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    Library Support to Distance Learners
    The chapter discusses library support services in a distance education system and their value and importance in the overall development of a learner in general and a distance learner in particular. The chapter also traces how emerging digital technologies allow libraries to offer efficient support services to distance learners. This case of Distance Library Services at a university in India describes the evolution, experiences and challenges of offering distance library services through the university. The chapter focuses on information literacy and use of social networking tools. Development of information literacy is critical for distance learners, and social networking tools based on Web 2.0 technologies may provide library services and impart information literacy to distance learners. The chapter concludes with some suggestions pertaining to opportunities and future propositions.
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    Global Research Trends on Open Educational Resources: A Bibliometric Analysis
    Open Educational Resources (OER) has emerged in the last two decades with the swift growth of technology and its interventions in education. The Open Educational Resources (OER) have become popular among the educators. The primary objective of this study is to analyse global research trends on open educational resources. This analysis aims to understand the research landscape better, identify significant trends, and support informed decision-making. For this study, the data was derived from the Scopus scientometric database covering the period of 2013 to 2022. A total of 669 publications with 8332 citations were found during the search. Most publications published on the subjects are in social science (54%), followed by computer science (18%) and engineering (6%). Burgos, Hilton, and Wiley were the most prolific and impactful authors. It was found that for effective and impactful collaboration in two and three authors, 3.23 is the highest collaborative index, 0.90 is the collaborative degree, and 0.60 is the collaborative coefficient in 2022. The highly cited paper, “Ocean Basin Evolution and Global-Scale Plate Reorganization Events since Pangea Breakup by RD Muller, “ was published in 2016 and received 689 citations. The journal “International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning” was the most preferred source. Also, highly productive institutes with Open Educational Resources, funding agencies and countries were observed.