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Frugal Youth Cybrarian: Bargain Computing for Kids

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These expert authors detail a wealth of ideas for planning providing, and evaluating services tailored to young adults. You'll discover thoughtful insights and practical advice focused on helping young adults make the most of the wide-ranging resources available.

Rely on these excellent sources to:
-- Create an environment that fosters intellectual, emotional, and social growth
-- Select fiction and non-fiction that informs, inspires, and interests young adults
-- Integrate school library resources with curriculum requirements

Youth librarians know that even reasonably priced software and CD-ROMs can be galaxies away from low-budget realities. Still, many wonderful multimedia programs can be found at relatively low prices. In this one-of-a-kind consumer guide for librarians and media specialists, educator Calvin Ross distinguishes between the must-haves and the nice-to-haves for both Macintosh and Windows platforms.

Ross uncovers a legion of talented programmers, inspired by an educational mission and a love of children, who are distributing inexpensive software over the Internet and commercial online services. He visited countless Web sites and sifted through thousands of shareware and freeware programs to recommend 298 of the best bargain resources for children. With money-saving advice on low-cost computer applications for library staff, revitalizing donated computers, and more, you'll make the most of workstations without spending a fortune!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Colleen Harris
Where was Ross with his invaluable advice before our library wasted a lot of money? My review copy of this book is already dog-eared from showing it to the other professionals, especially Chapter 5, "Strategies for the CD-ROM." If you are investing in CD-ROMs and want a good basic list, plus others that are nice to have, you cannot go wrong in following Ross's recommendations. I gave the book to my fifteen-year-old son to "kid test" the sites, see how many are still in operation, and get his opinion of the star rating system. I expected the usual teenage response of monosyllabic answers to my questions, but instead I received an exuberant, "There's some really cool sites in this book!" The only problem he encountered was that some sites were constantly busy during prime time. He informed me that most of the sites were still operational and would be for many years because they were from reputable providers. What sets this book apart from others that are similar in format is the detail Ross provides in considering all aspects of providing frugal cyberspace in libraries. Every audience is addressed-educators, students, media specialists, public librarians, and home schoolers. Ross covers equipment concerns, including how to best use old hardware and factors to consider in future purchases. He goes into detail about the largest online service providers, describing what to look for in a service and getting the most for your dollars, discussing user concerns, and explaining that all information could change overnight as competition is increasing and costs are coming down. Other topics include Internet etiquette, logging on, downloading shareware and freeware programs, bulletin boards, professional sites for media specialists and educators, indexing systems, and searching. This is a thoroughly "cool" book from anyone's standpoint, and a must-purchase for your professional collection. Index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838906941
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Bargain-Hunting Strategies 1
1 Crafty Solutions to the Budget Conundrum 3
2 Shareware and Freeware for Libraries and Schools 15
3 Where to Find Shareware 28
4 Tagging Programs to the Curriculum 57
5 Strategies for the CD-ROM 64
Pt. 2 Shareware, Freeware, and Internet Listings 81
Introduction to Shareware and Freeware Listings 83
6 Macintosh Shareware and Freeware 90
7 IBM-PC Shareware and Freeware 136
8 World Wide Web, Gopher, and FTP Sites 211
Index 301
Software 301
World Wide Web, Gopher, and FTP Sites 312
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