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What kinds of Books does Your School Library Need?. Dorcas Hand Director of Libraries, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston. Three Lenses. The school mission and digital goals Preparation for college level academic research tools Specific digital access points that accomplish these goals.

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What kinds of books does your school library need

What kinds of Books does Your School Library Need?

Dorcas Hand

Director of Libraries, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston


Three lenses

Three Lenses

  • The school mission and digital goals

  • Preparation for college level academic research tools

  • Specific digital access points that accomplish these goals


What do you want

What do you want?

  • What is the school’s goal in implementing eBooks and other digital resources?

  • How do these goals impact student preparedness for college research demands?


How do students best read and understand new information

How do students best read and understand new information?

  • Research shows that traditional print still most successful format for deep reading

  • Literacy goals must be articulated

  • Digital opportunities exist but need more support and infrastructure for success


On the other hand

On the other hand

  • Anecdotal observation indicates that student enthusiasm for digital formats may increase time spent reading

  • Delivery systems for fiction and nonfiction may be different

  • The key is access: how do students locate materials for their needs? OPAC? Amazon? EBL/Overdrive?


Main library services

Main Library Services

  • Support reading, cover-to-cover reading, typically for recreation

  • Support research, more computer and reference focused


Prepared for college research

Prepared for college research?

  • Are your students gaining a solid foundation in critical thinking?

  • What learning outcomes in critical thinking do you expect from ebooks, and how do you plan to assess success?


Focusing with tighter vision

Focusing with tighter vision

  • School lens

  • Technical lens

  • Space lens

  • Collection Development lens


Collection development

Collection Development

  • Collection Development Model

    • Patron driven purchasing

    • Traditional speculative buying from reviews

  • Ownership v. subscription


Balance

Balance

  • Room for experimentation

  • Techno-stress / info overload

  • Community’s needs v. wants

  • Today’s answer will change

  • Be ready to be wrong, and learn to adjust


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