Volume 8, Number 22 (1-2006)                   jha 2006, 8(22): 33-40 | Back to browse issues page

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Ali Byek M, Jamshidi R, Faraji Z. A Feasibility Study on Distance Learning thorough Internet for Library Staffs in Central Libraries of Universities of Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MoH) and Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Tehran . jha. 2006; 8 (22) :33-40
URL: http://jha.iums.ac.ir/article-1-347-en.html

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Introduction: Given to information and communication technology distance learning thorough internet is the best way for librarians scientific upgrading. Distance learning has very useful advantages such as non-limiting to special time and place, multimedia information presentation, simultaneous interaction between educator and learner. This research was aimed to indicate new topic in library and information science, interest of library staffs in distance learning, librarian skills, feasibility and problems in distance learning.

Methods: This is a descriptive survey study. Data are collected by a questionnaires distributed among 137 library staffs in central libraries in universities of (MoH) and Ministry of Science, Research and Technology in Tehran in August and September of 2008.

Results: Librarians in ministry of science 90/5% and MoH librarians95% were interested in participate to distance education via internet. Some 92/8% of librarians in ministry of science and 100% of librarians in MoH could satisfy their information needs thorough internet. Most of the librarians have experienced "data bases" and least of them experienced "digital libraries". Educational Web sites were the most and chats the least methods for distance learning presentation. More than 70% of librarians confirmed that their libraries spend budget for distance learning 50% of librarians in ministry of science and 21/6% of librarians in ministry of health confirmed that facilities and equipment are provide for performances distance learning in libraries. Most of the librarians in both ministries didn't familiar with Engineering knowledge, collection evaluation, multi-label classification and Website architecture. They were very interesting to learn database management system, web mining, and digital library. Boss disagreements, not authorizing, technical problems, low speed internet, educators unfamiliar with this type of learning, have no performance responsible, were problems that librarians indicated.

 Discussion: Central libraries in governmental universities in Tehran can be able to performance distance learning thorough internet.

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Received: 2009/06/2

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