Two years ago, when schools in Baltimore County, Md., embarked on a complete overhaul of their beleaguered libraries, reformers employed technology to boost accountability systems. Their efforts resulted in a fully computerized approach to tracking resources both on and off the shelves.

Now, educators there are considering applying a similar technique to textbook management. The total technological solution would allow Baltimore schools to track and evaluate textbooks by way of online databases, electronic review forms, and bar codes corresponding with student accounts.

According to Della Curtis, coordinator of the district's library information


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