SDE: Library Media Resources

Library Media Resources

Acceptable Use Policies - A Handbook (Virginia Department of Education)
The handbook includes an introduction, components of a policy, samples, templates and information on filtering and internet safety.

Booktalks - Quick and Simple
The site has a database of over a thousand booktalks on children's books that can be used by library media specialists or classroom teachers. It also includes book review sources, booktalking tips and reading lists.

Copyright Information

Kathy Shrock's Guide for Educators:  Critical Evaluation Information
In addition to numerous links to evaluating websites, this site contains a list of sites to use for demonstrating critical evaluation.

The CyberSmart! Curriculum teaches students appropriate computer and Internet use.
This site uses the hundred Dewey Decimal Classification divisions to organize and provide links to Internet sites. It also includes an alphabetical index of terms used in subject headings.
GetNetWise is designed to help parents and other adults educate themselves and their children about Internet safety.  The site includes sections on on-line safety by age groups, tools for families, great websites for kids and how to report trouble.

iCONN (Connecticut's Digital Library)
iCONN databases include full-text periodicals, newspapers and other reference materials for K-12 students.  In addition, iCONN provides access to the reQuest library catalog.

Internet Filtering
The site from the American Association for School Librarians includes articles, policies and alternatives to filtering.

This site was developed by librarians for the purpose of directing children and young adults to quality, age-appropriate web sites. Links to websites are arranged by subject (following Dewey Decimal Classification).
Library Links
These sites contain information and links of interest to school library media specialists.
Library/Media Center Design
  • Design Considerations
    This site provides practical tips for locating and designing a school library media center.  
  • NCEF Information Resources: Library Media Centers
    The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities provides a resource list of links, books and journal articles about the design of K-12 library media centers, including sample city and state guidelines and resources on technology requirements.

Library/Media Technology

  • Designing School Web Sites to Deliver
    The site includes information about web design, copyright issues related to website management, and links to other sites about developing high quality web sites. 
  • NCEF Information Resources: Wired and Wireless Networks
    The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities provides a resource list of links, books and journal articles about wired and wireless communications networks in K-12 schools, including sample standards, design, security, testing, performance, interoperability and future adaptability.
  • U.S. Department of Education - Office of Educational Technology
    This site provides an overview of national educational technology policy, providing information on distance learning, evaluation and assessment, Internet safety, state directories, grants, data and links to related sites. 
  • Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
    This site provides information related to E-rate applications. It also includes details about the requirements of the Children's Internet Protection Act and the Neighborhood Children's Internet Protection Act.
Library Professional Associations
Library Professional Journals
Literature - Children's
  • Connecticut Children's Authors (Connecticut State Library)
    This site lists authors who live, or have lived, in Connecticut, and their home towns. 
  • Children's Book Council
    This site provides links to authors and illustrators, a bi-monthly showcase of books related to a genre or topic and quick picks for reluctant readers.  
  • Children's Literature Web Guide
    The Children's Literature Web Guide links users with information on authors, lists of recommended books, resources for writers, illustrators, parents, teachers and storytellers.  It also provides links to other children's literature sites. 
  • Vandergrift's Young Adult Literature Page
    The site includes information about young adult literature as well as reading lists and research. 
  • Young Adult Librarian's Help/Home Page
    Sponsored by the Suffolk (NY) Cooperative Library System, the site includes links to journals, literature lists, online resources and more for librarians who work with young adults. 
  • Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA)
    This site provides lists of award winning young adult literature and has links to professional resources about YA literature.

Recorded Music: What Do You Want? Where Do You Get It?
This site was developed by a music librarian for the King County Library System and provides numerous links to sources for music, music reviews, suppliers, verification tools and vendors. A key link goes to Music Resources on the WWW.

Special Populations - Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
CAST is a nonprofit organization that uses technology to expand opportunities for all people, including those with disabilities.

Connecticut Storytelling Center
The Connecticut Storytelling Center site provides information about Center activities, school programs offered and a list of tellers.

SUNLINK Weed of the Month Club
The site gives guidelines for weeding a school library media collection a little bit at a time. Each month a new area is targeted, with Dewey numbers to check, specific criteria for weeding, titles to weed and titles to add. Past topics are available. There also are links to other guidelines for weeding.

Technological Literacy

  • The Big6 Skills
    The site includes an overview of the Big6 Skills, sample lessons, links and other resources.
  • Information Power
    This site provides an overview of and resources for implementing the national information literacy standards from the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.
  • National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS)
    In addition to the standards for students, the site includes sample lesson plans and links to other resources.
    This site includes articles about questioning, standards-based research units, the research cycle, module maker and more.


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