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CARL's Kid's Catalog Moves to the Web

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CARL's Kid's Catalog Moves to the Web

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CARL Corporation has announced the development of a Web version of Kid's Catalog. According to the company, Kid's Catalog Web will follow the guiding principles of the original Kid's Catalog development: to provide an environment that not only opens the information world to children, but helps them learn as well.

Like the original version, Kid's Catalog Web will provide easy access to library materials, but the catalog will be a stronger educational and curricular aid, with content and research agents built in to help children achieve success in their schoolwork: There will also be features dedicated to parents and teachers, including curriculum and learning resources.

Nathan Frick, product manager, said, "The World Wide Web allows libraries to go beyond the possibilities of a graphical interface, in terms of the broad range of media types and content available, and in terms of the array of information that is being developed for kids on the Web." In addition, the Web version of Kid's Catalog will allow children to use the same intelligent interface from the classroom, the school library, the public library, and home.

Paula Busey, one of the original developers of Kid's Catalog, is on the team creating the Web version. "We are building on the original research done for Kid's Catalog, and we're working to ensure that this new version engages children's creative and critical thinking skills more effectively," Busey said.

Busey added, "Kid's Catalog Web will differ substantially from the original in that it will be much more interactive, letting children take notes as they work, compile research bibliographies, use collaborative learning tools, and-optionally--publish their projects and papers. …

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