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A Case Study : A small school's strategy to make connections with the school community

Gillespie, Ann M. (2008) A Case Study : A small school's strategy to make connections with the school community. In ASLA Online III Virtual Conference - 2008 : Under Construction: A World Without Walls, 5th to 26th May 2008.

Abstract

The library in a school has many challenges to be met, and a small school library provides even more challenges. To provide a library and information service with minimal facilities, resources and part time staffing requires some divergent thinking and action. The online environment can bridge this gap in the provision of library and information services in difficult circumstances. The case study outlines the investigations and actions that were taken by a teacher-librarian in a small school to provide an online library database to improve the library and information services to the school and the school community.

The school was part of the pilot program for the installation of a new Managed Operating Environment (MOE) for Education Queensland (EQ) schools. The library database and its online component had to be compliant with the MOE configurations. Comparisons were made of library databases that could be supported by the MOE and provide an online OPAC available outside the school environs.

This paper focuses on developing the online environment of the school library and has three sections - the background and circumstances of the school; the process and investigations undertaken to provide an online environment; and thirdly the advantages and implications for the recognition of the library and its impact on student learning.

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ID Code: 14084
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: This may also in the future be available through Creative Commons. ASLA is considering this option, rather than a full text reprint of the conference.
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Keywords: School libraries, teacher, librarians, online databases, small school libraries, challenges of school libraries, library management systems, case study, library databases
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Organisation (080610)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:01

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