Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries

Squires, Tasha. Library Partnerships: Making Connections between School and Public Libraries. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 2009. Print. ISBN 978-1-57387-362-8

Yes, money may be meager and time is tight, but remember that you have allies trying to achieve many of the same goals you are. Who? School library media specialists and YA librarians. And this new book is all about building partnerships between both.

Tasha Squires, the author and a YA librarian, has extensive experience collaborating with school library media specialists, and in Library Partnerships, she offers much practical advice to help others seeking to do the same. She covers the obvious, like checking the other person’s schedule before offering to launch a collaborative project, and the not so obvious, like thinking to ask if your partner prefers a steady routine or likes variety when returning to a familiar project. Examples of collaboration range from coordinating author visits between school and public libraries to having school educators share classroom management skills at the request of YA librarians who were overrun with kids visiting their public library after school. -- Jen

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Library: an Illustrated History

Murray, Start A. P. The Library: an Illustrated History. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. 027.009 Murra ISBN 978-0-8389-0991-1

Through the ages, humanity has created, destroyed, rescued, neglected, discovered, stolen, and cherished libraries—and no other institution so perfectly mirrors the human condition in any period of history. The Library tells the story of libraries and of the changing form and function of the book from era to era, whether clay tablets, parchment sheets, papyrus scrolls, glossy paper, recording tape or silicone chips. At the heart of the story of libraries and books is the story of the reader, who also has changed from era to era. Profusely illustrated, with fascinating is a comprehensive look at libraries that will interest book lovers and librarians.

Moving Your Library: Getting the Collection from Here to There

Fortriede, Steven Carl. Moving Your Library: Getting the Collection from Here to There. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 025.1 Fortr ISBN 978-0-8389-0994-2

The task of moving collections of books and other materials can be overwhelming as library facilities evolve to reflect changing demographics and use patterns. Author and experienced mover Steven Carl Fortriede has everything you need to get the job done quickly and efficiently with step-by-step directions, diagrams, spreadsheets, and photos. Readers will learn how to plan a library move, which method is best for a particular situation, how to recruit and train workers, and what tools and supplies are needed. Everything you need for the move is included - even specifications for boxes, moving carts, sorting trays, and a worksheet to calculate shelving layouts and growth rates. "Moving Your Library" is the complete kit for any librarian facing the daunting prospect of moving a library collection.

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Hiring, Training, and Supervising Library Shelvers

Tunstall, Patricia. Hiring, Training, and Supervising Library Shelvers. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 023.3 Tunst ISBN 978-0-8389-1010-8

How do you find good library shelvers and keep them for more than a few months? Tunstall gives practical advice to help you do just that with a complete overview on how to hire, test, train, and retain shelvers. A complete toolkit, this book includes templates for signs advertising employment, screening tests, interview questions, employment letters, job descriptions, and employee assessments; the dos and don’ts of hiring and firing; checklists for procedures and training. Every librarian will be able to hire, train, and supervise library shelvers with confidence with Tunstall’s down-to-earth advice.

Libraries Got Game; Aligned Learning through Modern Board Games

Mayer, Brian, and Christopher Harris. Libraries Got Game; Aligned Learning through Modern Board Games. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 025.2896 Mayer ISBN 978-0-8389-1009-2

A much-talked-about topic gets thorough consideration from two educator-librarians, who explain exactly how designer board games which are worlds apart from games produced strictly for the educational market can become curricular staples for students young and old. Drawing on their experience as game aficionados and developers of a nationally recognized program, the authors equip colleagues with everything they need to initiate a board game project with

* Direct links between board games and curriculum
* Suggestions for building a core collection across grade levels
* Strategies for program development and implementation

From promoting the idea to teachers and administrators to aligning specific games to state and national education standards, this book will help you build a strong collection that speaks to enhanced learning and social development and is just plain fun.

Physical Delivery in Libraries

Moving Materials: Physical Delivery in Libraries. Valerie Horton and Bruce Smith, eds. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 025.6 Movin ISBN 978-0-8389-1001-6

Picking, packing, delivering, and returning library materials can be very time consuming and expensive; yet, it is one of the most important and least understood functions within a library. Until now, little time has been spent studying, exploring, or writing about the physical delivery of library materials. "Moving Materials" is the guide to contemporary logistics management for libraries. Eleven experts in the field explore every aspect of this multi-million dollar function, so readers will learn: the impact of pricing on delivery services; managing in-house delivery systems; and, the value of outsourcing physical delivery to a carrier service. The book details about routing and materials management systems. It features new technologies and the impact of library 2.0 on physical delivery. "Moving Materials" is a practical, useful handbook for library managers who want to save money and offer quality materials to their patrons.

The Librarian’s Book of Quotes

The Librarian’s Book of Quotes. Tatyana Eckstrand, comp. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 021.7 Dowd ISBN 978-0-8389-1000-9

Tatyana Eckstrand has compiled nearly three hundred of the most insightful, thought-provoking, and inspiring aphorisms about the library profession. Writers from Shakespeare to Ray Bradbury and librarians from John Cotton Dana to Nancy Pearl are gathered together to sing the praises of librarians' skills, values, and the amazing institutions they support. Citations are provided to the original source material, and a handy biographical dictionary provides background on individuals who may not be household names.

Bite-sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian

Dowd, Nancy, Mary Evangeliste, Jonathan Silberman. Bite-sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 021.7 Dowd ISBN 978-0-8389-1000-9

This book is structured to quickly impart simple and cost-effective ideas on marketing your library. Filled with contemporary marketing ideas, the authors provide

* How-to of guerrilla marketing
* Cutting-edge digital marketing practices
* Benefits of traditional print media

Visually compelling and easy to read, this book will challenge you to market your library in new and original ways.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Palfrey, John, and Urs Gasser. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives. New York: Basic Books, 2008. Print. ISBN: 978-0-465-00515-4

In this book, the authors draw conclusions based on original research directed at digital natives, or the generation of young adults who has never known a world without the Internet, texting, social networks, and other digital applications. Their understanding of our world will shape everyone's future. This book has been reviewed favorably by Library Journal, Publishers' Weekly, School Library Journal and more. Visit the related website for more information and to learn about the Digital Natives project. -- Jen

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Library PR Handbook: High-Impact Communications.

The Library PR Handbook: High-Impact Communications. Mark R. Gould, Ed. Chicago: ALA, 2010. 021.7 Libra2 ISBN 978-0-8389-1002-3

Highly recommended reading for anyone charged with the responsibility of summoning up community support and involvement in behalf of a school or community library. --The Midwest Book Review

Must read for librarians working in multi-type libraries. --Camila Alire, ALA President 2009-10

This just-in-time, user-friendly guide has something to help every librarian, from the newly-minted grad to seasoned veteran, meet today s complex communications challenges. --Rochelle Lefkowitz, founder, Pro Media Communications

The fast-paced and complex PR role is becoming increasingly important as libraries need to respond quickly to the changing media landscape and the country's demographic shifts. This handbook will get you on the right PR track with: ideas to harness a celebrity brand and create effective public service announcements; the how-tos of amplifying your message through partnerships; the means to develop affordable podcasts, savvy outreach programs, and special events; and tips for using gaming to build excitement. Written by high-profile experts in the PR field, "The Library PR Handbook" is the essential reader for those looking to spice up their library's message and get the word out.

The Successful Library Trustee Handbook. 2nd ed

Moore, Mary Y. The Successful Library Trustee Handbook. 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA, 2010. 021.820973 Moore 2nd ed. ISBN 978-0-8389-1003-0

(description of 1st ed)

Some boards of directors micromanage, while others protect their "turf" to the detriment of their customers. After decades of working with boards, library consultant Mary Moore has experienced enough understanding to provide authoritative guidance on what trustees can do to foster an effective organization. In this definitive guide and ALTA-approved training manual for members of library boards of trustees, Moore has created a user-friendly orientation manual for new trustees and refresher course for experienced board members. Designed to improve any board's effectiveness, The Successful Library Trustee Handbook offers proven advice about what it takes to make the board run smoothly - from meetings to evaluations. It addresses the critical questions every board member needs to understand: What does it mean to be on a library board of trustees? How does advocacy work and why is it important? Who makes library policy? Is there a more effective way to do strategic planning? Practical checklists, tables and what have you learned? review items will help anyone make the most of the experience of serving on a board. Trustees, administrators, consultants, trainers, and library students will welcome this hands-on "bring it along and mark it up" reference.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards

Diamant-Cohen, B. & Ghoting, S.N. (2010). The Early Literacy Kit: A Handbook and Tip Cards. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

This innovative and practical kit, put together by two well-known specialists in the field of early literacy, contains everything storytime presenters for children from birth to age five and their parents or caregivers need to spread the word about school readiness skills to adult caregivers. The kit includes
  • An accessible handbook with a resource section
  • 105 reusable tip cards with coordinated activities
  • A concise summary of important early literacy research
Ideal for program planners, this convenient resource will help you teach caregivers the developing standards by which school readiness can be achieved. (item description)

The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels (book)

Goldsmith, F. (2010). The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Graphic novels have found a place on library shelves but many librarians struggle to move this expanding body of intellectual, aesthetic, and entertaining literature into the mainstream of library materials. This guide includes
  • A short course in graphic novels, along with reading lists and professional tools
  • Tips on advising graphic novel readers on what to read next
  • Suggestions for introducing graphic novels to those patrons unacquainted with them
  • Advice on promoting your graphic novels collection
With energy and commitment born of professional experience and a deep love for graphic novels, Goldsmith provides the first guide to the genre aimed specifically at readers’ advisors, while presenting an abundance of resources useful to every librarian. (book description)

Twenty-First-Century Kids, Twenty-First-Century Librarians

Walter, V.A. (2010). Twenty-First-Century Kids, Twenty-First-Century Librarians. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Inspired by a new generation of librarians and children, Walter reconsiders the legacy passed on by the matriarchs of children’s services and examines more recent trends and challenges growing out of changes in educational philosophy and information technology. This thoroughly researched book includes the current issues and trends of
  • Outcome-based planning
  • Early literacy
  • Homework centers in libraries
  • Children’s spaces
With extensive experience in children’s services as well as library instruction issues, Walter brings readers vital information on the current state of library services to children. (book description)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action

American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. Chicago: AASL, 2009. Print. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8507-6

As you likely know, AASL recently updated their learning standards. Now there are 4 major standards, each with 4 strands. You can access them online, but for ideas about how to incorporate the standards into your library program, read this book. -- Jen

From ALA's description:
How are AASL's new learning standards, the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, incorporated into the school library media program? This publication from AASL takes an in-depth look at the strands of the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the indicators within those strands. It also answers such critical questions as How do the strands—the skills, dispositions in action, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies—relate to one another?

Benchmarks are provided along with examples that show how to put the learning standards into action. This is a practical book with examples of how to maximize the application of the learning standards at different grade levels. The colorful pages are full of graphics and charts that make for easy reference. A glossary is also provided to define key concepts found throughout the book.

This sound, practical book is guaranteed to aid school library media specialists and other educators in bringing 21st-century skills into the heart of the learning process.

Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs

American Association of School Librarians. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: AASL, 2009. Print. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8519-9

Looking for some help as you develop your school library media program? Need something to share with administrators to help them understand the role of the school librarian? AASL's newest guidelines are your answer. -- Jen

From the preface on p. 5, written by Ann M. Martin, AASL President, 2008-2009:
As we approach the second decade of the twenty-first century, school library media programs continue to undergo momentous changes that have heightened the importance of technology and evidence-based learning. The focus has moved from the library as a confined place to one with fluid boundaries that is layered by diverse needs and influenced by an interactive global community. Guiding principles for school library media programs must focus on building a flexible learning environment with the goal of producing successful learners skilled in multiple literacies. Defining the future direction of school library media programs is the purpose of the newest set of guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), entitled Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.

Information Literacy Assessment in K-12 Settings

Farmer, Lesley S. J., and James Henri. Information Literacy Assessment in K-12 Settings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2008. Print. ISBN: 0-8108-5695-6

From the book description:
As library educators help the academic community incorporate information literacy into the curriculum and instruct students so they become information literate, the role of assessment becomes key—and problematic. What should be assessed, how should it be examined, and is there even a valid and feasible set of assessment tools? This work helps library educators serving students from the pre-kindergarten level through high school address information literacy assessment issues systematically within their own settings. Global trends and cultural contexts are duly noted in exploring assessment processes and use, as well as in analyzing and categorizing existing assessment instruments. Farmer and Henri also investigate the factors affecting information literacy: instructional strategies, learning activities, collaborative practices, resources, learning environment, curriculum, and administrative support.

This book was positively reviewed in Booklist, and the reviewer noted that despite the scholarly approach, the book is very readable. -- Jen

Monday, October 19, 2009

Influencing Without Authority

Hawks, Melanie. Influencing Without Authority. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries. 2009. 158.4 Hawks ISBN 978-0-8389-8510-6

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Family Literacy Storytimes (book)

Totten, K. (2009). Family literacy storytimes: Readymade storytimes suitable for the whole family. NY: Neal-Schuman

Family Literacy Storytimes
gives you the insight and inspiration to plan literacy-rich, memorable storytimes that have the power to bring the whole family together. In a fun-filled environment, families new to the English language can begin family literacy before the child enters school. In Family Literacy Storytimes you will have all the tools you need to foster oral fluency in English while providing exposure to excellent children’s literature. Each of the 25 themed storytime plans includes an outline for a 30 minute program designed to help parents and children learn together. Each theme includes an annotated list of recently published picture books selected to help you teach the American Library Association (ALA) six pre-literacy skills. Using the many extended learning activities, games, original songs, parent handouts, craft patterns and storytelling aids, you can give parents the tools they need to be their child’s best teacher. Families experiencing success together in your library–what could be better than that? (book description)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Baby rhyming time (book)

Ernst, L.L. (2008). Baby rhyming time. NY: Neal-Schuman.

150 building-block activities from the author of Lapsit Services for the Very Young!

The renowned authority on library services for the very youngest patrons has done it again! Linda Ernst has created programming based on the most important findings in babies' brain development. This new resource is full of activities that stimulate infants' and toddlers' cognitive, physical, and emotional growth. In this versatile book and CD-ROM package, you'll find book ideas, rhymes, songs and music, props, and more that can be combined to form hundreds of hours of quality programming that will wow parents, educators, and caregivers. The CD-ROM contains lyrics, patterns, forms, and posters that can be adapted and easily reproduced. In addition, the book contains suggestions for scheduling, room arrangement, and parent education. Now your programming for babies and infants can strengthen their language acquisition and motor-skill development...and connect your library with families right from the start!

Pop Goes the Library (book)

Brookover, S. & Burns, E. (2008). Pop goes the library: Using pop culture to connect with your whole community. Medford, NJ: Information Today.

You loved the blog—now read the book! Whether you regularly follow entertainment and gossip news, or wondered “Corbin Who?” when you saw the recent ALA READ poster, Pop Goes the Library will help you connect with your users and energize your staff. Pop culture blogger-librarians Sophie Brookover and Elizabeth Burns define what pop culture is (and isn’t) and share insights, tips, techniques, and success stories from all types of libraries.

You’ll discover practical strategies and ideas for incorporating the pop culture passions of your users into collections, programs, and services, plus a range of marketing and outreach ideas, technology tools, and ready-to-go programs you can start using today. Here is an eye-opening book that’s as much fun to read as it is to apply! (book description)

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Catalyst for Change: LSTA Grants to States Program Activities and the Transformation of Library Services to the Public

Manjarrez, Carlos, L. Langa, K. Miller. A Catalyst for Change: LSTA Grants to States Program Activities and the Transformation of Library Services to the Public. Washington DC: Institute of Museum and Library Services, June 2009.

A Competency Index for the Library Field, compiled by WebJunction, edited by Betha Gutsche. Dublin, Ohio : WebJunction, 2009.

From WebJunction:

Call it an index, a guide, a dictionary, a menu of competencies. The purpose of this compilation of competency statements for library practice is to help libraries of all sizes and types build the foundation of competencies that will help them to develop staff skills and knowledge and ultimately to help meet the needs of the community.

Download the PDF and re-purpose it to your advantage. And please let us know what you think.

Take a look at other existing competency sets from around the library field.

Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries

Managing Electronic Government Information in Libraries, Issues and Practices. Edited by Andrea M. Morrison. Chicago, American Library Association, 2008.

From the publisher:

Managing and providing access to the ever-expanding wealth of electronic government information now available presents a significant challenge for librarians, even those who are government documents specialists.

In two parts, this expert guide from ALA’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) provides the necessary resources librarians can use to connect patrons to specific information via government sites and electronic documents.

In part one, the contributing authors discuss historical contexts and contemporary issues of electronic government collections. In part two, they give practical guidance for implementing and improving services.

Deftly edited by Andrea Morrison, this book

  • Navigates the local, state, federal, and international e-government landscape
  • Provides in-depth description and examples for cataloging electronic government documents
  • Suggests outreach methods for sharing resources internally and externally
  • Recommends practical tips for keeping up with electronic government information

Libraries of all types will find this comprehensive book a very useful bridge to serving more patrons through electronic government collections. Offering sound advice for anyone who is or should be working with government documents, this book is especially useful for reference, map, digital, and technical services librarians.

Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries

Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries: Librarians and Educators in Second Life and other Multi-user Virtual Environments. Edited by Lori Bell and Rhonda B. Trueman. Medford, N.J. : Information Today, 2008.

From the publisher:

Eighty percent of Internet users are expected to engage in some form of virtual world activity by 2011 (Gartner Research Group), and librarians and educators are already there. This fascinating book—the brainchild of two pioneering virtual world librarians—is designed to help libraries and schools recognize the importance of multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) and consider ways of getting involved as they proliferate.

The editors and 24 contributors describe library, educational, and cultural projects they have undertaken. They recount their experiences working together to succeed in Second Life and other virtual worlds and explain how traditional library services such as reference, teaching, collections, discussion groups, and young adult programs can be applied in a virtual environment.

WARNING: Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries and the experiences it references may be habit forming. If you find yourself unable to escape from the virtual library environment, put down the book, disconnect your computer, and seek immediate real world attention!

Listen up! Podcasting for Schools and Libraries

Listen up! Podcasting for Schools and Libraries, by Linda W. Braun. Medford, N.J. : Information Today, 2007.

From the publisher:

Here is a timely — and time-saving — guide for teachers, librarians, and school media specialists who need to get quickly up-to-speed on podcasting. Educational technology specialist Linda Braun explains what podcasting is and why it is such a useful tool for schools and libraries. She covers both content and technical issues, sharing tips for finding and using podcasts and vodcasts, examples of innovative school and library projects, how-to advice for creating great podcasts, and guidance on getting the word out to students, staff, patrons, and other users. As a reader bonus, the author’s Web page features links to her recommended resources for school and library podcasters.

Whether you are new to the technology or an experienced podcaster in search of ideas and inspiration, you’ll find a unique source of support in Listen Up! Podcasting for Schools and Libraries.

The Accidental Librarian

The Accidental Librarian, by Pamela H. MacKellar. Medford, N.J. : Information Today, Inc., 2008.

From the publisher:

Are you doing the job of a librarian without the advantage of a library degree or professional experience? Do you wonder what you might have missed in formal library education, how highly trained librarians stay on top of their game, or what skills and qualities library directors look for? Have we got the book for you!

Pamela H. MacKellar—a 25-year library veteran who has mentored "accidental" librarians in all types of settings—covers library principles, practices, and tools of the trade. She offers tips, examples, and simple exercises to increase your understanding.

Whether you are seeking a thorough grounding in library fundamentals or simply looking for ways to serve more effectively in your current role, The Accidental Librarian is a great place to start.

2008 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit (DVD)

2008 Oregon Virtual Reference Summit, Salem, Oregon, May 9, 2008.

This three-disc DVD includes presentations from the following speakers:
  • Disc 1. The Dewey-level shift [i.e. The innovation imperative] with R. David Lankes
  • Disc 2: Remote users : what they want from library services when they are not @ the library with Laural Winter
    Not just pushing pages: teaching search in the virtual environment with Kate Gronemyer, Anne-Marie Deitering
  • Disc 3: MCM IM: past, present and future Jenny Berg, Hillary Garrett

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Managing Conflicts of Interest

Kurtz, Daniel L. and Paul, Sarah E. Managing Conflicts of Interest 2nd ed. Washington D.C.: BoardSource, 2006 658.422 Kurtz 2nd ed.
ISBN 1-58686-078-X

The third edition of Managing Conflicts of Interest is a thorough update with approximately 25 percent new material. This book seeks to demystify many of the legal rules relating to conflicts of interest that are applicable to nonprofit board members and executive staff, giving current and prospective board members the knowledge they need to serve with confidence. Because there are many legal definitions and nuances involved, the text seeks to create both a common understanding of conflicts of interest and a common vocabulary with which to discuss conflict issues. (book description)

Generating Buzz: Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Boards

Patterson, Sally J. Generating Buzz: Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Boards. Washington D.C.: BoardSource, 2006. 658.45 Patte ISBN 1-58686-082-8

The author expertly--at times uncannily so--describes the lost value inherent in the error of not leveraging the influence of board members for communication and the large reservoir of value that inheres in the choice of a CEO and board chairman intentionally to do so. Along the way, Patterson scatters helpful counsel regarding framing and branding the organization and its mission, not least so that board members have something good to create buzz about.

ALA-APA Salary Survey 2009

ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public and Academic. Chicago: ALA, 2009. 331.2810232 ALA 2009 ISBN 0-8389-8518-1

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series

Husband, Janet G. and Jonathan F. Husband. Sequels: An Annotated Guide to Novels in Series. 4th ed., Chicago: American Library Association, 2009 ISBN 978-0-8389-0967-6

"Sequels", the popular and long-lasting guide to novels in series, returns with greatly expanded series listings. Mysteries continue to be a mainstay, with fantasy, science fiction, and romance listings, plus non - genre fiction selections from authors such as Edward Abbey and Lawrence Durrell. The authors have carefully sifted through a growing group of series to select those most likely to be available in a medium-sized public library, weeding out esoteric, obscure, and less popular series. This classic reference includes hundreds of annotated series, title and subject indexes, and suggestions for reading order. Library professionals will find: answers to the perennial question, 'What should I read next?'; guidance on the chronology of a series; easy-to-use tools to identify novels by character, setting, and author; and, the definitive resource for novels in series. Including series started since 1989 and updated through 2007, "Sequels" will be the most complete resource for general readers and library patrons as well as readers' advisors; public, university, and high school reference librarians; acquisition and collection management librarians; and even bookstore staff and book reviewers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Coretta Scott King Awards (book)

Smith, H.M.(Ed.). (2009). The Coretta Scott King Awards: 1970-2009 (4th ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Coinciding with the fortieth anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Award, this one-of-a-kind volume gathers together the best of the best in African American children's literature with

•Comprehensive coverage of the award winning books
•Biographical profiles that introduce the creative artists and illustrators
•Color plates that give a vital sense of the story and art
•A new subject index ideal for curriculum planning

In honor of the special anniversary, celebrated poet Arnold Adoff has written a commemorative poem, "of course," included in this book. Excellent for curriculum planning, collection development, and reference, this is a must-have for every library.

(book description)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Crisis in Employment: A Librarian's Guide to Helping Job Seekers

Jerrad, Jane. Crisis in Employment: A Librarian’s Guide to Helping Job Seekers , Chicago: ALA, 2009. 025.5086 Jerra ISBN 978-0-8389-1013-9.

In difficult economic times, people turn to their local library for help seeking new work. "Crisis in Employment" offers the tools you need to support this growing group of patrons. Based on interviews with librarians across the country, as well as research from "ALA's Office for Research and Statistics", this "ALA Editions Special Report" offers advice and methods for providing appropriate training and education to job seekers with: tips for maximizing your library's physical resources; key reference resources useful to job seekers; and, advice on building partnerships with key community organizations. "Crisis in Employment" will help you meet the needs of patrons seeking new work, making career changes, or starting their own businesses in a comprehensive way that suits your local community's conditions.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Welcome to the Library - DVD - Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese

The videos below are also available online via links at:

Welcome to the Library, Multnomah County Library, 2009, in Russian 027.4795 Dobro (DVD)

Welcome to the Library, Multnomah County Library, 2009, in Vietnamese 027.4795 Chao (DVD)

Welcome to the Library, Multnomah County Library, 2009, in Mandarin Chinese with traditional Chinese subtitles 027.4795 Huan (DVD)

This set of videos is a fairly generic introduction to a public library for speakers of these languages. Scripts were developed in close cooperation with wide segments of the user communities and reflect variations depending on community concerns. The are usable at a basic level by any public library. A copy of the videos were distributed to all public libraries in Oregon, and they are also posted on Youtube.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Tune Up to Literacy (book and downloadable MP3s)

Balkin, A. (2009). Tune Up to Literacy: Original Songs and Activities for Kids. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Encourage literacy with twenty original songs by musician and educator Al Balkin! Children's and school librarians will welcome Tune Up to Literacy, a handy package of music and activities that musically introduces and reinforces crucial literacy concepts such as the alphabet, vowels, consonants, nouns, verbs, adjectives, sentence construction, punctuation, sequence, rhyming, and much, much more. The book includes

•20 original songs to encourage children's development of literacy
•Rhyme-a-ton rhyming dictionary of commonly used one-syllable words
•Activities related to each song-- from inventing new verses to telling stories to playing flash-card games

Catchy and strikingly original, the road-tested songs of Tune Up to Literacy are proven tools for acquainting kids with basic literacy concepts.

