Fla. students tap into virtual libraries.DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two new Web-based collaborations at Daytona Beach Community College are helping students conduct research and find answers more efficiently and effectively.
The college library was among the first to join a statewide virtual reference project called Ask a Librarian Ask a Librarian is Florida's Statewide Collaborative Live Virtual reference Service. Ask a Librarian began as a partnership between the College Center for Library Automation (CCLA) and the Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC). , which allows students to request information from a librarian live over the Internet from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. The DBCC DBCC Daytona Beach Community College (Florida)
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DBCC Desert Breeze Community Church (Glendale, AZ, USA) Library also is among institutions piloting a new database system for book cataloging called the Automated Library Expandable Program.
Administered by the Florida Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services, Ask a Librarian allows students to make inquiries of a local nature to the DBCC library, or to tap into a statewide "collaborative reference desk." The desk is managed alternately by reference librarians at each participating facility.
Students can e-mail their reference questions, search a knowledge base of frequently asked questions, of chat live with a librarian online. The librarian also can co-browse the Internet with the students, guiding them through their research.
Ask a Librarian is funded by a $339,000 Library Services and Technology Act The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) was signed on October 1, 1996 by United States President Bill Clinton. LSTA is a United States federal library grant program. Its roots come from the Library Services Act that was first enacted in 1956. grant awarded by Florida's College Center for Library Automation, which also administers its Library Information Network for Community Colleges, a virtual cataloging system.