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Library Websites Best Practices and New Findings Joyce Valenza’s Evaluation Model “The library Web page is your second front door.” “The effective library Web page pulls together ... all of the library’s resources--print and electronic.”

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Library Websites

Best Practices and New Findings


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Joyce Valenza’s Evaluation Model

  • “The library Web page is your second front door.”

  • “The effective library Web page pulls together ... all of the library’s resources--print and electronic.”

  • “It offers guidance while it fosters independent learning.”

  • “It models careful selection.”

  • “It offers valuable public service and can redefine ‘community’.”

  • "It can even lead users back to print.”

  • “A good library Web page offers implicit instruction and projects an important image of the librarian as an information professional.”

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Provides Second Front Door

  • Open 24/7/365

  • Gives access to many resources which can be used for homework

    Teachers assignments

    Pathfinders

    Catalog with links to full text ebooks and websites

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Integrates All Resources

  • Access to all different media from one site

  • Catalog which indexes all media including print and non-print, websites and ebooks

  • Pages of links or bookmarks

  • Public library links

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Guides Independent Learning

  • Research guides

  • Citation guidelines

  • Web pages of links to specific topics

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Models Careful Selection

  • Selected search tools which the LMT knows and teaches how to use

  • Links to web directories/indexes

  • Cataloging of selected web sites and ebooks

  • Site index

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Offers Public Service

  • Suggestion box

  • Book review sharing

  • Events calendars

  • Online ordering

  • Newsletters

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Redefines Community

  • Available to everyone

  • Newsletters

  • Volunteers’ pages

  • Events lists

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Leads Users to Print

  • Book reviews & booklists

  • OPAC

  • List of periodical subscriptions

  • How to find poetry/plays/fiction sheets

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Offers Implicit Instruction

  • Research Handbook

  • Orientation

  • Finding Information on the Internet

  • How to use the Readers’ Guide

  • Web evaluation guide

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Projects Librarian as an Information Professional

  • Staff page

  • Policy statements

  • Teacher-librarian collaboration

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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IASL/Concord Award Criteria

  • school library/librarian involvement in site development;

  • relevance to the goals and objectives of the school library;

  • visual appeal;

  • organization of information;

  • quality of the writing and use of language;

  • ease of use of the page/site, and navigational features;

  • educational, information, entertainment, or public relations value of the page/site;

  • appropriateness for the needs of users;

  • evidence of update policy and currency of information and links;

  • technical quality;

  • value as a model for other school libraries/librarians.

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Other Good Criteria Websites

  • Donna Baumbach, et al. have written two articles about the contents of school library websites:

    • What Should Be on Your School Library Media Page?FETConnections Summer 2005. Florida Educational Technology Corp.

    • What Should Be on a School Library Web Page?Learning & Leading with Technology Sept. 2004. ISTE. [available only to subscribers]

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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General Information

Name of school and LMC

Contact information

Address, phone, fax, email

Staff names and titles

Mission statement

LMC particulars

Hours

Policies and procedures

Site map

Announcements

New materials

Special events

Library newsletter

Miscellaneous

Info about famous alums

“Tip of the day”

“Quote of the day”

Links to special events

Photos of LMC

LMC annual report/statistics

LMC recognition by others

Items to Consider Including on School Library Web Pages

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Links To

Local OPAC and other library’s catalogs

Search engines

Online databases

Lists of periodicals

News sources

Reading lists

Book reviews

Online tools to help with research

Dictionaries/thesauruses

Citation guides

Study skills and tips

Resources for teachers

Lesson plans

Specific teacher assignments

Resources for librarians

Resources for library staff

State and district standards

Resources for parents

Subject area resources

Useful forms and handouts

Online tutorials

Slide shows

More Items to Consider Including

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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No links from school home page

Static pages

Flash introductions, uncontrollable music or sound

Lack of basic or contact information

Not indicating which resources are available from “school only”

No-noes on a School Library Website

  • Providing user names and passwords on website

  • Too many clicks to get anywhere

  • Little or no useful information

  • Links that aren’t obvious

  • Animations that don’t quit

  • One long page

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Bad grammar, spelling, punctuation

Lack of legibility, e.g. busy or dark backgrounds

Unpleasant aesthetics

Thing That Make a Library Website Ugly

  • Inaccessibility to potential users

  • Links that don’t

  • Not indicating file or download formats or requirements

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Librarian Involved in Site Development

  • Minkel, W. Who runs your Web site? It should be you. School Library Journal. 1 Nov. 2002. http://slj.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA254378&display=TechKnowledgeNews&industry=TechKnowledge&industryid=1997&verticalid=152&publication=slj

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Value as a Model

  • Some exemplary web sites

    P.L. Duffy Resource Center

    IASL/Concord Web Page Award

    University Laboratory High School Library

    Chico High School Library

    Oxnard High School Library Information Center

    Springfield Township High School Virtual Library

    Westminster School Library

    The Resource Center Birtles Library

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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General Resources

  • Writing School Library Web Pages

  • HomeMaker for Libraries

  • School Libraries on the Web

  • Work Horse or Show Pony?

  • Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians

  • The School Library as Information Provider

  • Learning and Teaching with Web Resources

  • Secrets of Great School Web Sites (pdf)

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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URL for This Presentation

  • http://rhslibrary.org/PPT/Library_Websites.ppt

And thanks for your kind attention at the end of a long conference!

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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Acknowledgements

  • Ball, J. (2002) Work Horse or Show Pony? http://users.tpg.com.au/welwel/showpony/ (Nov. 8, 2003)

  • Baumbach, D. et al. (2004) What Should Be on a School Library Web Page? Learning & Leading with Technology Sept. 2004. ISTE. http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Publications/LL/LLIssues/200414/September2/September_2004.htm (Nov. 8, 2005) [available to subscribers only]

  • ----------. (2005) What Should Be on Your School Library Media Page? FETConnections Summer 2005. Florida Educational Technology Corp. http://www.fetc.org/fetcon/2005-Summer/baumbach-brewer-renfroe.cfm (Nov. 8, 2005)

  • Clyde, L. (1997) The School Library as Information provider: The Home Page. http://www.hi.is/~anne/slhomepage.html. (Nov. 8, 2003)

  • ----------. School Library Web Sites: The State of the Art. 2000. http://www.hi.is/~anne/isis2000.html. (Nov. 8, 2003)

  • IASL/Concord School Library Web Page Awards. Selection Criteria. http://www.iasl-slo.org/web_criteria.html. (Oct. 24, 2003)

  • Minkel, W. Who runs your Web site? It should be you. School Library Journal. 1 Nov. 2002. http://slj.reviewsnews.com/index.asp?layout=article&articleid=CA254378&display=TechKnowledgeNews&industry=TechKnowledge&industryid=1997&verticalid=152&publication=slj

  • Schell, E. Writing for the Web: A Primer for Librarians. 1995-2002. http://bones.med.ohio-state.edu/eric/papers/primer/wbdocs.html. (Nov. 8, 2003)

  • Valenza, J. A WebQuest about School Library Web Sites. http://mciunix.mciu.k12.pa.us/~spjvweb/evallib.html. (Oct. 24, 2003)

Tom Kaun, Library Media Teacher, Redwood High School, Larkspur CA


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