Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gamification: A Practical Guide for Librarians

McMunn-Tetangco, Elizabeth. Gamification: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. ISBN: 9-781-4422-7913-1.

From the publisher:

Games can seem to do the impossible: reach patrons and drive traffic to projects and services. But how can libraries use gamification and game elements to improve instruction and outreach, or to encourage the use of particular areas and services? In this guide, readers will learn about how to structure game activities in order to best reach their patrons. Chapters devoted to topics such as personalization, goal setting, working with partners, games in instruction, and assessment illustrate some of the many ways games can have an impact in libraries. Everything in this book is presented from a practical point of view – email templates, real-life examples, and scenarios are included. Games have a lot of potential for use in many different library services, and this book will help you decide how they might work best for you. From the first seeds of a project’s beginning to its eventual maturation, this book will help you develop, implement, and evaluate game-style projects at your library.

Teaching Google Scholar: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Alfonzo, Paige. Teaching Google Scholar: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4422-4358-3.

From the publisher: 

Teaching Google Scholar in your library instructional sessions can increase students’ information and digital literacy skills. Students’ familiarity with Google Scholar’s interface works to the instructor’s advantage and allows more time to address students’ information needs and teach foundational information literacy skills and less time teaching a new database with a less-intuitive database interface.

Teaching Google Scholar: A Practical Guide for Librarians will illustrate instructional methods and incorporate step-by-step guides and examples for teaching Google Scholar. It begins with providing you with essential background:

      • What Google Scholar is
      • How to set up Google Scholar using OpenURL
      • How to design Google Scholar instructional sessions
      • How to incorporate active learning activities using Google Scholar

After reading it, you will be ready to teach students critical skills including how to:

      • Use specific Google Scholar search operators
      • Incorporate search logic
      • Extract citation data, generate citations, and save citations to Google's My Library and/or a citation management program
      • Use Google Scholar tools- including “cited by,” “alerts,” “library links,” and “library search”

Google Scholar is a powerful research tool and will only become more popular in the coming years. Learning how to properly teach students how to utilize this search engine in their research will greatly benefit them in their college career and help promote life-long learning. Google Scholar instruction is a must in today’s modern information literacy classroom.

Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians

de Farber, Bess G. Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4422-6327-7

A collaborative approach to grant seeking can stimulate and reshape the culture of your library organization. The exciting and rewarding activities of developing a successful grants program can yield enormous dividends for the benefit of your staff, patrons, and community. Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians will share new insights for those who want to access grant funding without reinventing the wheel. Based on years of practical grant writing and collaboration development experience, this resource provides a complete guide for setting up a library grant-seeking program, and for combining forces with community partners to increase grant funding to libraries. Venturing into the grants world can be scary and unpredictable. This book offers detailed strategies and practical steps to establish a supportive and collaborative environment that creates the capacity to consistently develop fundable proposals, and gives readers the confidence needed to make grant-seeking activities commonplace within libraries.
Collaborative Grant-Seeking will share featured topics unavailable in other grant writing publications, such as:

  • interpreting sponsor guidelines
  • identifying appropriate funding programs
  • determining the feasibility of project ideas
  • asset-based (vs. need-based) proposal development strategies
  • actual examples of successful and unusual library projects
  • initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Public Library Core Collection Nonfiction

Miller, Eve-Marie, et al., editors. Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction. 16th ed., Grey House Publishing, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-68217-071-7

Note: The State Library has all print editions of the Core Collection series.

Publisher's Description
Wilson's Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction (16th Edition, 2017) is designed for acquisitions librarians, reference librarians and catalogers. Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction is a reliable guide to building and maintaining a well-rounded collection of the most highly recommended reference and nonfiction books for adults.

The Core Collection is intended to serve the needs of public and undergraduate libraries and stand as a basic or “opening day” collection. The newer titles help in identifying areas that can be updated or strengthened. Retention of useful material from the previous edition enables the librarian to make informed decisions about weeding a collection.

