Creating a Virtual Library: A How-to-Do-It Manual / Edition 1

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Training staff and patrons to use the Internet is one of today's most pressing needs for libraries of every type. This unique guide helps librarians teach their staff to be Internet trainers, and includes complete scripted workshops tailored for teaching Internet skills to library patrons. Part 1 focuses on training library staff with three one-hour workshops teaching staff members the basic principles of learning; how to apply those principles to the design of solid Internet training session; and how to conduct effective Internet training sessions with confidence. Areas covered include training objectives, adult learning principles, choosing and preparing the training site, interactive presentation techniques, and assisting resistant or intimidated trainees. Part 2 features seven ready-to-go workshops for users on major Internet topics, including the World Wide Web, search engines and finding information, books and literature information on the Web, college information, and Web publishing and HTML. Each one-hour module includes an introduction, an objective, a timed lesson plan, suggested methods for demonstrating the skills covered, tips, a sample script, a reproducible handout, lists of related Websites, and recommended books and magazines. These modules are designed to be as universal as possible in terms of content, setting and software, and are relevant to every type and size of library. Evaluation/assessment instruments and a listing of Web resources for trainers round out this time-saving resource.
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Library Journal
Aimed primarily at library and archival managers, this book explores the process of creating a library web site, from project management and policymaking through designing, selecting content, and mounting, maintaining, and enhancing the site. Written and edited by Stielow, executive director of the Mid-Hudson Library System, NY, and his staff, the manual is designed "to enable other libraries and archives to take control of their own Web site expansion." Sadly, it does not succeed, primarily due to poor treatment of technical issues. While a book aimed at managers need not read like a technical manual, it should include accurate descriptions of technical topics in plain English, accompanied by concrete examples. Here, technical topics are glossed over with descriptions too general, buzzword-laden, or inaccurate to be useful. Some important issues are omitted entirely--e.g., the effect of site design on accessibility for disabled users. Sections on planning and managing site development are useful, and descriptions of Mid-Hudson's experiences are helpful and well placed. However, managers seeking a plain-English overview of web site development for libraries would be better served by Ray Metz and Gail Junion-Metz's Using the World Wide Web and Creating Home Pages (Professional Media, LJ 9/15/96), even though it is somewhat dated.--Janet Crum, Oregon Health Sciences Univ. Lib., Portland Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Helps libraries plan, set up, and maintain virtual libraries, offering step-by-step instructions to help even the smallest institution localize Web resources without costly equipment and phone lines. Covers all stages of putting a virtual library online, encompassing needs analysis, planning, maintenance, and eventual enhancement and change. Lays out principles for electronic collection development, and shows how to build special collections ranging from children's sites to multimedia collections. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555703462
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: How-to-Do-It Manuals Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Introduction: Lessons from the Past 1
Ch. 1 Designing Virtual Libraries for Human Beings 9
Ch. 2 Managing Virtual Library Projects 23
Ch. 3 Developing Policies for the Virtual Library 37
Ch. 4 Visualizing the Virtual Library 53
Ch. 5 Building Virtual Library Suites 69
Ch. 6 Selecting Virtual Resources 97
Ch. 7 Mounting the Virtual Library on the Web 107
Ch. 8 Maintaining the Virtual Library 129
Ch. 9 Enhancing the Virtual Library 147
Webliography 171
Index 179
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