8, Number 1
Curriculum Resources Catalog
The RECORD is published by INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, Theresa M. Fredericka, Executive Director. Making copies of this newsletter, in whole or in part, is encouraged. Please acknowledge or cite INFOhio.
INFOhio Union Catalog becomes the Curriculum Resource CatalogSince 1995 the INFOhio Union Catalog has been a convenient source of machine-readable cataloging records for all types of educational materials owned by Ohio's schools and support agencies. Procedures to download MARC records for MultiLIS schools as well as those with standalone automation systems have been in place for most of those years. Standalone systems can continue to use INFOhio's Union Catalog Access Project (UCAP) for free MARC records.
The Union Catalog has expanded beyond providing a source of MARC records for copy cataloging. It now identifies resources aligned to Ohio Academic Content Standards, simultaneously searches Ohio's 24 area media centers, links to streaming video resources -- and more is coming. The new name reflects this expanding functionality: INFOhio's K-12 Curriculum Resource Catalog (CRC). And with the new name comes a new button on the INFOhio home page (shown above).
In addition to the name change, the Curriculum Resource Catalog Task Force is guiding several revisions to the CRC's Web screens to make them clearer and easier to use for the growing number of educators who visit every day. Suggestions can be e-mailed to the task force co-chairs.
Tools ready to help align resources to ODE Academic Content Standards
Many Ohio school library media specialists are taking seriously their role in aligning materials in their collections to Ohio Department of Education Academic Content Standards. Currently, standards are in place for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Work continues on Arts, Technology, Foreign Language and Library.
Librarians who wish to align MultiLIS and Sirsi K-12 records to the Academic Content Standards have the help of a Web-based tool to simplify the process, Aligning Resources to Ohio Academic Content Standards, prepared by INFOhio Technical Services. The series of Web screens allows a cataloger to select the Content Area, Standard Statement, Benchmark, Grade Level and Indicator. Next to the selected indicator is a hyperlink for the appropriate OSIC code, which, when clicked, leads to a page with the 658 tags for MultiLIS and Sirsi K-12, ready to copy and paste into a cataloging record. Even the appropriate subfields are provided. All you need to add is your LC/NUC code, searchable on the Library of Congress Web site.
Once alignments are in your records - most resources will align to more than one grade level indicator - teachers can perform subject area searches in CAT or CAT Jr. to retrieve a list of resources in your collection that address specific content standards.
OPIPSAA efforts continue
INFOhio is working with more than twenty other Ohio agencies and organizations to provide access to all resources aligned to Ohio Academic Content Standards as part of an effort called OPIPSAA, Ohio Partners in Promoting Student Academic Achievement. INFOhio has two goals for OPIPSAA: 1) Enable INFOhio users to access resources aligned by other agencies by a single search, and 2) Enable others to access INFOhio resources by way of their native search engines. Watch for future updates about OPIPSAA and what it means to your students and teachers.