Title

Extending Library Services through Emerging Interactive Media

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Knowledge Quest

Volume

34

Issue

1

Publisher

American Library Association

Publication Date

1-1-2005

First Page

29

Last Page

32

Abstract

Dana and Carlos look at their social studies project information sheet. Carlos says, "Mrs. Boyd wants us to research the history of jazz and the role American culture played in its development. We also need to have some primary sources. I know how to find books on jazz, but how do we do the rest?' Dana nods in agreement and says, " We are going to need some help." She touches the computer screen to activate it. The WELCOME sign disappears and the virtual library appears, staffed by a computerized librarian. "Welcome" it says. Carlos notices that the shelves in this library aren't organized by the Dewey Decimal system, but instead have names on them. He maneuvers his avatar over to the shelves marked "Mrs. Boyd, Social Studies." There, on the shelves, are books on jazz. Dana and Carlos browse the special collection put together for their teacher. As books interest them, Dana clicks on them, and a summary of the book appears on the screen, along with information on its availability. She saves the ones they are interested in to their online notebook. After they finish browsing, they download the ones available as -ebooks and print out the list of the print books along with a map of where they are located in their school library,

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