Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning (2012) 6(2): 117-128. DOI: 10.1080/1533290X.2012.694338.


The published version of the article is available at: Copyright 2012, Taylor & Francis. Used by permission.


Distance librarians as engaged professionals work in a complex environment of changes in technologies, user expectations, and institutional goals. They strive to keep current with skills and competencies to support distance learners. This article provides a selection of continuing education opportunities for distance librarians, and is relevant for all practicing librarians. Suggestions include physical and virtual conferences, professional journals for reflective reading, short-term webinars about current topics and innovative approaches, blogs for sharing ideas, and discussion and interest groups for networking with colleagues about best practices, leadership, and serving academic populations.