|The Reference Shelf|
|Summer Reading Recommendations|
Reese, Associate Director
Education Library, Vanderbilt University • Nashville, Tennessee
|MultiMedia Schools • May/June 2000|
|Consider The Reference Shelf a professional "how-to" resource. In each issue, we will take a critical view of materials that discuss how to introduce and integrate technology in the schools. Materials selected for review may include books, magazines, directories, videos, Internet resources, or electronic media. Suggestions for reviews should be addressed to Jean Reese, whose address appears at the end of this section.|
101 Computer Projects
by Patrick R. Dewey. ALA Editions, 155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606-1719 (http://www.ala.org/editions). 2000. 159 pp. ISBN 0-8389-0772-5. Softcover, $42 (ALA members $37).
This title comes from Patrick Dewey’s “101 Series” and includes a collection of ideas to incorporate technology into libraries effectively and easily. Using creative and innovative librarians around the country in various settings, the chapters cover academic, public, and school libraries, as well as library associations. Topics range from budgeting and administration to generating bibliographies, reading club projects, circulation and automation catalogs, computer centers, the Internet, statistics, public access and training issues, public relations, and reference services. Each chapter begins with a brief introduction, followed by case studies. Entries include the library name, contact information, software and hardware used, and a short descriptive paragraph about the project. The cost and length of the project as well as Web addresses are also included.
Appendices include Computer
Periodicals, Project Software, and Software Companies. A glossary, bibliography
and index complete the book.
Caldecott on the Net
by Ru Story-Huffman. Upstart Books, P.O. Box 800, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0800 (http:// www.hpress.highsmith.com). 1999. 93 pp. ISBN: 1-57950-020-X. Softcover, $16.95.
Based on WebQuests, the
learning activity developed by Bernie Dodge, this workbook combines the
celebrated world of Caldecott books with that of the fast-paced Internet.
The book’s lessons can be used by individuals within a group. Each LearningQuest
lesson contains an introduction, the assignment, and Internet Resources,
as well as activities and fun things to do. A conclusion wraps up the lesson.
“Educator Notes” present helpful Web sites for additional learning. “Books”
explore further resources appropriate to the lesson. In the 18 lessons,
books range from the latest Caldecott (at this writing), back to the ’30s
and ’40s. This is a great resource for teachers wishing to make use of
Caldecott books and the Internet.
Skills Grades 7-12, 3rd Edition
by Catherine M. Andronik, compiler. Linworth Publishing, Inc. 480 East Wilson Bridge Road, Suite L, Worthington, OH 43085 (http://www.linworth.com). 1999. 315 pp. ISBN: 0-938865-82-6. Softcover, $39.95.
This volume is a compilation
of articles, many of them reprints, on topics related to information-literacy
skills. This third edition includes little from the 1990 version because
of the technological changes that have occurred in 10 years. In the 11
chapters, topics such as research methods, what is information literacy,
computer skills, the Internet, multimedia presentations, collaboration,
training students and teachers, and much more are covered. Each chapter
contains a wide variety of articles with practical ideas, tips, and strategies
for teaching information-literacy skills in grades 7-12. It’s easy to be
skeptical about compilations, but I have to say that this book is a real
gold mine of information for any busy educator or librarian who doesn’t
have the time to research the topic of information literacy and wants practical
suggestions for implementing them in the classroom.
The Librarian’s Quick
Guide to Internet Resources
by Jenny Lynne Semenza. Highsmith Press Handbook Series, P.O. Box 800, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538-0800 (http://www.hpress.highsmith.com). 1999. 92 pp. ISBN: 1-57950-035-8. Softcover, $19.
The guide begins with a
brief overview of the Internet and then follows with a selection of over
500 library-reference Web sites organized by subject area. Examples of
subjects are consumer information, biography, magazines, movies, quotations,
science, encyclopedias, and much more. The sites are meant to be practical
and of use to educators, students, and librarians. Each entry contains
the name, Web address, and a brief annotation. When possible, the authority
(name of the organization responsible for the site) is given. The descriptions
range anywhere from two or three sentences up to a good-sized paragraph.
The book contains a Web site to update any URLs or to contact the author.
Skills for Life: Information
Literacy for Grades K-6, 2nd Edition
by Christine Allen, editor. Linworth Publishing, Inc., 480 East Wilson Bridge Road, Suite L, Worthington, OH 43085 (http://www.linworth.com). 1999. 227 pp. ISBN: 0-938865-83-8. Softcover, $36.95.
Skills for Life: Information
Literacy for Grades 7-12, 2nd Edition
by Christine Allen and Mary Alice Anderson, editors. Linworth Publishing, Inc., 480 East Wilson Bridge Road, Suite L, Worthington, OH 43085 (http://www.linworth.com). 1999. 237 pp. ISBN: 0-938865-84-6. Softcover, $36.95.
Both of these titles revolve
around “Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning,” which include
three parts: information literacy, independent learning, and social responsibility.
Within each category are three standards students are expected to master,
along with lesson plans and instructional guides that include activities,
worksheets, checklists, and more to help achieve the goals. Lessons are
from a variety of subjects and were prepared by library media specialists.