Easy-to-use Arrangement
Arranged for ease-of-use by Dewey Decimal Classification, this helpful guide provides immediate access to over 12,000 highly recommended nonfiction titles. All areas of reference and non-fiction are covered. Plus, starred entries highlight the “most highly recommended” title within a particular subject area.
  1. Science, Technology & Computer Science
  2. Health & Medicine
  3. Religion & Philosophy
  4. Political Science, Economics & Law
  5. Literature & Language
  6. History, Travel & Biography
  7. Arts & Architecture and so much more
Created for Librarians, by Librarians
Books included in this edition were selected by experienced librarians representing public library systems and academic libraries across the United States. With their helpful guidance, librarians nationwide rely on Core Collections for:
  1. Collection Development
  2. Weeding their collection
  3. Curriculum Support
  4. General Reference
  5. Title Selection & Purchasing
  6. Readers’ Advisory
  7. Librarian Instruction
Information-packed Entries
In these pages, librarians can collect much-needed data on over 12,000 recommended titles. Entries include:
  1. Complete Bibliographic & Cataloging Information
  2. Price, ISBN & Publisher to aid in purchasing
  3. Subject Headings and Dewey Classification
  4. Content Descriptions and Excerpts from Reviews provide helpful information when evaluating books for selection and in determining which of several books on the same subject is best suited for the individual reader
  5. Additional notes highlight sequels and companion volumes, editions available, awards, and publication history, plus information on electronic editions
  6. “Most Highly Recommended” titles within subject areas are easily identified with a starred listing
In-depth Indexing
A highly-detailed Author, Title, and Subject Index provides easy navigation through the hundreds of subject areas and thousands of authors and titles in this informative resource. The Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction is an essential resource for library and media specialists looking to enhance and enrich their collection with the most important and highly recommended titles currently available.

Monday, April 10, 2017

The Discovery Tool Cookbook

The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans, edited by Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak. ACRL, 2016. 978-0-8389-8891-6.

Publisher's Description
The Discovery Tool Cookbook: Recipes for Successful Lesson Plans, edited by Nancy Fawley and Nikki Krysak, showcases tested lessons by librarians and practitioners for teaching information literacy using a discovery tool. The third volume in the successful ACRL Cookbook series features “recipes” sorted by lesson type and level of student preparedness, including all the information needed to replicate (or customize) each dish at your own institution. The IL Framework is infused in each of the 49 lessons, which suit a mix of abilities, learning outcomes, and patron types, including K-12 and ELL students, with options for flipping instruction to maximize learning outside of the classroom.

The Discovery Tool Cookbook is essential for all academic and school librarians wanting to create fun lesson plans that incorporate a discovery layer.

More Information
See the publisher's website for Table of Contents and editor information.

Friday, April 7, 2017

The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook

Kroski, E. (2017). The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.978-0-8389-1504-2.

Note from Katie: This books is a good resource for anyone who does technology programming (STEAM), even if they do not have a dedicated makerspace. It provides background information on Legos, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and more so is relevant for all ages and types of libraries.

Publisher's description:

Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. This hands-on sourcebook edited by technology expert Kroski includes everything libraries need to know about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Packed with cutting edge instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this collection
  • leads librarians through how to start their own makerspace from the ground up, covering strategic planning, funding sources, starter equipment lists, space design, and safety guidelines;
  • discusses the transformative teaching and learning opportunities that makerspaces offer, with tips on how to empower and encourage a diverse maker culture within the library;
  • delves into 11 of the most essential technologies and tools most commonly found in makerspaces, ranging from 3D printers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and wearable electronics to CNC, Legos, drones, and circuitry kits; and
  • includes an assortment of project ideas that are ready to implement.
As useful for those just entering the “what if” stage as it is for those with makerspaces already up and running, this book will help libraries engage the community in their makerspaces.

Sex, Brains, & Video Games

Pierce, J. B. (2017). Sex, Brains, & Video Games: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1548-6.

Publisher's description:

How do we break through and truly reach our young adult patrons? It begins with understanding them. Librarians who work with teens need information and a big-picture perspective on adolescence that reflects the latest knowledge of cognate fields and the contemporary realities of young people’s lives. In this greatly revised and updated edition of her popular guide Burek Pierce provides exactly that, selecting and synthesizing emerging information from multiple fields of research to effectively support librarians’ work with teens. Far-reaching but pragmatic, this book
  • discusses such important topics as identity and community, sex and sexualities, what experts can tell us about the adolescent brain, and how teens use technology to mediate the world;
  • replaces outdated developmental theories that have been discarded in their home fields but are still sometimes used in the LIS world;
  • looks at how to blend what research tells us about teens with day-to-day work in libraries;
  • reflects new norms of professional practice, such as the increased importance of community
  • engagement and partnerships, offering librarians a path towards cooperation and collaboration with peers outside the library world; and
  • includes a bibliography of essential reading for YA librarians.
Educators and practitioners, as well as students preparing to enter the field, will all benefit from this compact overview of contemporary research on adolescence.

Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children

Baker, R. L. (2017). Creating Literacy-Based Programs for Children: Lesson Plans and Printable Resources for K-5. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1500-4.

Publisher's description:

The all-in-one resource you’ve been clamoring for, this book presents a comprehensive package of literacy-based public library programming ideas designed for children in kindergarten through the early tweens. Chock full of strategies and best practices for promoting literacy and reading skill development, it also features numerous planning templates and other materials ready to print and adapt as needed. With specific guidance for improving and streamlining each step of program planning and implementation, this book
  • defines literacy and reading skills by grade levels, in addition to information on other developmental stages;
  • explains multiliteracies and connects them to programming practices;
  • provides step-by-step program planning guides, arranged by grade level, which include book-based programs, clubs, makerspaces, afterschool/study programs, author/guest visits, family/all age programs, impromptu programming, and many others;
  • offers STEAM-based programs which connect to science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics;
  • gives advice on collaborating effectively with school librarians and teachers to plan school field trips;
  • addresses large event and summer reading program planning;
  • shows how to program for children with special needs; and
  • shares tips and suggestions for getting the word out through advocacy and marketing.
Helping public libraries build outstanding programs from the ground up, this resource will prove valuable a tool for children’s librarians and other programming staff.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Leading for School Librarians

Weisburg, Hilda K. Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option. ALA Neal-Schuman, 2017.
ISBN: 978-0-8389-1510-3

Publisher's Description
With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school libraries are poised for a potential turnaround. But there’s only one way forward: school librarians must become leaders, fully interwoven into the fabric of the educational community. And to become a truly effective leader you’ve got to have a plan. In her new book, Weisburg builds on her decades of experience and mentorship in school libraries to offer a carefully crafted roadmap that guides readers step by step through the process of transforming into a leader, from becoming aware of what’s at stake to learning and mastering the necessary skills for leadership. Using a pragmatic approach that acknowledges the challenges to come while also offering unabashed inspiration, this book 
  • incorporates first-hand understanding of the dynamics of the educational environment, from the building to the district level;
  • begins by addressing common fears about taking on a leadership role, and shows how to move past them and gain confidence;
  • demonstrates how to build credibility among stakeholders and peers through strategic risk-taking;
  • discusses ways to rely on one’s strengths to grow skills and expertise;
  • explains how to know when to lead and when to manage, plus the fine art of delegation;
  • gives pointers on communicating effectively, becoming visible, behaving ethically, maintaining a healthy life-work balance, and other important career issues; and 
  • shows readers what it takes to move onto a larger stage and become a local educational leader who also has a presence on the state and national level.
By starting with the basics and then offering concrete ideas for moving forward, the book shows readers how they can slowly build their confidence and skills to become the leaders their students and the profession needs them to be.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The First-Year Experience Cookbook

The First-Year Experience Cookbook, edited by Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan. ACRL, 2017. 978-0-8389-8920-3.

Publisher's Description

First-year students face many challenges in adjusting to university life, including making the most of the university library. Librarians are constantly addressing student misconceptions about libraries and locating information, and have been working hard to reach first-year students and create high-impact practices in student retention.

The First-Year Experience Cookbook provides librarians with a series of innovative approaches to teaching and assessing information literacy skills during a student’s first year. Featuring four chapters—Library Orientation, Library Instruction, Programs, and Assessment—and more than 60 practical, easy-to-implement recipes, this book compiles lessons and techniques for you to adapt, repurpose, and implement in your libraries.

