Monday, December 17, 2007

Government Documents Librarianship

Government Documents Librarianship : A Guide for the Neo-Depository Era. Ennis, Lisa A. Medford, N.J. Information Today, 2007. 174pp.

From the publisher:

This guide breaks down the components of government documents librarianship into manageable, easy to understand parts. Lisa A. Ennis, a “tried by fire” documents librarian, begins by looking at career opportunities in both Federal Depository Libraries (FDLs) and non-depository libraries with government document collections. Ennis discusses skills and traits; networking and training options; managing and administering people, paperwork, and collections; and both public service and technical service issues.

Government Documents Librarianship provides essential background on the GPO and the FDLP, covering the shift to a digital environment and publication of the new Electronic FDL Manual. The informative coverage is matched by an enthusiastic “can-do” approach that will appeal to any librarian considering or already engaged in government documents work.

The Joy of Computing : A Cookbook for Small and Rural Libraries

[picture and text courtesy of the MaintainIT Project]

The Joy of Computing : A Cookbook for Small and Rural Libraries. MaintainIT Project, 2007. 85 pp.

Learn about locking down public computers, use a handy maintenance checklist, and more!

Download the entire pdf (2.27 MB)

Look inside the contents and download individual chapters

Once you've used the Cookbook, please take a moment to complete this anonymous survey. Thank you.

Chapter by chapter downloads are also available:

Getting Started
Download the pdf (412 KB)
This chapter describes what you'll find in the Cookbook, how to use it, and who was behind it.

Meal Plan 1: Focusing on Your Ingredients for Success
Download the pdf (352 KB)
Learn how to develop a technology plan that keeps your computers humming and your patrons happy.

Meal Plan 2: Meat and Potato Patron Computers
Download the pdf (962 KB)
Learn practical maintenance techniques, such as how to lock down your computer and keep them virus free!

Meal Plan 3: Volunteers for the Kitchen
Download the pdf (417 KB)
Learn how volunteers can improve the services you provide!

Meal Plan 4: Getting the Technology Training You Need
Download the pdf (313 KB)
Training is more than a class. Learn how to develop a plan to keep your staff on top--and ahead--of your technology.

Meal Plan 5: Future Menus for Library Technology Services
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Take time to consider the future and your library's place in it.

Appendix A: Library Spotlight--Tips & Techniques
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Read real stories from libraries on creative ways to keep computers available to the public.

Libraries Connect Communities

Libraries Connect Communities : Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006 - 2007. American Library Association and Florida State University, 2007. 185pp.

From press release:

Ever-growing patron demand for computer and Internet services in U.S. public libraries has stretched existing Internet bandwidth, computer availability, and building infrastructure to capacity, according to a new study “Libraries Connect Communities: Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2006-2007,” conducted by the American Library Association (ALA) and the Information Use Management and Policy Institute at Florida State University (FSU).

The study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and ALA, found that more than 73 percent of libraries report they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities. Surveyed libraries said that the top three Internet services most critical to their community are online educational resources and databases for K-12 students (67.7 percent); services for job seekers (44 percent); and computer and Internet skills training (29.8 percent).

Request via ILL or download the complete PDF (6.22 MB).

Is Consulting for You? A Primer for Information Professionals

Is Consulting for You? A Primer for Information Professionals. de Stricker, Ulla. Chicago, IL. American Library Association, 2008. 95pp.

From the cover:
Libraries choose to hire consultants for a variety of reasons, from filling the gaps when they need expertise or personnel to bringing their services and programs to the next level.

Librarians and information professionals possess a unique mix of skills that are well suited to consulting. Expert author Ulla de Stricker builds on this skill set to present a range of consulting activities from highly specialized, focused activities to broad, strategic efforts.

If you've ever considered becoming a consultant, this book will help you determine whether it's right for you and give you the tools to succeed. Seasoned consultants, library directors and trainers, and companies working with libraries will also gain inspiration from the wealth of ideas offered here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

After-School Treats and Let's Build (books)

Chumbley, T. (n.d.). After-school treats: A program manual of after-school activities for children in 2nd through 6th grades. Des Moines, IA: State Library of Iowa.
Programs are designed to be adaptable--pick and choose what works for you, adapt activities to make them your own. Programs don't all have the same features, but you'll see a lot of crafts, games/activities, songs and fingerplays, bibliographies, and clip-art. Program themes: sports, numbers, 5 senses, time, dogs, money, pizza, and snow. The last page in the manual lists several additional themes to get you thinking about other programs for your library.
Chumbley, T. (n.d.). Lets build! A program manual celebrating construction in the library. Des Moines, IA: State Library of Iowa.
Perfect for libraries under construction and/or remodeling! Manual contents: decorations and displays, reading logs, certificates, bookmarks, songs and fingerplays, program ideas, games, crafts, clipart, handouts/reproducibles, and bibliography.

