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