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Thanks Shonda.  I hope what you describe is something that I can do with the 
limited access I have to the network.  I will look for workshops on how to do this. 
  Unfortunately, our tech person here is not open to helping us very much. 

 I am hoping that our School Library System can get federated searching organized 
for our member libraries.  If it comes from them - we have a better chance of 
getting access.  We are looking at library catalogs that will incorporate this.  

So far, I  have yet to see a federated search solution that has the kid appeal of 
amazon or google et al.  We have a quasi-federated search product right now - but 
it requires students to use a driver's liscense  or to get a non-drivers liscense 
from the MVA. Yet another barrier to kids. Also it is not connected to our library 
catalog.  This product is very unappealing in how it presents the results and 
includes only those databases provided by NY state - not the products that we 
purchase ourselves.  I will continue to look for ways to do this given the limited 
influence I have to the way our school network is set up.


"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 way."

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 9-20-03
Jacquie Henry, MLS
Ruben A. Cirillo High School (GHS)
Gananda Central School District
3195 Wiedrick Road
P.O. Box 609
Macedon, NY  14502
315-986-3521 x 3144
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>>> Shonda Brisco <sbrisco@GMAIL.COM> 6/1/2007 10:57 AM >>>

Actually, the "one-stop shopping" IS available for users to access
online databases through their library's catalog through federated
searching.  I've provided this direct access in two different school
libraries over the past five years.

Some of the database companies allow librarians to download database
content into the online catalog; this information provides users with
access to the subject / keyword search OF the online catalog to the
subscription database articles without logging in or changing from one
module to another (going in and out of the catalog to the databases).

(This is one of those workshop presentations that I hope to soon be
able to provide to librarians who are's not that
difficult, it's just knowing that it's available.)


Shonda Brisco, MLIS
Library Media / Technology Specialist
Digital Bookends wiki / blog:

"Digital Resources" columnist
School Library Journal

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