Alabama Virtual Library December 1, 1999
What is the Alabama Virtual Library? <ul><li>A collection of scholarly, essential, electronic information resources  </li>...
Goals of the AVL <ul><li>Equity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>every student, teacher and citizen will have online access to curren...
AVL Partners <ul><li>Alabama Commission on Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Educati...
How is it funded? <ul><li>$3,000,000 appropriated by the Alabama Legislature for FY 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>APLS serves as ...
How was it created? <ul><li>Years of work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AETC provided the venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coaliti...
How is the AVL governed? <ul><li>Under the legal authority of APLS </li></ul><ul><li>“Council” appointed by agency heads <...
How is the money used? <ul><li>License databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online encyclopedias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>alm...
Where is the AVL? <ul><li>http://www.avl.lib.al.us </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama Supercomputer Authority </li></ul>
How do I use the AVL? <ul><li>Go to the web site </li></ul><ul><li>Log on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passwords through December...
What does this mean for our schools? <ul><li>AVL will provide teachers and students with accurate, up-to-date information ...
School library example (1998 survey) <ul><li>average number of print magazine subscriptions per school is 11  </li></ul><u...
What does this mean for school libraries? <ul><li>The role of the school media specialist is critical to the success of AV...
How can I learn more about the AVL? <ul><li>Log onto the Alabama Supercomputer Authority’s web site: </li></ul><ul><li>htt...
AVL Databases
How are the databases selected? <ul><li>Emphasis on support for education </li></ul><ul><li>Applies to a broad base of AVL...
What databases have been selected? <ul><li>EBSCOHost </li></ul><ul><li>Electric Library </li></ul><ul><li>SIRS Knowledge S...
EBSCOHost  includes <ul><li>Academic Search Elite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>support the core curriculum, degree requirements, ...
<ul><li>Business Source Elite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>compiles the research and perspectives from leading business thinkers ...
<ul><li>Business Source Elite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>compiles the research and perspectives from leading business thinkers ...
<ul><li>Health Source Plus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>authoritative source for information on health-related questions </li></u...
<ul><li>ERIC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>citation and abstract information from over 750 educational journals </li></ul></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Professional Development Collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional education resources on everything from chil...
<ul><li>Newspaper Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>delivers more than half a million articles to the desktop </li></ul></ul><u...
<ul><li>Vocational Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>offers industry-specific information from trade-related journals, reviews ...
<ul><li>Designed for the novice user, but powerful enough for an experienced researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of resou...
<ul><li>SIRS Discoverer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interactive reference tool for young readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>each...
<ul><li>SIRS Renaissance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current perspectives on the arts and humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gove...
<ul><li>OCLC WorldCat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>37,000,000 bibliographic records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>370 languages  </l...
<ul><li>Grolier MultiMedia Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades 5 and up (middle school) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New B...
<ul><li>Research Abstracts II </li></ul><ul><li>PrQuest Gold  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>high school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jun...
<ul><li>Full text of most authroitatie encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Other EB services </li></ul><ul><li>Free vs. Fee Bri...
What’s next for the AVL? <ul><li>Additional databases </li></ul><ul><li>Access to government and other free information </...
 
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  1. 1. Alabama Virtual Library December 1, 1999
  2. 2. What is the Alabama Virtual Library? <ul><li>A collection of scholarly, essential, electronic information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Accessed through the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>school libraries and classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>colleges and universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>remote authentication </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Goals of the AVL <ul><li>Equity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>every student, teacher and citizen will have online access to current core of information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>statewide licenses offer significant savings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Excellence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>appropriate, accurate/reliable, scholarly, up-to-date information </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. AVL Partners <ul><li>Alabama Commission on Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Education </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama Public Library Service </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama State Department of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama Supercomputer Authority </li></ul>
  5. 5. How is it funded? <ul><li>$3,000,000 appropriated by the Alabama Legislature for FY 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>APLS serves as the fiscal agent for the AVL </li></ul><ul><li>Funds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Education Trust Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Budget signed by the Governor in June </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding began on October 1, 1999 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First databases were available in August </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How was it created? <ul><li>Years of work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AETC provided the venue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coalition of state agencies and associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1998 “seed money” to develop the project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Grassroots effort </li></ul><ul><ul><li>post cards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>video tape </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Legislative advocates </li></ul>
  7. 7. How is the AVL governed? <ul><li>Under the legal authority of APLS </li></ul><ul><li>“Council” appointed by agency heads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 members from each agency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bylaws </li></ul><ul><li>Committees </li></ul>
  8. 8. How is the money used? <ul><li>License databases </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online encyclopedias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>almanacs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>indexes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full text of online books and magazines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Set up and maintain hardware and software </li></ul><ul><li>NO FUNDS FOR STAFF!! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Where is the AVL? <ul><li>http://www.avl.lib.al.us </li></ul><ul><li>Alabama Supercomputer Authority </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do I use the AVL? <ul><li>Go to the web site </li></ul><ul><li>Log on </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passwords through December </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each database is unique; try them all </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attend training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Train the Trainer sessions have been underway since September </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. What does this mean for our schools? <ul><li>AVL will provide teachers and students with accurate, up-to-date information </li></ul><ul><li>AVL makes information available at the desktop </li></ul><ul><li>AVL allows teachers in the poorest and most rural schools to have access to the same information as everyone else </li></ul>
