Untangling the Web
Session F, 10:30-11:30 am

Weaving the Web into Course Integrated Instruction

Ruth Wallach
Acting Head
Linda McCann
Reference Librarian
Doheny Reference Center
University of Southern California

As libraries rush to manage and create easy access to electronic information in the attempt to stay on top of new technologies, it is important to stop for a moment to think about the ways users utilize this information. This paper examines several specialized instructional homepages which have been created for research in specific university courses at USC, one on Dante's Divine Comedy and one on 18th and 19th century French literary studies. In the first part of the paper, presenters will look at issues of design, commitment of time and expertise, and how librarians fit into the teaching of very specialized resources. The later part of the paper will concentrate on the possible consequences entailed in the construction and use of such highly specialized scholarly resources in the humanities, both for the librarians and for the researchers.

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