The new edition of The SAGE Handbook of E-Learning Research retains the original effort of the first edition by focusing on research while capturing the leading edge of e-learning development and practice. Chapters focus on areas of development in e-learning technology, theory, practice, pedagogy and method of analysis. Covering the full extent of e-learning can be a challenge as developments and new features appear daily. The editors of this book meet this challenge by including contributions from leading researchers in areas that have gained a sufficient critical mass to provide reliable results and practices. The 25 chapters are organised into six key areas: 1. THEORY 2. LITERACY & LEARNING 3. METHODS & PERSPECTIVES 4. PEDAGOGY & PRACTICE 5. BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 6. FUTURES
Chapter 23: E-learning and Libraries
Higher education libraries all over the world today are spending a significant amount on purchasing electronic resources in the form of databases, and subscriptions to backfiles (archives) of electronic journals and electronic books (Imperial College London, 2014). Libraries are also digitising paper collections both for preservation purposes and to make their collections more widely known and accessible. However, a common complaint among librarians and academics, especially those working with students at undergraduate level, is that students are not always making use of this quality material. Instead, many students continue to rely heavily on Internet resources (and some even pay for material which the library has already purchased on their behalf). Furthermore, these students ...