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and computer centers, and 'library resources' are increasingly in hyperspace. The
use of microcomputers and sophisticated telecommunications systems by faculty
and students means that 'service requirements in the electronic university will be
driven and shaped by this increasing use of technology' (p. 62).
Jacobson (1994) reported on plans for a "virtual university" on the Intemrnet. This
virtual university concept was similar to Rossman's "electronic university." Through the
Internet, scholars located around the globe could band together to offer courses of study
to students at distant locations, thereby, overcoming the necessity of limiting enrollment
only to those who could afford to travel and attend elite universities.
The Intemrnet has become a new, technological tool for higher education
institutions. Beck and Ormand (1997) discussed the efforts of many universities and
colleges to use the Internet and other technologies to extend their course offerings and
degree programs to students in distant learning programs. Through the use of these new
technologies, many universities now have the capability to offer courses virtually
anywhere in the world. Some scholars advocate using the Internet to store and access
scholarly research papers on a variety of topics. "Scholars would deposit their papers in
the system, called the Open Archives, and retrieve papers written by others - - all for
free" (Kiernan, 1999, p. A43).
Many popular magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and computer related
publications now carry columns and feature articles devoted to reporting on the latest
developments concerning the Intemrnet. This collection of networks linked to other
networks known as the Intemet is considered by many to be essential for research and
information exchange. As Morris and Ogan (1996, p. 39) noted, "The Internet has
become impossible to ignore ... ."
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