Comba, Valentina . E-TUTORSHIPS AND E-LEARNING: RE-SKILLING LIBRARIANS FOR INTERACTIVE COMMUNICATION IN VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS., 2009 In: Strategies for regenerating the library and information profession. Eight World Conference on Continuing Professional development and Workplace learning for the Library and Information Profession, 18-20 August 2009, Bologna Italy. K.G.Saur, pp. 279-288. [Book chapter]


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In the Universities, Research and Health Institutions the need has become evident for high quality information literacy in order to develop and support high-level research, teaching and other services. The University of Bologna launched an Information Literacy Project in 2003 to improve information skills at all levels. Librarians were involved in a course of “training for trainers” and in the production of Learning Objects/Tutorials for Students and Teachers. This experience was an interesting approach not only to a virtual environment, but also to the basics of pedagogical requirements of a good training course. As a second example of this re-skilling perspective, the experience of a course, delivered in 2008, for hospital librarians as e-tutors on the Moodle platform is also be presented. The critical aspects of this initiative within traditional Italian Universities will be highlighted: the transition to a digital library-oriented profession is made difficult by national and local norms and behaviours. Moreover, technical aspects regarding barriers of access to e-learning content in hospital/university context will be analysed. In this context, it has been a real struggle to develop new professional attitudes based on effective communication skills.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: e-learning e-tutor virtual learning environment
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GH. Education.
C. Users, literacy and reading. > CD. User training, promotion, activities, education.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GI. Training.
Depositing user: Valentina Comba
Date deposited: 05 Feb 2010
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:16
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/14238


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11. Ibid . p.6

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