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Web-based Instruction A Guide for Libraries


Web-based Instruction A Guide for Libraries by

As library users and students are becoming increasingly tech-savvy , it is important that librarians are at the ready with the skills they need to offer online instruction. Academic librarians in particular, who are responsible for developing the research skills of the students they serve, should benefit from being able to go beyond traditional classroom instruction which often falls short when training users to navigate complex databases and varied interfaces. Susan Smith is a proponent of using technology to take library educational services to the next level. Following her approach, the reader should be equipped to: evaluate, test, and refine programmes on an ongoing basis; determine what makes an effective Web-based instruction programme; serve a large number of students with 24/7 access to interactive, self-paced, and self-directed instruction; and select appropriate hardware, software, and levels of interactivity.


This book is a down-to-earth guide for librarians who are interested in creating online tutorials... Armed with this book, you can get started on a plan for your own Web-based tutorial. .. .ideal for those libraries that would like to [use the Web effectively] but don't know where to begin. Smith clearly states the goals of each chapter.

The work is very comprehensive from a variety of perspectives. It's an excellent short course on instructional design; a sound overview of library instruction; and a basic primer on a variety of web issues concerning the geek stuff that might get in the way of novice or intermediate library webmasters.

From preproduction planning through visual design considerations and evaluation methods, this book is an ideal guide for those familiar with the basic process of authoring, designing, and maintaining a Web page.

Susan Sharpless Smith's first book provides librarians with an easy-to-read aerial view on the technical side of creating an online tutorial.

About the Author

Susan Sharpless Smith is the Technology Team Leader for Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has also served as the library's electronic resources librarian and in this capacity managed and authored the reference department Web site and library instruction program. Smith received a master's degree in Educational Technology Leadership at George Washington University where her concentration was on the development of educational Web sites, and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Smith chairs the North Carolina Library Association's Technology and Trends Round Table.

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30th June 2001


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ALA Editions an imprint of American Library Association




Library & information sciences
Internet guides & online services
Educational equipment & technology, computer-aided learning (CAL)



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