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."

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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!
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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!
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