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Research and Guidelines on School Use of the Internet

District technology leaders report that the Internet remains primarily a research tool, not a forum for interactive teaching, learning, communicating, or collaborating, according to a National School Boards Foundation study. Titled "Are We There Yet? Research and Guidelines on Schools Use of the Internet," the report examines the gaps between the possibilities and the realities of school technology use. The study is based on telephone interviews with technology decision-makers in 811 school districts, including 90 of the largest 100 districts. The report is available online. National School Boards Foundation, http://www.nsbf org/ or 703/838-6722

Education Telecasts Online

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will hold its first Internet & Education Web telecast, Internet Safety: An Update on the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and Schools, on September 18 from Noon-1:00 p.m., Eastern Time. The 60-minute interactive presentation conducted over the Internet will be combined with an audio conference call discussing key issues. This new professional development series will be held six times over the coming year. Future topics under consideration are Changes in the E-rate Program, Scientifically Based Research, Information Literacy, Emerging Technologies (such as wireless and broadband), Learning Management Systems, Virtual Schools, and Total Cost of Ownership. COSN, http://www.cosn.org/ or 202/446-6296.

Net Libraries

NoveList Update

Novelist 4. 1, the latest version of the online fiction readers' advisory service, expands the features available for individual readers and libraries. The new edition includes a personalization feature, the ability to create persistent links from a library home page to specific content within Novelist, enhanced searching capability, and browsable lists. The online service includes more than 36,000 subject headings to describe the more than 100,000 fiction titles listed in its database. The personalization feature allows individual users to create a personal log-in; save search criteria, search results and personal lists for future use; mark saved searches for alerts and attach a monthly e-mail with any new titles the search retrieves. EBSCO Publishing, http://www.ebsco.com/ or 800/653-2726.

Follett Upgrades

TitlePeek, a new online catalog enhancement service, enables users to browse the content of books on library shelves without leaving the computer. The new service is available as an annual subscription and requires the installation of v.5.05 of Catalog Plus or WebCollection Plus. With v.5.05 of WebCollection Plus, schools can enable more users to access their collection over the Internet; the service includes support of multiple copies of WebCollection Plus installed on a single Novell NetWare server. Alliance Plus Online, a tool that improves original cataloging through access to more than 6 million MARC 21 records via the Internet allows users to perform quicker, more efficient searches when they view up to 50 titles returned in a single search. Follett Software Company http://www.follett./ or 800/323-3397.

Biography Reference Bank Expands

The names covered by Wilson's Biography Reference Bank will reflect all those in the company's name authority file-adding nearly 100,000 names to those searchable by the database. …

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