For 2/1 - Children's Use and Access of Online Resources

Connected to the future: A report on children's Internet use from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Children and the Internet: Laws relating to filtering, blocking and usage policies in schools and libraries

Law blocking children's online access to porn dies


Oblinger, Diana G. and James L. Oblinger, Eds. (2005). Educating the Net Generation. Educause. (Read ch. 2 and skim ch. 13)

For 2/8 - Databases, Web portals, and E-books

Connaway, Lynn Silipigni. (2003.) "Electronic Books (eBooks): Current Trends and Future Directions." Bulletin of Information Technology, 23 (1). UT Library online Library Literature & Information Science Full Text

Minkel, Walter. (2003). "Kids and Ebooks." School Library Journal netConnect. Fall.

Briscoe, Shonda. (2008). Britannica versus Worldbook.  School Library Journal.


Wikipedia article about databases

Wikipedia article about Web portals

For 2/15 - Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

KidsClick! Web Search for Kids by Librarians
     Read the section on selection criteria and complete the search lessons

Webserch: The Web Research Resource
Particularly read the section "Evaluate Web Resources" and note the printable checklist - top left
It's an old resource, but does a nice job of presenting a jillion questions to think about as we evaluate Web sites.

How Do People Evaluate a Web Site's Credibility?

Stanford Guidelines for Web Credibility
Invisible Web: What it is, Why it exists, How to find it, and Its inherent ambiguity

Finding Quality Information on the World Wide Web

Media Literacy Review

Select Good Web Sites Using Subject Directories and Virtual Libraries

No extra readings for 2/22 - refer back to information about databases and work on Topic paper

For 3/1 - Information Literacy Models


Ackerman, David B. (2003). "Taproots for a New Century: Tapping the Best of Traditional and Progressive Education." Phi Delta Kappan, 84(5), 344. UT library online Ebsco Academic Search Complete

American Association of School Librarians. (2007).  Standards for the 21st Century Learner.  American Library Association.

The Big 6TM

Research Models

Kuhlthau's Model of the Stages of the Information Process

NoodleTools Information Literacy

Another take on research models

For 3/8 - Information Literacy


Valenza, Joyce Kasman.  (April 2006).  They might be gurus: Teen information seeking behavior.  e-VOYA.

McKenzie, Jamie. (1998).  The information literate school community. The Educational Technology Journal 8(1).

Project, Problem, and Inquiry-based Learning

SOS For Information Literacy

For 3/22 - Building Great Web Pages


Four handouts from Maggie DeBaldo.  Maggie Debaldo is one of our recent MSIS graduates who is now working as a children's librarian in Washington State. She has a lot of good ideas and illustrations about designing Web pages for children.
Accessibility Handout
Childrens Website Brochure
Using Templates to Build Websites I
Using Templates to Build Websites II

Read over Chris Latham's CSS information.  Be sure to click through the links on the right hand navigation column.  You may not understand all of this, but it will give you some background for our speaker from the iSchool computer lab this week.

Beginner's Web Design -

Website planning from Wikipedia -

Writing School Library Web Pages -

For 3/29 - Copyright and Plagiarism


Davis, Hilarie B. (2004). "Ethics in a Digital Age." Threshold, Winter. A publication of Cable in the Classroom.  (You'll find the link to this PDF document near the bottom of the page under Teaching Resources.  Note also the "Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics" contained within the original Web page.)

Citation Machine

Creative Commons

Dutilloy, Jerome. (2003). "Combating Plagiarism: The Role of the School Library Media Specialist." Knowledge Quest, 31 (4), 43-45.

Hoffman, Gretchen McCord. (2002). "What Every Librarian Should Know About Copyright, Part I: The Basics." Texas Library Journal, 78(2), 5-8.

Hoffman, Gretchen McCord. (2002). "What Every Librarian Should Know About Copyright, Part II: Copyright in Cyberspace." Texas Library Journal, 78(3), 15-18.

Hoffman, Gretchen McCord. (2002). "What Every Librarian Should Know About Copyright, Part III: Frequently Asked Questions." Texas Library Journal, 78(4), 14-17.

Johnson, Doug.  (2008).  Beating the No U-Turn Syndrome:  Modifying Our Approach to Copyright Instruction and Enforcement.

Johnson, Doug. (2007). Does Technology Change How Schools Teach Ethical Behaviors?

