February 25, 2005

Recent research suggests how library staff should respond to the threat technology poses to their jobs ("Librarians under threat", and Letters, February 11). The Joint Information Systems Committee-backed Justeis project showed that academic and library staff must work together if students are to use resources effectively.

Getting beyond using learning software as a parking place for PowerPoint presentations requires support for teaching staff. That support could come from IT staff or librarians, but the message is clear - library staff must forget reading lists and focus on virtual learning environments.

And management should invest in the human resources required to realise the spending on VLEs.

Christine Urquhart University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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