistance to students, and creating an electronic community for student interaction. The study has significance for both library education for rural students and for educating faculty to work in universities serving large rural regions. It provides a model describing the elements necessary to develop and maintain effective online library education programs and examines why such programs are important in serving the educational needs of a rural region. Moreover, it suggests a way in which the shortage of school librarians in rural regions can be addressed.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
210
    210
  • Thumbnail: Page 
211
    211
  • Thumbnail: Page 
212
    212
  • Thumbnail: Page 
213
    213
  • Thumbnail: Page 
214
    214
  • Thumbnail: Page 
215
    215
  • Thumbnail: Page 
216
    216
  • Thumbnail: Page 
217
    217
  • Thumbnail: Page 
218
    218
  • Thumbnail: Page 
219
    219
  • Thumbnail: Page 
220
    220