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Stories from the Web Sarah Ormes, UKOLN UKOLN is funded by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries.

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1 Stories from the Web Sarah Ormes, UKOLN UKOLN is funded by Resource: The Council for Museums, Archives & Libraries (the organisation succeeding the Library and Information Commission), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) of the Higher Education Funding Councils, as well as by project funding from the JISC and the European Union. UKOLN also receives support from the University of Bath where it is based.

2 What is it? Stories from the Web is l a way of integrating the Internet into reader development services in public libraries. l targeting children aged l exploring how to work with online communities and local communities.

3 Developing a new community of partners l Library and Information Commission l UKOLN l Birmingham Library Services l Bristol Library Service l Leeds Library and Information Service l Publishers/authors/illustrators Partnerships

4 The Service Model Website Library Clubs Schools Home Use Libraries

5 Website Development Content l Stories and activities l Childrens work Copyright issues l Copyright statement on all pages Graphic Design l Fun, appealing and easy to use

6 The Online Reading Community Website Users l Borrow or buy the books highlighted on the site l Get involved pieces of work l Spend up to an hour on the site l 1.2 million page impressions estimated for 2000 (and increasing) l Typically are American

7 Stories from the Web Clubs Clubs are l held in partner libraries each week l following a programme of activities developed centrally l integrating traditional reader development with the Internet l creating a local reading community

8 Local Reading Communities Club members l borrow and read more books l visit the library more frequently l make more sophisticated book selections l have increased social confidence l have better IT skills

9 Issues Cutting edge or bleeding edge? l lack of available skills l lack of technical support l getting publishers involved Who is our audience? l only 10% of web usage is by UK children!

10 New Communities Things to consider l Online services maybe more suited to being developed centrally. l Could it be time for the development of national/international public library services?

11 What the Children Say... This is a great site for children because most sites are for adults. I love the little people who keep popping up at the sites. Its really fun to use. My little brother whos 4 thinks its fun too. He likes the funny stories but not the scary ones. Bethan aged 8, Birmingham

12 What the Adults Say This site is the best site about books and reading that Ive ever seen. The best thing about it is the book reviews from all over the world. Who said reading is a dying pastime? Ingrid, aged 40, Derby

13 Stories from the Web


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