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Going the Extra Mile: Supporting Distance Education at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Going the Extra Mile: Supporting Distance Education at University of Alaska Fairbanks The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a long history of supporting distance education through state-of-the-art, remote access services. Harsh climate conditions (heavy snowfall and icing, high winds, and extreme temperatures), rugged terrain, limited road and telephone systems, and permafrost that prevents the installation of communications networks, all contribute to the challenge of delivering distance education. This article describes and explains the library's services while discussing the challenges of providing information access to a diverse student population living in an area covering over 500,000 square miles. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal Of Access Services Taylor & Francis

Going the Extra Mile: Supporting Distance Education at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 4 (1-2): 28 – Oct 30, 2007

Going the Extra Mile: Supporting Distance Education at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Journal Of Access Services , Volume 4 (1-2): 28 – Oct 30, 2007

Abstract

The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a long history of supporting distance education through state-of-the-art, remote access services. Harsh climate conditions (heavy snowfall and icing, high winds, and extreme temperatures), rugged terrain, limited road and telephone systems, and permafrost that prevents the installation of communications networks, all contribute to the challenge of delivering distance education. This article describes and explains the library's services while discussing the challenges of providing information access to a diverse student population living in an area covering over 500,000 square miles.

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Taylor & Francis
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Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
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1536-7975
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1536-7967
DOI
10.1300/J204v04n01_01
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Abstract

The Elmer E. Rasmuson Library at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a long history of supporting distance education through state-of-the-art, remote access services. Harsh climate conditions (heavy snowfall and icing, high winds, and extreme temperatures), rugged terrain, limited road and telephone systems, and permafrost that prevents the installation of communications networks, all contribute to the challenge of delivering distance education. This article describes and explains the library's services while discussing the challenges of providing information access to a diverse student population living in an area covering over 500,000 square miles.

Journal

Journal Of Access ServicesTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 30, 2007

Keywords: Distance education; distance learning; off-campus librarians; non-traditional students; distance students; University of Alaska

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