Chapter 1

Introduction

Libraries must meet the information and scholarship needs of their users. The norm now seems to be that many users are away from the physical library or institutional location but remain entitled to receive equitable access and services just like those who are in the physical campus. Distributed library services are offered to the distance learning community that cannot for various reasons be present at a physical location. Fortunately, electronic resources and technology allow libraries to provide equitable services to all users. Early literature on the topic distinguishes between distributed and distance learning (Fleming & Hiple, 2004; Hawkins, 1999), with distributed learning being defined as a delivery mode in a distance ...

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