Internet Librarian '99
The Internet Conference and Exhibition for Librarians and Information Managers

Internet@Schools '99
Sunday, November 7th  •   Monday, November 8th

Moderated by Ferdi Serim, Editor, MultiMedia Schools
As a conference within a conference, Internet@Schools ’99 brings together a series of programs designed to address the practical concerns of librarians and school media specialists who are using the Internet to improve learning in the K-12 system. Sponsored by MultiMedia Schools, this two day conference requires separate registration and may be bundled with registration for Internet Librarian ’99 at a much reduced rate. See registration form.

Sunday, November 7th
Room 228

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
The New ICONnect: Creating a Professional Community of Learners
Pam Berger, ICONnect
ICONnect, the American Association of School Librarians’ technology initiative, connects learners to information using the Internet. It represents a strategy for school librarians and other educators to acquire the skills necessary to be information literate in the twenty-first century, and it’s targeted to understanding and using the Internet in K-12 education. Now entering its second phase, you’ll explore new opportunities for community building through distance learning. This program is sponsored by MC2 Learning Systems.

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Multimedia and Copyright: What Educators Need to Know
Connie Bakker, Associate Dean, Instructional and Information Support Services, North Seattle Community College
The ability to access and transmit information in a variety of formats has affected copyright. Join in a discussion of copyright as it applies to classroom activities and student projects. This session will focus on the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia. If your faculty and students create multimedia presentations, come and learn how these new guidelines impact the classroom. Includes illustrations of how to integrate multimedia into PowerPoint and then document fair use of a variety of formats.

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Turn-of-the-Century Child
Debbie Abilock, Neuva School
What happens when students take on the role of practicing professionals, engaged in genuine historical inquiry? How does the information problem solving process (library research) prepare students to develop historical thinking, formulate questions, research the historical record, and consider multiple perspectives and judgements. From their investigations students learned to describe the past through the eyes of those who were there, and create hypothetical, historically-plausible narratives for their individual character. Learn from our speaker the methodology and lessons for developing library research-related curriculum. Project is online.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Convergence & Cooperation: A Publisher’s View of the Changing Library & Education Worlds
Allen Paschal, President, The Gale Group
Join our entertaining speaker for lunch and hear his view’s of the current landscape and opportunities for libraries and education in the future.

1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Pick a Search Engine...ANY Search Engine???
Mark Williams, Senior Librarian, Coulton High School
This session focuses on selecting the appropriate search engine for specific kinds of questions patrons ask in typical library settings.  Three broad categories of search engines will be discussed, and examples of each will be given.  The evolving use of meta engines, and techniques for bookmarking search engines will be discussed.  Handouts and lists of search engine addresses will be provided for participants.

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Get Proactive! Integrating K-12 Library Resources and the Research Process into the Curriculum
Lissa Crider, Librarian, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco & Past President, Bay Area Independent Librarians
Brenda Brown, Librarian, Branson School
This session presents two library resource-based projects which were successful for the faculty, students, and the librarian. Speakers focus on how the projects would have been handled without a “proactive” approach; how a partnership with the teachers developed to create Web links and resources for students; how the project improved and was implemented after the proactive approach. Models for librarians to take it to their schools and implement are hidden gems of this session.

3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Parent Power: What Every Parent MUST Know About the World Wide Web
Bill Erbes, Assistant Director & Penny Mandziara, The Bensenville Community Public Library District
Parent Power: What Every Parent MUST Know About the World Wide Web is a 35-minute videotape aimed at bridging the cybergap between parents and their computer-savy children. It includes the following sections: What Is the World Wide Web; How Do Kids Get Connected; How Do Kids Find Things to Look At; The Facts About Pornography on the Internet; Filtering; the Chat Rooms. The tape is appropriate for parent groups such as PTAs, church groups, library programs, etc. as well as individual viewing. It is designed for discussion after each segment, and a discussion guide is included in the viewer’s guide that accompanies each tape. In this program, we will view the tape and the discussions will be  led by the authors and producers of the tape, librarians from Illinois.

