InfoTech at IASL/AASL 1999 Part 2: Other Aspects of Information Technology

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InfoTech at IASL/AASL 1999 Part 2: Other Aspects of Information Technology


Clyde, Anne, Teacher Librarian


In the last issue of Teacher Librarian, I wrote about one aspect of "InfoTech" at the 1999 joint conference of the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in Birmingham, Alabama -- library automation systems for school libraries. In this issue, I will cover other aspects of information technology at the conference. The intention is not to provide exhaustive coverage. Rather, I am simply highlighting some of the things that I saw or heard about during the conference and at the exhibition, that might be of interest to readers.

Online Information Services

Many databases, indexes and other information services that used to be available on CD-ROM, are now either moving to the Internet or using the Internet as an additional access option. Current information sources, such as indexes to journal articles, newspaper databases, and databases of current full-text information, have been following the same path. Meanwhile some online information services that in the past have served mainly public and/or academic libraries, are now marketing their services to school libraries, and/or providing special options for schools. This means that now, more than ever before, school libraries have access to a wide range of appropriate online information sources and services via the Internet.

Electric Library

URL: http://www.elibrary.com/ education/

Electric Library, "a complete online reference center for today's schools and libraries," is available in K-12 and elementary versions. Updated daily, it contains the full text of magazines and books, newspapers and news wires, television and radio transcripts, maps, photographs and other images. Books online include the Colliers Encyclopedia, the World Fact Book, the Hutchinson Dictionary of Music, Countries of the World and Great Works of Literature. A free trial is available via the web site.

LEXIS-NEXIS

URL: http://www.cispubs.com/ E-mail: academic.services@ lexis-nexis.com

LEXIS-NEXIS has long been a standard of the online information world; it now has the LEXIS-NEXIS Scholastic Universe as a Web-based service tailored especially to meet the needs of school libraries. It incorporates four modules: news services (newspapers, magazines, broadcast transcripts, wire services, and foreign language news sources); a US legal research module; US legislation; and American statistics. Schools can subscribe to all modules or just to those that are needed. A free trial is available on the web site.

OCLC

URL: http://www.oclc.org/ E-mail: oclc@oclc.org

OCLC's FirstSearch online service, available via the Web, "connects a world of libraries to a universe of information." FirstSearch databases include the WorldCat bibliographic database of books and other materials in libraries worldwide, bibliographic and full-text databases including Reader's Guide Abstracts, SIRS Researcher, The World Almanac, The World Book Encyclopedia, Facts on File, GenderWatch, PsycINFO, Books in Print and Book Review Digest. Electronic Collections Online is a Web-based electronic journals service. There is also an interlibrary loans service.

ProQuest

(UMI -- A Bell and Howell Company) URL: http://www, umi.com/ E-mail: respqd@umi.com

ProQuest Direct provides full-text access to newspapers and other current publications, periodicals, science and technology databases, and other databases (including ABI/INFORM). There is an optional "kid-friendly" interface. The ProQuest Site Builder allows a library to integrate ProQuest content into the OPAC and/or the library Web site.

SIRS

URL: http://www.sirs.com/ E-mail: custserve@sirs.com

SIRS Discoverer is available in three editions: elementary (grades 1-6); middle (grades 5-9); and deluxe (grades 1-9). The elementary and middle editions are available on CD-ROM, while the deluxe edition is available via the World Wide Web.

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