Thursday, August 28, 2008
Partnering with Purpose: A Guide to Strategic Partnership Development for Libraries and Other Organizations
“Disher, a seasoned practitioner and part-time instructor in San Jose State Universitys School of Library and Information Science, speaks primarily to public library staff with little, if any, experience in collection development....Chapters describe how a library might analyze its community as well as assess and evaluate its collection. Other chapters address collection development policies, statistics, budget, selection, acquisition, reviewing sources, the publishing industry, collection maintenance, mending and preserving, and promotion and marketing. The final chapter discusses complaints, challenges, and intellectual-freedom issues. This new entry in the Crash Course Series explaining collection development was created for those with little formal LIS training working in small, rural libraries. The guide will also be useful for librarians who are new to this area of service or need to brush up on their skills.
This revised edition of Wynar's Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (9th ed., 2000) completely incorporates revisions of AACR2, enhancements to MARC 21, and developments in areas such as resource description and access. Aside from the many revisions and updates and improved organization, the basic content remains the same. Beginning with an introduction to cataloging, cataloging rules, and MARC format, the book then turns to its largest section, "Description and Access." Authority control is explained, and the various methods of subject access are described in detail. Finally, administrative issues, including catalog management, are discussed. The glossary, source notes, suggested reading, and selected bibliography have been updated and expanded, as has the index. The examples throughout help to illustrate rules and concepts, and most MARC record examples are now shown in OCLC's Connexion format. This is an invaluable resource for cataloging students and beginning catalogers as well as a handy reference tool for more experienced catalogers
Monday, August 25, 2008
Fasick, A.M. & Holt, L.E. ( 2008). Managing children’s services in the public library (3rd ed.).
Everything children's librarians need to know about running a department in the public library! Section I deals with planning services in the context of a community. Section II covers maintaining a productive work environment, recruiting and retaining staff, communicating with colleagues, annual reports, budgeting and fundraising, planning facilities, and keeping the department safe and secure. Section III focuses on collection development, electronic resources, intellectual freedom, and reaching out to the community through programs and special events, working with other youth service organizations, and marketing children's services. Section IV suggests ways in which children's librarians can participate in the larger professional community of librarians. (Book Description)
This collection of enlightening and stimulating articles, written by some of the most important figures in school librarianship, demonstrates how teacher-librarians, classroom teachers, and administrators can work together to create a 21st century school library media program. With topics that emphasize student success, leadership, partnerships, curriculum design, collaborative planning and teaching, literacy, 21st century skills, emerging technologies, and so much more, this compendium brings together the best of the best discussions.
The practicing teacher-librarian, as well as the student seeking to expand his or her knowledge of the field, will find this compilation especially beneficial in providing an overview of the most critical issues related to the role the teacher-librarian plays in their school. The articles, previously published in the peer-reviewed Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals with several included from the magazine VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates, reveal how school libraries and teacher-librarians are moving forward to meet the challenges of this new century. (Book Description)
Drawing on her experience as a librarian in both schools and public libraries, Miller provides sound guidance....[P]rovides quick and useful information to new librarians and staff working with teens, and it is especially helpful to those working in smaller public libraries, where resources and funding is often limited. The book may also be useful for providing an administrator with a quick overview of the requirements and benefits of a teen program. The down-to-earth manner and sensible approach make this book widely accessible. (VOYA June 2008)
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The essential book to help you reach Spanish-speaking children and create bilingual storytimes. Tim Wadham, author of the "highly recommended" (REFORMA) and "invaluable" (Booklist) how-to, Programming with Latino Children's Materials (1999), returns with this all new guide for children's and school librarians. He provides a core collection of over 100+ titles including board books, picture books, short chapter fiction, novels, poetry, and nonfiction ideal for serving toddlers to teens. Wadham shares authoritative advice for selecting Spanish titles including: an overview of the market, key elements to consider, review sources, and tips for authoring collection development. There is a wealth of programming ideas that may be used with the recommended core collection or adapted for other books. Wadham offers tips for marketing to your community and increasing circulation for these important titles. This unique resource also includes a guide to publishers and vendors and lists of award-winning books. Whether you are serving a Hispanic community,looking for ways to present bilingual programs,or building a newmulticultural collection, Libros Essenciales is an invaluable, comprehensive guide. (Book Description)
Graphic novels tell the stories, star the heroes (real and fictional) and address the issues relevant to youngsters and tweens in a style that holds their interest and keeps them coming back for more! More than merely comic books-and not always rated "PG"-they have an important educational component as well. In addition to being great for readers who are challenged by large chunks of text, graphic novels take advantage of the flexibility of nimble young minds that have grown up immersed in a multimedia world. Make no mistake, these works are not easy reads-they demand all the language and literacy skills educators strive to instill in their students, including: active decoding, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary building, sequencing and more.