This Cookbook is essential for all academic and school librarians looking for ideas on how to infuse the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their first-year courses and instruction; design and assess effective services and programs; and engage and retain students.

More Information

See the publisher's website for Table of Contents and editor information.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Collaborating with Strangers

de Farber, B. G., Hines, A., & Hood , B. J. (2017). Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits. Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman. 978-0-8389-1542-4

Interaction with strangers cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends. However most people tend to avoid talking or working with people they do not know, whether in the library, a classroom, or in academic and nonprofit settings. And to do so is to short-circuit much of the creative potential that is so necessary for innovation, and that organizational stakeholders crave. Enter CoLAB. Developed and presented by de Farber at workshops across the country, and used by the authors to successfully spur collaboration at the University of Florida (including faculty-librarian, librarian-librarian, librarian-student, faculty-faculty, student-student, and student-librarian-community member), it showcases the power of face-to-face conversations. Leading readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm, this manual includes
  • testimonials from workshop participants that demonstrate the benefits of a Collaborating with Strangers workshop;
  • step by step guidance on every aspect of organizing and presenting a CoLAB workshop;
  • helpful photographs and diagrams that show prep and workshops in action;
  • ready to use surveys for assessment before and after the workshop;
  • grant proposal development techniques for bringing two or more organizations together on a project;
  • pointers on how to adapt the workshop for ice-breakers, conference programs, or classrooms; and
  • samples of workshop promotion pieces that can be adapted as needed.
Libraries have always connected patrons to resources and information; this resource shows how, through successful group collaboration, organizations can extend that connection to include the talents and assets of community members.
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The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels

Goldsmith, F. (2017). The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1509-7

The first edition of this readers’ advisory represented a pioneering effort to provide help and encouragement to librarians diving into this exciting format, and since then the popularity of graphic novels has continued apace. Goldsmith has updated her guide to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles, ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, this book
  • sketches in the history of graphic novels, tracing their evolution and showing what makes them unique;
  • explores traditional and cutting edge titles most friendly to children, teens, and adults, reflecting the burgeoning and maturing publishing efforts made for each of these audiences;
  • discusses common themes, topics, and the place of diversity in graphic novels;
  • gives in-depth guidance on ways to connect readers to titles they’ll be sure to love;
  • offers ideas for media tie-ins, displays, programming, book clubs, and more;
  • includes annotated bibliographies, with appeal characteristics noted, and multiple indexes to ensure that locating the right graphic novel is a snap; and
  • provides detailed tips for keeping current and aware of new titles and trends.
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Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings, Fourth Edition, Volume 1: Popular Music

Music Library Association (compiler). Basic Music Library: Essential Scores and Sound Recordings. Fourth Edition, Volume 1: Popular Music. American Library Association, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1039-9


The Music Library Association has completely revamped this classic work, dividing the 4th edition into 3 volumes. This first volume covers popular music in the following genres:
  • Music of Colonial North America and the United States to about 1900
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Mainstream Popular and New Age
  • Country and Western
  • Rock
  • Rhythm and Blues and Soul
  • Rap and Hip-Hop
  • Gospel Music and Other Popular Christian Music
  • Children’s Music
  • Holidays, Special Occasions, Patriotic Music, and Miscellaneous

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management

Verminski, Alana and Kelly Marie Blanchat. Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management. Neal-Schuman, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1541-7

Part of the ALA Fundamentals Series, this is a hands-on guide to the continually evolving field of electronic resources management (ERM). Learn practical tips on vendor relations, licensing, usage statistics, and much more!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Getting Your Feet Wet: A Background in Electronic Resources Management
Chapter 2    Ways to Pay: Understanding Electronic Resources Purchase Models
Chapter 3    Evaluating Content, Old and New
Chapter 4    Changing the Rules: Selecting and Managing Open Access Resources
Chapter 5    Negotiation and Licensing for Electronic Resources
Chapter 6    Keeping the Lights On: Setting Up and Maintaining Access
Chapter 7    Making Sense of Electronic Resources Usage Statistics: COUNTER and Beyond
Chapter 8    What You Might Want to Ask a Library Vendor (But Never Thought You Could)
Chapter 9    Techniques and Tools for Marketing Electronic Resources
Chapter 10    Emerging Trends and the Impact of Change on Electronic Resources Management
Appendix A    University of North Texas Libraries Open Access Resource Rubric
Appendix B    License Review Checklist
Glossary    Acronyms and Everyday Jargon—Things Every Electronic Resources Librarian Should Know