Here are Al Balkin’s recordings of the songs in Tune Up to Literacy, with and without vocals, along with the sheet music. Readers of the book are welcome to use these songs in their children’s programs. All songs and recordings are copyright Al Balkin.

You can play these MP3s directly from your computer. If you would like to make a CD of these songs to play in a regular CD player, you’ll need to download the MP3s onto your computer, import them into the music software of your choice (such as iTunes or Windows Media Player), and use that software to make the CD. A CD cover is included here. To save files to your computer, right-click on the link and choose “Save link as” or “Save target as."

(book description)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Children's Literature Gems (book)

Bird, E. (2009). Children's Literature Gems: Choosing and Using Them in Your Library Career. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Master the huge array of quality children’s books from the past and the present with this must-have resource from children’s librarian Elizabeth Bird. With her strong passion for children’s books and the profession, Bird will help you

•Build and manage your children’s collection
•Strike a balance between award winners and classics
•Arrange your space to best showcase and display books.
•Review the basics of storytime, storytelling, and booktalking
•Add the 100 children’s books that belong in every library

Children’s Literature Gems is about managing and caring for a part of the library devoted to children who love good books and is a must for every children’s librarian—new or experienced!
(book description)

Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English (book)

Trevion, R.Z. (2009). Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English/Leame una rima en espanol e ingles. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

In Rose Zertuche Trevino’s Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English, programming ideas abound for librarians who have bilingual patrons and wish to present reading programs for children for whom Spanish is the spoken language at home. The bilingual programs are for children of all ages: babies to primary school children. The program material presented originates from Latin culture, engaging those patrons for whom the nursery rhymes are new, as well as for older children and parents for whom the rhymes are old favorites.

Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English includes thorough directions, as well as the text for various sounds and read-alouds, written in both Spanish and English. Users will also discover

•Fresh ideas and resources for implementing bilingual storytimes
•Eight program plans with chapters specific to target audience
•Two bibliographies filled with additional resources, including both paper and music titles for use with bilingual programs

The ready-made storytimes included in this unique bilingual book is a must-have for any library serving the Spanish-speaking. Filled with rhymes, songs, and fingerplays, this book will become a favorite among your young patrons both in Spanish and English!
(book description)

Monday, June 29, 2009

Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond

Kornegay, Rebecca S., Heidi E. Buchanan and Hildegard B. Morgan. Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond. Chicago, ALA, 2009. 025.47 Korne ISBN 978-0-8389-0990-4

Subdivide and conquer! "Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond" showcases how to increase the power of Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) subdivisions to produce astonishing results from your searches. Rebecca S. Kornegay and Heidi E. Buchanan, experienced reference librarians, and Hildegard B. Morgan, an expert cataloger, explain how, when used wisely, LCSH subdivisions can save time and provide a new level of precision in information retrieval for patrons of the library. "Magic Search" presents the 467 best-performing LCSH subdivisions that speak to the kinds of research questions librarians handle every day. This quick reference format, along with a handy index, offers a useful tool to keep for quick reference rather than a cumbersome tome to be read from cover to cover. In addition, this book provides: a thematic arrangement of LC subdivisions that yield the most successful search; chapters on discipline-specific subdivisions to hone effective search terms; and, precise, professional vocabulary useful in searches and explained in easy-to-understand language. Grasping the importance and having command of LC subdivisions, now appearing in unexpected places beyond the library catalog, is key in this rapidly evolving, 21st-century information environment. No other work explores the LCSH subdivisions is such detail or with such commitment, making this book vital to every Reference Desk.

Inside, Outside and Online: Building Your Library Community

Hill, Chrystie. Inside, Outside and Online: Building Your Library Community. Chicago, ALA, 2009. 021.2 Hill. ISBN 978-0-8389-0987-4

"Inside, Outside, and Online" provides practical advice and inspiration for building community with your library. Based on a scan of the community and technology environments that libraries operate within, related literature, and the practical experiences of hundreds of library staff actively building communities through their work, the book provides much-needed insights into the essential elements of community building through: identifying user needs and designing services to meet those needs; engaging communities with service selection, creation, and iteration; and, utilizing practical new technologies. Whatever your role, and whatever size or type of library, the principles outlined here can support anyone working to build a strong community of engaged, interested, and satisfied library users.

Licensing Digital Content: a Practical Guide for Librarians

Harris, Lesley Ellen. Licensing Digital Content: a Practical Guide for Librarians. 2nd ed. Chicago, ALA, 2009. 346.73048 Harri 2nd ed. ISBN 978-0-8389-0992-8

Harris, ex-senior copyright officer in Canada and author of Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill Professional, 1998), has taken a complex subject and written, in lay readers' terms, guidelines for the licensing of digital content. She includes chapters on items such as the step-by-step process of the licensing experience, tips on different clauses for the agreement, and negotiation. There is also a good question-and-answer section. The author is very knowledgeable about the subject and feels strongly that licensing is something librarians can do for themselves without hiring an attorney. If there are any negative aspects of the volume, it's the price, which seems a bit steep for a book that runs 137 pages. While global issues are supposed to be covered, the author's primary interest is U.S. and Canadian copyright law. Harris also includes an appendix of sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. those libraries that license digital materials.

