Monday, June 27, 2011
Carstensen, Angela. Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation. Chicago: ALA, 2011. 028.535 Outst ISBN 978-0-8389-8570-0
Connecting teens to books they’ll truly enjoy is the aim of every young adult librarian, and the completely revamped guide Outstanding Books for the College Bound will give teen services staff the leg up they need to make it happen. Listing over 400 books deemed outstanding for the college bound by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), this indispensable resource:
- Examines how the previous lists in the series were developed, and explains the book s new layout
- Features engaging, helpful book descriptions useful for readers advisory
Offers programming tips and other ideas for ways the lists can be used at schools and public libraries
- Includes indexes searchable by topic, year, title, and author
More than simply a vital collection development tool, this book can help librarians help young adults grow into the kind of independent readers and thinkers who will flourish at college.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
In this sequel to the book that "takes teen services to a new level" (Adolescence), YA experts Amy J. Alessio and Kimberly A. Patton present entirely new content while building on the successful formula they established earlier. This volume offers several new themed book lists and read-alikes as well as appendices with reproducible handouts for the various programs. This invaluable collection includes
- A section of introductory material that includes general programming advice
- Information on teen clubs, and marketing ideas
- More than 30 programs cleverly organized around a calendar year, including several that focus on technology, with many other ideas that can adapted year-round as needed
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
From his earliest reading memories in wartime Britain through five decades of librarianship, eminent librarian and former ALA President Michael Gorman offers insights from his extraordinary career in this new memoir. Gorman relates his personal and professional journey in prose that is by turns charming, opinioned, and revealing. He made perhaps his most significant contribution to librarianship as editor of the 1978 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, a major development that receives detailed attention here. The debates and arguments that would shape professional practice for years to come are dramatically presented, with a vivid cast of characters including leading librarians from two continents. Broken Pieces, Gorman s account of being on the front lines of many of the most important decisions made in librarianship during his career, is a timely and entertaining read.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Updated to include the 2011 award and honor books, this new edition of the annual guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory. Retaining the streamlined look and format of recent editions, the 2011 guide also includes
- A thoughtful essay on children's literature today, by Barbara Kiefer, Professor of Children's Literature at Ohio State University
- Explanations of criteria used to select the winners
- Updated bibliographic citations and indexes for the award winners
Check out this title's webextras!
· Guidance on how to do ILL efficiently and effectively, with advice on how to be a considerate borrower and lender
· Details of preferred staffing and management techniques, showing how best practices can beimplemented at any institution
· Discussion of important issues that can fall between the cracks, such as hidden copyright issues,and the logistics of lending internationally
Consortia and other library partnerships are now sharing ever larger fractions of their collections, andthis book gives library staff the tools necessary for a smoothly functioning ILL system.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Libraries are in a unique position to help young people explore new ideas. One easy way to do that is by using elements of pop culture to which they’re already attracted. Here, two innovative YA librarians show you how to capitalize on the latest trends--from TV, movies, and music to indie and niche interests--by incorporating them into compelling, creative programs.
Casual and fun to use, the book encompasses both traditional and Web 2.0 participatory programming, offering practical ideas, program templates, and step-by-step outlines of methods, supplies, and resources. Chapter coverage includes:
- The philosophy of services to teens and tweens
- Targeting populations
- Collection building
- Innovative programming using everything from reality
- television to music to gaming
- Tween and teen spaces (both physical and virtual spaces)
Providing answers to questions such as “What will I do with my summer program?” or “How can I incorporate something educational into our library’s gaming theme?,” this time-saving, soup-to-nuts resource is perfect for librarians working with newer technologies, as well as those looking to add some pop to traditional programming formats.
Monday, June 6, 2011
· Prepare for budget crunches by showing them how to develop versatile skills and plan ahead for potential changes in employment
· Educate themselves about which library positions are being phased out and which will hold steady or expand
· Adjust their career goals, repurpose their existing skills for non-traditional librarianship, and even search for work in non-library settings
This Special Report provides the compassionate guidance and pragmatic support that librarians will need to survive possible career crises and reenter the job market with renewed confidence.