McLean, Evadne L
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Student support with particular reference to libray support: The case of the University of the West Indies Mona campus library
Distance Education Centre, University of the West Indies
Distance education in small states: Conference proceedings
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University of the West Indies, Distance Education Centre
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Distance education is seen by many as the answer to people's desire for lifelong learning that will help them to maintain their competitive edge, especially in a difficult socioeconomic environment. For most higher education providers, it is seen as the answer to their need to expand student access in order to maintain viability in the face of increasing competition and decreasing student enrolment. An overwhelming motivating factor for the University of the West Indies (UWI) is the need to make tertiary education accessible to the growing number of students in campus and noncampus territories without forcing them to leave their homes, jobs and families. Most of the students engaged in this mode of learning have a different profile from the typical on-campus student, and face some disadvantages that must be mitigated for them to complete their studies successfully. Adequate student support is necessary, therefore, if distance learning is to be effective. Library support is a significant link in the student support chain. This paper looks at the nature of the library support being offered by the UWI Mona campus library and the challenges it faces in doing so. It also examines the existing guidelines for library support and international practices in the field, with a view to determining the additional services the Mona library needs to implement in order to enhance its offerings.....