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Web-Based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries, Third Edition
Susan Sharpless Smith
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1056-6
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $67.00
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256 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1056-6
Year Published: 2010
AP Categories: A, I

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Expanding on the popular, practical how-to guide for public, academic, school, and special libraries, technology expert Susan Sharpless Smith offers library instructors the confidence to take Web-based instruction into their own hands. Smith has thoroughly updated Web-Based Instruction: A Guide for Libraries to include new tools and trends, including current browsers, access methods, hardware, and software. She also supplies tips to secure project funding and provides strategic guidance for all types of libraries. This completely revised edition also
  • Builds Web instruction advice on a foundation of the latest research in how learning takes place
  • Translates technical Web-speak into plain English, so even nonexperts can make effective use of the Web in their teaching
  • Includes an accompanying Web gallery, providing examples of screen shots and links to exemplary programs
  • Shows instructors best practices for incorporating the Web into teaching
A proven winner, this newly revised hands-on manual remains indispensable. Librarians facing the challenge of creating a Web-based instruction program will find easy-to-understand guidance to deliver a productive and memorable experience.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1    Setting the Stage
2    Library Instruction on the Web
3    Project Framework
4    Selecting Project Development Tools
5    Designing the User Experience
6    Multimedia: Using Graphics, Sound, Animation, and Video
7    Interactivity
8    Evaluation, Testing, and Assessment

Appendix: List of Resources
Works Cited
About the Author

Susan Sharpless Smith is the Director of Research, Instruction and Technology Services for Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Her long term interests have been exploring the potential the Web offers for the provision of library services and instruction. She received the 2008 ACRL IS Innovation Award for her work as an embedded librarian in a two week sociology course that traveled by bus through the Deep South. Smith received a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University.

"Excellent information, in-depth explanations . . . a notable choice for those considering Web-based instruction."

"Anyone who wishes to embark on a web-based instruction project should discover very useful pointers in this work. Furthermore, for those who want to research web-based instruction and digital information literacy, the book provides a basic orientation supplemented with references to more resources."
--Online Information Review

"The author effectively integrates the discussion of technologies and software tools with student involvement and expected outcomes. Useful as a reference, this book also serves to guide the user from the very beginning to the actual implementation and use of an instructional program ... The book is organized logically and easy to read without an overreliance on technical jargon."
--Catholic Library World

"For those who lack the time to read entire books on instruction, project planning, web development tools, user interface design, and interactive technologies, Smith provides a succinct overview of these subjects as they relate to web-based instruction, allowing readers to get started on their instruction projects quickly."
--Reference & User Services Quarterly

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