Library Trends 50 (1) Summer 2001: Computer-Based Instruction in Libraries and Library Education


Library Trends 50 (1) Summer 2001: Computer-Based Instruction in Libraries and Library Education. Edited by T. G. McFadden.

Computer-assisted instruction is really nothing more than the electronic application of well-understood principles of learning that gave rise to the popularity, some years ago, of “programmed instruction.” But if the instructional use of computers in libraries amounted to little more than self-paced, guided-task, learning, we should not be very interested. In fact, libraries find themselves, as they often do, at a significant intersection of various technologies, services, products, and scholarship that offers unique opportunities. This issue of Library Trends includes articles that explore both the theoretical and practical aspects of the use of computers to teach, and not merely to deliver, information. Inevitably, any discussion of the use of computers in instruction, and as teachers, will evolve into a discussion about the general nature of the skills to be taught, as well as the skills required to learn from a computerized instructional program.

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