Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Leading In and Beyond the Library

Wolf, Mary Ann, Rachel Jones, and Gilbert Daniel. Leading In and Beyond the Library [report]. Alliance for Excellent Education, 2014. 
Online Description
This paper explains the key role that school librarians and libraries should play in state - and districtwide - efforts to transition to digital learning, or the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning. The report calls for district and school leaders, policymakers, and boards of education to support, encourage, and fund the evolving role of librarians and libraries as facilitators of content creation, personalized learning, and professional development.

This report is also available online.

How to Teach

Crane, Beverley. How to Teach: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9105-0

Publisher's Description
Designed for any librarian who needs to teach either one person at a time or an entire class, How to Teach is a stand-alone guide to becoming proficient in teaching users how to access, evaluate, and use information. Covering both face-to-face and online teaching and learning, the book:
  • gives you just enough background on learning theory, how to plan good instruction, and how to deliver it.
  • helps you assess the advantages and disadvantages of face-to-face and online instruction and selecting the best mode for your content.
  • Illustrates instructional strategies to employ and provides model lesson plans for creating online and face-to-face instruction.
  • highlights ways of using individualized instruction either by itself or as a complement to other teaching. Examples include how to create LibGuides and videos.
  • features lesson plans with step-by-step instructions and hands on ways to create objectives, present activities, and evaluate instruction.
This book is designed for all librarians and library staff who teach as part of their role and library school students new to teaching.

Teaching Information Fluency

Heine, Carl, and Dennis O'Connor. Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2014.
  ISBN: 978-0-8108-9062-6

Publisher's Description
[This book] describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information.

The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time.

The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science.

Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.

Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Tables
Part 1: Digital Information Fluency
Chapter 1: Digital Information Fluency in an Age of Information Consumption
Chapter 2: Information Fluency, Achievement and the Common Core
Part 2: Speculative Searching
Chapter 3: Self-taught Search Box Strategies
Chapter 4: Internet Search Challenges
Part 3: Investigative Searching
Chapter 5: Investigative Searching
Chapter 6: Investigative Case Study
Part 4: Ethical and Fair Use
Chapter 7: Ethical Consumption
Part 5: Instructional Applications
Chapter 8: Embedding Information Fluency
Chapter 9: Curation: Applied Information Fluency
Appendix: Model Lessons

Floating Collections

Bartlett, Wendy K. Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-59884-743-7

Publisher's Description
Librarians seeking to stretch their budgets during economically challenged times are turning to "floating collections" as a solution—where movement of material is generated by hold requests and items remain where they are checked in. It's likely that in a very short time, floating collections will move from best practice to standard practice.

This easy-to-use, comprehensive guide shows how to establish a floating collection in any library—regardless of type or size.

Despite its increasing popularity, there are few published works about floating and floating collections. Virtually no one has addressed critical long-term issues like core collections, material selection, and weeding after floating has taken place. Floating Collections: A Collection Development Model for Long-Term Success makes all of this urgently needed information available in one place.

This unique guidebook defines "floating," explains the pros and cons, explores the impact of floating collections on collection work, and enables readers to establish a floating collection in any library. Not only does this book help librarians to decide rationally if, how, and when to float, it also outlines a how-to process for maximum success based on the real-world experience of many systems and identifies ways to maximize the advantages of a floating collection. In addition, the author addresses common collection concerns and outlines workable solutions for problematic issues that can arise.

• Checklists for various stages of the floating process
• Frequently asked questions for staff members
• A bibliography of publications on floating collections, covering websites of floating libraries, PLA presentations, articles, and listserv archives
• An index covers major topics, libraries described within the text, as well as interviewed individuals

• Presents best practices from libraries in the United States and Canada
• Synthesizes all relevant background material, history, and reasons other systems have decided to float, enabling the prospective floater to make the best decision for his or her library
• Contains chapters on conquering major stumbling blocks, predicting success with concrete numbers and other simple-to-use methods
• Provides insight into correcting common problems or issues related to collection work

