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
  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:‌books?id=cO5yGUv_zyoC </li></ul><ul><li>Pastore, M. (2008). 30 benefits of ebooks. In Epublishers Weekly . Retrieved October 31, 2008, from‌2008/‌02/‌30-benefits-of-ebooks.html </li></ul>
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