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ERIC Number: EJ745477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Virtual Library
Valenza, Joyce Kasman
Educational Leadership, v63 n4 p54-59 Dec 2005-Jan 2006
Today's school libraries must meet student needs as both a physical and virtual space. Existing both offline and online, they must offer around-the-clock access as well as instruction and guidance that support the face-to-face interactions of students with librarians and classroom teachers. Although students are often technologically proficient, they know little about technology as it relates to academic research. In this article, the author discusses how a school virtual library and library staff can guide learners through the data maze with customized, user-centered interfaces that create order as they offer instruction. From a library homepage, users can access search engines, databases, references, and general library information. A virtual library can also become an integral part of the instructional culture of the school. Serving as a school's instructional archive, this site can be developed to share collaboratively developed lessons, WebQuests, rubrics, handouts, and organizers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States