Writing Resumes That Work

Newlen, Robert R. Writing Resumes That Work. New York, Neal-Schuman, 1998. 650.14088092 Newle ISBN 1-55570-263-5
Newlen, ALA Executive Board and management specialist at the Library of Congress Congressional Research Service, offers a practical approach to preparing resumes, guiding readers through the difficult process of answering key questions that must be addressed in any resume. Twenty-eight sample resumes are all explained and specifically tailored to diverse library settings, including academic, public, law school, and special libraries, as well as to different interests of library school students, recent library school graduates, experienced librarians, and librarians moving into nontraditional jobs. The advice here is solid, including the present view on not putting personal information in a resume, keeping a resume up-to-date, using software to build and update the file, as well as a short section on cover letters. This is an excellent job-search tool directly related to the special needs of librarians

Friday, June 26, 2009

Quick and popular reads for teens (book)

Holley, P.M. (2009). Quick and popular reads for teens.
Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

For more than 10 years YALSA has produced two annual lists, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, consisting of recommended reading targeted at young adults who are not avid readers. Quick and Popular Reads for Teens compiles bibliographic information about the books honored by these two selected lists. This one-stop reference source includes:

  • Essays written by young adult experts
  • An introductory chapter for each list explaining the selection criteria
  • Lists of the honored titles including brief annotations, publisher information, and subject/thematic descriptions
  • A chapter on programming and display ideas

  • Make choosing titles for teens fun, quick, and easy with this one-of-a-kind resource!
    (book description)

    The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (book)

    Saricks, J.G. (2009). The readers' advisory guide to genre fiction.
    Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

    This revised edition provides a way of understanding the vast universe of genre fiction in an easy-to-use format. Expert readers’ advisor Joyce Saricks offers groundbreaking reconsideration of the connections among genres, providing

    •Key authors and themes within 15 genres
    •An explanation as to how the different genres overlap
    •The elements of fiction most likely to entice readers

    Provocative and spirited, The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction, 2nd Edition offers hands-on strategies for librarians who want to become experts at figuring out what their readers are seeking and how to match books with those interests.
    (book description)

    Tuesday, June 16, 2009

    Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults, 2004 - 2008

    --> Schon, Isabel. Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults, 2004-2008. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2009. Print.
    ISBN 978-0-8108-6386-6
    If you buy books for a children's or young adult Spanish-language collection, you've likely heard of Isabel Schon. This is her latest work, and it includes more than 1,200 recommendations for books in Spanish, both for those published in the United States and elsewhere. Each annotation provides the title of the book in English and Spanish, a 1/3 to 1/2 page explanation of what the book is about and why Schon recommends it, and the approximate grade level and price. The work is divided into 4 sections: reference, nonfiction, publishers' series, and fiction. Finally, it includes three indices--author, title, and subject--as well as an appendix listing dealers of books in Spanish. -- Jen
    Booklist Online Review
    "Detailed annotations, which include complete bibliographic information and a recommended grade level, are sufficiently descriptive to facilitate the selection process. A comprehensive subject index provides further guidance....Whether creating a new collection or increasing existing holdings, libraries serving Spanish-speaking patrons will find this volume timely and accessible."

    The Handy 5

    Losey, Betsy, et al., eds. The Handy Five: Planning and Assessing Integrated Information Skills Instruction. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2007. Print.
    ISBN 978-0-8108-5908-1

    The Handy 5 is like the Kansas Association of School Librarians' version of the Big 6. However, they have many unique twists on the process and are very focused on collaboration with teachers. Regardless of your approach to teaching an information literacy process, this book provides useful tools and resources that can be adapted to your own needs: assessment rubrics; charts that compare the language of the Handy 5 to related language used across the curriculum; outlines of the Handy 5 in kid talk; sample lessons for elementary, middle, and high school levels; a chapter devoted to simplifying the process for primary students; and more. The Handy 5 process strikes me as being very practical, straightforward, and user-friendly, as are the ideas, suggestions, and tools presented in the book. -- Jen

    VOYA review:
    "This volume will be a welcome addition to the professional resource collections of school librarians, especially those seeking involvement in student assessment, and might also be a good tool for public librarians looking for ways to collaborate with schools and other educational institutions."

    Friday, June 5, 2009

    Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library (book)

    Scales, P.R. (2009). Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your School Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

    Pat Scales uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the school library environment. This title presents a number of scenarios in which intellectual freedom is at risk and includes

  • Case studies that provide narrative treatment of common situations tailored to your library type
  • Easy and motivating ways to prepare new hires for handling intellectual freedom issues
  • Sidebars throughout the book that offer sample policies, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statutes and decisions
  • Detailed information on how to handle challenges to materials in your collection
  • Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library (book)

    Jones, B.M. (2009). Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Academic Library: Scenarios from the Front Lines. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

    Barbara Jones uses her experience and expertise to offer an intellectual freedom title tailored to the academic library environment. This title presents a number of scenarios in which intellectual freedom is at risk and includes:

  • Case studies that provide narrative treatment of common situations tailored to your library type

  • Easy and motivating ways to prepare new hires for handling intellectual freedom issues

  • Sidebars throughout the book that offer sample policies, definitions of key terms, and analysis of important statutes and decisions

  • Detailed information on how to handle challenges to materials in your collection
  • Hosting a Library Mystery (book)

    Karle, E.M. (2009). Hosting a Library Mystery: A Programming Guide. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

    Hosting a Library Mystery
    contains five example mystery scripts, each targeted to a different audience, but all original, expertly created, and thoroughly researched. These scripts serve as an excellent starting point for you to acquaint users with a wide variety of your library services as well as library personnel, special collections, and research skills. In addition, this book provides

    •Complete instructions for program planning, from how to write clues to organizing the investigation
    •Hints for adapting scripts to fit particular situation
    •Examples and extras to construct an entertaining event in which all kinds of patrons can engage in active learning

    With a one-of-a-kind book filled with creative ways to bring the community into the library and give them an incentive to stay, the only mystery will be why Hosting a Library Mystery wasn’t in your collection sooner!

