No other technology in history has provided as much information as easily as the internet. Librarians have always guided students to good books, and now they must guide students to quality web sites. But how do librarians find and evaluate quality internet sites? How do they protect children from entering offensive sites? The American Library Association (ALA) provides a useful set of guidelines that ensure the best use of the internet in libraries as it becomes more widely accessible. The Libraries and the Internet Toolkit, available as a PDF download, provides essential information for integrating the internet as a library resource for children. It discusses the debate about filters and provides advice for creating an internet policy, characteristics of a good web site, and a list of helpful resources. The document serves as an excellent basis for building an internet strategy for your school libraries.
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