Monday, October 30, 2006

TEKSLink Project

I've agreed to be a coordinator for the Music area of the TEKSLink Project.
The purpose of the TEKSLink Project is to provide a tangible link between the materials located in the library media center and the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards used in the classroom.

The principle behind TEKSLink is simple: materials are accessed through subject headings in the automated catalog. Books about rain can be looked up by typing "rain" into a subject search. The drawback to this method is that the teacher might not think of all the subjects related to a certain TEKS standard when he or she is ready to teach it, and looking up each subject heading is tedious.

TEKSLink provides the link between the standards and subject headings. By amending the authority record of the library catalog, a teacher can search by TEKS in the catalog, and the resulting materials are available in his or her campus library.

Any school librarians in Texas should load the authority records for the Elementary Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies areas. Your catalog must be able to use authority records. More details in an article by Walter Betts in the Texas Library Journal (Summer, 2004).

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