E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Summer 2007

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Summer 2007) 8(2). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v08n02/pandya_n01.html.


Copyright 2007, the author. Used by permission.



Recent changes in information technology have opened new learning opportunities to educational institutions as they strive to serve the information and education needs of the millennial generation. More academic programs are now offered in non-traditional environments, which require a stronger focus on this generation’s information-seeking behavior. This forces librarians to undertake fresh approaches toward library instruction. According to guidelines from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), library resources and services “must meet the needs of all their faculty, students, and academic support staff wherever these individuals are located, whether on a main campus, off campus, in distance education or extended campus programs, or in absence of a campus at all.” Thus, our focus must shift from providing solely classroom-based instruction to virtual, distance-based instruction where students learn regardless of place or delivery mode of instruction. This article will review an example of how virtual instruction can be used effectively in libraries as exemplified by the experience at the University of Maryland Shady Grove Library.