Create a virtual school library to engage readers and support learning with a dynamic website — using your school’s website or intranet, your Integrated Library System's web platform, or a stand-alone site linked to your school's website.
What is a virtual school library?
A virtual school library is an online space, available 24/7, that is an extension of your physical library. Through your virtual library, users can find and access your digital materials. It can bring together content that you've sourced from different places. Your virtual library can also offer online help and support for your school community.
Through an online presence, librarians can apply and translate their traditional skills for instruction, professional development, reference, collection development, and administration in powerful new ways, in engaging new landscapes. They can offer 24/7 accessibility and ‘just-in-time’, ‘just-for-me’ learning opportunities.
— Joyce Valenza's blog School library websites Part 1: A tour of high school practice
Website options for your virtual library
There are 2 basic options for building your virtual school library:
operating from within the school’s website or intranet.
operating a stand-alone website that links back to, and from, the school website or intranet — use your catalogue's web OPAC if your Integrated Library System enables this functionality.
Each of these options has a range of benefits and issues, which your planning team needs to consider.