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Your Library Goes Virtual
     

Your Library Goes Virtual

by Audrey Church
 

This step-by-step guide is essential for both those exploring the concept of virtual school libraries and for those who want to enhance and expand theirs. It summarizes the latest information about student and teacher use of electronic resources and addresses the concept of virtual school libraries in the context of program administration, information access and

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This step-by-step guide is essential for both those exploring the concept of virtual school libraries and for those who want to enhance and expand theirs. It summarizes the latest information about student and teacher use of electronic resources and addresses the concept of virtual school libraries in the context of program administration, information access and delivery, and learning and teaching. This must-have resource will serve as a guide to developing virtual school libraries that become enriching and useful presences within schools and their communities.

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"It's practically a requirement in the Internet Age for libraries, and especially school library media centers, to have a Web page. Church shows how a Web page can be transformed into a virtual library, providing a comprehensive research center for students, staff, and community. Included among the topics are access to such resources as an online catalog, subscription databases, eBooks, pathfinders, and Web quests to guide users through the maze of the World Wide Web, and direct access to professionals through instant messaging. Anything dealing with the Internet becomes obsolete before it's published, but for the most part the information in this book is up-do-date. . . . this title will be a valuable guide for any library media specialist seeking to expand services beyond the walls of the school. Recommended." - Library Media Connection
VOYA - Sherrie Williams
This thorough, user-friendly guide provides step-by-step guidance to school library professionals seeking to build an initial library Web page or increase the quality and effectiveness of an existing Web page. The material and chapters are closely correlated with Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning (ALA Editions, 1998/VOYA August 1999), and most chapters begin with principles from that touchstone of school media center work. Recent research regarding student and teacher information-seeking behavior is described, and the implications of the research on the content of a school library Web page are analyzed. Each type of content to be included in a school library Web page is presented, and appropriate related resources are listed and discussed. Content supporting learning and teaching, such as pathfinders, Web quests, information literacy instruction, reading promotion, and other topics is discussed at length, and links to excellent examples of each are provided. There are extensive and practical suggestions for the marketing and evaluation of school library Web sites. Screenshots of many exemplary school library Web sites are accompanied by URLs to allow interested readers to further explore these sites. This book is recommended for professional collections as an essential tool for school librarians seeking to expand the Web presence of their library. In addition, it would serve as an excellent resource in a school media graduate school program.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586832193
Publisher:
Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Audrey P. Church is the coordinator of the school library media program at Longwood University in Farmville, VA.

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