Sample Topics

Advantages and Disadvantages to a Floating Collection
Best Practices from Other Systems
Beta Testing Your Float
Buying for a Floating Collection
Creating a Management Dream Team
Customer Impact
Customers as Part of the Collection Development Team
Floating a Collection
History of Floating
Overcoming Staff Resistance to Your Float
Predicting What Floating Will do to Your Collection
Reader's Advisory and the Floating Collection
Rebalancing the Floating Collection
Saving Money with a Floating Collection
Social Capital Argument for Floating Collections
Technical Aspects with ILS
Weeding the Floating Collection
What Other Systems are Floating
What to do with the Main Branch(es) When the Books Float Away

Let's Start the Music

Brown, Amy. Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1166-2

Publisher's Description
Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. In this collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3, Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read. Offering several thematic programs, complete with stories, songs, and flannelboard and other activities, her book includes

  • Music activities, lists of music-related books, mix-and-match activities, and additional web resources
  • Terrific tips on how to teach songs to young children
  • Ways to develop original songs and rhythms to enliven children’s books
Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bushel basket, this handy resource has everything you need to start the music in your storytimes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
The Importance of Music

Chapter 2
Incorporating Songs and Instruments into Library Programming

Chapter 3
Instrument Jam Band

Chapter 4
Feel the Rhythm

Chapter 5
Sing-Along Stories and Songs

Chapter 6
Moving and Grooving

Chapter 7
A Sound Hullabaloo

Chapter 8
Musical Potpourri

Chapter 9
Animal Antics

Chapter 10
Camp Do Re Mi

Chapter 11
Dragons, Monsters, and Ghosts, Oh My!

Chapter 12
Once upon a Time

Chapter 13
Earth Celebration

Chapter 14
Game Time

Chapter 15
Tasty Tunes and Tales

Appendix 1
Appendix 2

Monday, March 24, 2014

Making the Most of Your Library Career

Stickell, Lois and Bridgetta Sanders. Making the Most of Your Library Career. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 020.23 Makin.  ISBN 978-0-8389-1186-0

An MLIS can provide the skill set needed to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, career librarians from every corner of the profession offer a personal, down-to-earth view of "what it's really like out there." Filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career, this book addresses important topics like

•    How to work and adapt at a new organization
•    What management expects and how to view everyday activities from that point of view
•    How to make suggestions for change
•    Advice on navigating the cyclical nature of a librarian's work year
•    The rewards and challenges of professional organizations
•    Why a library degree is valuable outside a traditional library setting
Those new to the field will find the contributors' seasoned advice both inspiring and practical, while veterans of the profession will find guidance on retuning their careers in librarianship's changing environment.

Legal Reference for Librarians: How and Where to Find the Answers

Healey, Paul D. Legal Reference for Librarians: How and Where to Find the Answers. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 025.52 Heale.  ISBN 978-0-8389-1117-4

In recent years the number of Americans who have decided to handle their own legal affairs without the help of a lawyer has skyrocketed. Ranging from people writing their own wills or drafting a contract to those trying to represent themselves in court, they're going to public and academic libraries for answers. As both an attorney and a librarian, Healy's background makes him uniquely qualified to advise library staff on providing users with the legal information they seek, and in this handbook, he

•    Provides a concise orientation on legal research, including strategies for finding information quickly and a handpicked compendium of the best resources
•    Offers guidance on how to provide advice on legal research while steering clear of liability
•    Covers federal legal reference as well as all 50 states, with a comprehensive list of web-based legal resources
Library staff can provide valuable and ethical legal reference guidance with the practical guidance in this book.

ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 9th ed.

