ERIC Number: ED437072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
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The School Library Web Site: On the Information Highway or Stalled in the Carpark?
Clyde, Laurel A.
Based on research conducted in 1996 and 1999, this paper discusses theoretical issues and provides an overview of the purposes for which school libraries are creating and maintaining home pages or World Wide Web sites. In 1996, a content analysis was performed of Web sites of 50 school libraries in the United States, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Singapore, Iceland, Kuwait, New Zealand, and Norway. A longitudinal study was designed in 1999 to examine: whether the Web pages/sites included in the 1996 study have been developed further or improved; the current "state of the art" in terms of school library Web sites; overall improvement in the school library Web pages/sites; differences in aims, purposes, design, organization, and content of school library Web pages/sites between 1996 and 1999; and new ways of organizing links and any evidence of a developing consensus about the best way(s) of organizing links for effective use. The research has implications for those who are planning a Web page/site for their school library/media center; it provides information about what other school libraries/media centers have done and suggests some pitfalls that might be avoided. It also suggests areas for further study, notably the possible development of a model that might be used for the evaluation of school library Web sites. (Contains 42 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United States