Monday, September 17, 2007
Expanding on the PLA Results Series, Goodrich and Singer offer a strategic approach to the human resources function in the library. The book focuses on a variety of possible projects and how to staff them, allowing each library to decide where and when to focus its attention. Packed with practical tools, this hands-on guide includes a familiar case study that illustrates how the information can be applied, along with workforms to help collect and organize the data needed for making informed HR decisions.
As students embrace new Web 2.0 technologies like MySpace, YouTube, and RSS feeds, libraries also need to take charge. Inspired by work-practice studies of students and faculty conducted at the University of Rochester, this visionary guide maps potentially vibrant futures for academic libraries.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Banned Books Week is coming up September 29-October 6. This is a very well organized book with good information for planning Banned Books Week booklists and activities. Contents include an annotated list of 1,724 books that have been challenged and/or banned, notable First Amendment court cases, quotes on the First Amendment, suggested activities, annotated bibliography of First Amendment Resources, and suggestions for dealing with concerns about library resources. This book has extremely useful indexes for looking up things quickly by title, topic, or geography. So if you want to find out what books were challenge and/or banned in Oregon just look it up in the index. Suggested activities are briefly described, they are not lesson plans. Some are simple like having kids make a poster for their favorite banned book, others are more complex like staging a mock trial. There are activities appropriate for 1st-12th grade.
"STARRED REVIEW Seasoned young adult librarians, Kunzel and Hardesty, have assembled an indispensable and comprehensive guide that covers all aspects of successfully facilitating adolescent book clubs in public library settings, from the first to final meetings. Middle and high school library media specialists will also garner much valuable information from this title....Numerous strategies and tips are offered to target, understand, and serve these youths such as ideas for recruitment, marketing, online components, icebreakers, relationship building, discussions participation, and behavior management. Young adult librarians are shown how to demonstrate the value of book clubs by using a combination of three assessment tools: anecdotal data, focus group insights, and statistics. In addition, a variety of book club models, book titles, discussion questions, reproducible handouts, and references are furnished. Highly Recommended."-Library Media Connection
"High school and YA librarians will be delighted with the practical information and ideas in this title, but it's even more useful for smaller public libraries hoping to improve their appeal to teens. Beginning with research on reading, Mahood moves on to merchandising principles; developing teen collections, spaces, and Web sites; and finally to booktalking, readers' advisory, and events scheduling. The author's enthusiasm and experience, coupled with citing current studies, other professional books, articles, and Web sites, make her suggestions appealing and attainable. She provides everything from lists of YA genres to easy design principles for displays to suggestions for questions to ask for better readers' advisory. More photos would have been great, but this is a book that can make a difference in the library tomorrow!"-Booklist/Professional Reading
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Reid, R. (2007). Children's jukebox: The select subject guide to children's musical recordings (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Description taken from back of book:
The 548 recordings listed in Children’s Jukebox offer a rich source of largely untapped material to energize children’s experiences with storytimes or classroom presentations. Selections sorted into 147 subject headings, plus subcategories.
It’s easy to:
*Find the right song for the right occasion
*Learn about little-known songs discovered by the author
*Access web-based resources for more information on the artists and to order popular or hard-to-find recordings
*Plan collection development and programming using the in-depth resources of the comprehensive discography
Reid, R. (2007). Something musical happened at the library: Adding song and dance to children's story programs. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Description take from back of book:
Here’s a comprehensive guide to make music an integral and engaging part of children’s story hour! Comprehensive lesson plans. Annotated bibliography and resource lists make a wide range of materials accessible, including picture books featuring music, song lyrics, musicians, dance and dancers, along with directions to access to the recordings.
Use this abundant mix of picture books paired with kid-tested musical recordings to
*Get up to speed fast to make music an everyday part of your programs
*Build your own storytimes with innovative and fun pairings of books and recordings
*Enliven any storytime by incorporating simple song types—from call and response to ever-popular rounds
*Identify children’s picture books and stories rich with musical themes
Neiburger, E. (2007). Gamers... In the library?! The why, what, and how of videogame tournaments. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.
Description take from back of book:
As a leading expert on producing videogame tournaments and events, Neiburger explains why videogame programming holds huge potential for libraries. He offers the complete toolkit. Follow these practical and proven guidelines to get answers to all your questions —from convincing the skeptics to getting audience feedback through your blog.
Learn how to serve this underserved audience and:
*Gain familiarity with the basics of gaming culture, software, and hardware
*Understand how videogaming events fit into the library
*Learn what works and what doesn’t from the experiences of the nation’s leading expert
*Conduct a tournament in your library—how to plan, set up, and run any size event
*Market the events, build an audience, and get feedback