New and forthcoming ERIC Digests, published by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, include such topics as the hidden Web; controversial copyright issues affecting libraries and their patrons across the country; the latest research on the link between school library media programs and academic achievement; trends in digital reference services; the National Science Foundation’s plans for a major, digital library for education; and the important ways small libraries can function as large ones.
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Uncovering the Hidden Web, Part I:
Finding What the Search Engines Don’t (Oct. 2001)
Marcia Mardis, MILS
Discover how to access some of the Web’s most valuable content in this new Digest. Recent studies estimate the size of the hidden Web to be about 500 times larger than the size of the known “surface” Web accessible through search engines, such as Google. The author, a former K-12 media specialist, is program coordinator and Internet media specialist at the Center to Support Technology in Education at Merit Network Inc. She presents on Web searching issues at conferences around the country and writes frequently on K-12 use of the Internet.
Uncovering the Hidden Web, Part II:
Resources for Your Classroom (Oct. 2001)
Marcia Mardis, MILS
How does an educator make practical use of the wealth of information available on the hidden Web and make it accessible to students? This Digest article will help teachers find key resources—for themselves and their students—and develop techniques for keeping track of the treasures they unearth on the hidden Web so that they can be accessed quickly and easily every time. Topics include accessing clearinghouses, virtual libraries, full-text resources, and learning objects for classroom use.
Libraries in Today’s Digital Age:
The Copyright Controversy (Oct. 2001)
By Carrie Russell
Copyright law and its adaptability in the digital environment continue to be fraught with uncertainty. This Digest, written by the copyright specialist for the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy, provides an overview of the continuing ambiguities libraries and their users face in dealing with copyright in today’s digital environment. Issues addressed range from the practical, such as collection development, licenses, and preservation, to the philosophical and legal.
Proof of the Power:
Recent Research on the Impact of School Library Media Programs on the Academic Achievement of U.S. Public School Studies (Oct. 2001)
By Keith Curry Lance, PhD
This Digest provides a summary of four recent, major statewide studies (of Alaska, Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Oregon). Completed as recently as mid 2001, these studies were conducted by researchers affiliated with the Library Research Service of the Colorado State Library and the University of Denver. Written by the director of the Library Research Service, who published groundbreaking research in 1993 that also made a compelling link between school library media centers and academic achievement, this article includes recommendations for action by school officials.
Successful K-12 Technology Planning:
Ten Essential Elements (Oct. 2001)
By Harvey Barnett
Administrators and others charged with creating a plan for using technology effectively in their school or district will receive helpful advice from an authority in this new ERIC Digest. The author, Harvey Barnett, currently Senior Research Associate in the Technology in Education program at WestEd, has served as a consultant to state departments of education for technology planning and policy issues. He has also served as principal of one of the first Apple Classroom of Tomorrow (ACOT) project schools in partnership with Apple Computer Inc. and as director of technology for the same district, Cupertino, in California.
Trends and Issues in Digital Reference (forthcoming Nov. 2001)
By Abby Kasowitz
The NSF National Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education Digital Library (NSDL) Program: Opportunities and Challenges for Teachers and Librarians (forthcoming Nov. 2001)
By Lee Zia
How Small Public Libraries Can Act and Serve Like Big Ones (forthcoming Dec. 2001)
By Norm Parry
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