Maxwell, Nancy Kalikow, ed. The ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 9th ed. Chicago: ALA, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8389-1211-9

This all-in-one resource for researching library and school grants is back in a new edition, and more useful than ever, offering refreshed content and even more guidance on locating grant funding sources. Using this guide, librarians, fundraisers, and researchers will find quick, convenient access to information on the most likely funding sources for libraries, including private foundations, corporate foundations, corporate direct givers, government agencies, and library and nonprofit organizations. Edited by Nancy Kalikow Maxwell, a grant writer with 35 years of experience, this edition includes more than 200 new entries, as well as

•    A detailed introduction explaining the concept of "grant readiness" and walking readers through the steps of preparing their institution for a grant project, including strategic planning, conducting a needs assessment, and identifying potential partners
•    Guidance on the most effective ways to use the directory, with an explanation of inclusion criteria and data elements
•    Multiple indexes for finding the right information fast
•    A new section covering grant-related organizations and sources, to aid readers looking for grant writers or grant development assistance
The challenge of "finding the money" will be made easier with this guide's clear and comprehensive information.

Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, A LITA Guide

Bagley, Caitlin, LITA. Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, A LITA Guide. Chicago: ALA, 2014. 027 Bagle.  ISBN 978-1-55570-990-7

Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build, and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software, and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space and equipment, a tenet of the makerspace movement, fits squarely into libraries mission. Bagley examines nine makerspaces in public, academic, and school libraries, describing their design and technical decisions in depth and showing how each is doing something unique and different, under a wide range of budgets and project offerings. Enabling readers to quickly gather information about these trailblazing projects, Bagley’s guide:

  • Defines the makerspace, and describes why it fits perfectly into the library's role as community center;
  • Answers common questions about implementing a makerspace project, detailing how libraries are addressing issues such as registration, usage policy, noise, software programs in digital workspaces, adapting spaces, funding, and promotion;
  • Illustrates approaches libraries are taking to staffing makerspaces, from Anchorage Public Library’s Maker in Residence and Mesa Public Library's THINKspot coordinator, to the library school students involved with University of Michigan and University of Illinois makerspace projects;
  • Covers the demographics of makerspace users, from children and teens to hobbyists and job seekers, offering guidance for targeting, marketing, and programming.
  • A sourcebook of ideas that readers can apply at their own institutions, this resource also demonstrates how makerspaces can be gathering places for people to learn how to create and build together as a community.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Including Families of Children with Special Needs (books)

Scott Banks, C. (2014). Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman.

More than 6.5 million children in the US receive special education services; in any given community, approximately one child out of every six will get speech therapy, go to counseling, attend classes exclusively with other children with disabilities, or receive some other service that allows him or her to learn. This new revised edition is a step-by-step guide to serving children and youth with disabilities as well as the family members, caregivers, and other people involved in their lives. The authors show how staff can enable full use of the library’s resources by integrating the methods of educators, medical and psychological therapists, social workers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers. Widening the scope to address the needs of teens as well as preschool and school-age children, this edition also discusses the needs of Spanish-speaking children with disabilities and their families, looking at cultural competency as well as Spanish-language resources. Enhanced with checklists, stories based on real experiences, descriptions of model programs and resources, and an overview of appropriate internet sites and services, this how-to gives thorough consideration to

  • Partnering and collaborating with parents and other professionals
  • Developing special collections and resources
  • Assessing competencies and skills
  • Principles underlying family-centered services and resource-based practices
  • The interrelationship of early intervention, special education, and library service
This manual will prove valuable not only to children’s services librarians, outreach librarians, and library administrators, but also early intervention and family support professionals, early childhood and special educators, childcare workers, daycare and after school program providers, and policymakers.

(book description)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

After-School Clubs for Kids (book)

Shaia, L.M. (2014). After-School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1202-7

Learning that takes place "after hours" in a club setting is often an undersupported component of children's education. After-school clubs built around books encourage independent, recreational reading, which in turn has a positive impact on the rest of a child's day. In this book, Shaia offers a year's worth of ready-to-implement program ideas for librarians and educators. Her month-by-month calendar of themed clubs is conveniently divided by grade level (K-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6) to allow club leaders and organizers to closely align activities and book selections to the ages of the club's participants. This handy book

  • Offers programming on such themes as science, math, animals, mysteries, art, fairy tales, and more, all of which can be adapted for either a half-hour or forty-five-minute time slot   
  • Details age-specific bibliographies and suggestions for read-alouds, music, and craft or game activities, with different ideas for each week in a month
  • Presents information on publicizing the activity, community outreach, display ideas, set-up, supplies, management, and evaluation
With its inviting approach to book-based programming, Shaia's start-to-finish guide helps promote reading as a fun, engaging activity for kids.

