ERIC Number: ED344703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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The Impact of Information Access in Southside Virginia High School Library Media Centers.
Church, Audrey P.
Telecommunications networks were placed in 16 rural high school library media centers in 12 southside Virginia counties. With these units, the high school media centers are able to access the online public access catalog at Longwood College, the Lancaster Library's VTLS (Virginia Tech Library System) database. If a needed book is found, a request is then made online. The books arrive in the mail several days later. A survey was conducted of the 16 library media specialists and the English teachers in each of the schools to determine if information access had made a measurable impact on the network high school library media centers. Results showed that online access to an academic card catalog and the resulting interlibrary loans did not: (1) stimulate circulation of the school library media centers' own materials; (2) increase the number of class research visits; or (3) increase the number of assignments English teachers made. Online access did appear to improve the variety of assignments English teachers can make, the attitude of English teachers toward the library media center, and ratings by English teachers of the adequacy of the library media centers' collections. Overall, networking has had a positive impact on school library media centers and the services which they can offer their patrons. Further surveys should target other subject area teachers and students. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia