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THE PIPELINE: The Top Five Priorities for School Libraries and Their Disctricts

By Stephen Abram - Posted Jan 1, 2005
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It's all about the student--or so we keep repeating. Let's think about what technologies really improve the learner experience. We now have some pretty good track records on some new technologies that make access simpler and, therefore, we hope, better. Access, in this context, is both intellectual and physical. Intellectual access is improved when barriers to learning and adaptation of information to learning are reduced. Physical access is simply getting the information where you actually are and it is improved when barriers that add no value to the access process are removed. Hurdles exist in both the physical and virtual worlds. Requiring a PC or specific browser to access information sets a hurdle in place in the virtual environment. Requiring information to be used within a library during specific hours is a hurdle of sorts too. Here are five key technologies that improve access in one way or another, or both.

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