ERIC Number: ED382223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Enhancing the Management of a High School's Non-Print Media Collection through a Computer Databased Bibliographic Cataloging System.
Fischer, David L.
Through the development and use of a computer databased bibliographic cataloging system, this practicum aimed to improve the organization and management of the non-print media collections housed in a Native American Indian reservation's high school language arts department and library in order for the teaching staff to gain better access to the collections' supplemental material that supports the English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) program for the school's Limited English Proficient (LEP) students. A team of educators constructed the database from a commercial software package that cataloged the bibliographic information of non-print collections, designed the database screen, utilized 10 entry fields, and cataloged 1,528 titles. A training session was conducted with the teaching staff to demonstrate the database and to instruct on accessing techniques. Workshop materials were written and distributed. At the end of the implementation process, an analysis of pre- and post-survey results revealed that the high school instructional staff found the non-print media collections more organized and accessible. Staff perceived themselves as deriving greater use from their instructional efforts, and the collections were meeting their instructional needs at a greater level. Four tables, five figures and a diagram illustrate the database and findings. Twelve appendices provide survey instruments, workshop booklet, samples of the printed copy of the book catalog and thesaurus of descriptors, and the procedure manual. (Contains 56 references.) (Author/MAS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, American Indian Reservations, Bibliographic Databases, Bibliographic Records, Cataloging, English (Second Language), High Schools, Language Arts, Library Collections, Limited English Speaking, Nonprint Media, Pretests Posttests, School Libraries, Teachers, Teamwork
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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