McKenzie, Jamie. (1998). "The New Plagiarism: Seven Antidotes to Prevent Highway Robbery in an Electronic Age." From Now On: The Educational Technology Journal, 7(8).

Templeton, Brad. (1994, updated 2008).  "10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained."

A Visit to Copyright Bay from the University of St. Francis.  Be sure to go to Fair Use Harbor and take the quizzes after looking around a bit.

Checklist for Fair Use and Fair Use Issues from the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Copyright Kids

Joseph, Linda. (2001.) "Copyright and Digital Content." MultiMedia Schools, (October).

The United States Copyright Office / The Library of Congress

The UT System Crash Course in Copyright

For 4/5 - Incorporating Resources


Houghton-Jan, Sarah. (2008). Sustainable Technology in a 2.0 World.  PDF of slide presentation from the Arizona Library Association's Annual Conference about how to plan, run, and evaluate Web 2.0 projects.  She has also included some more information on her blog at

Johnson, Doug. (2008). Machines are the Easy Part; People are the Hard Part: Observations About Making Technology Work in Schools, 2nd Edition.  This is a fun, easy to read book that helps you think through some of the barriers to making computers and their applications integral to your program.  It is available for free download from this site.  If you have any trouble, please contact the TA.

McClanahan, Gloria. (2001). "Electronic content: The Texas Libary Connection (TLC) from the beginning." Texas Library Journal, 77 (3), 93-95.
(Caution: this is a 35 page pdf document—print pages 9-11.)  This article will help you to understand the history of state sponsored databases in Texas.

Valenza, Joyce.  New Tools Workshop. If you want to know what tools are available, where to find them, and how to use them, this page is an invaluable portal to resources.

Wingfield, Tommie. (2001). "Electronic content: TexShare & the library of Texas." Texas Library Journal, 77 (3), pp. 89-93.
(Caution: this is a 35 page pdf document—print pages 5-8.)  This article will help you to understand the history of state sponsored databases in Texas.

Coombs, Karen.  (2007). Digital Promise and Peril.  Library Journal.

Schrock, Kathy.  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators.

Sprankle, Bob.  (2009). Bit by Bit.  A blog from an elementary technology integrator in Maine that includes podcasts on many different integration topics.  Also, the site itself integrates many different tools.

Valenza, Joyce. Information Fluency Meets Web 2.0.  Podcast from this wikispace that is chock full of resources.

Valenza, Joyce.  (2008).  When YouTube is Blocked (Eight Ways Around).  School Library Journal.

No extra readings for 4/12 - refer back to information about Webpages and work on Copyright Assignment

For 4/19 - Privacy and Safety (and cyberbullying)


Center for Democracy and Technology. (2007). " Federal Court Rejects Censorship, Endorses User Empowerment."
(See Ruse article below for opposing view.)

Magid, Larry.

Olsen, Stefanie. (2006). "
Kids Outsmart Web Filters ." CNET News , April 19.

Riedel, Chris. (2008). "The Fight Against Cyberbullying." THE Journal.

Ruse, Cathy. (2007.) "A Shameful Surrender to Pornographers." Family Research Council.
(See Center for Democracy and Technology article above for opposing viewpoint.)

United States Department of Justice. Model Acceptable Use Policy Information Technology Resources in the Schools.

Willard, Nancy. (2006). "Flame Retardant: Cyberbullies Torment Their Victims 24/7. Here's How to Stop the Abuse." School Library Journal (April).


Aftab, Parry.   Parry Aftab, Esq., The Privacy LawyerTM managing cybercrime, privacy, and cyber-abuse risks.

WiredKids, Inc.  STOP Cyberbullying.

For 4/26 - Intellectual Freedom


American Library Association. The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA).

American Library Association.  Intellectual Freedom and Censorship Q&A.

American Association of School Librarians. Children's Internet Protection Act & School Libraries.

Katz, Jon. (1996). "The Rights of Kids in the Digital Age." Wired, 4 (7), 122-123; 166-170. (This article has 7 pages—be sure to read all.)

Vandergrift, Kay E. Censorship, the Internet, Intellectual Freedom, and Youth.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Free Speech.

Johnson, Doug. (2005). Maintaining Intellectual Freedom in a Filtered World.

National Coalition Against Censorship.  News.

Peacefire. Censorware.

For 5/3 - Putting it all together

Johnson, Doug.  (2006). Dangers and Opportunities.

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