Monday, March 6, 2017

Choosing to Lead

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education, edited by Antonia Olivas. ACRL, 2017. 978-0-8389-8887-9.

Publisher's Description
Why does a person choose to lead in an environment where she or he is traditionally labeled “the minority”? Over the years, many library researchers have found that underrepresented minority librarians leave the profession for various reasons: microaggressions, discrimination, burnout, lack of opportunity. But some of these academic librarians both stay in the profession and are motivated to become leaders.

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education takes a positive inquiry approach by providing first-hand accounts of success stories, best practices, and practical advice from a collection of diverse authors. Instead of looking at academic library “failures” when it comes to diversifying the leadership workforce, this book highlights what’s going right and how to implement it across the profession—with an emphasis on building strengths and fully leveraging one’s interests, behaviors, and passions, while never ignoring or deemphasizing the prevailing challenges that exist for diverse LIS professionals who wish to advance their leadership skills. Through case studies, promising practices, and specific strategies for cultivating diversity in academic library leadership, this is a resource for both librarians of color who wish to seek leadership positions and current library leaders who want to nurture these future leaders.

More Information
See the publisher's website for Table of Contents and editor information.

Students Lead the Library

Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library, edited by Sara Arnold-Garza and Carissa Tomlinson. ACRL, 2017. 978-0-8389-8867-1.

Publisher's Description
Academic librarians are driven by the belief that student scholars are at the heart of the library. Our collections, programs, and services become meaningful when students use and learn from them. We build our websites and other digital services, our buildings, marketing and communication strategies, and content to meet their needs. The library exists, at least in large part, for the students—and student employment, leadership, and input into the library can increase engagement and outreach and improve both the library and the students it employs. 

In six parts—Students as Employees, Students as Curators, Students as Ambassadors, the Library as Client, Student Groups as Library Leaders, and Students as Library Designers—Students Lead the Library provides case studies of programs and initiatives that seek student input, assistance, and leadership in the academic library. Through the library, students can develop leadership skills, cultivate high levels of engagement, and offer peer learning opportunities. Through the students, libraries can create participatory design processes, enhancement and transformation of the library’s core functions, and expressed library value for stakeholders. 

Students Lead the Library gives practical perspectives and best practices for implementing these kinds of initiatives in ways that can be easily adopted to fit many different needs and circumstances. It’s useful to libraries seeking to improve their services to students, reach out to new student populations, give students experiential learning opportunities, and even mitigate staffing shortages.

More Information
See the publisher's website for Table of Contents.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Curating Research Data

Johnston, Lisa R. (ed.) Curating Research Data. Volume 1-2. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8918-0

In two volumes—Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository and A Handbook of Current PracticeCurating Research Data presents those tasked with long-term stewardship of digital research data a blueprint for how to curate those data for eventual reuse. Volume One explores the concepts of research data and the types and drivers for establishing digital data repositories. Volume Two guides you across the data lifecycle through the practical strategies and techniques for curating research data in a digital repository setting. Data curators, archivists, research data management specialists, subject librarians, institutional repository managers, and digital library staff will benefit from these current and practical approaches to data curation.