This must-have resource on developing your collection of this important format will give you a wealth of tips and practical advice about buying, recommending, cataloging, and shelving. Youth services specialist David Serchay shares the insights of librarians, media specialists, and vendors around the country about how best to build and manage graphic novel collections. You'll find this guide's annotated list of highly recommended titles invaluable. (Book Description)
§ Best Books for Struggling Middle School Readers
§ Best Books for Boys of All Ages
§ Best New Adult Fiction and Classics for Teens
§ Best Turn-Around Titles that Get Non-Readers Reading
§ Best Magazines and Comic Books
You will also find quick and easy guidance for using booktalks (including 50 ready-to-use scripts), reading surveys, and an exhaustive bibliography of resources to consult. Throughout the book, popular YA authors--Michael Cart, Rachel Cohn, R.L. Stine, and many more--share their thoughts on teen reading and how they entice their readers. Patrick Jones--winner of
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This second edition draws from the author's extensive experience in both the private and public sectors and library success stories, an approach in the publisher's series for librarians that ensures real-world advice. The book is divided into two parts--"Planning and Evaluation" and "Strategies and Methodologies"--with many examples of successful communicating and the impact and changes brought by technology. Ideas on putting together a communications plan, creating clear signage and print products, effectively using a library's Web site, and communicating during a crisis will be helpful for all types of libraries and positions.
"An expertly written guide to promotion, fundraising, public relations, community building, and more especially for libraries." --Library Bookwatch"Walters includes instructive examples of library success stories, sample plans, and a CD-ROM with a one-day workshop presentation." --American Libraries
Here is the first book to explore the growing phenomenon of social software and how these technologies can be applied in libraries. Social software lets libraries show a human face online, helping them communicate, educate, and interact with their communities. This nuts-and-bolts guide provides librarians with the information and skills necessary to implement the most popular and effective social software technologies: blogs, RSS, wikis, social networking software, screencasting, photo-sharing, podcasting, instant messaging, gaming, and more. Success stories and interviews highlight these tools ease-of-use and tremendous impact. Novice readers will find ample descriptions and advice on using each technology, while veteran users of social software will discover new applications and approaches. Supported by the author s Web page.
The Dewey Decimal Classification is used in more libraries that any other system. Now, John Bowman, author of the popular Essential Cataloguing, helps novice and out-of-practice classifiers learn how to use the DDC to organize resources. After a thorough introduction to the structure and content of the system, readers work through examples based on real titles, with fully worked out answers and clear explanations. Chapters cover how to classify simple subjects, number building, preference order, exceptions, special subjects, coping with difficult or hard-to-classify items, WebDewey, and more. Written in an engaging and direct style, this practical guide is a perfect companion to Essential Cataloguing. An ideal text that builds practical skills, this is must-have for cataloging classes and catalogers in any library using Dewey classification.
Technology and copyright law: a Guidebook for the Library, Research, and Teaching Professions. 2nd. ed.
Attorney/librarian Bielefield and law librarian Cheeseman's new work challenges us to understand our fair use and Section 108 rights well enough to employ and protect them. With a good sense of historical context and concise, straightforward language, the authors illustrate the relationship between technological change and the development of copyright protection. In addition, to a strong focus on fair use, their book provides guidance for making copyright decisions in an electronic age. It also includes a representative selection of model policies and fair use guidelines for different types of media, a glossary, and an introduction to contractual agreements (with a handy contract checklist), distance learning, and protection of international works.