Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Graphic Novels In Your School Library

Karp, Jesse. Graphic Novels In Your School Library. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 741.5 Karp ISBN 978-0-8389-1089-4

Many educators now agree that graphic novels inform as well as entertain, and to dismiss the educational potential of the graphic novel is to throw away a golden opportunity to reach out to young readers. This dynamic book takes a look at the term graphic novel, how the format has become entwined in our culture, and the ways in which graphic novels can be used in the library and in the classroom. To set those unfamiliar with the format at ease, graphic novel expert Karp

  • Introduces the history, the symbols, and the conventions of the form
  • Provides annotated lists of core titles to help K 12 librarians build their collections
  • Offers lesson plans that use graphic novels to impart facts and enliven discussion on everything from life skills and dating to history
A one-stop resource which keeps the school library firmly at center stage, this eye-opening book will change your view of graphic novels.

Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy

Grover, Sharon and Lizette D. Hannegan. Listening to Learn: Audiobooks Supporting Literacy. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 372.4 Grove ISBN 978-0-8389-1107-5

Drawing on decades of audiobook experience and research, librarians Grover and Hannegan convincingly make the case that audiobooks not only present excellent opportunities to engage the attention of young people but also advance literacy. Listening to Learn connects audiobooks with K-12 curricula and demonstrates how the format can support national learning standards and literacy skills by

  • Presenting a concise history of the audiobook, with commentary from experts in the field
  • Showing librarians how to harness their library s audiobook collection and practice effective collection development
  • Including thematic lists of quality titles and suggested group listening activities, ready for use in the classroom by teachers
  • Helping parents use audiobooks as an incentive to read and encourage skill development
Complete with a research bibliography and resource guide, Listening to Learn ensures that librarians, educators, and parents can make audiobooks a major component of literacy advancement.

The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security

Graham, Warren. The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 025.82 Graha ISBN 978-0-8389-1137-2

Sharing expertise gleaned from more than two decades as a library security manager, Graham demonstrates that libraries can maintain their best traditions of openness and public access by creating an unobtrusive yet effective security plan. In straightforward language, the author

  • Shows how to easily set clear expectations for visitors behavior
  • Presents guidelines for when and how to intervene when someone violates the code of conduct, including tips for approaching an unruly patron
  • Offers instruction on keeping persistent troublemakers under control or permanently barred from the library
  • Gives library staff tools for communicating effectively with its security professionals, including examples of basic documentation

The Black Belt Librarian arms librarians with the confidence and know-how they need to maintain a comfortable, productive, and safe environment for everyone in the library.

Pre- & Post- Retirement Tips for Librarians

Smallwood, Carol, ed. Pre- & Post- Retirement Tips for Librarians. Chicago: ALA, 2012. 646.7 Pre ISBN 978-0-8389-1120-4

Retirement holds many questions for librarians. Smallwood s volume offers insight, inspiration, and tips for those already retired as well as those thinking about retiring. A raft of veteran librarians, financial advisors, and other experts address

  • Planning for retirement, and how to leave things in good shape for those continuing your work
  • The pros and cons of taking early retirement, including financial considerations
  • How to stay connected to the profession after leaving the job by engaging in part-time work and through professional related activities
  • Second careers, community volunteering, travel, staying healthy, budgeting, and other post-retirement activities and concerns
This book helps librarians navigate a smooth passage into retirement.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Education for Professional Growth and Field Sustainability

Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Education for Professional Growth and Field Sustainability

Jorgensen, Miriam. September 30, 2011. 027.63 Jorge

“This paper constitutes the final evaluation report for Preserving Language, Memory, and Lifeways: A Continuing Education Project for 21st Century Lbirarians, a grant to the Western Council of State Libraries by the Institute of Museum and Library services (award number RE-06-06-01190).”