The Role of Virtual Library in Learning Environment

Pauline Oghenekaro Adeniran, Beneditte Ogochukwu Unuigboje


The library environment has witnessed a dramatic change in the last several decades. The change is as a result of the introduction of information communication technology (ICT) in teaching and learning in the academic arena. Most academic libraries now move from the conventional way of information handling and delivery to more sophisticated methods where ‘access’ is more emphasized. As a result, virtual libraries have become increasingly important in the learning environment. Virtual/digital libraries play important role in providing access to a wide range of information resources across the globe. Beyond what the traditional libraries can offer, virtual libraries break the barrier of time and location to facilitate sharing of scholarly information for academic excellence, a feat which was practically impossible in the past. The introduction of virtual library provides opportunities for information users to access information across the globe without restriction. This paper looked at the role of virtual library in mediating between the individual information needs of the members of the academic community and the vast amount of globally available content. The paper concluded by stressing some current trends and open research issues in Digital Library technology.

Keywords: Virtual library, Impact of Virtual libraries, Learning environment, Academic performance

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