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 25 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 the Distance Learning Librarian 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

Jennifer Roach

Distance Learning Librarian
(410) 704-5053

Distance Learning Services / Albert S. Cook Library
Last revised: March 26, 2015

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