    Friday, May 29, 2009

    Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library

    Singer, Paula M. and Francisco, Laura L. Developing a Compensation Plan for Your Library. 2nd Edition. Chicago: ALA, 2009. 023.9 Singe 2nd ed. isbn 978-0-8389-0985-0

    From Library JournalFilling a void in the library management literature, this readable manual by a consultant with experience in helping large and small library systems design and facilitate compensation plans ably guides administrators through the steps involved, from the decision to undertake a compensation study through implementation and administration of a compensation program. In addition to serving as a how-to, the book includes thoughtful discussions of the philosophy of compensation plans; issues and trends in compensation; and the importance of tailoring any plan to the particular library and its mission, environment, and culture. As the author tells us in the introduction, "The design and implementation of compensation and pay plans are as much an art as a science." Both art and science are respected here. Highly recommended for anyone responsible for human resources in libraries. Lyn Hopper, Chestatee Regional Lib., Dawsonville, GA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Marketing Today's Academic Library: a Bold New Approach to Communicating With Students

    Mathews, Brian. Marketing Today's Academic Library: a Bold New Approach to Communicating With Students. Chicago: ALA, 2009. 021.7 Mathe isbn 978-0-8389-0984-3

    In "Marketing Today's Academic Library", Brian Mathews uses his vast experience to speak directly to the academic library practitioner about matching services with user needs. This book proposes new visions and ideas, challenging the traditional way of thinking and providing a framework to target users more precisely. Most library marketing intended for undergraduates promotes the collection, reference and instructional service, and occasional events such as guest speakers or exhibits. The guiding principle of "Marketing Today's Academic Library" is that marketing should focus on the lifestyle of the user, showcasing how the library fits within the daily life of the student. Mathews' personal and compelling presentation will assist readers in: challenging and rethinking their marketing strategies; demonstrating their value through applied relevance; and, focusing on the needs of the student and their expectations. Written in a concise and engaging manner that speaks to popular anxiety points about new marketing techniques, this book is filled with tips and strategies that academic librarians can use to communicate with students, surpassing their expectations of their library experience.

    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Books Challenged or Banned in 2007-2008 (brochure)

    Doyle, R.P. (2008). Books challenged or banned in 2007-2008. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

    This bibliography
    represents books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2007-2008 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2007 through May 2008. (brochure description)

    You can download this brochure from the American Library Association or check it out from the Oregon State Library.

    Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature (book)

    Latrobe, K.H. & Drury, J. (2009). Critical approaches to young adult literature. New York: Neal-Schuman.

    With today’s digital natives, educators face new challenges in guiding young adults to discovery of the critical thinking and enjoyment that comes from lifelong literacy not to mention simply reading simply for pleasure. For anyone seeking to hone their skills as a guide to YA reading, Latrobe and Drury give you a theoretical basis for your programming with cogent explanations of eight critical theories of literature:

    • New Criticism/Formal Criticism
    • Psychological Criticism
    • Sociological Criticism: Relationships in Context
    • Historical Criticism
    • Gender Criticism: Opposite Sexes or Neighboring Sexes?
    • Archetypal/Mythological Criticism
    • Popular Culture and Criticism
    • Reader-Response: A Unique Literary Event

    Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature is for librarians in school and public libraries (plus their colleagues across the curriculum) who strive for collections and programming that elicit thoughtful responses and build higher-level literacy skills across grades 6–12. The authors explore all facets of creating a vibrant YA reading community such as inquiry-based learning, promoting and motivating reading, collection management, understanding multiple intelligences, accepting diverse beliefs, and acting as a change agent to name a few. Latrobe and Drury also provide basic questions designed to involve young people, activities to encourage critical responses and bibliographies of YA books with annotations. (book description)

    Easy information sources for ESL, adult learners, & new readers (book)

    Riechel, R. (2009). Easy information sources for ESL, adult learners, & new readers. New York: Neal-Schuman,

    Librarians in every community find challenges in serving adult patrons who struggle to read. Adult book collections are too daunting…and many children’s books are simply
    too childlike. This bibliography identifies and describes more than 250 nonfiction books from the children’s department that will support and engage your adults with special needs.

    Organized into 15 popular subject areas, and based on recommendations from respected public library adult and children’s librarians, school librarians, and children’s authors, the books included in this annotated bibliography are based on specific criteria, including:

    · Coverage of popular, but complex topics, using clear language,
    and highly readable presentations
    · Accurate, well-researched texts
    · Appealing, informative illustrations to enhance text
    · A minimum of “childish” features

    The majority of works recommended are recent with publishing dates after 1998 and they can be recommended with confidence because they do not “talk down” to adult readers or embarrass those who may be new readers. This new work is both a handy “book finding” tool and a terrific resource helping your library fulfill an important community outreach mission. (book description)

    The Newbery and Caldecott Awards 2009 (book)

    Association for Library Service to Children. (2009). The Newbery & Caldecott Awards: A guide to the medal and honor books (2009 ed.). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

    The latest edition of the Newbery and Caldecott Awards guide covers the most distinguished American children’s literature and illustration. Librarians and teachers everywhere have come to rely on this annual guide for quick reference, collection and curriculum development, and readers’ advisory. With a fresh look and format, locating information on the award-winning books is easier than ever before.

    The new format of Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2009 Edition is accompanied by Kathleen T. Horning’s new essay, “Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: Revised, Revamped, and Revitalized,” which explores the topic of new editions and bibliographic citations for updated works. The 2009 edition also includes notes indicating those Caldecott Medal winners and Honor Books that have been revised and republished with new art.

    Along with these new features, the vital favorites from past editions still remain. In addition to the comprehensive awards listings, Bette J. Peltola’s essay explains terms and definitions associated with both awards while Christine Behrmann discusses information on media used in the award-winning books.

    With this book’s glimpse at criteria used to select the award, an annotated summary of winners and honors back to the celebrated prizes’ beginnings, and a fresh new format, this comprehensive resource is better than ever. (book description)

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Teaching Media Literacy

    De Abreu, Belinha S. Teaching Media Literacy: A How-to-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2007. ISBN 1-55570-596-0

    Can you list the 5 core concepts and questions for media literacy? Have you heard of the TAP model? Have you ever combined media literacy skills with a history or science lesson? If you answered no to any of these questions, consider reading this valuable resource. -- Jen

    Booklist Review:
    Media literacy is gaining attention as information literacy is being parsed into various components. The term is actually short for mass media, as opposed to multimedia or mixed media, and focuses on discerning the message and agenda of producers. The ultimate intent is to help beginners become savvy consumers as well as learning how to create media messages. To this end, De Abreu explains (mass) media literacy, discusses its significance in the lives of youth, and describes the current status of media literacy education. The majority of the book includes basic lesson development and seven sample topical lessons on television, music and radio, advertising, media production, and more. Each lesson includes a brief overview and several mini lessons. Following the lessons is a section providing a glossary and lists of resources. The accompanying CD-ROM repeats the lessons, handouts, and glossary. This is a practical “package deal” that will help beginning librarians and educators. --Lesley Farmer

    Creating a Comprehensive Information Literacy Plan

    Burkhardt, Joanna M., Mary C. MacDonald, and Andree J. Rathemacher. Creating a Comprehensive Information Literacy Plan: A How-to-Do-It Manual and CD-ROM for Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-55570-533-2

    Although the bulk of the examples are for a college audience, this resource includes a running example from a K-6 school and would be valuable for secondary librarians as well. Many books focus on teaching information literacy skills, but not many hold your hand and offer step-by-step guidance about building an information literacy plan. This one does, and it provides plenty of worksheets and real-life examples along the way. -- Jen

    Library Journal Starred Review:
    Transform[s] a monumental endeavor into a manageable task by removing most of the guesswork in creating an information literacy program...This is an essential resource, highly recommended for those needing to launch an IL program...there is practical information and a model plan for grades K-6.

