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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

Johanna Tuñon & Laura L. Ramirez


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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


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Library, Research and Information Technology Center


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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


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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


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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


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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


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Document Delivery Solutions

  • British Library

    • Document Supply Centre

  • Prospero

  • ILLiad


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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%


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Bibliographic Instruction

  • Reference Services through

    • Toll-free number

    • Email

  • Instruction in a variety of formats

    • Online tutorials

    • On campus orientation

    • Travel to sites


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Language Barriers

  • Classes in Venezuela begun in Spanish; transition to English

    • Spanish instruction

    • English resources

  • Brazil

    • Completely in Portuguese

    • No commercial databases

  • Dominican Republic


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Cultural & Political Sensibilities

  • Foreign procedures, resources, systems

  • Limited library support

  • Stigma of distance education

    • Remedial

    • Older students

  • Library instruction can help mitigate fears


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Conclusions

  • Equivalent services is the goal

  • Online articles, e-books, & other resources has helped

  • Serious limitations & problems need to be addressed


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Contact:

Johanna Tuñon

Head of Distance and Instructional Library Services

tunon@nova.edu

Laura L. Ramirez

North Miami Beach Branch Librarian

lucio@nova.edu

NSU Electronic Library

http://www.nova.edu/library


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