Monday, April 28, 2014

The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide

Buchanan, Heidi E. and Beth A McDonough.The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1215-7.

Think it is impossible to do an effective library instruction session in one hour? These experienced instruction librarians argue that you can, and talk about the strategies needed to make these one-shot sessions effective. This guide includes
  • Communication and collaboration strategies to help librarians co-design information literacy sessions with course instructors, including “conversation starters” and talking points
  • Active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques that facilitate meaningful learning
  • How to match the best hands-on activities to students’ stage in the research process
  • Solutions to common problems, like handling a less-than-ideal teaching environment, what to do when you’re running short of time, and dealing with difficult students
  • Practical ways to use teaching strategies as assessment, enabling librarians to improve teaching and learning
  • Numerous real-world examples and case studies of one-shot library instruction

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers

Abilock, Debbie, Kristin Fontichiaro, and Violet H. Harada, eds. Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. 
ISBN: 978-1-61069-041-6

Publisher's Description
When librarians work as professional developers, they can build relationships and develop deeper capacity within individual teachers, who can then share that increased expertise with their students. Professional development offers a nimble, scalable, and more efficient way to bring library instruction to every student.

Presenting examples of school librarians leading professional learning in numerous contexts and for diverse learning goals with remarkable success, this book will inspire other practitioners to initiate and refine professional learning in their schools and districts.

School administrators are recognizing that school librarians are ideal to lead professional development because they service the entire school network, from the students and faculty to families and the community. As a national downturn in educational funding is diminishing districts' ability to optimally staff libraries, investing energy in professional development is a sound strategy to bring information literacy skills to every student—especially in buildings with part-time librarians, or districts with only a single librarian of record.

Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers stands apart from other works as the first book that directly addresses the potential role of the school librarian as a staff developer. Within the chapters, the authors relate their professional development journeys, collectively representing experience within K–12 public and private institutions, district and regional units, and universities across the United States and Canada. The work provides various approaches to professional development with a range of processes and techniques that have been proven effective in different contexts and in achieving diverse learning goals. Practitioners at the building and district levels as well as school principals, state and district personnel, and library educators will find this book insightful and instructive.

  • Reviews the research on effective professional development
  • Demonstrates the school-wide benefits of librarians as professional learning leaders
  • Examines adult learning needs and contexts and the skills needed to become an effective staff developer within a school
  • Describes step-by-step how librarians can grow school-wide learning communities
  • Presents honest appraisals of both missteps and successes in online and face-to-face initiatives
  • Provides multiple perspectives and possibilities for librarians as professional developers
  • Concludes with a "baby step" plan for a school librarian's first professional development lesson
Sample Topics
  • Digital Collaboration and Communication Tools
  • Discussion Groups
  • Lesson Study
  • Online Learning Modules
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Professional Learning Networks
  • Redefining One-Shot Workshops
  • Restructuring Staff Meetings
  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Webinars

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources

Bemis, Michael F.  Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources.  Chicago: ALA, 2014. 
016.02 Bemis   ISBN 978-0-8389-1185-3

This unique annotated bibliography is a complete, up-to-date guide to sources of information on library science, covering recent books, monographs, periodicals and websites, and selected works of historical importance. In addition to compiling an invaluable list of sources, Bemis digs deeper, examining the strengths and weaknesses of key works. A boon to researchers and practitioners alike, this bibliography
•    Includes coverage of subjects as diverse and vital as the history of librarianship, its development as a profession, the ethics of information science, cataloging, reference work, and library architecture
•    Encompasses encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, photographic surveys, statistical publications, and numerous electronic sources, all categorized by subject 
•    Offers appendixes detailing leading professional organizations and publishers of library and information science literature
This comprehensive bibliography of English-language resources on librarianship, the only one of its kind, will prove invaluable to scholars, students, and anyone working in the field.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Beyond Book Sales: The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for your Library

Dowd, Susan. (ed.) Beyond Book Sales: The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for your Library. Neal-Schuman, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-55570-912-9

This book is packed with useful tools, including a process for creating an overall fundraising plan, identifying specific goals and strategies, locating potential donors, campaigning for funds, accepting and effectively utilizing donations, and thanking donors.The appendices include useful examples and templates.

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Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries

O'Gorman, Jack (ed.) Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries. 8th edition. ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1212-6

A classic guide to reference sources for both academic and public libraries, this new guide has almost 40% new content from the last edition focuses on reference resources published after 2008. 

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