St. Louis, Missouri -- June 10, 1996: Data Research Associates Inc. (DRA) today announced availability of its free "Tools for Schools" collection on the World Wide Web. In addition to information about the company's DRA Schools collection of software and services, the page provides a valuable set of free Web-based resources for school librarians, media specialists and others involved in the K-12 school environment. The tools can be used to aid with library-collection development and curriculum planning, provide a source for student research, search for school project ideas, conduct electronic "field trips," locate funding sources and more.
Tools for Schools can be reached by pointing a Web browser to http://www.dra.com, and then selecting the DRA Schools icon or text. Among other interesting resources, the page includes:
- book reviews and publishers of children's and adult's literature
- links to interesting authors' Web sites such as A.A. Milne's Page at Pooh Corner and Wesselman's list of great writers and poets
- on-line resources such as K-12 school newspapers, magazines and kids-oriented reading materials
- community information and discussion groups related to K-12 activities
- "fun follies" ranging from popular cartoons to a field trip in the Antarctica to an on-line tour of the Exploratorium in San Francisco
The site combines links to other on-line resources with comments, reviews, and original content provided by DRA School specialists. Tools for Schools will be updated monthly, with new links and reviews, as well as new tools, such as tips on how schools can increase library use. DRA also is actively seeking feedback about ways in which the page can be more useful to the K-12 audience. Comments can be directed to Jennifer Chilton Kallery at Jennifer@dra.com.
DRA Schools is a library automation system for school districts, and the center of DRA's efforts to bring the K-12 community on-line. Already installed in more than 1,200 schools worldwide, DRA Schools features everything a school library needs to bring its students easy access to the latest information and technologies, including a host of modifications specific to school libraries. It combines the ability to centralize selected automation services in a cost-effective manner, while enabling independent policies at individual sites. The product is further enhanced by high-quality customer support and by DRA Net, a collection of Internet and networking products and services.
DRA, headquartered in St. Louis, is a leading systems integrator for libraries and other information providers, offering its own proprietary information services software; third-party software and hardware; Internet, World Wide Web and other networking services; and other related support services. DRA is the sole library automation vendor currently a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), an industry consortium to develop Web standards and specifications. DRA's World Wide Web page is located at http://www.dra.com.