These manuals were written by Tami Chumbley, a children's librarian, and illustrated by Crystal Kehoe, a youth services assistant. They have been provided by the State Library of Iowa in cooperation with North Central Library Service Area.

Language is the Key (book and DVD)

Washington Learning Systems. (2006). Language is the key: Video programs for building language and literacy in early childhood. Seattle, WA: Washington Learning Systems.

Language is the Key is an evidence-based early literacy program you can present to patrons at your library without any special training. The State Library has this program in both English and Spanish so be sure to specify which language you want when you make your request to document delivery.

When you check out Language is the Key you will get:

+ One DVD of the video program "Talking and Books" (20+ minutes).
+ One DVD of the video program "Talking and Play" (20+ minutes).
+ Resource Guide with handouts and instructions for trainers.

"Talking and Books" teaches adults how to use language facilitation strategies when looking at picture books with young children. The strategies are easy to learn, and very effective for promoting language development and early literacy.

"Talking and Play" shows teachers and parents how to promote language development when children are engaged in play or day-to-day activities. The program reinforces the strategies taught in "Talking and Books" and helps trainees transfer the strategies to different settings.

Reproduction Policy: Yes! You can make copies of these videos and print materials. However, copies cannot be sold.

You can visit Washington Learning System’s website to preview the videos.

Intellectual Property (book)

Wherry, T.L. (2008). Intellectual property: Everything the digital-age librarian needs to know Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

The new information landscape is raising more questions than ever about intellectual property. The advent of Google, YouTube, iPods, and URLs has led to a plethora of court cases involving copyrights, trademarks, and patents.

Against this rapidly changing background, copyright expert Timothy Wherry takes a grounded look at intellectual property issues and provides the perspective and tools library patrons and staff need.

Written in an easy-to-read style, Wherry’s step-by-step guidance will help you

· Distinguish among the three types of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, and trademarks
· See how technology has increasingly bumped up against intellectual property law
· Answer frequently asked questions about patents and trademarks
· Determine how copyright relates to different media (e.g., podcasts)
· Conduct patent and trademark searches

Packed with examples, trivia, and accounts of real-life court cases that bring alive the issues in intellectual property, Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know protects you from overstepping the bounds of legal use in a fast-changing digital environment.

(This description was take from the back of the book.)

Ideas for Librarians Who Teach (book)

Lederer, N. (2005). Ideas for librarians who teach: With suggestions for teachers and business presenters. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press.

Containing nearly one thousand individual ideas and bits of advice for teaching, Ideas for Librarians Who Teach is tailored primarily to librarians, but most of the suggestions put forth can be applied to anyone who will be getting up in front of a group to teach (e.g. teachers, business trainers, workshop leaders, craft instructors). If someone has some knowledge or skill to share, this book will help him or her teach it with confidence.

Chapters cover diverse topics that range from preparing for a session to looking over the classroom, and from dealing with questions to using visuals, Web pages, and handouts. There are suggestions for teaching audiences with different learning styles as well as teaching foreign students (and vice versa). Group learning ideas and practical suggestions for what to put on feedback forms are also included. Promoting library instruction, teaching via distance education, dealing with disruptive students, and coping with burnout are addressed with applicable recommendations. There is an extensive bibliography and recommended resources throughout for additional or more detailed descriptions of some of the ideas. Also, example syllabi and a workshop outline are provided as appendixes.

Whether using this book as a base for a semester-long course or for a workshop on teaching, librarians who teach, or who are about to start teaching, will find this book very helpful. Every academic, public, school, and corporate library should have this book.

(This description is from the publisher.)

Sex, Brains, and Video Games (book)

Pierce, J.B. (2008). Sex, brains, and video games: A librarian's guide to teens in the twenty-first century. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

How do we best reach our teen patrons? Young adult librarians and others who serve them constantly strive to better understand this often-unpredictable audience.

In this insightful guide, Jennifer Burek Pierce provides a fascinating look at today’s teen through the lens of neurological, psychological and educational research. Putting this research in the context of library services, she challenges librarians to question their assumptions about teen patrons and provide new answers based on research finding. Much like early literacy research informed library services to youngest patrons, this provocative book outlines what others who work with adolescents have learned from their professional activities and how that knowledge can encourage new priorities and partnerships in youth services.

Use this research to:

· Help sort out the facts from fiction about adolescent brain development and sexuality
· Equip staff to understand and sensitively interact with teens
· Foster understanding about teens, technology, and multitasking
· Incorporate teen friendly services and activities into the library

(This description was take from the back cover.)

Monday, December 10, 2007

DVD - Mapping the Library Landscape: Finding the Trends that Matter

DVD - Mapping the Library Landscape- Finding the Trends that Matter. Soaring to Excellence Teleconference Series, College of DuPage.

Presenters Steven Bell and Catherine Wilt discuss how what's happening in the world influences consumer desires, and therefore the way in which libraries should be poised to meet patron expectations. This program offers practical advice and resources for developing a level of awareness to identify the trends that matter.

021 Soari (DVD)

2007 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian -Public and Academic

2007 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian -Public and Academic. Chicago: ALA 2007.
331.2810232 ALA 2007 ed.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Library Collection Development Policies (book)

Hoffmann, F.W. & Wood, R.J. (2007). Library collection development policies: School libraries and learning resource centers. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.
This book will remind you of all the aspects of policy you need to think about, provide you information to help determine what is best to include for your library and community, and includes examples from real library policies.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Best Books for Young Adults (book)

Koelling, H. (2007). Best books for young adults (3rd Ed.). Chicago: American Library Association.

From the jacket:

The new third edition continues to be the most comprehensive and effective reference for great reading for young adults, including

  • Annotated lists of the the YA books extending back to 1966, indexed by author and title
  • Background on the history and procedures of the BBYA Committee
  • A recap of the current trends in teen literature as reflected in the past decade of BBYA lists
  • Twenty-seven themed and annotated reproducible book lists, perfect for readers’ advisory with teens, parents, and teachers or for collection development.

Themed lists include:

Abuse: Physical and Psychological; American Historical Fiction; Challenges: Physical and Psychological; Family in Crisis; Family Redefined; Fantasy: Dark and Light; Friendship; Humor; Identity, Image, and Acceptance; Loss, Grief, and Recovery; Love and Romance; Mystery and Crime; Retellings: Old Stories Made New; Science Fiction; Short Stories; Stories Creatively Told; The Teen Social Experience; World Historical Fiction; The World in Conflict

Adventure and Survival; The American Ethnic Experience; Social and Environmental Issues and Activism; Sports and Competition

Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir; Exceptional Women; Fascinating True Stories; The World in Conflict: Past and Present

Monday, September 17, 2007

Human Resources for Results: The Right Person for the Right Job (book)

Goodrich, Jeanne and Paula M. Singer. Human Resources for Results: The Right Person for the Right Job. PLA Results Series. Chicago, ALA, 2007. ISBN 0-8389-3570-2 023 Goodr

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.

The Academic Library and the Next Gen Student: Making the Connections (book)

Gibbons, Susan. The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections. Chicago, ALA, 2007. ISBN - 0-8389-0946-9 027.7 Gibbo
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 (book)

Doyle, R. P. (2007). Banned books. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

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.

The Teen-Centered Book Club (book)

Kunzel, B. & Hardesty, C. (2006). The teen-centered book club: Readers into leaders. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

"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

A Passion for Print (book)

Mahood, K. (2006). A passion for print: Promoting reading and books to teens. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

"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

Children's Jukebox (book)

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

Something Musical Happened at the Library (book)

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

Gamers... in the LIBRARY?! (book)

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

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Next Gen Librarianship: Where Do We Go from Here?

From the Soaring to Excellence Series 2006-2007: Library 2.0 and Beyond

Next Gen Librarianship: Where Do We Go from Here?

Today's multi-generational library workforce faces a number of both internal and external challenges. To meet these challenges, we need to learn how to work together effectively, keep connected and current, and draw on individuals' unique strengths. In a graying profession, we also need to pay attention to succession planning, passing on institutional wisdom, and recruiting, retaining, and mentoring the next generation. This teleconference is 90 minutes in length.

Topics include:

  • What defines generations -- and why people tend to resist definition
  • How best to recruit, retain, manage, and mentor the next generation -- emphasizing creating a healthy environment for all library workers
  • What different generations can learn from each other, and how to take advantage of multiple strengths
  • Ways to be successful in 21st Century libraries

Understanding generational differences, and clearing up mis-perceptions, can help us overcome workplace challenges and plan for a successful future.

Additional materials are available from here:

Library 2.0 and Beyond: The Best from the Web

From the Soaring to Excellence Series 2006-2007: “Library 2.0 and Beyond

Library 2.0 and Beyond: The Best from the Web
Moderator, Pam Klein ; panelists, Kelly Watson, Debra Kakuk, Ameet Doshi ; special appearance, Jennifer Kelley

As library workers functioning in an environment of increasing demands and outlets for information, many of you may feel there are times when a day at work can be a little overwhelming. The exponential growth of the internet has made navigating all of the resources the web provides an increasingly complex and time consuming task.

Have ever wished that things could be simpler? Do you wish there could be a collection of web sites in one place that would help you through even the most challenging of days? Reference Library Kelly Watson and a panel of experts show case a toolkit of valuable resources they have compiled and packaged neatly in an easy to use wiki. Representing the "Best from the Web", this toolkit will assist information professionals in performing their every day jobs -- from the front lines to behind the scenes.

Additional materials are available from here:

Monday, August 27, 2007

A Good Match: Library Career Opportunities for Graduates of Liberal Arts Colleges

Watson-Boone, Rebecca A. A Good Match: Library Career Opportunities for Graduates of Liberal Arts Colleges. Chicago: ALA, 2007. 020.2373 Watso ISBN:0-8389-0941-8

In this seminal reserach, Watson-Boone investigates the realtionship between a liberal arts education and a career in librarianship, drawing on her survey of 431 librarians who graduated from eight liberal arts colleges - Carleton, Denison, Earlham, Grinnell, Kalamazoo, Lawrence, Macalester, and Swarthmore - from 1962 - 2000. Following up related studies and connecting to broader library career issues, this study complements prior quantitative studies with a qualitative approach covering 39 years. Topics include how schools and families influence career choice, how librarians assess their careers, and how librarians' functions have changed over the past four decades.

Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian's Guide to the Tools and Techniques

Bell, Steven J. and John D. Shank. Academic Librarianship by Design: A Blended Librarian's Guide to the Tools and Techniques. Chicago: ALA, 2007 027.7 Bell ISBN:0-8389-0939-6

Change is unfolding at a furious pace for academic libraries, for which predictions range from marginalization to obsolescence. This new vision for designing the future of academic libraries enables librarians to become indispensable partners in the college teaching endeavor by integrating themselves into the instructional process. Learn why enhanced capabilities in instructional design and technology, the "blended librarian skill set," is so critical. Then use the authors' modified instructional design ADDIE model to improve collaboration with faculty, researchers, and students. Connect with learners by applying design thinking to develop and enhance library services. Scenarios, case studies, and profiles throughout illustrate the successes that blended librarians are having on campuses. This practical, hand-on guide expands the possiblities for academic librarians in public service, reference, instruction, and information literacy.

Reader's Advisory Guide to Nonfiction

Wyatt, Neal. The Reader's Advisory Guide to Nonfiction. Chicago: ALA, 2007 025.54 Wyatt ISBN: 0-8389-0936-1
The author focuses on eight popular categories of nonfiction: history, true crime, true adventure, science, memoir, cooking, travel and sports. For each, she explains the subject's scope, popularity, major authors and works and position in readers' advisory interviews. She explains the hows and whys of offering fiction and nonfiction suggestions together, ways to get up to speed fast in nonfiction, and provides toos for building nonfiction subject guides for the collection. This work includes hands-on guides to nonfiction bibliographies, key authors, benchmark books, and core collections.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Public Library Data Service Statistical Report 2007 available

Public Library Data Service Statistical Report 2007. ALA: Public Library Service. Chicago. ISBN: 0-8389-8420-7
Q 027.473021 Publi2 2007

The PLDS is collected by the Public Library Association and contains data from 904 public libraries around the country. Starting in 2002, the survey includes a random sample of 489 libraries serving populations 5,001-50,000. The data sample is skewed towards larger libraries. The 2007 edition includes a special section on Young Adults - including data on services offered, materials expenditures, outreach and circulation.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Reference Books Bulletin 2004-2005 (book)

Eberle, J. (2006). Reference Books Bulletin 2004-2005. Chicago: American Library Association.

This annual cumulation of one volume's worth of reviews and features from the RBB section of Booklist is a perennial favorite for selection and collection development.

Guidelines or Library Services for People with Mental Illness (book)

ASCLA Standards Review Subcommittee. (2007). Guidelines for Library Services for People with Mental Illness. Chicago: American Library Association.

This document was developed by the ASCLA Standards Review Subcommittee not only to endorse librarians in their efforts to establish very detailed crisis management procedures for their workplaces, but also to endorse librarians' efforts to develop the expertise to avert crises and arrive at successful library experiences for people with mental illnesses. Although public and school libraries are more likely to provide daily service to individuals who have mental illnesses, all librarians should be aware of the information needs of these patrons and be prepared to meet them.

