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The Fogler Library Friends grants for 2003-2004 were awarded to Desiree Butterfield of the Media Resource Center for the purchase of materials related to Middle Eastern culture and language and to Cynthia Crosser, Lois Nase, and Darylyne Provost for the purchase of Viewlet Builder, a software package for creating online tutorials. These two annual grants of $500 each are awarded to library staff members for developing new collections and services.
The Friends grant materials have arrived for the Media Resource Center and are now available for all library patrons. The MRC has twelve new DVDs, four videos, two CDs, and two CD-Roms that explore the landscape, music, language, and history of the Middle East. Titles include items produced by organizations as varied as National Geographic, PBS, CNN, Putumayo Music, Noam Chomsky, and Arab Film Distribution, and include everything from 21 Days to Baghdad to Globe Trekker: The Middle East and even to Instant Immersion Arabic. A special binder is on display in the Media Resource Center to highlight these new materials and the contribution of the Friends Grant.
The second grant allowed the online tutorial team to purchase the software they needed to develop online, interactive tutorials for Library patrons. These tutorials will incorporate graphics, audio, video and text to address multiple learning styles and be accessible to patrons with vision or hearing impairments. In addition to presenting information in an appealing, accessible format, the tutorials will solicit responses from the user - reinforcing what is learned. The tutorials will be accessible from anywhere - via the web - and be available 24 hours a day. The initial tutorial will consist of an introduction to library research. It will provide an overview to such topics as searching the library catalog, using the subscription databases to locate journal and newspaper articles, and accessing library services such as interlibrary loan or electronic reserves.
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