The Technology Connection: The Building a Successful School Library Media Program


Organized compilation of recent articles from LIBRAY TALK, BOOK REPORT, and Technology Connection. Arranged to increase support for funding, training, curriculum integration, Internet evaluation, and public relations. Get important tips, tricks, and techniques, nitty-gritty details as well as breakthrough ideas. All URLs updated! Step back and rethink your goals "from the ground up!" With this well-organized presentation of the best current and recent thinking about great library media programs, you'll round out ...

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Organized compilation of recent articles from LIBRAY TALK, BOOK REPORT, and Technology Connection. Arranged to increase support for funding, training, curriculum integration, Internet evaluation, and public relations. Get important tips, tricks, and techniques, nitty-gritty details as well as breakthrough ideas. All URLs updated! Step back and rethink your goals "from the ground up!" With this well-organized presentation of the best current and recent thinking about great library media programs, you'll round out your professional world view and easily select the areas you want to refresh. And you'll find what you need to go on to garner support for more funding and training. You'll get inspiring validation of your roles, including teacher-collaborator and provider of professional development for teachers in the areas of technology and information literacy. You'll learn new, successful practices for integrating those skills with the curriculum, "taming" the Internet, and winning in public relations.

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School Library Journal
Written by library media specialists, the articles included here are from issues of The Technology Connection, Library Talk, and The Book Report magazines from over the past five years. Unlike many books addressing the issues of technology, the ideas provided here work, and may help rejuvenate the current positions and programs of even the most successful librarians. Numerous articles explore different aspects of the media specialist's role in creating, planning, building, and maintaining a successful program. Topics include guidelines for evaluating Web pages, rubrics for scoring multimedia projects, using the Internet, building influence in the school library, technology integration, copyright issues, stress, scheduling, assisting students, volunteers, etc. Even if one has read these articles in the pages of the magazine, rereading them will encourage professionals and serve as a catalyst for them to get more involved with technology in their programs.-Susan Shaver, Hemingford Public Schools, NE Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Featuring recent articles from , and , this book offers advice for school library media specialists in areas such as: collaborating with teachers, professional development, integrating technology with the curriculum, making the Internet accessible, funding, and public relations. Contributors include library professionals, scholars in library science, and experts on education and technology. No index. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586830083
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Professional Growth Series
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editor viii
Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Drawing the Plans: Library Media Specialist as Architect 1
Overview 1
From School Librarian to "Information TeAchnician" 2
Taking the Internet Challenge: Using Technology in Context 6
Managing a Constantly Changing Array of Machines, Programs and Processes 9
The Sound of the Other Shoe Dropping 11
Information Power Prepares Library Media Programs for a New Age 12
I Think I Can, I Think I Can 14
Reflections on Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. What is a Librarian to Do? 17
Help! Why Isn't the Smiley Face Smiling? 18
5 Issues in Planning for Library Technology 19
Integrating Technology Into Schools: Eight Ways to Promote Success 20
Implementing School Technology: Calling on Teachers 22
Copyright Laws & Software 24
How Much, How Many and When? Copyright and Multimedia? 25
Technostress: What Is It? Can You Learn to Live with It? 27
Technology & Stress: Are They Inseparable? 29
A Fractured Technology Fairy Tale 31
Building Arks for the New Technology 32
Organizing the Planning Team 36
Scheduling the Computer 39
Librarians Are From Venus, Technologists Are From Mars 41
A World of Change in 12 Short Years 43
Evaluating School Library Information Services in the Digital Age 45
Know-How to Help Kids Know Now 47
105 Things Parent Volunteers Can Do-Other Than Raising Funds 50