Chapter 1: Math
Chapter 2: Fairy Tales
Chapter 3: Science
Chapter 4: Humor
Chapter 5: Art
Chapter 6: Mysteries
Chapter 7: Out at Sea
Chapter 8: Adventures
Chapter 9: School
Chapter 10: Chillers
Chapter 11: Boys Only
Chapter 12: Girls Only
(book description and table of contents)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Rx for the Common Core

Ratzer, Mary B., and Paige Jaeger. Rx for the Common Core: Toolkit for Implementing Inquiry Learning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-61069-545-9

Publisher's Description
...Providing clear explanations of inquiry-based learning in the light of the Common Core, this book is a practical and graphical guide that will serve as a much-needed primer for librarians and educators.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are putting educators under pressure to examine what works and what doesn't. Even with the best efforts, integrating new strategies into daily practice in the classroom or library can be frustrating. This book will help. Providing a professional development toolkit that trains school librarians and teachers and enables them to train others, it presents a sequence of scaffolded essential questions that results in a customized blueprint for effective teaching. The book assembles background building blocks for inquiry and the Common Core, illustrates and connects key concepts on how to introduce inquiry-based learning, and provides effective tools for igniting the Common Core through inquiry-based learning methods. Developed from the crucible of six years of professional development to real-world audiences with deep experience in teaching and school librarianship, this book makes implementing inquiry learning and embracing the Common Core easier for classroom teachers and school librarians who understand the value of these teaching methods but are unsure of the best way to implement them.

• Presents essential questions and key concepts as the framework for efficient, effective change
• Provides readers with an understanding of the basics of inquiry learning and preparation to use methods and tools to implement inquiry learning
• Explains the rationale for the need to redesign instruction in the context of 21st century education
• Examines the Common Core and its relationship to inquiry learning
• Prepares readers to use a toolkit for implementation of the skills called for in the CCSS, such as synthesis and evaluation, and in order to train others in the implementation of inquiry-based learning and the CCSS

Sample Topics
Backwards Design
Common Core State Standards
Defining Inquiry
Engaging Learners
Generation Y
Rigor and Relevance
Self Assessment

A Year in the Story Room (book)

Roginski, R. D. (2014). A Year in the Story Room: Ready-to-Use Programs for Children. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1179-2.

Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of the even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers, and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through a multitude of resources to gather suitable programming materials? Roginski offers the perfect solution with this all-in-one planner for young children, providing everything needed for a year's worth of story room fun. Filled with ready-to-use programs for winter, spring, summer and fall on themes children know and love, this handy volume
  • Presents materials perfectly tailored to each group, including ideas for infants, traditional story programs for children toddling toward kindergarten, and book clubs for emergent readers
  • Gives easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for each program, with suggested books, poems, activities, sound recordings, craft ideas, printable patterns, supply lists, and more
  • Features a special section on guiding children from reading along to reading alone, and other transitional programs
Librarians can take this amazingly useful resource right into the story room to encourage fun and learning the whole year round.
(book description)

Cooking Up A Storytime (book)

Snderson-Newham, S. (2014). Cooking Up A Storytime: mix-and-March Menus for Easy Programming. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1203-4.

Tired of leftovers? Ready to cook up some new storytimes, ones that integrate books and games with math, science, and early literacy activities? These mix-and-match menus featuring kids' favorite topics, like animals, families, farms, and food, will engage young ones while easing their transition to school. Whether you’re hungry for a full-course feast or prefer to order à la carte, this flexible resource dishes up
  • Practical, up-to-date early literacy information that helps storytime organizers understand how children grow and learn
  • Detailed program menus to enable storytime planners to establish uniformity in content, important for early literacy
  • Original flannelboard activities, poems, games, and fingerplays incorporating science, math, and poetry
  • A varied selection of mix-and-match books to help create appealing, perfectly seasoned menus
With the guidance provided by this resource, the storytimes you cook up will be delicious and nutritious!