Table of Contents
Volume 1 - Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository
Part I. Setting the Stage for Data Curation. Policies, Culture, and Collaboration

Chapter 1. Research and the Changing Nature of Data Repositories
Karen S. Baker and Ruth E. Duerr

Chapter 2. Institutional, Funder, and Journal Data Policies
Kristin Briney, Abigail Goben, and Lisa Zilinski

Chapter 3. Collaborative Research Data Curation Services: A View from Canada
Eugene Barsky, Larry Laliberté, Amber Leahey, and Leanne Trimble

Chapter 4. Practices Do Not Make Perfect: Disciplinary Data Sharing and Reuse Practices and Their Implications for Repository Data Curation
Ixchel M. Faniel and Elizabeth Yakel

Chapter 5. Overlooked and Overrated Data Sharing: Why Some Scientists Are Confused and/or Dismissive
Heidi J. Imker

Part II. Data Curation Services in Action

Chapter 6. Research Data Services Maturity in Academic Libraries
Inna Kouper, Kathleen Fear, Mayu Ishida, Christine Kollen, and Sarah C. Williams

Chapter 7. Extending Data Curation Service Models for Academic Library and Institutional Repositories
Jon Wheeler

Chapter 8. Beyond Cost Recovery: Revenue Models and Practices for Data Repositories in Academia
Karl Nilsen

Chapter 9. Current Outreach and Marketing Practices for Research Data Repositories
Katherine J. Gerwig

Part III. Preparing Data for the Future. Ethical and Appropriate Reuse of Data

Chapter 10. Open Exit: Reaching the End of the Data Life Cycle
Andrea Ogier, Natsuko Nicholls, and Ryan Speer

Chapter 11. The Current State of Meta-Repositories for Data
Cynthia R. Hudson Vitale

Chapter 12. Curation of Scientific Data at Risk of Loss: Data Rescue and Dissemination
Robert R. Downs and Robert S. Chen

Volume 2 - A Handbook of Current Practice
Preliminary Step 0: Establish Your Data Curation Service

Step 1.0: Receive the Data
1.1 Recruit Data for Your Curation Service
1.2 Negotiate Deposit
1.3 Transfer Rights (Deposit Agreements)
1.4 Facilitate Data Transfer
1.5 Obtain Available Metadata and Documentation
1.6 Receive Notification of Data Arrival

Step 2.0: Appraisal and Selection Techniques that Mitigate Risks Inherent to Data
2.1 Appraisal
2.2 Risk Factors for Data Repositories
2.3 Inventory
2.4 Selection
2.5 Assign

Step 3.0: Processing and Treatment Actions for Data
3.1 Secure the Files
3.2 Create a Log of Actions Taken
3.3 Inspect the File Names and Structure
3.4 Open the Data Files
3.5 Attempt to Understand and Use the Data
3.6 Work with Author to Enhance the Submission
3.7 Consider the File Formats
3.8 File Arrangement and Description

Step 4.0: Ingest and Store Data in Your Repository
4.1 Ingest the Files
4.2 Store the Assets Securely
4.3 Develop Trust in Your Digital Repository

Step 5.0: Descriptive Metadata
5.1 Create and Apply Appropriate Metadata
5.2 Consider Disciplinary Metadata Standards for Data

Step 6.0: Access
6.1 Determine Appropriate Levels of Access
6.2 Apply the Terms of Use and Any Relevant Licenses
6.3 Contextualize the Data
6.4 Increase Exposure and Discovery
6.5 Apply Any Necessary Access Controls
6.6 Ensure Persistent Access and Encourage Appropriate Citation
6.7 Release Data for Access and Notify Author

Step 7.0: Preservation of Data for the Long Term
7.1 Preservation Planning for Long-Term Reuse
7.2 Monitor Preservation Needs and Take Action

Step 8.0: Reuse
8.1 Monitor Data Reuse
8.2 Collect Feedback about Data Reuse and Quality Issues
8.3 Provide Ongoing Support as Long as Necessary
8.4 Cease Data Curation

Brief Concluding Remarks and a Call to Action

Monday, February 27, 2017

Getting Started with Digital Collections: Scaling to Fit Your Organization

Monson, Jane E. Getting Started with Digital Collections: Scaling to Fit Your Organization. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1543-1

Providing an entry point for librarians, archivists, and curators who are new to digitization, Monson’s guide shows how even smaller institutions can successfully endeavor to make their content digitally accessible. Clearing aside the jargon and acronyms to hone in on the practicals, this book will help readers get a digitization program off the ground!

