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I did not make one point clear enough in my last posting.  Using a
computer lab to teach OPAC skills is a GREAT idea.  It is just that once
the lab instruction takes place,  there should be at least 12 - 20
computers in the library itself - not just in a computer lab.  That way
when the class is in the library doing research or book exchanges, the
computers are right there waiting for the kids at the moment they need
to search OPAC, check an online encylopedia, etc.  I have worked at all
grade levels K-12 and with as many as 15 computers in the library and as
few as 2.  No matter what the grade level - 15 or more computers works
well - and anything less than 10 creates point-of-need access problems.
Getting the administration to understand that can sometimes be a
challenge.  After all - one card catalog was always enough.  Shouldn't 1
or 2 computers be enough?  They do tend to forget that in elementary
schools we are more likely to see students in groups of 25+ at one time.
 We see them individually and in small groups as well - but just not as
often as in class size groups.


"The Librarian, whose job is to heal ignorance, to keep life safe for
poetry and to put knowledge smack dab in the middle of the American

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03
Jacquie Henry, MLS
Ruben A. Cirillo High School (GHS)
Gananda Central School District
3195 Wiedrick Road
Macedon, NY  14502

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