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Information Literacy Program: Distance and Online Library Services

Mission and Vision

Distance learning library services definition: 

Library services in support of college, university, or other post-secondary courses and programs offered away from a main campus, or in the absence of a physical campus, and regardless of whether or where credit is given. Courses thus supported may be taught in a variety of formats or media, may or may not require physical facilities, and may or may not involve live interaction of teachers and students. The phrase is inclusive of services to courses in all post-secondary programs designated as: extension, extended, off-campus, extended campus, regional or branch campus, distance, distributed, blended, open, flexible, franchising, virtual, massive, synchronous, or asynchronous.


It is primarily the responsibility of the E Learning Librarian, with the support of the Research and Instructional Services Unit, to meet the needs of Missouri State University’s distance learning community.  Space, services, and collections must be available to distance students, whether through format or delivery, with resources dedicated to facilitating this.  


We will work to seamlessly provide tools (both synchronous and asynchronous) to our distance learning community that allow them to succeed and thrive in the online learning environment.  As with on campus services and resources, we strive to be welcoming, safe, and intellectually stimulating.  Technology plays a crucial role in distance learning library services, so we will continually scan for the best hardware and software to support library space, service, and collections, especially as Missouri State University’s distance offerings expand and grow. 

 Standards for Distance Learning Library Services, 2016.

Long Range Plan 2018-2023


  • Work with the Director of Resource Management and Discovery Services to create/update collection plan; specifically including stipulations for online students

  • Work with appropriate parties to facilitate a more robust document delivery plan.  Especially items we own in house and circulate.

    • Example: create a budget line and plan to ‘circulate’ our books to out of state students (those not served by our existing courier service) at no cost to student


  • Craft an Information Literacy Plan specific to online learning

    • This could fall under the umbrella of our existing Information Literacy Plan, but as we update that, I want to make sure we plan for the strategic creation, scaffolding, and deployment of tools and services designed for online learning.  

  • Create tutorials and videos to address various information literacy needs

    • These will be available for anyone to use, but specifically distance students who need a refresher, or their instructor does not want to use ResearchPath in BB

    • Some of these tutorials (at least one) will be more of a ‘Welcome’ module, intended to increase positive feelings towards the library and the learner’s confidence 

  • Develop a more comprehensive and robust assessment plan

    • As more tools are developed and used in and out of the virtual classroom, we need to have in place ways to assess the individual tools, and their overall impact


  • Increase persons available and trained to offer services to distance students, and create materials for distance students’ use

    • Work to train the Information Literacy Team (three members of the Research and Instructional Services Unit)

      • All complete and maintain current LMS training

      • Look for webinars and other opportunities for relevant software training

  • Establish best practices for services