The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education

Integrating Digital Libraries into Distance Education: A Review of Models, Roles, And Strategies

Christopher M. OWUSU-ANSAH
Antonio da Silva RODRIGUES
Thomas B. van der WALT

This study examines ongoing efforts by academic libraries to integrate digital resources into distance education courses. The study adopts a conceptual approach and it is thematically focused on the concepts of distance education and digital libraries; academic library models in distance education; the role of digital libraries in distance education; and strategies for integrating digital libraries into distance education. Through a systematic literature review and thematic analysis of extant literature, the paper concludes that academic libraries must pragmatically integrate digital libraries into the distance education curriculum by highlighting the role of digital libraries in the academic community and her processes. In this way, digital libraries may not be perceived as just content providers, but as significant agents of transformative learning.

KEYWORDS: Digital libraries, distance learning library services, integration, academic libraries.

DOI : 10.17718/tojde.557742