Monday, July 9, 2007

New books - business and buildings

Bergart, Robin, and Vivian Lewis. Sudden Selector's Guide to Business Resources. ALA 2007. 025.218769 Berga ISBN 0-8389-8414-2
This guide to the literature of business is designed to equip the new business librarian with solid advice, and acquaint them with the tools, resources, people and organizations for collection development.

McCarthy, Richard C. Managing Your Library Construction Project: a step-by-step guide. ALA 2007.
727.80973 McCar ISBN 0-8389-0931-0
McCarthy is an architect with in-depth expertise building libraries as well as an eighteen-year veteran library trustee. He communicates the challenges and opportunities from both sides of the table. This authoritative overview is filled with practical advice for understanding key relationships and managing a complex process. Library directors, professionals, administrators, and trustees will learn what the responsibilities are on both sides. Checklists and sample construction documents provide hands-on insights into the best practices in library construction. McCarthy explains the entire process, from deciding on new construction and analyzing the site to working with architects to evaluating the process and assessing the building's effectiveness.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

new books 6/20/07

The Board Building Cycle: Nine steps to finding, recruiting, and engaging nonprofit board members. 2nd ed. Lakey, Berit M. Boardsource, Washington DC, 2007. isbn 1-58686-093-3 658.422 Lakey 2nd ed.
This concise, well-illustrated book includes such gems as a board orientation guide and checklist, and case studies along with pithy advice.

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-sized Libraries and Media Centers. 2007 edition. Libraries Unlimited, Westport Conn., 2007 isbn978-1-59158-526-8 011.02 Recom 2007
This work includes book reviews from the American Reference Books Annual, a nationally known work that reviews not only books, but also CD-ROMs and Internet sites published in the U.S. and Canada. This work contains recommended sources that would be of interest for small libraries. Critical comments and comparisons with other sources are included.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Newbery and Caldecott Awards 2007 (book)

Association for Library Service to Children. (2007). Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A guide to the medal and honor books. Chicago: American Library Association.

The 2007 edition is out! This has a brief description of the awards, the selection committees, and history. It also includes an annotated bibliography of the award winners and honor books by year.

Preschool favorites: 35 storytimes kids love (book)

Briggs, D. (2007). Preschool favorites: 35 storytimes kids love. Chicago: American Library Association.

Each of the 35 storytime themes has a booklist of 10-12 read-alouds, several songs/rhymes/finger plays, activities like dance or dramatic play, music on CD/cassette, craft ideas, and reproducible black-line masters that can be used for flannel board characters, finger puppets, coloring and anything you can think of.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Serving Teens Through Readers' Advisory (book)

Booth, H. (2007). Serving Teens Through Readers' Advisory. Chicago: American Library Association.

Covers topics such as how to approach teens, conducting reference interviews with teens, teen appeal, what to do if you haven’t read a teen book since you were a teen, readers’ advisory and homework, how to suggest books to parents looking for something to bring home to their teen, how to create resource lists for the rest of the staff, and several book lists.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Governance series put out by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards

The State Library now has the entire Governance series put out by the National Center for Nonprofit Boards!

Governance Series #1 - Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Richard T. Ingram, 2003 658.422 Board3
Ingram explores the 10 core areas of board responsibility. Share with board members these basic responsibilities, including determining mission and purpose, ensuring effective planning, and participating in fundraising. You'll find that this is an ideal reference for drafting job descriptions, assessing board performance, and orienting board members.
Governance Series #2 - Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Andrew S. Lang, 2007 658.15 Lang
Provide your board members with an understanding of their financial responsibilities, including an overview of financial oversight and ways to ensure against risk. Written in non-technical language, Financial Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Andrew S. Lang will help your board understand financial planning, the IRS Form 990, and the audit process. Also included are financial board and staff job descriptions and charts on essential financial documents and reports, including due dates and filing procedures.

Governance Series #3 -Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards by Charles F. Dambach, 2003 658.422 Damba
Looking for ways to improve efficiency? Help your board members keep long-term goals and board development at the forefront of their work. Included in Structures and Practices of Nonprofit Boards by Charles F. Dambach are practical guidelines on structural issues such as running meetings, committee structure, and term limits. Improve the way your board works by increasing flexibility and improving interpersonal relationships.

Governance Series #4 - Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by James M. Greenfield, 2003 658.15224 GreenF
Discover why fundraising is important and why board members should be involved. Included in Fundraising Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by James M. Greenfield are practical suggestions for board members in direction, planning, and oversight of fundraising. Help your board succeed in the three phases of fundraising — cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.

Governance Series #5 - Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Bruce R. Hopkins, 2007 346.73064 Hopki
All board members should understand their legal responsibilities, including when and how they can be held personally liable and what type of oversight they should provide. Discover the essential information that board members should know to protect themselves and their organization. Written in non-technical language, the Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards by Bruce R. Hopkins provides legal concepts and definitions, as well as a detailed discussion on ethics.

Governance Series #6 - The Nonprofit Board's Role in Setting and Advancing the Mission by Kay Sprinkel Grace, 2003 658.422 Grace
The Nonprofit Board's Role in Setting and Advancing the Mission by Kay Sprinkel Grace shows how board members can actively contribute to the creation of mission as well as communicate the mission and purpose to the community. Discover how your board can actively partner with organizational staff to implement mission and supporting policies.

Governance Series #7 - The Nonprofit Board's Role in Planning and Evaluation by John A. Yankey and Amy McClellan, 2003 658.4012 Yanke
Strategic planning and outcome measurement are important issues for every nonprofit board. The Nonprofit Board's Role in Planning and Evaluation by John A. Yankey and Amy McClellan explains how your board should be involved in strategic planning and how that plan should link to outcomes measurement. Discover different options for measuring organizational effectiveness and how to analyze both the organization and specific programs.

Governance Series #8 - How to Help Your Board Govern More and Manage Less by Richard P. Chait, 2003 658.422 Chait
Is your board managing instead of governing? Understanding this distinction will increase your board's ability to work effectively. Discover how your board can successfully work with staff, and how this dynamic changes as the size of your organization's staff changes.

Governance Series #9 - Leadership Roles in Nonprofit Governance by Robert L. Gale, 2003 658.42 Gale
Robert L. Gale clarifies the difference in the roles of the chief executive and board chair and provides suggestions for how this partnership can be strengthened. Discover how this leadership can effectively work with the governance committee to facilitate board development.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Your Public Library (DVD, Brochure)

No community can afford to lose its public library and the technology services it provides. To help, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is making available two new tools, entitled Keeping Your Community Connected, that can help advocate for libraries:
  • Video
    Show an eight-minute DVD to launch conversations with local government and community partners.

  • Brochure
    Circulate a related brochure that includes persuasive statistics, library patron stories, and a call to action for community members and leaders.

Both of these items are available for loan from the Oregon State Library OR you can request your own set directly from the Gates Foundation by clicking on the link below. Please provide the following information in the body of your email:

  1. Your name
  2. Your job title or role in the community (e.g. librarian, city council member)
  3. Your mailing address (Please note, we cannot ship to post office (P.O.) boxes)
  4. The name of your public library
  5. Your phone number

Order by email:

Friday, May 11, 2007

The law of libraries and archives (book)

Carson, B.M. (2007). The law of libraries and archives. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press.

This book has a companion website.
"This site contains a number of important documents and resources related to library law. This site also supports the book The Law of Libraries and Archives published by Scarecrow Press. The materials were selected by the author, Bryan M. Carson, a lawyer and librarian who is the Coordinator of Reference & Instructional Services at Western Kentucky University Libraries." --Bryan Carson

Storytimes for two-year-olds (book)

Nichols, J. (2007). Storytimes for two-year-olds (3rd Ed.). Chicago: American Library Association.

The introduction briefly covers planning strategies, troubleshooting, and program elements. You will find 50 thematic program ideas. Each theme has a book list, rhymes/songs/fingerplays, craft, sign language notes, and follow-up ideas for parents. The Booklist review warns that the author’s style of running a toddler storytime is very rigid, but praises the thematic ideas and says they are easy to adapt to your own style.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Welcome to your Library (DVD)

Welcome to your Library (DVD) by Minneapolis Public Library; 027.63 Welco (DVD)

This DVD is in Somali with English sub-titles. A Somali man leads a tour of the library, pointing out services and materials that may be of particular interest to Somalis. This DVD serves as an excellent model for those of you who are interested in developing culturally competent services or materials to particular groups of people in your service area.

For more information visit "Welcome to your Library" on Minneapolis Public Library's website.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Library Services to Indigenous Populations (book)

Library Services to Indigenous Populations: Viewpoints & Resources. Kelly Webster, ed., Office for Literacy and Outreach Services - ALA, 2005. 64 pp.
isbn 0-8389-8316-2
call # - 027.63 Libra3

Check it out!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Learning to Question to Wonder to Learn (Book)

Why question? Why bother? Isn’t thinking enough? What’s the difference, anyway? Isn’t questioning and thinking part and parcel of the same whole? Pg. 1

The first paragraph of this book immediately starts modeling the practice of questioning. The book is full of easily understandable thought provoking quotes on thinking and questioning such as:
1-“At worst, thinking can resemble a cow chewing its cud.” Pg. 2
2-“Questioning is to thinking as yeast is to bread making. Unleavened bread is flat, hard and unyielding. Unleavened thinking is uninspired.” Pg. 7
3-“Questioning is central to learning, growing and acting. An unquestioning mind is condemned to ‘feeding’ on the ideas and solutions of others. An unquestioning mind may have little defense against the data smog (Shenk, 1997) so typical of life in this information age. An unquestioning mind is too much like a rudderless sloop swept along by storm swelled currents.” Pg.15

At least 10 different types of questions (Essential, Irreverent, Irrelevant, Inventive, Hypothetical, Probing, Divergent, Provocative, Unanswerable, Subsidiary ) are eloquently defined. The reader is provided concrete examples to help their understanding. Reading this book is like attending one of those “just in time” workshops that send you home with a toolbox of new techniques to try on your students first thing Monday morning. Don’t question yourself on this one, check it out! It would be a great professional book group study for any building!

Build Your Own Information Literate School (Book)

Koechlin, Carol, and Sandi Zwaan. Build Your Own Information Literate School. Salt Lake City, UT: Hi Willow Research and Publishing, 2003.
ISBN: 0-931510-89-9

This is a must have for all library teachers who are working with staff on research projects and ties in so well with the OSLIS resources available for such projects. I’m very impressed with the number and quality of the templates and rubrics. I especially like the Research Reflections and Assessing My Effort Student Templates. Jeri Petzel from Wilsonville recommended this book at her session at the OEMA Fall Conference. Check it out now!

The book has in-depth sections on Define and Clarify the Research Process; Locate and Retrieve; Select, Process, and Record Data; Analyze; Synthesize; Share and Use; Reflect, Transfer and Apply, and Adding It all Up.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Libraries and Google (Book)

Libraries and Google. William Miller, Rita M. Pellen, editors.

Collection of articles covering a diverse set of perspectives about Google as a reference tool and more; contents include:
  • Introduction: Libraries and their interrelationships with Google / William Miller
  • Disruptive beneficence : the Google Print program and the future of libraries / Mark Sandler
  • The Google Library Project at Oxford / Ronald Milne
  • The (uncertain) future of libraries in a Google world : sounding an alarm / Rick Anderson
  • A gaggle of Googles : limitations and defects of electronic access as panacea / Mark Y. Herring
  • Using the Google search appliance for federated searching : a case study / Mary Taylor
  • Google's print and scholar initiatives : the value of and impact on libraries and information services / Robert J. Lackie
  • Google Scholar vs. library scholar : testing the performance of Schoogle / Burton Callicott, Debbie Vaughn
  • Google, the invisible Web, and librarians : slaying the research Goliath / Francine Egger-Sider, Jane Devine
  • Choices in the paradigm shift : where next for libraries? / Shelley E. Phipps, Krisellen Maloney
  • Calling the scholars home : Google Scholar as a tool for rediscovering the academic library / Maurice C. York
  • Checking under the hood : evaluating Google Scholar for reference use / Janice Adlington, Chris Benda
  • Running with the devil : accessing library-licensed full text holdings through Google Scholar / Rebecca Donlan, Rachel Cooke
  • Directing students to new information types : a new role for Google in literature searches? / Mike Thelwall
  • Evaluating Google Scholar as a tool for information literacy / Rachael Cathcart, Amanda Roberts -- Optimising publications for Google users / Alan Dawson
  • Google and privacy / Paul S. Piper -- Image : Google's most important product / Ron Force
  • Keeping up with Google : resources and strategies for staying ahead of the pack / Michael J. Krasulski, Steven J. Bell

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm (DVD)

From the Soaring to Excellence Series 2006-2007: “Library 2.0 and Beyond

Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm. Speakers: Steven Bell and Aaron Schmidt

New technologies keep coming at a rapid pace, and librarians are subject to the stress of being expected to both absorb and implement them. Is there any surprise that the challenges faced in keeping up with this storm of new technology is where the talk turns when librarians gather? Our cause for optimism is that a handful of these new technologies may actually help librarians to more effectively connect with their communities and involve community members in developing resources and content.

This program will examine the challenges librarians face as we enter the world of Web 2.0. It will explore several of the newest technologies, investigate why librarians are adopting them and how they’re being used, and examine sensible approaches to choosing and implementing the technology that are right for your library.

Original broadcast date: October 27, 2006. Running time: 1:30.