Braving the Waters, or How To Get Your Computing "Feet" Wet 53
Crystal Ball Gazing into Library Land 55
The Right Filter for the Wrong Addresses: Regulating Net Access 57
Caveat Emptor: Looking the Internet Gift Horse in the Mouth (Searching) 60
Another Look at Acceptable Use Policies 62
Chapter 2 Gathering the Tools: Library Media Specialist as General Contractor 65
Overview 65
Ergonomics: The Forgotten Variable 67
Educational Applications for Digital Cameras 70
Author! Author! Implications for Collection Development 73
Selecting and Evaluating Software 75
How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal 76
Proposal Writing for Technology Money: Part I 78
Proposal Writing for Technology Money: Part II 81
Think Money in the Bank for Your School 83
Moving Beyond Sneaker Net 85
How to Choose the Network Layout That's Right for You 88
Growing Your LAN Piece by Piece 90
Now that You Have the Technology, How Do You Keep It Up and Running? 92
Networkese: Jargon You Need to Know 94
Hardware Troubleshooting 96
How to Minimize the Dangers of Macro Viruses 97
Chapter 3 Sound Footings: The Library Media Specialist Builds the Foundation 99
Overview 99
Fantasy and Fact in Computer Training 101
Teacher Training Is Key 102
Ten Tips for Attracting Teachers to Technology Workshops 102
Stage a Well-Designed Saturday Session and They Will Come! 104
Singing the Praises of On-site Training 106
A Model for Teacher-Directed Technology Training 108
Integrating Technology from the Classroom Up 111
Boolean Burritos: How the Faculty Ate Up Keyword Searching 113
Web Page Evaluation: Views from the Field 115
The CODE 77 Rubrics: Part 1 118
Rubrics for Restructuring (Continuation of the CODE 77 Rubrics) 121
Workshops for Teacher Partners in Technology Integration 124
Partnering with Teachers for Internet Incorporation 127
The Upgrade: Easing Into Technology Integration 130
Professional Development They Will Cheer For! 131
Philadelphia Library Power: Collaboration Form 134
Ten Terrific Tips for Elementary Teachers 136
What's in a Name? 137
Matching Teaching and Learning Styles 140
Teaching Ethical Technology Behaviors 143
Chapter 4 Building the Structure: The Library Media Specialist as Carpenter 145
Overview 145
How to Teach the 'Net 146
Perfect Partners: Technology and Integrated Instruction 148
Harnessing Internet Resources for the Student Research 150
Turn on to Reading Through Technology 152
The Purpose of Information and Technology Assignments: Process or Product? 154
Putting Computer Skills in Their Place 156
A Research Project Filled with Real World Technology 157
The Changing Face of Student Research 160
Empowering Young Women Through Technology 161
Why Students Should Use Multimedia 165
Guidelines for Effective Multimedia Design 167
Authentic Assessment of Information Literacy Through Electronic Products 169
Yes, They Put on Quite a Show, but What Did They Learn? 172
Getting What You Ask For 175
Tailoring the Internet to Primary Classrooms 176
Quick! May I Go on the Internet? 178
Traveling Down the Highway: Stations on the Way to Information Literacy 179
What Do They Really Need to Know? Adventures in Curriculum Writing 181
Making the Most of E-Mail 185
Adventures In E-Mail Land 187
Chapter 5 Inspections: The Library Media Specialist as Building Inspector 189
Overview 189
The ABC's of Web Site Evaluation 190
6 Steps to Simplifying Student Searches 192
Boning Up on Boolean Searching 194
The Honeymoon is Over: Leading the Way to Lasting Search Habits 195
It Must Be True. I Found It on the Internet! 198
Easy to Find but Not Necessarily True 201
Seduced and Abandoned on the Web 202
Producing Information Consumers: Critical Evaluation and Critical Thinking 206
How to Use Soda Pop, The Blair Witch Project, and Other Methods to Help Students Learn to Evaluate Web Information Critically 208
Webliographies: Much More Than Just a Bibliography 210
Chapter 6 The Open House: Library Media Specialist as Host/Hostess 213
Overview 213
Getting the Year off to a Good Start! 215
Don't Forget PR! 217
Technology: A Goldmine for Positive PR 218
Library Home Pages: A New Knowledge Environment 219
Parent Internet Driving School: Using Technology to Increase Parent Involvement in Schools 222
Techno-Parenting 224
Guerrilla Librarianship: Hold the Camouflage! 225
Making Friends in High Places 227
Successful Public Relations Efforts: Using the Departmental Meeting as a Resource 229
Build Library Support With T.L.C. 231
Extra! Library Newsletters 232
Two for the Road 234
"Media" Starts With "Me": A Guide for Publicizing Library and School Accomplishments 237
Parent-Friendly Web Pages 240
Advocacy Building Influence at the Grass Roots Level: Closing the School Year with Positive Public Relations 243
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