Internet@Schools ’99
Monday, November 8, 1999
Rooms 206-209

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
KEYNOTE — Web Strategies for the Millennium: New Metrics for Selection and Evaluation of Internet Enabled Infrastructures
Steve Arnold, Arnold Information Technologies
The Internet is changing the role of libraries and the companies providing products and services to them. Mainstream library automation companies are re-engineering their systems and services to help their customers respond to new patron and user demands. DRA, Follett, Winnebago, Ameritech, and Nichols, among others, are blending their existing systems with Internet technology. How have these companies’ products and services changed? Which companies are best positioned to help libraries meet the challenge of “libraries without walls,” distributed networks, and virtual reference centers? More importantly, what will the needs of consortia be in the next 18 to 24 months? The answers to these questions are difficult and likely to change depending upon one’s point of view. The outlook for libraries and the companies serving them will require considerable flexibility, analysis of existing work processes, and an ability to evaluate and deploy different types of solutions, often in a multi-vendor environment. The checklist for success includes sound librarianship plus several metrics which information professionals can use to help determine a path forward.

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break—A Chance to Visit the Exhibits

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Internet Filter Use and Policies: Local, Statewide and Global Views
Gary White, Business Reference Librarian, Penn State University’s Capital College
Art Wolinsky, Technical Director, Online Internet Institute
The use of Internet filters in public libraries is a highly debated issue and has received national attention with the Loudoun County (VA) court ruling.   The first presenter, White, shares findings from a survey of Internet availability and use of filtering sent to all public library systems in Pennsylvania.  Findings include data on whether Internet access is provided; the degree that libraries attempt to control what can be accessed;  the use of filtering software; and whether libraries have written policies/procedures.   Copies of available filter policies, which were also obtained in this study, will be compared to the American Library Association's "Guidelines and Considerations for Developing a Public Library Internet Use Policy" to determine the degree to which public libraries are conforming to ALA's guidelines. The second presenter, Wolinsky, offers insights to assist school librarians in shaping, rather than reacting to policy decisions, on the basis of his experiences at OII, and working with UNESCO and CyberAngels.

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Information Literacy and the World Wide Web: A Critical Evaluation
Michael O’ Sullivan, Instructional Media Coordinator/Librarian at Rosemount High School, Rosemount, MN
Thomas Scott, PhD, Social Studies Teacher, Rosemount High School, Rosemount, MN
We may be teaching Information Literacy skills, but what are students learning? The presenters will demonstrate a teaching strategy designed to evaluate Social Studies Concepts as they relate to student Internet use, including a five-step evaluation criteria, as well as student reflection on the Internet as a learning tool. Survey results of high school students illustrate how they use the Internet, frequency of use and attitudes on their likes and dislikes about the Internet.

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break—A Chance to Visit the Exhibits

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Mining Internet GEMs
Nancy A. Morgan, GEM Coordinator, ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, Syracuse University
There are thousands of lesson plans, curriculum units and other educational materials distributed on web sites across the Internet. In many instances, these valuable resources are difficult for most teachers to find in an efficient and effective manner. The goal of the Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is to solve this resource discovery problem and to provide "The Gateway" to quality collections of educational resources. As of April 1999, over 90 organizations have contributed over 5300 metadata records to The Gateway catalog.   Resources are cataloged using the GEM Element set, which consists of the Dublin Core, and 8 additional elements specific to the field of education.  Just as HTML tags define the appearance of a resource on the Internet, metadata tags define its content, leading to more efficient and precise searching. Come and learn how to improve your effectiveness in accessing Internet educational resources.

3:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
The Virtual Reference Desk: Supporting Education Through a Network of Experts
Joann Wasik, Research Consultant, Virtual Reference Desk (VRD) Project, Information Institute of Syracuse
Digital reference services, also referred to as Ask-An-Expert or AskA services, connect students, educators and other K-12 community members with subject area and information referral experts. Internet-based question-answering and referral services can support teaching and learning by providing motivational learning opportunities and pointers to valuable resources. The Virtual Reference Desk Project ( was created to ensure that AskA services have the necessary resources and support to manage the question and answer process effectively and efficiently. Come and hear the experiences and learn about the value of digital reference services in K-12 education, quality criteria for digital reference services serving K-12 users, issues in building and maintaining digital reference services, and guidelines for using digital reference services in the classroom.

3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Coffee Break—A Chance to Visit the Exhibits

4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Internet is for Book Lovers: Reading, Writing, and the World Wide Web
Jim Dwyer, Bibliographic Services Librarian, Meriam Library, California State University
Some would argue that Internet use is inimical to reading books or that electronic resources will replace printed ones, but that assumes a zero sum game with only two variables. A great deal of Internet use is in the workplace, and how many people get to read books on the job? Internet use from home isn’t always taking time from pleasure reading, but from other tasks, from other recreational activities, and even from watching television. This presentation considers the relation between creative writing and the Internet and explores a variety of sites dedicated to literature. Practical advice on using the Internet to promote reading is included.

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