Check out this book’s Web Extra now!

(book description)

Implementing an Inclusive Staffing Model for Today's Reference Services

Nims, Julie K., Paula Storm, Robert Stevens. Implementing an Inclusive Staffing Model for Today's Reference Services: a Practical Guide for Librarians. Practical Guides for Librarians, no. 2. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9128-9

This book describes the step-by-step transition from the traditional librarian-staffed reference desk to an inclusive reference model where non-MLS personnel are equipped and empowered to answer reference questions wherever these questions might be asked. Each chapter contains practical resources such as checklists, forms, and sample materials, and other usable features to support readers as they implement the inclusive reference model. Topics covered include: 

  • Recognizing that nearly all staff answer reference questions, but few are trained to do so
  • documenting the necessity for a change in reference model
  • gaining buy-in from all interested parties—librarians, non-MLS staff, and administrators
  • determining the optimal staffing level
  • creating training materials and schedules
  • monitoring the quality of reference service
  • supervising staff
  • evaluating the new model using multiple methods
Table of Contents
See publisher's website for a detailed table of contents. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century

Balleste, Roy, Sonia Luna-Lamas and Lisa Smith-Butler (eds.) Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century. 2nd edition. Scarecrow Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9255-2

While designed primarily as a textbook for a law librarianship course, this book offers practical answers to such questions as: What is law librarianship? How do you become a law librarian? How does law librarianship interrelate with the legal world and the library world? This updated edition addresses both historical and contemporary issues facing law libraries and those who staff them!

Table of Contents

Introduction Roy M. Mersky (In Memoriam)

1 A Brief History of Law Librarianship
Robert C. Berring Jr.

2 Working at the Law Library: A Practical Guide
Karl T. Gruben

3 The Administration of the Academic Law Library: The Glue That Binds
Lisa Smith-Butler

4 Public Services
Anne Klinefelter & Sara Sampson

5 State Law Libraries in the Twenty-First Century: The Maryland Experience
Steve Anderson

6 The Curious Case of County Law Libraries
Robert Riger

7 Law Firm Libraries
Abigail E. Ross

8 Collection Development, Licensing, and Acquisitions
Frederick W. Dingledy, Benjamin J. Keele & Jennifer E. Sekula

9 Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Librarianship
Mary Rumsey
10 Technical Services
Sonia Luna-Lamas

11 The Evolution of Government Documents
Jennifer Bryan Morgan

12 Technology Trends in Law Libraries
Billie Jo Kaufman & Roy Balleste

13 The Law Library of Congress
Christine Sellers

14 The World of Library Consortia: Collaboration and
Resource Sharing in the Twenty-First Century
Tracy L. Thompson

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Virtual Reference Benchmarks

Virtual Reference Benchmarks. New York, NY : Primary Research Group, Inc., [2014]

The 189-page study presents results of an exhaustive questionnaire about virtual reference services answered by more than 50 academic, public and special libraries covering issues such as budgets, software and services use, consortia membership, partnerships, library staff time consumed, number of reference questions answered, time taken to provide responses, and the tracking of reference answers and the development of a reference database.

The study also looks at reference question & answer delivery vehicles such as web forms, instant messaging, email, phone, Facebook, Twitter, Skype and more. The report also looks at the various costs of virtual reference – telecommunications, manpower, technology and equipment and at how libraries are using and safeguarding their reference response databases.

The study presents data from more than 50 academic, public and special libraries about their virtual reference systems. Data is broken out separately for these types of libraries, as well as by other criteria, such as the number of years that virtual reference has been in use, type of virtual reference service offered, and library size.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community-Centered Library

Edwards, Julie Biando, Melissa S. Robinson, and Kelley Rae Unger. Transforming Libraries, Building Communities: The Community-Centered Library. Scarecrow Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9181-4

Oriented toward public libraries, this the book focuses on how libraries can become more community centered and, by doing so, how they can transform both themselves and their communities. The authors argue that focusing on building community through innovative and responsive services and programs will be the best way for the public library to reposition itself in the years to come.

