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NSU Partnership with Libraries in Latin American and the Caribbean. Johanna Tuñon & Laura L. Ramirez. Nova Southeastern University. 1972 distance education; 1983 online Enrollment of 18,000 in Florida, US & abroad Site-based masters and doctoral programs in business and education

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nsu partnership with libraries in latin american and the caribbean

NSU Partnership with Libraries in Latin American and the Caribbean

Johanna Tuñon & Laura L. Ramirez

nova southeastern university
Nova Southeastern University
  • 1972 distance education; 1983 online
  • Enrollment of 18,000 in Florida, US & abroad
  • Site-based masters and doctoral programs in business and education
  • Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, and Venezuela
  • Online graduate degree programs in business, education, and computer science
library research and information technology center4
Library, Research and Information Technology Center
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Provides quality library services
  • International programs raise new considerations, challenges and concerns
  • Ensuring equivalent library services to
    • distance students
    • international distance graduate students
local library agreements
Local Library Agreements
  • Allow students to use local libraries
  • Agreements in Dominican Republic and Venezuela
  • Collections usually do not support doctoral research
  • Cost can be prohibitive
  • Competition
branch libraries
Branch Libraries
  • Bahamas, Jamaica, and Panama
  • Established in 1998 following SACS recommendations
  • Budget of $40,000 per site for books and journals
  • Staffed by professional librarians
  • Small collections; too distant for some
document delivery services
Document Delivery Services
  • Up to 25 items per week, including
    • Photocopies of articles
    • Books
    • Microfiche
  • International postal system; customs
    • DHL and Federal Express
  • Wayne State University and University of Michigan do not deliver internationally
document delivery solutions
Document Delivery Solutions
  • British Library
    • Document Supply Centre
  • Prospero
  • ILLiad
online access problems
Online Access Problems
  • 200 online databases, some full-text
    • WilsonWeb
    • ProQuest
    • ERIC E*Subscribe
    • netLibrary
  • Full-text can vary
    • Business as much as 75%
    • Social Sciences only 25-30%
bibliographic instruction
Bibliographic Instruction
  • Reference Services through
    • Toll-free number
    • Email
  • Instruction in a variety of formats
    • Online tutorials
    • On campus orientation
    • Travel to sites
language barriers
Language Barriers
  • Classes in Venezuela begun in Spanish; transition to English
    • Spanish instruction
    • English resources
  • Brazil
    • Completely in Portuguese
    • No commercial databases
  • Dominican Republic
cultural political sensibilities
Cultural & Political Sensibilities
  • Foreign procedures, resources, systems
  • Limited library support
  • Stigma of distance education
    • Remedial
    • Older students
  • Library instruction can help mitigate fears
conclusions
Conclusions
  • Equivalent services is the goal
  • Online articles, e-books, & other resources has helped
  • Serious limitations & problems need to be addressed
contact
Contact:

Johanna Tuñon

Head of Distance and Instructional Library Services

[email protected]

Laura L. Ramirez

North Miami Beach Branch Librarian

[email protected]

NSU Electronic Library

http://www.nova.edu/library

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