Distance Learning Services

Types of Distance Learners

Faculty and students in the distance learning community at Towson University are of two types.

  • Takes or teaches ALL classes online or at an Off-Campus Site AND
  • Lives over 15 miles from the Towson University campus
Online Takes or teaches ALL classes online

Off-Campus Delivery Service

Services Offered

  • The delivery of physical items (e.g. books, print dissertations, etc.) to the school-year residence.
    • Note: All textbooks and media items are excluded.
  • Electronic delivery of scanned articles/chapters that the Library only owns in print format.

Using the Services

  • Set ILLiad status to "Off-Campus Student" or "Off-Campus Faculty".
  • Ensure school-year address is current and correct.
  • Request books and articles, including those owned by the Library.

Off-Campus Delivery may take additional time. Consider using full-text articles in the Library's Research Databases or requesting chapters rather than complete books for quicker access.

Patrons are responsible for the cost of return postage for physical items.

Note:Only Off-Campus students and faculty are eligible for Off-Campus Delivery Service.

Support for Faculty

The Distance Learning Librarian helps ensure equivalent library services and resources to the distance learning community. Contact Distance Learning Librarian Jason Ezell (jezell@towson.edu) for any of the following support requests:

Online Class Support

Faculty can request that a librarian be embedded in the Blackboard site for a course.

Librarians will work with you to determine appropriate and timely online supports for student work.

Typical services
  • An "Ask A Librarian" discussion board
  • Virtual office hours
  • Timely sharing of relevant Help Guides
  • Student consultations
  • Library instructional modules or real-time instruction
  • Research-related assessment

Request an embedded librarian

Support for Students

If you take all classes online or at an Off-Campus Site, the Distance Learning Librarian works to specifically address your needs.

Services offered
  • Access & Delivery
    Assistance getting library materials and using library services in a timely way
  • Online Presence or Off-Campus Visits
    Instruction, reference, and consultations through Blackobard or at an Off-Campus Site
  • Basic Research Support
    Help with information about library services, with basic database searching, and with citations
  • Subject Expertise
    Collaboration with or referral to subject librarians

Request assistance

Your Librarian

Photo of Jason Ezell
Jason Ezell

Distance Learning Librarian
(410) 704-5053

Distance Learning Services / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: April 25, 2014

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