Friday, May 30, 2014

Developing Collections to Empower Learners

Kimmel, Sue C. Developing Collections to Empower Learners. Chicago: American Association of School Librarians, 2014.
ISBN: 978-0-8389-8725-5

Publisher's Description
[This book] examines collection development in the context of today’s shifts toward digital resources while emphasizing the foundational beliefs of the school library profession. Writer Sue Kimmel includes practical advice about needs assessment, planning, selection, acquisitions, evaluation, and continuous improvement for collections to support 21st-century standards. Questions are raised about shifting roles of the school librarian and the place of the school library. What should school libraries collect and how can we support the creation and dissemination of knowledge in our communities? Particular emphasis is given to questions about access, equity, and learning in order to ensure that all students will be effective consumers and producers of information and ideas heading into the 22nd-century.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Knowing Your Customers
Chapter 2. Assessing and Approaching Power Brokers
Chapter 3. Building Strong Partnerships
Chapter 4. Consensus through Managing Complexity
Chapter 5. Confidence
Chapter 6. Coaching
Chapter 7. Humor
Chapter 8. Authenticity
Chapter 9. Preparedness
Works Cited
    Appendix A. Further Reading
    Appendix B. Checklist for a Written Collection Development Plan
    Appendix C. Recommended Selection Aids
    Appendix D: Publications from AASL
    Appendix E: AASL Position Statement on Quantitative Standards
    Appendix F: Extended Mission Statement from
                       Empowering Learners
    Appendix G: Learning4Life
    Appendix H: Index
    Appendix I: Tables and Figures

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Historical Dictionary of Librarianship
Quinn, Mary Ellen. Historical Dictionary of Librarianship. Rowan & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-7807-5

Description (from publisher's web site)
Although the history of librarianship as an organized profession dates only as far back as the mid-19th century, the history of libraries is much older, and people have been engaged in pursuits that we recognize as librarianship for many thousands of years. This book traces librarianship from its origins in ancient times through its development in response to the need to control the flood of information in the modern world to the profound transformations brought about by the new technologies of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The Historical Dictionary of Librarianship focuses on librarianship as a modern, organized profession, emphasizing the period beginning in the mid-19th century. Author Mary Ellen Quinn relates the history of this profession through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 300 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, libraries around the world, and notable organizations and associations. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about librarianship.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

Johnson, Peggy. Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management. 3rd edition. ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1191-4

A comprehensive textbook on the subject of development and management of library collections, the author includes extensive bibliographies and case studies to illustrate the many dimensions to this topic. Issues covered include:
  • Traditional management topics such as organization of the collection, weeding, staffing, and policymaking
  • Maintaining productive relationships with vendors and publishers, and other important purchasing and budgeting topics
  • The effects of rapidly changing information delivery and access technologies, the evolving needs and expectations of library users, and new roles for subject specialists
  • Marketing, liaison activities, and outreach
  •  Scholarly communication
Table of Contents
1 - Introduction to Collection Management and Development

2 - Organizational Models, Staffing, and Responsibilities

3 - Planning, Policy, and Budgets

4 - Developing Collections

5 - Managing Collections

6 - Marketing, Liaison Activities, and Outreach

7 - Collection Analysis: Evaluation and Assessment

8 - Cooperative Collection Development and Management

9 - Scholarly Communication
Appendix A
Professional Resources for Collection Development and Management
Appendix B 
Selection Aids
Appendix C 
Sample Collection Development Policy Statements

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison

Moniz, Richard, Jo Henry, and Joe Eshleman. Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. Neal-Schuman, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-55570-967-9


Part of the ALA Fundamentals Series, this handbook covers the increasingly diverse work librarians must undertake to build relationships within an academic community. Readers will learn about connecting and assisting faculty and students through skillful communication and resource utilization with coverage of key topics such as:
  • Orientation meetings
  • Acquiring Subject specialization
  • Advice on faculty communication and assistance
  • Online tutorial creation
  • Collection development
  • Information literacy instruction
  • Embedded librarianship
  • Library guides
  • New courses and accreditation
  • Evaluation methods

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Guide to Reference in Medicine and Health

Modschiedler, Christa and Denise Beaubien Bennett (eds.) Guide to Reference in Medicine and Health. ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1221-8.


Drawn from ALA's extensive Guide to Reference database, this book serves as an annotated bibliography of biomedical and health-related reference sources in all formats. Topics include:
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Bioethics
  • Consumer health and health care
  • Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Public health
  • Medical jurisprudence
  • International and global health

Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences

Huber, Jeffrey T. and Susan Swogger (eds.) Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences. 6th edition. Neal -Schuman, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1184-6.

Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, this new edition has the latest information about medical reference sources in all formats. Special emphasis is placed on electronic versions of traditional sources. Chapters also include advice on health information-seeking habits and advice on how to build a contemporary health reference collection. 

Table of Contents

Part I: Health Reference in Context

Chapter 1
Health Information Seeking Behaviors
J. David Johnson

Part II: The Reference Collection

Chapter 2
Organization and Management of the Reference Collection
Anneliese Taylor and Jean Blackwell

Part III: Bibliographic Sources

Chapter 3
Bibliographic Sources for Monographs
Jeffrey T. Huber

Chapter 4
Bibliographic Sources for Periodicals
Feili Tu-Keefner

Chapter 5
Indexing, Abstracting, and Digital Database Resources
Laura Abate

Chapter 6
U.S. Government Documents and Technical Reports
Melody Allison

Chapter 7
Conferences, Reviews, and Translations
Beatriz Varman

Part IV: Information Sources

Chapter 8
Michelle L. Zafron

Chapter 9
Handbooks and Manuals
Katherine Schilling

Chapter 10
Drug Information Sources
Penny Coppernoll-Blach and Sharon Giovenale

Chapter 11
Consumer Health Sources
Mary L. Gillaspy and Mary O’Connor Pranica

Chapter 12
Medical and Health Statistics
Jennifer Darragh

Chapter 13
History Sources
Lucretia W. McClure
Updated and revised by Michael A. Flannery

Chapter 14
Directories and Biographical Sources
Tracy Shields

Chapter 15
Grant Sources
John D. Jones Jr.

Chapter 16
Point-of-Care and Clinical Decision Support Resources
Susan Swogger

Chapter 17
Global Health Sources
Megan von Isenburg and Mellanye Lackey