Information Literacy for the 21st Century Learner (DVD)

Information Literacy for the 21st Century Learner: Reaching At-Risk High School and Community College Students

This teleconference examines information literacy instruction and the relationship between information literacy and student success in moving from high school to community college. There is a particular emphasis on “at-risk” students. This program is a report on a three-year Leadership Gran form the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded to the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges (NILRC).

The guest panel discusses the importance of information literacy skills, the benefits of collaboration between high schools and community colleges and describes the toolkit of resources created as a part of the grant project.

Original broadcast date: June 2, 2006. Running time: 1:30.

Confronting the Crisis in Library Education (DVD)

Confronting the Crisis in Library Education

Host, Mike Jackson ; discussion leader, Michael Gorman ; panelists, Nancy Allen, John Budd, Elaine Zaremba Jennerich

Are today’s library education programs adequately training and preparing the next generation of librarians? Is there really a crisis in library education?

This teleconference is presented by the American Library Association and features ALA president Michael Gorman and a panel of guest practitioners and educators. Panelists stress the need for educator and practitioner collaboration. They discuss the educational needs of the new and veteran library professional. The panel also addresses educational methodologies with strategies to insure a quality education that enables librarians to work effectively in a dynamic, changing library environment.

Original broadcast date: June 9, 2006. Running time: 1:30.

Library Hot Topics: Discussions and Interviews (DVD)

From the Library Challenges & Opportunities Series 2006: "Library Hot Topics"

Library Hot Topics: Discussions and Interviews

This teleconference provides the inside scoop on all the happenings of the ALA Conference. What are the hot topics? What are the exciting new technologies? In the style of a television news magazine, qualified speakers who are in the know and at the forefront of new issues share their knowledge with those who were unable to attend the conference.

Original broadcast date: April 29, 2005. Running time: 2:00.

Library Management Hot Topics (DVD)

From the Library Challenges & Opportunities Series 2006: "Library Hot Topics"

Library Management Hot Topics

Based on numerous requests and positive reaction to the roundtable format used last spring, we bring together a pane of experienced library managers to discuss a series of management related issues. Our panel, representing both large and small academic and public libraries.

Topics include: changing the roles of support staff; what to do with “problem managers”; the information commons model of librarianship; staff morale; and the fate of small libraries in this era of technology.

Original broadcast date: March 10, 2006. Running time: 1:30.

Serving Immigrant Populations (DVD)

From the Soaring to Excellence Series 2005-2006: “Libraries, the Universe, & Everything”

Serving Immigrant Populations. Speaker: Bill Erbes. Panel of experts.

This teleconference examines providing library services to this nation’s increasing immigrant population. By breaking down the process into stages of building a prototype for diversity, the program aims to find direction, guidance, reassurance and inspiration for library professional considering or currently involved in implementing programs for providing service to immigrants.

Guest speakers discuss the historical relationship between immigrants and libraries, compiling and interpreting demographic information, facing community resistance, cultural negotiation, the importance of establishing partnerships, and keys to success.

Original broadcast date: April 7, 2006. Running time: 2:00.

Always a River, Sometimes a Library (DVD)

From the Soaring to Excellence Series 2005-2006: “Libraries, the Universe, & Everything”

Always a River, Sometimes a Library. Speaker: Rick Anderson.

Rick Anderson explored the three way the library profession is broken, and the four ways to fix it. He uses the Mississippi River as a metaphor for patron behavior, and gives us new and useful ways to think about our patrons.

Original broadcast date: February 2, 2006. Running time: 1:30.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide (Book)

Blogging and RSS: A Librarian's Guide. By Michael P. Sauers. Medford, NJ. Information Today, 2006. 272 pp. (ISBN-13: 978-1-57387-268)

Libraries increasingly use blogs and RSS feeds to reach out to users, while librarians blog daily on a range of personal and professional topics. The way has been paved by the tech-savvy and resource-rich, but any library or librarian can successfully create and syndicate a blog today. In this readable book, author, Internet trainer, and blogger Michael P. Sauers, M.L.S., shows how blogging and RSS technology can be easily and effectively used in the context of a library community. Sauers showcases interesting and useful blogs, shares insights from librarian bloggers, and offers step-by-step instructions for creating, publishing, and syndicating a blog using free Web-based services, software, RSS feeds, and aggregators.

Google and Your Patrons (DVD)

From the Soaring to Excellence Series 2005-2006: “Libraries, the Universe, & Everything”

Google and Your Patrons. Speaker: Steven Bell.

The myths and realities of Google are explored, along with its unique features and its impact on libraries. This teleconference explores the library worker’s role in connecting users to high quality information in the age of “Googleization”.

Original broadcast date: November 18, 2005. Running time: 1:30.