Higher education has been tackling the conundrum of educating more students with less funding by forming online education consortia. These consortia use technology to meet their goals, and they lower many of their operating costs due to shared sourcing. But how are libraries included in the mix?T his presentation will review libraries’ responses to online education consortia at both intrastate and interstate levels.
Categories of discussion will include:
- services offered to online learners,
- dedicated staff serving online learners,
- libraries’ representation in consortia committees and planning, and
- plans for the future.
While this research was originally conducted to evaluate how Concordia University Libraries could respond to a new interstate online education consortium, the findings speak to a broader audience. What are libraries’ roles in online education consortia? And how do these roles change when consortia move beyond state systems? Opportunities and challenges presented by interstate vs. intrastate online education consortia range from acquisitions and database licensing to instruction and reference assistance.
Throughout the presentation, Concordia University Libraries’ responses to these questions will be shared, and the audience will be encouraged to share ideas, questions, and experiences. We’ll discuss how libraries can work within these consortia to expand services to students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders. How can we leverage each other's strengths to improve upon and create new services?