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ONLINE LEARNING RESOURCE: E-LIBRARY

INTRODUCTION

Electronic learning, or e-learning, refers to computer-enhanced learning. It also refers to research, learning, and teaching in the digital environment. It encompasses courses offered online, courses with face-to-face and online access to course materials, and courses provide access to online discussion forums, notes, and other course materials. The aim of e-learning is to improve the quality of learning experience for students. a digital library is not merely equivalent to a digitized collection with information management tools. It is also a series of activities that brings together collections, services, and people in support of the full life cycle of creation, dissemination, use, and preservation of data, information, and knowledge.

E-Libraries and E-learners:

One of the natural responses to the challenges of e-learning environment is the introduction of the e-library to support e-learning with resources network, designed to meet the needs of the learners, in both individual and collaborative settings, constructed to enable the dynamic use of a broad array of materials for learning primarily in digital format, and managed actively to promote the reliable access anytime and anywhere to quality collections and services, available both within and outside the network.

The introduction of digital libraries into the education process was made easier by distance education, which has developed over the years. With the Internet and the World Wide Web, distance education programs can mount sets of materials on web servers to support online courses. One of the basic ideas is to aggregate the learning materials on various topics, written by many educators, in a digital library of courseware. Digital libraries have the potential to significantly change the fundamental aspects of the classroom in ways that could have an enormous impact on teaching and learning. Therefore, for an ideal e-learning situation, digital libraries are regarded as the hub of the library collections and services that function together in the real e-learning environment.

SOCIAL UTILITY

Functional Roles of the E-Library

Hyperlink the e-courses with the library e-reference resources such as e- books, e-journals and web-based open-access resources; Set up virtual reference desk (VRD) help and e-mail enquiry service to answer the information needs of the e-learners (i.e. e-learning liaison librarian); Develop a special integrated web portal for course-related learning objects (LO) that retrieve from the library digital collections (e.g. e- journals, textual databases, open access, etc.) with efficient browsing and research abilities; Acquire core e-collections; Providing e-literacy sessions to help e-learners in scholarly use of the web and distributed e-resources (e-learning information search skills); Promote library e-services to the virtual e-learning community; and Prompt document delivery and outreach services via electronic transmission.

PERSONAL UTILITY

E-learners, digital libraries and Information utilization:

With the tremendous growth of the internet, e-learners have access to an overwhelming range of information sources available at the click of a mouse:

library resources, government information, news sites, advertising, and many other forms of resources. Librarians have traditionally selected and organized resources with great care. In building digital libraries, librarians have the opportunity to provide e-learners with direction and to rescue them from information overload. A digital library can link e-learners to library catalogues, licensed journal databases, electronic book collections, selected internet resources, electronic course reserves, and tutorials, and to forums for communication and interaction with others. The digital library permits e-learners to access library and networked resources and services anytime and anywhere that an Internet connection and computing equipment are available. E-learners’ use of different technologies, whether they are traditional materials or digital resources available via the internet, will be informed by and in turn will help construct the kinds of values that retain significance in education. As long as the educator and the assignment follow the status quo, any related

source of information is likely to be a smart choice by e-learners according to their assessment of what to do for assignments. It follows both the form and content of what an eventual report should look like. With the tremendous growth of the internet, e-learners have access to an overwhelming

RELATION OF TOPIC WITH LEARNER’S REQUIREMENT

E-library is required in Educational Institutes because:-

  • To increase the academic performance of students community.

  • To encourage independent learning.

  • To develop current learning, learning materials in interactive e-learning.

  • To determine the information needs of the students through e-learning.

E-library improves the quality of the learning experience of the students. The driven changes are numerous and learning quality ranks poorly in relation to most of them. A student who is learning in a way that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) is using an e-learning. These interactive technologies support many different types of capabilities. Over the past few decades, the new information and communication technologies have a huge impact on the world economy corporate management, globalization trends and education at all levels, including higher education.

EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATION

The importance of e-learning is growing in higher education. Key advantages of e-learning are flexibility, convenience, and the ability to work at any place where an Internet connection is available and at one’s own pace. Learning resources and services are very significant to research and teaching in higher education. The advent of ICTs has completely transformed libraries and information centres. They have emerged as early adopters of new technologies and act as service points for access to digital libraries.

Digital Library User Insrtuction:

Library instruction has always been a significant role that librarians have played. Reference librarians provide tours, introductory and subject-specific classroom instruction, as well as on-the-fly, at-the-point-of-need instruction in the reference department. The new challenge for librarians is to provide library

instruction to a growing population of remote and/or distance e-learners. With the increase in digital library collections that are accessible outside the library via the internet, students are visiting libraries less frequently. Telephone and e- mail reference allow reference librarians to provide short and sometimes detailed reference assistance to e-learners but these media are too cumbersome for remote instruction. E-learners are frequently silent and invisible as they search and explore a digital library’s resources, and they do not have the same access that on-campus learners have to formal library instruction sessions. With the array of digital resources available to them, the multiplicity of interfaces and search tools, and the need for evaluation and critical thinking when using the internet for research, “information literacy” skills are a must-have for e-learners. Many libraries provide instruction to e-learners by making information available on their web pages, including frequently asked questions, library glossaries, research guides, and “how-to” pages. Online tutorials usually operate on a model in which the e-learner interacts in isolation with a computer. Their effectiveness can be enhanced by the addition of more interactive forms of instruction. The librarians at the Florida Distance Learning Reference and Referral Centre, for example, have experimented with chat software to simulate a virtual classroom and open up “live” group instruction to e-learners.

CONCLUSION

The demand for e-learning is growing day by day. As a result, library services have taken on another dimension. Librarians and academicians should collaborate to evaluate and provide links to authoritative web resources related to programmes and courses taught. They may develop a portal for providing a seamless integrated access to e-collections. The enabling technology infrastructures for building a virtual library must include stable electricity and upgrading or installing a high speed internet connection to support a variety of services. System librarians need to be trained or employed. Finally, the library should conduct online tutorials for improving the information searching skills of the e-learners and so doing.

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