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ERIC Number: EJ835994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Developing Content Collections: The Library Catalog as an Early Literacy Guide
Meyer, Jeffrey
Computers in Libraries, v29 n4 p19-22 Apr 2009
It seems, at times, that a frantic race persists to ensure that a child, in the crucial learning stages of early elementary education, acquires the appropriate reading level before he or she "gets behind." Though there are obvious issues with branding a book "Grade Level One" or "Reading Level 2.2," it is nevertheless helpful for a library to provide parents, teachers, and children with a generalized reading-level scheme, so as to aid in the literacy of young children; in fact, it would be strange to walk into a library that did not differentiate between picture ("easy") books, juvenile books, and adult books. In this article, the author describes how the Slater Public Library in Iowa has attempted to create a more searchable online catalog, utilizing machine-readable cataloging (MARC) subject fields, to assist patrons in finding accessible materials for early elementary children. (Contains 3 figures and 6 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa