Thursday, May 30, 2013

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers



Hysell, Shannon Graff, ed.  Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers. 2013 ed.  Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2013.  011.02 Recom 2013 ed.   ISBN 978-1610693684

Featuring 550 titles chosen from the 2013 edition of the larger American Reference Books Annual, this volume caters to smaller libraries that must ensure every dollar of their often-limited budget is wisely invested. To help them do that, the editor has selected only titles that are highly reviewed, have a low price point, and will appeal to a broad audience.
The book presents high-quality, critical reviews of 2012 reference products, both print and online, suitable for small college libraries, medium-sized and small public libraries, and school libraries. Chapters are arranged in four major subdivisions: General Reference, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Science and Technology. Within each, reviews are further divided by form: bibliography, biography, handbooks and yearbooks, and so on. Each review is written by a librarian working in the field and can be trusted to be accurate and fair. Each indicates the type of library or libraries for which the work is appropriate.

Changing Times, Changing Libraries [DVD]




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Changing Times, Changing Libraries [DVD]. Library Video Network, 2012. 75 minutes. 
ISBN: 1-566-41-124-6


Description:
Changing Times, Changing Libraries features the Sacramento Public Library’s move to a “one desk” system, the Houston Public Library’s “Express Library” model, and the Rangeview (CO) Library District’s “Anythink” model. The Sacramento Public Library has had a great deal of success and monetary savings by combining its service and information desks into a “one stop shopping model” and this program shows how they did it. The program also gives a look at the Houston Express Library model that relies heavily on technology resources and is to be placed in existing buildings, reaching new customers. In Colorado, the Anythink system has turned the traditional library model upside down, replacing Dewey and changing job titles and responsibilities for starters. All of these systems have achieved success in their communities by adapting to the changing needs of their communities with these new models and Changing Times, Changing Libraries show viewers how they succeeded.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Indispensable Librarian, 2nd Edition

 

Johnson, Doug. The Indispensable Librarian: Surviving and Thriving in School Libraries in the Information Age. Second Edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-61069-239-7

Publisher's Description
This readable and practical book examines the changes in school libraries brought by the digital revolution—and describes how new and experienced librarians can take advantage of them.

How should technology be utilized in today's school library? How should librarians fulfill their secondary roles as staff developers? What strategies can be employed to survive and thrive under budgetary constraints without compromising library values? These are but a few of the questions and tough challenges facing librarians in the information age.

Both a book of practical solutions to today's budgetary and staffing problems in school libraries as well as an advocacy book, The Indispensable Librarian: Surviving and Thriving in School Libraries in the Information Age, Second Edition provides a practice-based overview of all management topics that also supplies real-world scenarios, step-by-step instructions, and pragmatic solutions to specific problems.

In this follow-up to his original book, Doug Johnson offers more practical methods and sage advice for leveraging technology's popularity and effectiveness to build stronger programs and cultivate beneficial professional connections and friendships. He defines and clarifies the role of the school library media specialist in a technologically enhanced school, providing relevant examples and useful advice on a variety of topics; and underscores the importance of strong management skills, especially regarding collaborative planning and communications. The book is written especially for K–12 school librarians, both new and experienced, and is also suitable for pre-service librarians as a textbook.

Features
• Provides both practical and visionary insights from an experienced, currently practicing librarian/library supervisor
• Supplies accessible and often humorous coverage of the subject without being simplistic
• Includes provocative ideas to stimulate thought and discussion
• Highlights the impact of technology on the library program and serves as a straightforward guide to changes needed in the field
• Offers an essential foundation of all aspects of managing a school library program

Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries




Moreillon, Judi. Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1180-8

From the Publisher
Time-strapped educators wonder whether partnering with school librarians can realistically improve students’ scores, but studies show that collaboration improves overall effectiveness in increasing students’ reading comprehension. Moreillon, a veteran teacher-librarian, updates Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension to draw on cutting-edge research in instructional strategies, offering a clear, rigorous roadmap to teaching reading comprehension in a proven collaborative process. Incorporating the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Moreillon presents
  • Strategies for improving reading comprehension, complete with updated graphic organizers, sample lesson plans, and technology-centered examples
  • Practical steps for streamlining the coteaching lesson-planning process, boiling it down to three levels of literacy development
  • Techniques for strengthening collaborative partnerships through flexible design and delivery 
  • Guidance for incorporating library programs into research-driven teaching practices
As part of the U.S.-wide drive to improve test scores and build a nation of readers, Moreillon’s book offers proven teamwork tools to accomplish both goals.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction

1 : Collaborative Teaching in the Age of Accountability
2 : Maximizing Your Impact
3 : Reading Comprehension Strategy One: Activating or Building Background Knowledge
4 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Two: Using Sensory Images
5 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Three: Questioning
6 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Four: Making Predictions and Inferences
7 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Five: Determining Main Ideas
8 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Six: Using Fix-up Options
9 : Reading Comprehension Strategy Seven: Synthesizing

References
Index

Companion Book
Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners

 

Sullivan, Margaret. Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New Library Concepts. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2013.
ISBN: 978-0-8389-8630-1

From the Publisher
Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating New School Library Concepts focuses on planning contemporary school library spaces with user-based design strategies. The book walks school librarians and administrators through the process of gathering information from students and other stakeholders involved in planning a resource rich learning space. Information includes how to create needs assessment documents that compliment AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Suggestions for adding meaningful aesthetic components and colorful renderings of sample environments are also provided.

