“LearningWeek Live” Guest Discusses Issues Facing University Librarians in an eLearning World

July 25, 2001

This weeks guest on LearningWeek Live is Brian Mikesell, Coordinator of e-Services for the St. John’s University Libraries.

Mikesells responsibility is to provide leadership in the development and deployment of online library services for all five campuses of St. John’s University (four in New York and one in Rome, Italy). Mikesell works within the campus libraries and with other university units to visualize new library services for students and faculty.

Mikesell will discuss several issues facing university officials today, including: the provision of “e-services” to campus-based and web-based learners, the use of commercially available subscription-based library services, student plagiarism, and the increasing reliance during distance education accreditation processes on guidelines for academic libraries.

Founded in 1870, St. John’s University now has over 18,500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in six Colleges and Divisions. More than 100 Degree Programs are offered, from the two-year associate level to full doctorates.

LearningWeek Live (LWL) airs every Wednesday at 1:00 pm EDT at LearningWeek.com. Each show features a dialogue on a learning news story, the LearningWeek Business Report, and a special guest interview.

Guests and show topics are drawn from the worlds of primary, secondary, and higher education, corporate training, publishing, web-based instruction – anywhere concerted teaching and learning efforts are taking place.

The show concludes with the selection of the “LearningWeek Site of the Week”, recognizing achievement in providing access to quality learning in a connected world. The “Site of the Week” announced on the previous episode of LWL was the Digital Divide Network (DDN), a website that offers a range of information, tools and resources that help individuals stay on top of digital divide developments. LearningWeek recognized the DDN site for the online community they have built, the rich resources they provide, and for their focus on literacy and learning recognition that learning and applying a wide set of literacy skills is as important as actual access to technology.

“Live human interaction is a basic ingredient for creating effective learning experiences,” said co-host Finkelstein. “We think its important to bring this approach to the discussion of learning issues themselves, live on the Internet.”

The format of the live video-based webcast, which runs 30 minutes, allows participants to offer their perspectives, ask questions of the featured guest, and recommend topics for future shows.

Previous guests have included: Richard Katz of EDUCAUSE, Bill Evans of Cal-State Chico, Michael Preston of New Visions for Public Schools, Denise Easton of ULiveandLearn.com, Deb Bennett of TAFE South Australia, Denis Gilhooly of the UN Development Programme, and Donavan Vicha of the American Library Association. Upcoming live episodes of LearningWeek will include visits by Juliana Lutzi of FIRE Online Training, Casey Green of the Campus Computing Project, Kristin Hirst of About.com and Ann Kirschner of Fathom, among others.

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