hires librarian for distance learning
By Sheri Sides
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is expanding its distance
education programs, a new generation of librarians is being installed
to better serve all students, near and far.
Michael C. Alewine
has accepted the newly created job of Outreach/Distance Education Librarian
at the Sampson-Livermore Library. Alewine said
he does the same things all librarians do, but his customer base may
never set foot in the building.
students need for their assignments, papers and projects, I am going
to make sure that they get it," Alewine said.
His customers may
be in Richmond County taking online classes after work or on the other
side of the globe, seeking a Master's of Public Administration degree,
which is now offered completely online and in special exchange programs
at several Chinese universities.
Alewine will provide
both online and in-person services to the students at UNCP's distance
education program sites, including Richmond Community College, Sandhills
Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and to
students enrolled in online courses.
"I will be
going out to the colleges involved in our distance education programs
and letting students know that they have access to the same high quality
library services as students on campus," Alewine said.
Alewine will also
help faculty with designing research assignments that are effective
and viable, especially when considering time constraints and access
Dr. Elinor Foster said Alewine's position reflects the changing nature
of UNC Pembroke's distance education students is growing, and we felt
it was time to hire someone qualified to work with those students who
are not on campus," Dr. Foster said. "Mr. Alewine has experience
and interest in working with distance education students so he will
do an excellent job serving students."
online courses, no matter where they live, will receive help with their
course research, including reference assistance, document delivery,
and these students can also contact Alewine, and he will guide them
to the nearest academic library if they need access to additional resources.
"If I can make
students in distance education feel as good as students on campus about
research resources and services being provided to them, then I feel
like I'm accomplishing what I'm supposed to be doing," Alewine
Alewine has a B.A.
in English from UNC Wilmington and a Master's of Library Science from
N.C. Central. He comes to UNCP from North Carolina Wesleyan College,
where he was the reference and electronic resources librarian.
library was small with only six staff, so I had many responsibilities
including reference, instruction and I was the library's webmaster,"
Alewine said. "I particularly enjoyed working with the distance
education students and providing them with library and research services."
At UNCP, Alewine
will be able to focus on online services. He is also a self-taught web
"I want to
use the library's web pages to make the library more accessible to students,
and to faculty also," he said. "I will work with faculty to
help them design better research assignment and to make sure students
know where to find sources."
Libraries have been
transformed during the information age with on-line references and catalogs,
and universities migration to online courses.
is committed to making sure all of our students, no matter where they
are, get the most out of the technology and resources that are available
to them," Alewine said. "Sampson-Livermore Library is constantly
adding electronic databases and we offer a virtual reference desk where
students can get help from the reference desk through email. I hope
one day we can include a live chat room as part of our reference services.
Sheri Sides is
a senior Mass Communications major from Laurinburg.
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