    Making the Writing and Research Connection with the I-Search Process

    Tallman, Julie I., and Marilyn Z. Joyce. Making the Writing and Research Connection with the I-Search Process: A How-to-Do-It Manual, 2nd ed. Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2006. ISBN 1-55570-534-0

    The I-Search approach to research begins with students selecting topics based on personal interests. The process builds inquiry skills and includes several stages of reflection, both of which help the student grow as a researcher and writer. This book can help you learn and teach the I-Search process. -- Jen

    School Library Journal Review:
    Tallman and Joyce's first edition (1997)concentrated on training middle and secondary students to employ I-Search, a research and writing process that challenges learners to have a "stake in the topic" of study. What's new with this edition is the generalization of the process to expand application to learners of all ages, abilities, and personalities across the curriculum; what is unchanged is the assumption that learning is more intimate when students pursue inquiries within their scope of interest. In addition to a revised restatement of the I-Search process, this new volume offers feedback and changes based on reactions from teachers who followed the original. It uses the very evolution of the process and of instructional technologies to engender fresh application of I-Search, and it responds to national standards conceived since the first publication. An accompanying CD-ROM contains downloadable files of all of the figures and charts from the manual that include outlines, handouts, worksheets, and sample student projects. The flexibility of this edition is particularly welcome, as it suggests how to apply the I-Search process to any area of education.—Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH

    A is for Almanac

    Garvin, Susan L., and Annie Weissman. A is for Almanac: Complete Lessons to Teach the Use of Reference Sources in Grades K-6. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008. ISBN 1-55570-623-1

    The product description provides a good summary of what this book offers: Chock-full of [almost 200] librarian-perfected lessons and worksheets, this book and accompanying CD contain ready-to-go lesson plans, worksheets, activities, and more for teaching students how to use both print and electronic atlases, almanacs, dictionaries, online catalogs, and encyclopedias. You'll find lessons for each grade level, emphasizing either science or social studies. And each lesson has been developed using Madeline Hunter's EEI (Essential Elements of Instruction) lesson plan format. Lessons are well scaffolded for grade-to-grade continuity and the authors have even included high-interest games and contests to engage and motivate students. Designed to encourage collaboration between librarians and classroom teachers, the lessons can be easily correlated to state and district standards. The accompanying CD includes all of the worksheets, games, and contests, as well as posters for your library…all of which can be customized for your own collection, library layout, call numbers, and curriculum.

    Library Media Connection Review:
    This is a valuable turnkey teaching tool for media specialists -- especially those with little time to prepare lesson plans. Highly recommended.

    The Plagiarism Plague

    Bowman, Vibiana, ed. The Plagiarism Plague: A Resource Guide and CD-ROM Tutorial for Educators and Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004. ISBN 1-55570-501-4

    Having problems with student plagiarism, whether students flat out call someone else's work their own or don't cite sources properly? This comprehensive title can help. It is aimed at high school and college audiences and covers everything from understanding how and why students plagiarize to offering approaches and resources to curb the problem. -- Jen

    School Library Journal Review
    This compilation of chapters by various contributors runs the gamut from philosophical musings to practical tips and advice. The writings in Part I deal with understanding the problem, its causes, and challenges in a technological society in which paper mills and other easy fixes are readily available to students. A special focus on the challenges for ESL students is included. Part II supplies ideas for combating plagiarism. Instructional, administrative, and cultural changes within the academic community are suggested. Techniques for teaching citations, the principles of academic honesty, definitions of intellectual property, and an annotated bibliography of professional resources are included in Part III. Each chapter concludes with a "Works Cited" section of current resources. An accompanying CD-ROM provides a quick way to access the numerous Web sites listed in the title, a way to view and use the sample tutorials, and the ability to insert the files provided to create new materials. This excellent title will appeal to educators at both the secondary and post-secondary levels who are interested in better understanding the problem and taking the practical strategies needed to combat it.-Beth Jones, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    Copyright for Teachers and Librarians

    Butler, Rebecca P. Copyright for Teachers and Librarians. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2004. ISBN 1-55570-500-6

    Scenario 1: You send an email and someone else posts it on a listserv. Does that violate copyright?

    Scenario 2: You teach science and run across a website with a great list of links about the weather. Can you copy that list for your students, or does that violate copyright?

    Scenario 3: You get a new student today, but the math workbook you order for him will not arrive for at least a week. Can you copy the pages from another student's workbook in the meantime, or does that violate copyright?

    For straightforward answers to these questions and clear definitions of such concepts as fair use and public domain, read this book. -- Jen

    School Library Journal Review:
    If you've been looking for a thorough but easy-to-figure-out handbook on copyright law and how to do your job and stay legal, you may hereby shout, "Eureka!" Butler has succeeded in classifying, clarifying, and demystifying every conceivable type of situation you might find yourself in and then provides answers, in simple flow-chart form, for handling them. The five chapters in Part I are thorough reviews of copyright law, the concept of fair use, determining what is in public domain, how to obtain permissions, and other general guidelines on such topics as licensing, loaning, penalties, plagiarism, and exemptions. The bulk of the book is in Part II, which deals with specific applications, such as Internet and public access, videos and DVDs, television, software, music, multimedia, distance learning and–oh, yes!–print! Each chapter follows the same format (including end notes and references), providing clarity and ease of access, and more than 60 flow charts provide pathways to follow in various situations. In the unlikely event your situation is missed, you'll find out how to find it on any of the Internet sites provided for further research. An indispensable addition.–Mary R. Hofmann, Rivera Middle School, Merced, CA