Virtual Reference Books In School Libraries Overview

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Introduction to my presentation on ebooks and virtual reference books, including GVRL, at GAETC 2008.

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Virtual Reference Books In School Libraries Overview

  1. 1. Presented by Buffy Hamilton Media Specialist, Creekview High School Cherokee County School District GAETC, November 6, 2008 http://theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com/virtualbooks
  2. 2. Goals of Today’s Presentation <ul><li>To explore the benefits and possibilities for using ebooks in your school library collection. </li></ul><ul><li>To explore strategies for integrating virtual reference books in your school library and your research pathfinders. </li></ul><ul><li>To explore how one virtual reference book collection plays a vital role in research in a high school library. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Traditional Reference <ul><li>Hard copies of specialized volumes on specific areas of information. </li></ul><ul><li>Limited use within confines of the physical library space. </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive to purchase. </li></ul><ul><li>Subject to vandalism; expensive to replace. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes up large amount of shelving. </li></ul><ul><li>Viewed as authoritative information. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Increased accessibility to users during and after normal school hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Zero risk of book damage or book losses. </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks can be bookmarked as part of research pathfinders; you can also use RSS feeds for some ebooks to integrate into your research pathfinders or library website. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Take up no physical space in your library. </li></ul><ul><li>Are environmentally friendly---reduction of costs associated with printing and shipping. </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks make reading accessible to persons with disabilities. Text can be re-sized for the visually impaired. </li></ul><ul><li>More libraries are creating virtual collections of reference materials. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Easier to handle for many patrons---no oversized heavy or unwieldy books! </li></ul><ul><li>More cost-effective over time. </li></ul><ul><li>Many can be integrated into your OPAC. </li></ul><ul><li>Greater ease for patrons in searching within a particular title or over a series of volumes. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Types of Ebooks <ul><li>Pay per title; only user may access at a time. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay per title; unlimited users. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscription based purchase to collections of books. </li></ul><ul><li>Purchases downloadable to a specific reader (Kindle, iPod) </li></ul><ul><li>Free! </li></ul>
  8. 8. Today’s Agenda <ul><li>To explore free resources for ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>To explore paid/subscription reference ebooks for school libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>To explore the integral use of a virtual reference library collection in one high school: Gale Virtual Reference Library. </li></ul><ul><li>To explore ways to integrate your ebooks into your library program/collection/research pathfinders. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Resources Cited <ul><li>Frost, W. J. (2005). The reference collection: from the shelf to the web . Haworth Press. Retrieved from Google Books Web site: http://books.google.com/‌books?id=cO5yGUv_zyoC </li></ul><ul><li>Pastore, M. (2008). 30 benefits of ebooks. In Epublishers Weekly . Retrieved October 31, 2008, from http://epublishersweekly.blogspot.com/‌2008/‌02/‌30-benefits-of-ebooks.html </li></ul>
  10. 10. Links To Resources <ul><li>http://delicious.com/theunquietlibrary/ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>http://theunquietlibrarian.wikispaces.com/virtualbooks </li></ul>

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