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'E' is for Exploration

Robin Green & Subject Support Team, Library, University of Warwick

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The Library is no longer solely defined by the material it stocks. Ideas and data are now more likely to be accessed remotely then to be found at hand. Learners are free to explore an abundance of electronic information sources. Exploration undertaken without some essential navigational skills, can be overly time consuming, sometimes futile, and may even terminate at completely inappropriate destinations. The virtual learning environment must be approached by learners equipped with far more than a belief in serendipity. The skill to assess the authority and provenance of an information source is integral to engaging with material, and is as important as being able to locate it. In this virtual landscape the library will not deliver particular pathways, but will offer an understanding of the topography itself.


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