Thursday, June 24, 2010

Designing Space for Children and Teens (book)

Feinberg, S. & Keller, J.R. (2010). Designing Space for Children and Teens in Libraries and Public Spaces. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Providing tips, suggestions, and guidelines on the critical issues that surround designing spaces for children and teens, this how-to book will help you create a space that they will never want to leave. This must-have guide includes
  • How to select an architect or design professional
  • The importance of including YA librarians in the design and implementation
  • Information on how children and teens view and use space
  • 20 color photos of example spaces
Whether your space is large or small, in a library or public place, this resource will give you creative and practical ideas for using the space to its full potential! (book description)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Running a Small Library

Moorman, John A. ed. Running a Small Library. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2006. ISBN 1-55570-549-9. 025.1 Runni

Written for librarians, paraprofessionals, and volunteers who may be part of the limited staff--or, indeed, the only staff--in a library, this manual provides very basic explanations and advice. Part 1 covers the challenges faced in different kinds of libraries--college, community college, special, public, and school--that have few resources. The sections that follow cover budgeting, public service, collection development, and computers and automation. Augmenting the text are numerous examples of forms, policies, and other items. The volume concludes with lists of vendors, professional organizations, and more, plus a bibliography. Whether the reader is a new librarian who is starting his or her first administrative position or an experienced librarian who wishes to improve management skills, this manual should prove useful.

Introduction to Digital Rights Management (DRM); Identifying, Tracking, Authorizing and Restricting Access to Digital Media

Harte, Lawrence. Introduction to Digital Rights Management (DRM); Identifying, Tracking, Authorizing and Restricting Access to Digital Media. Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina: Althos Publishing, 2007. ISBN 193281340-3. 005.8 Intro

This book explains the fundamentals of digital rights management systems including identifying, tracking, authorizing and restricting access to digital media. You will learn how DRM systems help to protect and enforce copyrights, patents, trademarks, and other forms of intellectual property. Digital assets can take various forms including audio, data and digital video. You will discover how it is possible to provide simple access to authorized users and how to restrict access to unauthorized users. You will discover how authentication works without the need to transfer secret keys through communication systems. The basic encryption processes are described along with introduction on some of the ways to use and implement encryption.

Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the role of libraries

Rothstein, Pauline and Diantha Dow Schull, eds. Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the role of libraries. Chicago: ALA, 2010. ISBN 978-0-8389-1014-6. 027.622 Boome

This book offers proactive ideas that serve the increasing longevity of your patrons, different perspectives on longevity from a variety of scholars and experts, and a section on librarians' responses to the issues. Supporting this growing population is a concern of many, and this book will help you find ways to be creative and take the initiative to build a build a better service model for these customers.

Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog

Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog. New York, iUniverse, Inc., 2008. ISBN 978-0-595-47747-0. 020.72 Badke

Geared for students, William Badke shows that research does not need to be painful. He covers the skills that are essential to the success of any research project so that students can take control of the research. Research Strategies is as friendly as a puppy, as informative as a Facebook account, and as helpful as a personal servant. This is a well-recommended information literacy text.

Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching By Discipline and Student Population

Ragains, Patrick, ed. Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching By Discipline and Student Population. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2006. ISBN 1-55570-573-1. 028.70711 Infor

Over twenty library instructors share their best practices for reaching out to today’s unique users. Readers will find strategies and techniques for teaching college and university freshmen, community college students, students with disabilities, and those in distance learning programs. You will also find proven approaches to teaching students in the most popular programs of study English Literature, Art and Art History, Film Studies, History, Psychology, Science, Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Hospitality, and International Marketing. Three additional chapters guide instructors through teaching legal, government information, and patent searching. Each chapter covers instructional design, lesson planning, library/faculty collaborations, marketing programs, assessment, and more. The companion CD-ROM features several of the lesson plans, presentations, brochures, worksheets, handouts, and evaluation forms discussed in the book.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Children's Services: Partnerships for Success (book)

Diamant-Cohen, B. (2010). Children's Services: Partnerships for Success. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

Co-author of the popular titles Booktalking Bonanza and The Early Literacy Kit, Betsy Diamant-Cohen brings together 18 examples of successful outreach partnerships that children's librarians and administrators can adapt to their own situations. Contributors from the U.S and Canada explain how they partnered with schools, community organizations, museums, businesses and other agencies to create novel experiences for children across the children's services spectrum (preschool through middle-school). Inside this volume readers will find
  • Descriptions of innovative award-winning collaborations, such as The Read to Me Program (a family literacy project that evolved from a collaboration between an adult corrections facility and a public library)
  • Programming ideas perfect for enhancing community outreach
  • Inspiration to create and kick-start new initiatives
Filled with lively collaborative programming ideas, Children’s Services will help you reach out to your communities and to your constituents in new and exciting ways. (book description)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data

Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data, edited by Nicole C. Engard, Medford, N.J. : Information Today, Inc., 2009. 334p.

From the publisher:

This unique book is geared to help any library keep its website dynamically and collaboratively up-to-date, increase user participation, and provide exemplary web-based service through the power of mashups.

Nicole C. Engard and 25 contributors from all over the world share definitions, tools, techniques, and real life applications. Examples range from ways to allow those without programming skills to make simple website updates, to modifying the library OPAC, to using popular sites like Flickr, Yahoo!, LibraryThing, Google Maps, and Delicious to share and combine digital content.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Technology Trends in Libraries: Tools, Skills, Staffing and Training

Technology Trends in Libraries: Tools, Skills, Staffing and Training. Host, Pam Klein; presenters, Eric Lease Morgan and Marshall Breeding. College of Dupage, 2010. DVD.

This is a recording of the teleconference that was broadcast by the College of DuPage as part of the Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve series on April 9, 2010. Running time is 90 minutes. The target audience is librarians in public and academic libraries.

Description on DVD:
"By providing information, strategies and educated forecasts, this program helps you to stay ahead of the technology curve. More than a showcase of the latest gadgets and apps, this teleconference discusses technology as the fundamental driving force behind evolving services, best practices and new attitudes that shape the face of librarianship. We examine specific emerging technologies, not just to criticize or recommend, but to analyze their uses in the current library environment and their potential as harbingers of the future."

Monday, June 14, 2010

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online

Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, 2009.

This booklet is designed to help parents teach their children about online safety. The publication was put together by which provides “practical tips from the federal government and the technology community to help you guard against internet fraud, secure your computers, and protect your privacy.”

Anyone is welcome to download a PDF version from It is also available in Spanish:

According to the back of the booklet, you can order free copies from