Nichols School, a Buffalo, New York school for grades 5-12, is one of the first schools in the country to implement EBSCO Discovery Service.
Although librarians at Nichols School were not initially considering a library discovery service, Director of Libraries & Academic Technology, Susan Allen, saw EDS tying in with the library’s goals to prepare students for further education and to develop the professional skills they will need. “I am always looking for ways to model what our students will encounter in higher education. I am also trying to teach them the information literacy skills they need to be a solid, informed digital citizen.”
Allen also sees EDS as a valuable tool in faculty development, “I have an online professional development course planned for our faculty this summer to refresh them in what constitutes research in the 21st century and how best to assign and assess research to meet the resources and methodologies available. EDS plays a prominent role in this class.”
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Note: No matter what the resource is (fee-based from any database vendor or essential open web resources) we think Susan Allen is 100% correct in working to prepare students for the types of resources they will likely have access to if/when they move into a higher ed environment.
This makes sense not only as something the K-12 community should be working towards but also the academic library world can benefit from. In other words, have new college students aware of (strengths/weaknesses) of key academic databases before they visit their university/college library either in person or online for the first time.