  12. 12. School library example (1998 survey) <ul><li>average number of print magazine subscriptions per school is 11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2000+ magazines now available through AVL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>average age of science books in school libraries in Alabama is 19 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AVL resources are current </li></ul></ul><ul><li>73% of school libraries have access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ dial up” access must not be the standard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>goal is 100% high speed, LAN connectivity </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. What does this mean for school libraries? <ul><li>The role of the school media specialist is critical to the success of AVL </li></ul><ul><li>AVL contains only reference resources </li></ul><ul><li>AVL resources allow for the use of library enhancement funds to develop the school collection for use by all </li></ul>
  14. 14. How can I learn more about the AVL? <ul><li>Log onto the Alabama Supercomputer Authority’s web site: </li></ul><ul><li>http://list.virtual.lib.al.us/ cgi -bin/majordomo </li></ul><ul><li>Join the AVL discussion list </li></ul>
  15. 15. AVL Databases
  16. 16. How are the databases selected? <ul><li>Emphasis on support for education </li></ul><ul><li>Applies to a broad base of AVL users </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable, quality database information </li></ul><ul><li>Content represents a good value </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-existing user base </li></ul>
  17. 17. What databases have been selected? <ul><li>EBSCOHost </li></ul><ul><li>Electric Library </li></ul><ul><li>SIRS Knowledge Source </li></ul><ul><li>OCLC FirstSearch </li></ul><ul><li>Grolier Online </li></ul><ul><li>Bell+Howell ProQuest </li></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia Britannica </li></ul>
  18. 18. EBSCOHost includes <ul><li>Academic Search Elite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>support the core curriculum, degree requirements, and elective classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>provides journal coverage for most academic areas of study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>features full text for over 1230 journals with many dating back to 1990 </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Business Source Elite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>compiles the research and perspectives from leading business thinkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rich collection of popular business magazines, scholarly journals, and trade publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full text for over 925 journals </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Business Source Elite </li></ul><ul><ul><li>compiles the research and perspectives from leading business thinkers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>rich collection of popular business magazines, scholarly journals, and trade publications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full text for over 925 journals </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>Health Source Plus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>authoritative source for information on health-related questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>topics covered include medical sciences, psychology, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, health care law and general health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>over 255 full text journals </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>ERIC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>citation and abstract information from over 750 educational journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full text ERIC Digest records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Especially for younger kids </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>Professional Development Collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional education resources on everything from children’s health and development to cutting-edge theory and practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>searchable full text for over 240 journals </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>Newspaper Source </li></ul><ul><ul><li>delivers more than half a million articles to the desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full text of The Christian Science Monitor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>abstracts and indexing of the NY Times , The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>abstracts from NY Times Magazine and NY Times Book Review </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Vocational Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>offers industry-specific information from trade-related journals, reviews and newspapers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>designed for vocational and technical curriculums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>full text articles, reports, and special issues from 150 industry and trade journals </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Designed for the novice user, but powerful enough for an experienced researcher </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of resources including newspaper, TV & radio transcripts, maps & other images </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for the retrieval of age appropriate resources </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>SIRS Discoverer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>interactive reference tool for young readers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>each article is assigned a reading level category </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SIRS Researcher </li></ul><ul><ul><li>general research information on social, scientific, health, history, business, and political issues </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Source
  28. 28. <ul><li>SIRS Renaissance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>current perspectives on the arts and humanities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Government Reporter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>wide range of information published by and about the federal government, i.e. Supreme Court decisions, directories, information on Congress, etc </li></ul></ul>Knowledge Source
  29. 29. <ul><li>OCLC WorldCat </li></ul><ul><ul><li>37,000,000 bibliographic records </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>370 languages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OCLC Union List of Periodicals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>7 million library specific holdings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>750,000 periodicals in WorldCat </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other OCLC databases </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>Grolier MultiMedia Encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades 5 and up (middle school) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New Book of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades 3 and up (elementary school) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Encyclopedia Americana </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades 7 and up (high school and junior college) </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Research Abstracts II </li></ul><ul><li>PrQuest Gold </li></ul><ul><ul><li>high school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JuniorQuest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>middle school </li></ul></ul><ul><li>KidsQuest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>elementary </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>Full text of most authroitatie encyclopedia </li></ul><ul><li>Other EB services </li></ul><ul><li>Free vs. Fee Britannica service </li></ul>
  33. 33. What’s next for the AVL? <ul><li>Additional databases </li></ul><ul><li>Access to government and other free information </li></ul><ul><li>Recurring appropriation to maintain AVL </li></ul><ul><li>Training and use are critical </li></ul><ul><li>Thank the legislature! </li></ul>

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