Each guide was selected through a juried process. A correlational chart
contains all lessons provided for each standard, making it easy to go to
a particular one easily.
WWW Almanac: Making
Curriculum Connections to Special Days, Weeks, and Months
by Sharron L. McElmeel and Carol Smallwood. Linworth Publishing, Inc., 480 East Wilson Bridge Road, Suite L, Worthington, OH 43085 (http://www.linworth.com). 1999. 218 pp. ISBN: 0-9-388065-78-1. Softcover, $34.95.
Here is a book for anyone
who wants to have a ready-made set of Web sites for all those special days,
holidays, and other celebrations but doesn’t have the time to surf the
Net to find them. The sites include lesson plans, interactive projects,
virtual visits to museums, sites for kids, as well as for librarians and
teachers. The observances are listed by calendar—January through December—arranged
by month. Each entry has a description of the day, followed by selected
Web sites to visit. The sites contain the title, author or sponsor, level
of use (primary, intermediate, etc.), approximate number of pages for printing,
and URL. A “Quick List” at the end of the book provides links to statehood
by date and alphabetically, presidential birthdays, and author birth dates.
Includes an index.
Communicating on the
by Art Wolinsky (The Internet Library Series). Enslow Publishers, Inc. Box 398, 40 Industrial Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398 (http://www.enslow.com). 1999. 64 pp. ISBN: 0-7660-1260-3. Library binding, $16.95.
Art Wolinsky has written
four books for grades 4-12 that are part of the Internet Library Series.
on the Internet intends to help students learn about effective communication
on the Internet. It is not meant to teach how to use specific mail products
or other tools. Instead the chapters cover topics such as what is e-mail,
netiquette, emoticons and smileys, spam, hoaxes, an e-mail address, avoiding
a clogged mailbox, chat, conferencing software, mailing lists, and more.
Along with discussion are helpful URLs for further information. Web, a
cartoon computer, appears throughout with some hints and suggestions related
to the topic under discussion. The print is a bit larger, and the language
is practical and easy to follow. Includes a glossary and index.
Creating and Publishing
Web Pages on the Internet
by Art Wolinsky (The Internet Library Series). Enslow Publishers, Inc. Box 398, 40 Industrial Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398 (http://www.enslow.com). 1999. 64 pp. ISBN: 0-7660-1262-X. Library binding, $16.95.
This little book, one of
the Internet Library Series, is a guide to teaching children how to create
their first Web site. Along the way, Web, the cartoon computer, pops up
with tips and practical advice. Wolinsky offers a step-by-step approach
to building a Web site for a science experiment he used in his classroom.
Note that the author assumes you are using the Windows environment when
giving directions for basics such as saving files, etc. If you are lucky
enough to be using an iBook or iMac (editor’s subjective view), the directions
will be slightly different at times. Wolinsky does a good job breaking
down the steps to learning HTML. It’s all very basic, of course, geared
to grades 4-8. Throughout the process he includes some of the little things
that can cause frustration when students are first starting out creating
a Web page. Contains illustrations and screen prints plus a glossary and
The History of the
Internet and the World Wide Web
by Art Wolinsky (The Internet Library Series). Enslow Publishers, Inc. Box 398, 40 Industrial Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398 (http://www.enslow.com). 1999. 64 pp. ISBN: 0-7660-1261-1. Library binding, $16.95.
Another in the Internet
Library Series for students in grades 4-8, this guide presents a history
of the Internet and World Wide Web that covers the major questions about
the growth and development of this phenomenal communication network. There
are helpful diagrams, illustrations, and links to Web sites for more information.
Web, the cartoon computer, appears throughout with sidebars and other tips.
Chapters include “Before the Internet,” “Beyond the Machines and Wires,”
“The Internet Starts to Grow,” and more. Practical language and a simple
writing style make the technical subjects easy for children to read. Along
with a glossary and index is a “Further Readings” chapter with other children’s
books about the Internet.
Locating and Evaluating
Information on the Internet
by Art Wolinsky (The Internet Library Series). Enslow Publishers, Inc. Box 398, 40 Industrial Road, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922-0398 (http://www.enslow.com). 1999. 64 pp. ISBN: 0-7660-1259-X. Library binding, $16.95.
With all the information
available on the Internet and World Wide Web, it’s easy to get confused
and lost in locating exactly what you need. Wolinsky’s fourth book in the
Internet Library Series covers the subject of locating and evaluating Internet
information. The author compares it to the gold rush in California in which
many people found out it wasn’t so easy to find the real gold. Web, the
cartoon computer, appears throughout with his tips and helpful information.
The book familiarizes students with the types of search tools and how to
choose the best ones, as well as how to evaluate what they find. Beginning
with an introduction and a chapter about older search tools such as Gopher,
Veronica, and Archie, the next chapters cover the earlier Web search engines
up through today’s tools. There is an especially good chapter on search
strategies and the importance of finding the right keywords. Also, the
author spends time with examples of inaccurate Web sites and how they can
fool students. Includes a glossary and index.
this column may be addressed to Jean Reese, Associate Director, Education
Library, Box 325 Peabody Station, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
37203; e-mail: email@example.com.
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