Distance Learning
The Library strives to meet the ACRL guidelines of providing equivalent library services for distance learners. Distance learning students continue to have password access to the databases FirstSearch  andInfotrac, with the latter giving access to many full-text documents.
Students can now install the TN3270 software that allows access to the online catalog from off campus on their home computers. This was accomplished through a joint effort between Public Services and Technical Services library faculty. Extended Campus provided 200 blank disks onto which the library copied the TN3270 software for students enrolled in distance classes. All students may purchase a disk with instructions for $1.00 at the Circulation Desk. Extended Campus staff were given a tour through the distance learning library web pages so that they would be aware of services offered.
Several library faculty are working on a special project that involves personalized library services for online courses offered through CourseInfo, a password- protected online course environment. Serving as co-instructor, a librarian has access to all course materials and students taking the class. Students then have continuous contact with the librarian and are assisted with projects on a day-to-day basis. Each semester the university has expanded the number of courses available, and it has encouraged more library faculty to become involved after the pilot project is concluded. This project was presented as a poster session at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago in July, 2000 and at Distance Learning 2000 in Madison, Wisconsin in August, 2000.