1. Consult with a librarian

Tell us about your research assignments and we can analyze the best resources and access to those resources for your students. We can do instruction sessions over television for you, construct tutorials that demonstrate search strategies on fulltext databases, provide document delivery to your students, and highlight those resources that will be important to specific course assignments.

The distance education section of the library's homepage includes resources and services for distance education.
Remember that the institution which originates a distance education program is responsible for providing equitable access to library resources and equivalent library resources to the students in the distance education programs. The USC Spartanburg Library takes that responsibility very seriously.

We will send copies of articles and books to students' homes at their request. They may make requests through email.

See our American Library Association's Distance Learning Section homepage.



2. Consider electronic reserves

The library can scan journal articles, chapters from books or other materials you may want to have all the students read and place them on electronic reserve.

Remember the advantage of electronic reserves--students can access the material anytime of day, if they have access to the Internet. They will have to download adobe acrobat software on to their computer to read these reserves.

Guidelines for submitting electronic reserves for placement at the USCS Library homepage are at:

Vicki Thompson (503-5609) is the systems librarian at the USCS Library and she handles electronic reserves.

3. Consider using multimedia (within the confines of copyright interpretation)

 Use of videos, images, and sound can be incorporated into distance education    presentations.  Interpretations of the Fair Use clause of the copyright act of 1976 are attached in the handouts as well as the recent 1999 report on copyright and distance education from the copyright offfice of the Library of Congress.
If you are still learning PowerPoint there is a manual to support the program in the library. It is entitled Using PowerPoint for Windows '95 and the call number is:

T 385 .U885 1995

And there is a brief training document at:

The online journal titled, Journal of Library Services for Distance Education often has good articles that deal with copyright issues. Remember that we are still dealing with interpretation of the 1976 copyright act, written long before the world of today's advanced technology and distance education

The address for the journal is:

4. Give your students directions for access to free email accounts so that they can communicate with you

USC Spartanburg students can get free email accounts at:


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