Building the Gigabit City (eBook)


Settles, C. (2013). Building the Gigabit City: A Planning Guide. Smashwords, Inc.
This is an online eBook. Click here to read now!
 
Superfast broadband significantly boosts local economies, transforms education, improves healthcare delivery and increases local government efficiency. Building the Gigabit City helps you ask the right questions so you can do the same for your constituents.

Pulling valuable lessons from many of the 340 communities with successful broadband networks, this multimedia guide overflows with practical advice. Building the Gigabit City, produced in partnership with Gigabit Squared, helps rural and urban communities:

1) ignore the hype surrounding gigabit networks;
2) understand what super-fast access can and cannot do for your community;
3) conduct effective needs assessment; and
4) plan effective broadband strategy.

Success breeds success. Community leaders and project teams running successful broadband projects inform and motivate readers with insights on planning, funding, building, operating and marketing highspeed Internet access and services. U.S. communities from coast to coast are interviewed.

From a multimedia array of interviews, panel discussions, keynote presentations and first-hand experience, readers pick up valuable insights on:

* nine possible community broadband business models;
* six options for funding community broadband;
* building consensus among stakeholders;
* cultivating effective partnerships;
* overcoming or proactively addressing political adversity; and
* creating winning broadband strategies.

Building the Gigabit City is broadband industry analyst Craig Settles’ first e-book. For over 25 years his workshops and consulting services have helped organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, improve operations and increase revenue. Numerous books, blog and in-depth analysis reports have established Mr. Settles as a prominent thought leader on executing broadband strategies. He currently hosts Gigabit Nation, a weekly Internet radio talk show. (book description)


Monday, May 13, 2013

Build a Great Team. ALA Guides for the Busy Librarian



Hakala-Ausperk, Catherine.  Build a Great Team. ALA Guides for the Busy Librarian.  Chicago: ALA, 2013.  023.9 HakalB.   ISBN 978-0838911709

With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever. Building on the model of her bestselling book Be A Great Boss, Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-guided tool to the dynamic role of team-building. Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook will show you how to

  •   Manage staff across different age groups and skill sets
  •  Improve communication between team members
  • Mentor other staff members
  • Keep your team organized in a culture of change

 Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of building and maintaining a first-rate team.

Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa About Libraries and Library Services



Eberhart, George M.  The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa About Libraries and Library Services.  Chicago: ALA, 2013.  020.973 EberhW 2013 ed.   978-0838910900

The Whole Library Handbook, now in its fifth edition, is an encyclopedia filled with facts, tips, lists, and resources essential for library professionals and information workers of all kinds, all carefully handpicked to reflect the most informative, practical, up-to-date, and entertaining examples of library literature. Organized in easy-to-find categories, this unique compendium covers all areas of librarianship from academic libraries to teen services, from cataloging to copyright, and from gaming to social media. Selections include

  •   Facts and figures on library workers
  •  Bookmobile guidelines
  • 100 great libraries of the world
  •  Job search and recruitment techniques, and advice on how to deal with tough economic times
  • Tips on writing articles and book reviews
  • Fun with cataloging rules
  • Famous librarians' favorite books

Covering a huge spectrum of librariana, this one-of-a-kind volume is both educational and entertaining.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any Size



Brown, Adrian. Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any Size. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013.  025.84 Brown.   ISBN978-7-55570-942-6

As digital preservation becomes an increasingly widespread and accessible practice, smaller organizations can take steps towards developing strategies for implementing it in their own institutions. This straightforward guide offers clear methods and tools for beginning the process. Readers will learn about the arguments for digital preservation, requirements, models for implementing a digital preservation service, and selecting and acquiring digital content. Anyone involved in digital preservation in medium- or smaller-sized information organizations, as well as students and others looking to gain a better understanding of the process, will find invaluable information in this practical guide.

Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books Through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props



Glair-Dietzel, Julie.  Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books Through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props.  Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013.  027.625 Dietz   ISBN 978-1-55570-810-8.

Librarians and educators can shake up storytimes, help children stay healthy, and encourage a lifelong love of reading with Dietzel-Glair's easy-to-use resource. Demonstrating exactly how to use children's books to engage preschool-age children through movement, it's loaded with storytimes that will have children standing up tall, balancing as they pretend to walk across a bridge, or even flying around the room like an airplane. Presenting hundreds of ideas, this all-in-one book is divided into five sections:

  • Art spotlights titles that are natural hooks for art or craft activities alongside ideas on how to create art just like the character in the story, while an appendix includes art patterns that can be used as coloring sheets;
  • Games includes searching games, follow-the-leader games, and guessing games to enhance the books in this section;
  • Movement features books that kids can jump, stomp, clap, chomp, waddle, parade, wiggle, and stretch with;
  • Music chooses books perfect for activities like shaking a maraca, singing, dancing between the pages, and creating new sound effects;
  • Playacting lets kids pretend along with the characters in these books, whether it's washing their face, swimming with fish, or hunting a lion;
  • Props encourages storytime leaders to bring out their puppets, flannelboard pieces, and scarves; these books have enough props for everyone in the program to have a part.

Each chapter includes as much instruction as possible for a wide range of motions. Pick and choose the amount of movement that is right for your storytime crowd, or do it all!