The Development of Electronic Mediated Initiatives in the Delivery of Library Service to Remote Students

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PCF3 // The application of electronic networks and other communication technologies provide extensive opportunities for the enhancement and improvement of access to education and training for people who could not make themselves available for the traditional face-to-face system. In particular, the new technology has demonstrated to be of immense benefit to people in remote and isolated locations that lack direct access to education and training facilities at higher/tertiary level. Besides, in today’s world of open and distance learning learners are found anywhere and everywhere. Distance education enforces that learning is not restricted to any particular place or time. There has therefore been an incredible change at all levels of education with respect to the application of ICT. // It is now not uncommon to note that the process of teaching and learning in this environment is conducted online. Conversely, as a way of extending library and information support service to these remote learners, libraries of distance teaching institutions have extensively embraced the use of electronic systems and other communication media. The paper notes the extensive use of the computer mediated communication systems to reach out to the remote learners by distance teaching libraries in advanced countries of the world. To some extent, developing countries are also striving not to be completely left behind. Of course, a lot of obstacles recline on the way of these libraries. // This paper also gives an insight into the adoption of this system in some developing countries. It narrows the discussion to the development and application of electronic mediated initiatives in aid of learning at the University of Botswana where the operational system is dual-mode. The paper elaborates on the significance of staff development training effort in the use of technologies for student support.