Your Library Goes Virtual, 1st Edition

  • Audrey P. Church
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  • ISBN-10: 1586833103
  • ISBN-13: 9781586833107
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 200 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released July 2007
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Table of Contents.
Table of Figures.
About the Author.
Why Go Virtual? What the Research Tells Us.
Where Are the Students?.
From What Location Do the Students Go Online?.
What of Our Younger Children?.
How Do Students Find What They Need on the Internet? Are They Successful?.
Where Do School Libraries Fit?.
Where Do Teachers Fit?.
What Do Students Want, in General?.
What Does this Research Mean for Virtual School Libraries?.
What Features Should We Include, If We Pay Attention to Students?.
What Should We Know as We Develop Virtual School Libraries?.
Information Access and Delivery: The Information Content of the Virtual Library.
Online Catalog.
Subscription Databases.
General Periodical Databases.
General Encyclopedia Databases.
Subject Area Specialized Databases.
Reference Access.
Professional Collection.
Professional Ebooks.
Journal Access for Professional Development.
Parents' Space.
Ebooks (Fee and Free).
Web Site Subscriptions.
Locally Selected Web Sites.
Federated or Meta Searching.
Access from Within Blackboard.
Exemplary Web Pages for Information Access and Delivery.
Learning and Teaching: What It Is All about.
Curriculum Support.
Information Literacy Skills Instruction.
Citations and Ethical Use of Information.
Reading Promotion.
Virtual Librarian Services.
Exemplary Web Pages for Learning and Teaching.
Program Administration: Steps to Implementing a Virtual Library.
Needs Analysis for Virtual Content and Services.
Collection Development Considerations.
Attention to Policies.
Marketing for the Virtual Library.
Evaluation of the Virtual Library.
Evaluation Criteria.
Feedback from Users.
Technological Aspects.
Larger School Technology Context.
Web Design.
The Larger Learning Community: Where Are We Now?.
School Library Media Center Web Pages: 1996–2006.
State-Level Virtual Libraries Providing Services for K-12 Schools.
Virtual Libraries Serving Virtual K-12 Schools.
Virtual Libraries: Present and Future.
List of Sites Mentioned.
Works Cited.