International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246

Full Length Research Paper

Library and information science in distance education: Advantages and disadvantages in view of the students of the major

Mehri Shahbazi* and Maliheh Nikkar
Library and information science, Payame Noor University, 19395-4697 Tehran, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 22 May 2012
  •  Published: 31 December 2012



Based on the viewpoints of the Library and Information Science students in Payame Noor University, this study aims to identify both goodness and difficulties of Library and Information Science in distance education. A survey method was used to carry out the study in which the data was collected by two questionnaires distributed within two rounds. Student-based education, free-attendance classes and in turn, the possibility to find chances for other favorites, self-reliance ability in students owing to absence of full-time access to lecturers in comparison with the students of traditional system, achievement of high level of learning due to the existent general behavioral targets along with the practices provided in textbooks and ignorance of negative points in multiple-choice questions were of the most remarkable advantages introduced by the students. The most important disadvantages of distance education in view of the respondents were insufficient practical rehearsal on the site as well as inadequate students' knowledge about library e-resources, lack of practical capabilities due to the very few number of sessions made up during each semester, limited access to lecturers, inadequate students' information on their specific text resources and taking difficult final tests of the courses.


Key words: Advantages, disadvantages, distance education, library and information science, Payame Noor University.