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Friday, January 26, 2001
Embassy Suites Airport Hotel
Portland, Oregon

Session Four
3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

EAD and XML: Delivering Electronic Finding Aids
Ryan Wick and Faye Harkins, Oregon State University
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XML was used to encode a finding aid according to Encoded Archival Description in order to improve access and searching capabilities. Software and issues of delivering XML files via the Internet are discussed.

Faye Harkins is a Library Technician in Special Collections, The Valley Library, Oregon State University. Ryan Wick is the Student Assistant and Webmaster in Special Collections, The Valley Library, Oregon State University.

Research for the 21st Century: The Evolution of a Research Course for Distance Learners
Jennifer Wu, North Seattle Community College; Lynn Kanne and Karen Michaelsen, Seattle Central Community College
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Are you ready to adapt curriculum to the online environment? Librarians created a dynamic and interactive research skill course for students pursuing an online AA degree. Discussion will focus on instruction experiences and "best practices."

Jennifer Wu is a faculty librarian at North Seattle Community College. She is a co-developer and instructor of the online course "Research for the 21st Century" and has been involved in other distance learning projects.

Karen Michaelsen is a faculty librarian at Seattle Central Community College where she coordinates library instruction. She also teaches several credit courses in library research, and co-developed "Research for the 21st Century".

Lynn Kanne is a faculty librarian at Seattle Central Community College where she teaches both online and on ground. She is currently reviewing the "Research for the 21st Century" curriculum for revision.

Usability Testing for Effective Web-Based Learning: An Interactive Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Web Site
Robert Vander Hart and Margaret Spinner, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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This web site at the University of Massachusetts Medical School aims to teach EBM principles in a distributed learning environment. Our demonstration conveys ongoing efforts to enhance this site as an active learning tool.

Robert Vander Hart has been a reference librarian and the web site manager at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School since May 1997. Prior to that he worked in the Government Publications department at The University of Iowa Libraries. Robert holds an M.A. degree in Library and Information Science and an M.A. degree in Music, both from The University of Iowa. Raised in south-central Iowa, Robert currently resides with his wife and two sons in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Margaret (Peg) Spinner is a reference librarian at the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She has a BA degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MLIS degree from the University of Rhode Island. The development of instructional materials and online tutorials allow her to combine her interests in teaching and librarianship.

Internet Resources for Spanish Speakers
Abigail Elder and Marya Hunsinger, Salem Public Library
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Hispanic Americans, the fastest growing demographic in the U.S., are posting the largest increase in computer and Internet use. Learn about Salem's Internet outreach, including databases, homework help, and links to Spanish-language sites.

Abigail Elder is a Senior Librarian and the Online Coordinator in the Adult Services Division at Salem Public Library. She received her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin in 1997. (Go Packers!)

Marya Hunsinger is a Library Assistant III in the Youth Services Division at Salem Public Library. Before moving to Oregon, she was the Director of the Women's Resource Center and an instructor in Spanish and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College in Maine. She has taught Spanish in Oregon at Linfield College, Willamette University, and Western Oregon University.

FindOR GILS Project
Susan Westin, Oregon State Library
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FindOR (GILS) is a search engine that makes it possible for the citizens of Oregon to find State Government Information quickly. Learn different search strategies so that you can assist your patrons in locating state government information.

Susan Westin is an Information Specialist and the FindOR project coordinator at the Oregon State Library.

Note: This session replaces the cancelled program "Dynamic and database enhanced websites using Cold Fusion."

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