Distance education is not new. The Distance Learning Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries was formed more than 30 years ago, for example, but online learning is now growing rapidly. From 2002 to 2008, undergraduates enrolled in at least one distance education course rose from 8% to 20%.1 In turn, more librarians are connecting with online students and faculty, often without truly knowing where to start in a strategic, meaningful way. This article, based on a panel presentation at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference, contains tips and advice for new distance learning librarians. Beth Filar-Williams of UNCG was one of the panelists.
The article may be found online here.