The Only Internet Conference Designed Specifically for Librarians and Information Managers


Internet@Schools '98

Monday, November 2

Monday Evening Session
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Internet Librarians in Action


As the premier tool for libraries at the moment, the Internet is being used in creative and exciting ways. Dorothea Coccoli Palsho introduces the evening with an executive perspective of the changing roles and careers of librarians with respect to the Internet. As President of an information service that relies heavily on the Internet as a key tool, she is keenly aware of the dynamics impacting her service as well as the services of her clients. She emphasizes the importance of information professionals in this venue and provides some illustrations. The session continues with highlights of Internet librarians in action:

  • MCI Cybrarians of the Year'a summary of the innovative ways in which award winning public librarians use technology to provide information services to their constituencies
  • An International Association via the Internet'Atmospheric Science Librarians International share interests, exchange ideas, transmit databases, and enhance resource sharing among members
  • Web Librarian'managing Colorado State University Library's web presence & coordinating with representatives from public, technical, and library technology services
This session is open to all attendees, exhibitors, and exhibit only participants. 


Dorothea Coccoli Palsho
President, Dow Jones Interactive Publishing
Richard P. Hulser
Digital Library Market Segment Manager, IBM Corporation
Janice Beattie
Acting Director, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Central Library, Maryland
Linda Pikula
Regional Librarian, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Miami
Naomi Lederer
Reference Librarian, Colorado State University, & Chair, Web Coordination Group

Dine Around Town With Internet Librarians

Wonderful food and dining expeditions to the superb restaurants of the Monterey area are planned. So plan on joining your colleagues for an evening of terrific conversation, great food and lots of fun you won't soon forget! Check the boards in the registration area to sign up for the excursion of your choice! 
As a conference within a conference, Internet@Schools '98 brings together a series of programs focused on the Internet and its impact on the practices and concerns of librarians and school media specialists in the K-12 system. Sponsored by MultiMedia Schools, this day-long conference requires separate registration and may be bundled with registration for Internet Librarian '98 at a much-reduced rate.

Moderated by Ferdi Serim, Information Today, Inc.

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Information Superhighway Driver Training Course for School Librarians

Sharon Baratz Shulman, Instructional Technology Facilitator, Bayonne High School

The introduction of computers into school libraries has created a gap in the traditional librarians ability to keep up with the ever-changing formats and content of CD-ROM and Internet based resources. A guide to Internet resources is obsolete as soon as it is published. It is necessary therefore, for school librarians to explore the Web and its resources without fear of getting lost. Shulman, a teacher of Internet and computer research strategies for a large urban high school, discusses a 'road map' of ideas and strategies for using Internet search engines efficiently, (keeping in mind that students often have no more than 40-50 minutes at the computer), creating 'in-house' indexes for student use by encouraging teacher participation in library resources, developing formats for quick-ly searching and evaluating information gleaned from the Web, and using student resources as links to expanding Internet and online resources.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Internet in the Classroom: Real Projects for Real Teachers

Judy Gressel, Library Media Specialist, Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School

'We have met the enemy and they are us.' While there has never been more equal and democratic access to information, the competence and confidence of teachers remains low among those who would like to get on the information highway but need some help to hitch a ride. Gressel, a school library media specialist working with students and teachers in grades K-8, shares her experience in helping teachers redefine their roles for the 21st century and become effective users of ideas and information using the Internet. She does Internet training, collaborates with teachers to not only put them on the Internet, but also get them involved in restructuring the way they teach by using the Internet projects and becoming part of the global community.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Supporting Internet in the Classroom

Ken W. Stewart, Blue Valley High School
Miya Hayes, NewsBank, Inc.

A look at innovative Internet-based services that offer free education information to teachers, researchers, librarians, students, and others. It discusses: the ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology; AskERIC, an e-mail Question and Answer Service and the Virtual Library web site; KidsConnect — an Internet question-answering, help and referral service for students; the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) which is developing metadata standards for education and has established a web-based union catalog of thousands of lesson plans, curriculum units and other educational materials distributed on web sites across the Internet; and the Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) which is researching how the K-12 community receives questions on the Internet and is creating the foundations for a national cooperative digital reference service.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Success Stories from the Front Lines: True Tales from IAC

Allen Paschal, CEO, Information Access Company

Allen Pascal, CEO, IAC offers episodes culled from IAC customer files. These case studies feature teachers and librarians who have successfully worked with their administration to maximize funding for information services and technology. Find out how they did it'the buttons they pushed, the strategies they used'while enjoying the lunch sponsored by IAC.

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Web Site Evaluation

Mark Williams, Librarian, Colton High School

The Internet is a very involving medium! Customers and patrons regard it as 'hot' and are eager to make use of it. With the number of Web sites increasing at nearly exponential rates, library users are looking to the Internet as their best (or even their only) source of information. We have labored long and hard to teach patrons to evaluate their sources of print information before using it in research; we now need to work just as hard at getting them to apply that same critical eye to electronic sources. This session will cover evaluation and assessment in four broad areas useful in judging the worth of Web sites: content, source, access, and structure. Each area will be examined, and participants will create a matrix for evaluating a site, based on examples and discussion.

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Resources on the Web: Lesson Plans, Reading & Language Arts

Carol K. Abel, Librarian, Rueben S. Ayala High School
George Suttle, Lucy Carson Library, Western Montana College of the University of Montana

The librarian's role in the school is evolving into a high tech position with considerably more influence over faculty, due to the technology available in the library. School librarians are capitalizing and sharing their expertise with teachers as they navigate the Internet. Helping them find free sample lesson plans has worked for Abel. Suttle then discusses incorporating the Internet, especially the Web, into the everyday gamut of information resources and outlets in K-12 media classes. He ensures students recognize the Web as an integral part of library instruction and communications while demonstrating to them that the Web affords every library the chance to give back to the world something unique. He assists them in publishing student-authored critical, annotated bibliographies, a refereed professional journal, the full text of several books dealing with vigilantism in Montana territorial history, and a variety of instructional handouts. He shares his experiences, learnings, and strong belief that even the smallest, most understaffed library can and should actively participate in making the Web a richer, better organized place.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Arts & Technology: A Planning Guide Template

Jim Marshall, Director, Learning Resource Center, Minnesota Center for Arts Education

Working in the only full-time, public arts high school of its kind in the country, Marshall looks at the arts as mainstream and not something to be 'left in the dust' of technological innovation. He discusses his Teacher/Media Specialist Planning Guide, a template which allows teachers to use it no matter the content. The Planning Guide approach is a very interesting 'sell' in his arts-rich environment where the clientele is very visually literate and resorts to things-printed, whether hard copy or on-screen, as a last resort very often. The skills targeted in the learning unit he shares are: effective use of both computer-based and print-based resources, use of proper search techniques for each specific resource tool to access information, understanding and application of basic tools for determining the validity of Web resources.

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