Over the past 30 years, there has been a huge growth in the use of elearning and blended learning, with many librarians using online methods to deliver information literacy. Now that the Web has developed to include collaborative Web 2.0 methods as well as rich interactive media, there is a huge range of options -- from virtual learning environments (VLEs) to games and Second Life. Librarians who deliver information literacy are also teachers, often with as much pedagogical knowledge as their faculty colleagues. They are, therefore, in a position to provide rich and meaningful learning experiences. A wide range of different types of online courses are being developed, particularly in parts of the world where information literacy is well-established, such as the US, Australia, and the UK. By making the most of the online methods available to librarians to teach information literacy, they can indeed foster self-reliance for students and researchers.
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