Berkeley College Online Library Rises to the Challenge of Distance Learning



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Contact:  Ilene Lumpkin

Director of Media Relations
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Note to Editors: This is the second of two releases from Berkeley College celebrating National Distance Learning Week (Nov. 12 – 17) sponsored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) to promote distance learning.   Check out the video via the hyperlink Library staff below.





Providing online students with the same ‘walk-in’ feel, and the same access to services and materials as onsite students, was the initial challenge for Berkeley College Library staff when the institution first launched online courses in 2003. Today, the college offers 15 online degrees, and library staff is on hand to support and guide distance learning students every step of the way.


As the United States Distance Learning Association celebrates the 2007 Distance Learning week, Nov. 12 – 16, the Berkeley College Online Library is proud of its success.


Last year, according to a report by the New York State Education Department Review Team, the Berkeley College Online Library was cited as being “comprehensive, navigating intuitively, and giving an almost physical sense of being inside a library where resources, support services, and ‘live’ help are instantly accessible.”


“Transferring library instruction to the online environment has required that librarians learn new methods of delivery,” says Berkeley College Library Services Director Marlene Doty. “Through the use of narrated PowerPoint presentations, Camtasia, Wimba, and Video Communicator tools, we are developing information literacy instruction that effectively engages the distance learner.”


The entire Library staff at Berkeley College is qualified to assist online students during regular campus hours via phone, e-mails or instant messaging. On evenings and weekends, a part-time online librarian responds to student questions.


Library staff also works closely with online faculty. Each faculty member is paired with a Library liaison who offers assistance in updating and collecting materials to support online course curriculum. In addition, liaisons keep faculty apprised of library services and resources, including what’s new in the professional collection section that supports the continuing education of online faculty.


“The college librarians have traditionally had a symbiotic relationship with faculty that has benefited the on-campus library instruction program,” says Ms. Doty. “Minus the many on-campus opportunities for informal discussions, the library liaison program fills that void by connecting a librarian to each online faculty member.”


A leader in business education for more than 75 years, Berkeley College currently maintains an enrollment of more than 6,000 students, with nearly 600 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree programs. The College maintains two New York campuses in Midtown Manhattan and White Plains, an Extension Center in Lower Manhattan in the Wall Street area, and four New Jersey campuses located in West Paterson, Paramus, Woodbridge, and Newark. In addition, Berkeley College Online offers a Corporate Learning Partnership program. The College’s website address is .


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