Table of Contents
Foreword by Kathleen de la Peña McCook
Part 1
Chapter 1 - Community-Centered Library Services: Their Importance and Relevance
Chapter 2 - Community-Centered Libraries: The Hearts of Revitalized Communities
Chapter 3 - The Future of Libraries, Now
Part 2
Chapter 4 - Allocate the Resources
Chapter 5 - Think Like a Programmer
Chapter 6 - Networking
Chapter 7 - Collaborations
Chapter 8 - Get Grants
Part 3
Chapter 9 - Libraries as Centers of Civic Action
Chapter 10 - Libraries as Centers for Sustainability
Chapter 11 - Libraries as Cultural Reflections of the Community
Chapter 12 - Libraries as Community Centers for Diverse Populations
Chapter 13 - Libraries as Centers for the Arts
Chapter 14 - Libraries as Universities
Chapter 15 - Libraries as Champions of Youth

Monday, March 10, 2014

Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians

Smallwood, Carol, Jason Kuhl, Lisa Fraser (eds.) Time and Project Management Strategies for Librarians. Scarecrow Press, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9052-7

This book is a collection of over 30 essays that provide tips for the professional who must cope with increasing demands upon their resources. Emphasis is on how to:

  • identify the most important tasks for the library
  • eliminate non-essential functions and processes
  • increase reliance on volunteers, interns, and students
  • optimize daily routines and schedule staff effectively
  • increase productivity through the use of social media and email
  • increase project and time management skills and personal productivity through setting and meeting goals
  • Wednesday, March 5, 2014

    Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study for Catalogers

    Kincy, Chamya Pompey (with Sara Shatford Layne). Making the Move to RDA: A Self-Study for Catalogers. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-8769-5

    This book is designed for catalogers working in the MARC environment who currently create records using AACR2 and need to transition to RDA. It explains the conceptual framework for the new cataloging standards and provides ample examples of MARC coded records. As one reviewer observes, " ... [the] book is like having a conversation with two expert catalogers as they walk you step-by-step through the intricacies of the conceptual models ..."

    Table of Contents
    Part I. RDA Background Explained
    Chapter 1. Development, Objectives, and Principles
    Chapter 2. Underlying Models and Organization
    Chapter 3. Major Differences between RDA and AACR2
    Part II. RDA Instructions Summarized
    Chapter 4. Attributes of Manifestations and Items
    Chapter 5. Attributes of Works and Expressions
    Chapter 6. Attributes of Persons, Families, Corporate Bodies, and Places
    Chapter 7. Recording Relationships
    Part III. RDA Applied in the MARC Environment
    Chapter 8. Creating and Interpreting Bibliographic Records for Books
    Chapter 9. Creating and Interpreting Bibliographic Records for Non-Book Resources
    Chapter 10. Creating and Interpreting Authority Records

    The RDA Workbook: Learning the Basics of Resource Description and Access

    Mering, Margaret, (ed.) The RDA Workbook: Learning the Basics of Resource Description and Access. Libraries Unlimited, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-61069-489-6

    Looking for a basic introduction to RDA? This book focuses on the new RDA rules and conventions and their implementation, particularly in smaller libraries where there are no professional catalogers. It presents the theoretical framework for RDA and FRBR in understandable terms, and features step-by-step guides for record creation. The book is accompanied by a CD with practice exercises, quick guides, and sample MARC records.

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

    Exploring Digital Libraries

    Calhoun, Karen.  Exploring Digital Libraries. Chicago: ALA, 2014.  025.04 Calho  ISBN 978-1-55570-985-3

    This authoritative and in-depth treatment of the digital library environment focuses on the functional and strategic, providing an unsurpassed overview of what's happening now and what will happen in the future. Both thought-provoking and practical, this book offers
    • Calhoun's original applied research in serving digital libraries
    • Reviews and analyses of key readings and existing literature
    • Results of recent interviews with top educators, researchers and implementers in the digital library arena