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Collection Development - Children's Online and Electronic Resource Collections

23. Children's Online and Electronic Resource Collections

The Children's Services Department provides librarian selected and approved online resources for children, teachers, parents and caregivers. Internet sites, subscription databases (electronic resources), and online readers' advisory collections are the online resources selected by Children's Services staff. These online resources are available through the Fargo Public Library website. As with other library materials, restriction of a child's access to online resources, especially the Internet, is the responsibility of the parent or other care-giving adults. Parents are encouraged to work closely with their children to select material that is age-appropriate and in keeping with personal and family values.

Special online collections include Homework Help, Favorite Links, Books for Kids, and Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers. These collections typically include a selection of Internet sites, subscription databases, and/or librarian created resources to be used for a specific purpose. Online collections are available through special links accessed through the Children's Services page on the Library's website.

Children's Services staff regularly reviews selected sites. However, due to the nature of the Internet, the content or purpose of websites can change rapidly and without notice, therefore Library staff cannot be held responsible for these changes. In addition, staff recommended sites include only those sites directly linked to from the Children's Services page.

The Fargo Public Library's database collection includes a variety of youth-specific databases intended for use by students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.