ERIC Number: EJ711278
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb-1
Reference Count: 4
State-Funded Informational Databases: You May Lose Them Even if You Use Them!
Bell, Mary Ann
Teacher Librarian, v32 n3 p8 Feb 2005
State-funded informational databases are a boon to students, teachers, and teacher-librarians, but as states struggle with budgets, funding for these resources is endangered survey results on the status of databases in all fifty states along with suggestions for keeping the databases or dealing with their absence follow. Today's students and teachers need authoritative, current sources of information for research and learning. Informational databases are invaluable resources and must be made available to all students regardless of the size or affluence of their schools and districts. Prior to the 2003-2004 school year, Texas teacher-librarians were proud to be part of an initiative that provided K-12 students such access. In exchange for uploading library collections to a state union catalog and agreeing to participate in interlibrary loan, Texas teacher-librarians could join a consortium called Texas Library Connection, or TLC, and thus have access to databases including the Gale offerings, Encyclopedia Britannica, and others. Students could log on at home as well as at school.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Web Sites, Government Libraries, Electronic Libraries, Elementary Secondary Education, Databases, State Programs, School Libraries, Librarians, Educational Finance
Scarecrow Press, 4501 Forbes Blvd., Suite 200, Lanham, MD 20706. Web site: http://www.scarecrowpress.com.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Texas; United States