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Learner centric-outreach services for distance learners: Open University of Sri Lanka

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Damayanthi Gunasekera

Senior Assistant Librarian, Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
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Providing new library services to distance learners is a challenge. However, introduction of new services add strength to the library user community. The OUSL library started new outreach services to its distance users. This paper discusses how some new services and resources were implemented, who the beneficiaries are, how to access and what sort of information is provided. These services are two folded; web based and onsite. Digitized Question Paper Archive is the most significant to users. The paper further discusses about the Curriculum Information Support Service that was aimed at the academic staff. Inquiry service is the most prominent service that is used by many academic staff members to find research articles. Further, a newly started project, E-abstracts of postgraduate theses and OUSL Journal is also popular among students. In addition, the on-site academic presentation practice facility provided for students is another new service given to OUSL learners.

Key words: Distance education and support services, distance learning, web based services, online support services, virtual information services, Sri Lanka

Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, Vol.13 (Special Issue). 2009 147-163

 

How to Cite: Gunasekera, D., (2009). Learner centric-outreach services for distance learners: Open University of Sri Lanka. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka. 13(2), pp.147–163. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v13i2.1337
Published on 26 Nov 2009.
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