From Distance Learning and ODL to ODeL: Unisa Library’s journey to transformation and innovation

Rammutloa, Modiehi Winnie From Distance Learning and ODL to ODeL: Unisa Library’s journey to transformation and innovation., 2013 . In 15th Annual LIASA conference, Cape Town International Convention Centre, 07 - 11 October 2013. (Unpublished) [Presentation]

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The purpose of this paper seeks to share information on the journey that the Unisa Library is undertaking in transformation and innovation of their services to stay relevant in the knowledge economy arena. The move will see the Unisa Library aligning its services to be in line with the requirements of the new digital age. The paper will highlight the difference in Library services offered in an Open Distance Learning (ODL) environment and those offered in the new business model of (Open Distance e-Learning) ODeL. This model seeks to use technology to deliver Open Distance Learning.The background information for the paper was gathered from the Unisa strategic documents, policies and plans as well as literature produced by the Unisa staff on the issue of ODL and ODeL, with specific reference to the Unisa Library.General technological evolution has had direct impact and influence on how business is conducted on a daily basis. The findings indicate that institutions, including Unisa, are gradually transforming from print to a paperless environment. This requires that new strategies and policies have to be developed in order to meet the demands of a new set of clients. In the higher education landscape, with specific reference to Open Distance Learning (ODL) institutions, a new breed of digital natives has prompted ODLs to rethink their business models in order to remain relevant and sustainable. Re-looking into the business model gave rise to the new ODeL model. Higher education libraries cannot operate in isolation, transformation and Innovation in the new world of work is inevitable. The Unisa Library is aligning itself with the requirements of an ODeL Institution by providing “ODeL” compliant services to the clientele. The findings further highlighted a potential challenge where rural students might not fit into the new model due to insufficient exposure to the advancement of technology. The technological developments also require a new breed of Librarian with new skills.The paper will add value to the LIS scholarly discipline as the concept of ODeL is fairly new and might open up new debates and further exploration of the phenomenon, ODeL. The contents of the paper are original as the information was gathered from the original documentation from Unisa.

Item type: Presentation
Keywords: Distance learning, Open Distance Learning, Unisa Library, Innovation, Transformation. Transformation and Innovation
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections.
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
I. Information treatment for information services
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JI. Circulation.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: MW Rammutloa
Date deposited: 13 Nov 2013 10:04
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:29


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