Thursday, January 21, 2010

Serving Boys Through Reader’s Advisory

Sullivan, Michael. Serving Boys Through Reader’s Advisory. Chicago: ALA, 2010. isbn-13: 978-0-8389-1022-1 028.55 SulliS

With an emphasis on nonfiction and the boy-friendly categories of genre fiction, the work offers a wealth of material including: suggestions for how to booktalk one-on-one as well as in large groups; methods of performing indirect readers' advisory by working with parents or teachers; lists of great authors for boys in the various genres and over five hundred recommended books; and, also lists of read-alikes as well as titles to offer a boy in place of a book he did not like or would not read. It is complete with hundreds of suggested titles, booktalks, and lists to help turn boys into rabid readers.

Fundamentals of Library Supervision, 2nd ed.

Giesecke, Joan and Beth McNeil. Fundamentals of Library Supervision, 2nd ed. Chicago: ALA, 2010. isbn-13: 978-0-8389-1016-0 023.9 Giese 2nd. ed.

Management and supervision in libraries are more complex than ever. Not only is the workplace different but the workforce is often made up of four very different generations with very different educational backgrounds and work experiences. Giesecke and McNeil, two experienced library managers, present a basic commonsense approach to solving management and supervisory challenges. They utilize real-world techniques and practices to help readers learn basic supervisory and management procedures and offer strategies and tips to handle difficult situations like firing employees and addressing poor performance. Chapters cover communication, how to create a positive working environment, managing teams, recognizing fundamental legal issues, and managing meetings.