Table of Contents
Part I    Managing Projects
  • Chapter 1    Digitization at Smaller Institutions
  • Chapter 2    The Solo Digital Librarian
  • Chapter 3    Working across Departments
  • Chapter 4    Working across Institutions
Part II    Basic Skills
  • Chapter 5    Image Conversion
  • Chapter 6    Metadata
  • Chapter 7    Digital Collection Management Systems
  • Chapter 8    Copyright and Digital Collections
  • Chapter 9    Preserving Your Digital Assets

Stories, Songs, and Stretches

Scherrer, K. (2017). Stories, Songs, and Stretches! Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1544-8.

Young children love to move—and that’s a great thing! Because in addition to supporting early learning, storytime can provide young children with opportunities to explore physical movement. The centuries-old contemplative movement practice known as yoga is more than just a passing trend; it can offer physical, emotional, and mental benefits to practitioners of all ages, including young children. And getting started with yoga storytime doesn’t require any previous yoga experience. This new book from accomplished library trainer Scherrer shows how to use yoga and movement to create playful, active storytimes.

A complete guide for library staff and others serving young children, this resource draws on Scherrer’s experience as a children’s librarian and a yoga teacher, as well as research from the health and education fields, to introduce yoga, exploring its history while dispelling myths about the practice; demonstrate how yoga and movement can support children’s early learning and social-emotional development; explain the differences between children’s yoga classes and yoga storytimes; lay out step-by-step directions on how to design and launch a yoga storytime program, including guidance on materials selection, the logistical arrangements of physical space, props, and marketing; provide descriptions of more than 35 basic, child-friendly yoga poses suitable for anyone to use with children; offer 12 ready-to-use yoga storytime plans; and include an extensive bibliography of helpful print and online resources for future program planning.Readers will find the complete guidance they need to immediately begin incorporating yoga and movement into their storytime programs.

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Digital Photo Magic: Easy Image Retouching and Restoration for Librarians, Archivists, and Teachers

Perez, Ernest. Digital Photo Magic: Easy Image Retouching and Restoration for Librarians, Archivists, and Teachers. Information Today, Inc., 2016. ISBN: 978-1-57387-513-4

From the publisher:

Longtime news librarian Ernest Perez (Houston Chronicle, Chicago Sun- Times) showcases the best Digital Photo Magic is designed for librarians, educators, curators, and archivists who want to enhance photographic images without the steep costs and learning curves associated with high-end graphic software packages such as Adobe Photoshop.

Whether for use online or in print-based collections, exhibits, and archives, you'll learn to easily bring images up to acceptable quality without wasting time or money. Perez provides step-by-step guidance for a range of programs he has personally vetted, highlighting their best features and offering tips and shortcuts you can put to immediate use. A primer on graphic image formats, a guide to image scanning tools and techniques, and an extensive listing of specialized websites, blogs, user forums, and other author-recommended resources are also included.
of easy-to-use, free, and inexpensive software products for retouching, restoring, and manipulating digital photo images.

Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians

Koerber, Jennifer and Michael P. Sauers. Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4422-38886.

From the publisher:

Here’s a one-stop snapshot of emerging technologies every librarian should know about and examples that illustrate how the technologies are being used in libraries today! The e-book includes videos of interviews with librarians that are using them. The videos are available on a web site for people who purchase the print book.

The first four chapters—Audio & Video, Self- and Micro-Publishing, Mobile Technology, and Crowdfunding—all look at older technologies reinvented and reimagined through significant advances in quality, scale, or hardware. Many libraries were already using these technologies in some way, and are now able to change and adapt those uses to meet current needs and take advantage of the latest improvements.

The two next chapters look at new technologies: wearable technologies and the Internet of Things (simple but powerful computers that can be embedded into everyday objects and connected to controllers or data aggregation tools). The last two chapters—Privacy & Security and Keeping Up With Technology—are all-purpose topics that will continue to be affected by new developments in technology.

Each of these chapters offers a brief overview of background information and current events, followed by a list of advantages and challenges to using these technologies in a library setting. The authors highlight the most useful or most well-known tools and devices, then specify how these technologies might be used in a library setting. Finally, they look at a variety of current examples from libraries in the United States and around the globe.