Sunday, March 15, 2020

How to Request Materials

Please contact us if you have any questions about the LIS collection, or if you would like to request that we purchase an item for the LIS Collection. Be sure to include as much information as possible; the title, author, publisher, and ISBN are required minimally.
If you would like to request an item listed below, please use your library's established interlibrary loan process (e.g. OCLC or ALA request form).  Otherwise, send your full name, the name of your library, complete title information, shipping address, and a phone number to the document delivery department at email or (fax) 503-588-7119.

Most library staff are able to use their library’s interlibrary loan service to borrow professional development material. However, if you do not have access to these services or are not currently affiliated with a library, please contact a member of the Library Support and Development staff to discuss alternative options for borrowing the material.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Purpose-Based Library: Finding Your Path to Survival, Success, and Growth

Huber, John J, and Steven V. Potter. The Purpose-Based Library: Finding Your Path to Survival, Success, and Growth. Chicago : Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. ISBN: 9780838912447.

From the publisher: In the years since John Huber’s trailblazing Lean Library Management was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries who have adopted his strategies have turned conventional management thinking—that if budgets are reduced, customer service suffers—on its head. These libraries have proven that by streamlining and improving customer services, they can eliminate wasteful activities and bring down costs. In The Purpose-Based Library, Huber and seasoned public library administrator Potter build on insight gleaned from decades of experience to demonstrate how libraries can create real growth opportunities through concentrating on their true mission and purpose, and without spending a lot more money. With a focus on putting ideas into action, they point the way towards:
  • New ways to think about metrics
  • Reexamining customer self-driven services
  • Effectively leveraging the considerable footprint of libraries
  • Identifying and assessing community needs and realigning library services accordingly
  • Actively encouraging community fundraising
  • Offering cutting-edge services and programs
Packed with boots-on-the-ground commentary, this book presents strategies to help libraries survive and succeed.

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The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs

Molaro, Anthony and Leah L. White, eds. The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs. Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1274-4.

From the publisher:
Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future. This stimulating collection offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries, showcasing ideas and initiatives that will inspire librarians at their own institutions. Among the topics covered are:

  • The importance of creating organizational structures that lead to innovation
  • Strategies for getting library staff and other stakeholders on board and engaged, complete with a step-by-step toolkit for achieving innovative outcomes
  • Ways to expand the library beyond its walls to deliver exceptional and innovative services to library users
  • Money-saving initiatives that use technology to improve users’ experience
  • Innovative uses of library spaces, such as designing and implementing a digital media lab
  • Examples of creative programming, from running a C2E2-style comic convention, creating an “idea” forum, to re-envisioning a children’s writing club and launching Readtember, a month of literacy programs featuring zombies, dads, and gaming
This valuable sourcebook encourages readers to take big risks, ask deeper questions, strive for better service, and dream bigger ideas.

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Usability and the Mobile Web: A LITA Guide

Tidal, Junior. Usability and the Mobile Web: A LITA Guide. Chicago : ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. ISBN: 9780838913017.

From the publisher: Mobile technology has changed the way we interact with one another and our communities. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the constant availability of information access, it is more important than ever for libraries to meet users on their phones and tablets. But not all mobile library approaches are created equal, and in this LITA guide Tidal clarifies the mobile web landscape, helping librarians and library developers create mobile websites and applications from a user-centered perspective. Whether they have previous experience conducting mobile web usability tests, or are new to the concept of user-centered design, readers will find:
  • A survey of mobile devices, with an analysis of their commonalities and differences, plus discussions on hardware and the concept of mobile context
  • Information on mobile apps, websites, and hybrids, enabling libraries to make informed decisions on what’s best for their users and institutions
  • Nuts-and-bolts guidance on text editors, HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), web browsers, and other skills and tools necessary for mobile web development
  • An overview of usability and what the concept means with regard to the library experience
  • Tips for conducting usability testing and research, from planning to execution and analysis
  • Sample scripts for recruiting testing volunteers and gathering feedback, a boilerplate consent form, and a bibliography of additional resources
With Tidal’s valuable guidance, libraries can harness mobile technologies to meet the needs and expectations of library resource users.

Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning: A LITA Guide

Mallery, Mary, editor. Technology Disaster Response and Recovery Planning: A LITA Guide. Chicago : ALA TechSource, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. ISBN: 9780838913154.

From the publisher:
Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A disaster’s effect on internet and social media sites, electronic resources, digital collections, and staff and public infrastructure of PCs, tablets, laptops and other peripherals requires special consideration. Featuring contributions from librarians who offer hard-won advice gained from personal experience, this compendium leads readers through a step-by-step process of creating a library technology disaster response and recovery plan. This LITA guide:
  • Outlines the three phases of technology disaster response, with examples of planning and implementation strategies from several different libraries
  • Describes how to conduct an inventory and risk assessment
  • Provides detailed case studies of recent large-scale technology disasters in libraries and documents how lessons learned have helped to improve technology disaster planning
  • Offers an in-depth look at future trends in cloud computing, mapping out the new field of disaster mitigation, response, and recovery planning
  • Includes useful resources such as checklists, templates, and a sample communications plan
Though libraries can never know when or how disaster may strike, with the help of this guide they’ll be able to craft a response and recovery plan to weather the storm and get library technology back online as quickly as possible.