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.

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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.

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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.