The inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the United States, and the continued financial crisis across the nation were two major events of the year 2009. Although the long-term affect of Obama’s presidency will not be known for years to come, the school library community has hopes that his stimulus plan will improve the status of the nation’s public school libraries (Farmer & Shontz, 2009; Whelan, 2009). The current economic difficulties have resulted in layoffs of teachers and school library media specialists across the country, as well as decreased funding to school library media centers (Farmer & Shontz, 2009). These budgetary cutbacks are creating the need for school library media specialists to reach beyond the school walls in order to facilitate access to alternative resources that are more economical. The chapters in this part address a variety of issues pertaining to expanding information access: the promotion of ethical behavior online, the enhancement of curricular offerings via distance learning, and the facilitation of e-government resources.
KeywordsSchool Library School Library Media Part Address Digital Citizenship Stimulus Plan
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