Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery

Halsted, Deborah D., Shari Clifton, Daniel T. Wilson. Library as Safe Haven: Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery. Neal-Schuman, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-55570-913-6

Part of Neal-Schuman's How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians series, this book lays out the nuts and bolts for developing a continuity of operations plan in the wake of disaster in the community. Topics covered include:
  • An eight-step approach to developing a risk assessment plan
  • How to draft a one-page service continuity plan
  • Information on how to use mobile devices and social media effectively in times of disaster
  • Sample disaster plans, along with model exercises, manuals and customizable communications
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Risk Assessment and Continuity of Operations Plans

Chapter 2. Responding to a Threat

Chapter 3. From Self-Reliance to Asking for Help

Chapter 4. A One-Page Service Continuity Plan

Chapter 5. Tapping the Potential of Mobile Technologies and Social Media for Preparedness and Response

Chapter 6. Personal Preparedness and Possible Impact on Library Services

Chapter 7. Leveraging the Library

Chapter 8. Two Model Scenarios for Cooperative Engagement

Appendix: Resources

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience

Moniz, Richard and Jean Moates (eds.) The Personal Librarian: Enhancing the Student Experience. ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1239-3

The personal librarian is a flexible concept that focuses on customizing information literacy by establishing a one-on-one relationship between librarian and student from enrollment through graduation. In this book the editors, with decades of library instruction and academic library experience between them, and their contributors
  • Define personal librarianship and trace how it has developed within the broader context of the work that librarians do
  • Demonstrate its radical potential to impact student learning, retention, and graduation rates
  • Discuss how the concept relates to embedded librarianship and academic library liaisons, and the role of faculty and staff
  • Illustrate how personalization can be supported by academic support centers, IT services, Student Affairs, and other college and university departments
  • Use case studies from a variety of institutions to show how to develop and implement a Personal Librarian program
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 - Where Did Personal Librarian Come From: An Historical Underpinning
Richard Moniz
Chapter 2 - Personal Librarian: Development and Implementation of the Idea
Jean Moats
Chapter 3 - Information Literacy and Personal Librarian
Joe Eshleman
Chapter 4 - Embedded Librarianship and Personal Librarian
Valerie Freeman
Chapter 5 - Academic Library Liaisons and Personal Librarian
Jo Henry
Chapter 6 - Personal Librarian: What Special Libraries and Businesses Have to Show Us
Jean Moats and Richard Moniz
Chapter 7 - Personal Librarian: What We Can Learn from Other Departments
Richard Moniz
Chapter 8 – Personal Librarian: A Faculty Perspective
David Jewell
Chapter 9 – Personal Librarian: Practicalities and Best Practices
Richard Moniz
Chapter 10 – The Future of Personal Librarian
Joe Eshleman

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks

Demspey, Lorcan. Edited by Kenneth J. Varnum The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks. ALA Editions, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1233-1 

Lorcan Dempsey is a popular blogger on library technology topics. This book brings together a curated collection of Dempsey's posts looking at the past and future of libraries. Library planners, administrators, and technology staff will find analysis of technology trends that is stimulating and thoughtful. You can check out his current blog at: http://orweblog.oclc.org/

Table of Contents
  1. Networked Resources
  2. Network Organization
  3. In the Flow
  4. Resource Discovery
  5. Library Systems
  6. Data and Metadata
  7. Publishing and Communication
  8. Libraries
  9. Lorcan's Picks

Information Governance and Assurance: Reducing Risk, Promoting Policy

Information Governance and Assurance
MacLennan, Alan. Information Governance and Assurance: Reducing Risk, Promoting Policy. Facet Publishing, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-85604-940-5

Librarians have long been concerned about information management and security, and this new book provides an excellent overview of the legal, organizational and ethical aspects of information governance and security. From the researcher who is responsible for ethical practices in the gathering, analysis, and storage of data, to the reference librarian who must deliver unbiased information; from the records manager who must respond to information requests, to the administrator handling personnel files, this book with equip practitioners and students alike to implement good information governance practice in real-world situations.

Table of Contents 
  • Introduction: information as an asset
  • Intellectual property and copyright
  • Records management
  • Information security
  • Cybercrime
  • Data quality
  • Ethics
  • Policy 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources

Whitlatch, Jo Bell. Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources. Chicago: ALA, 2016.  011.02 Guide2.    ISBN 978-0838912324


Ideal for public, school, and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, this resource collects the cream of the crop sources of general reference and library science information. Encompassing internet resources, digital image collections, and print resources, it includes the full section on LIS Resources from the Guide to Reference database, which was voted #1 Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers. Organized by topic and thoroughly indexed, this guide makes it a snap to find the right sources. It offers an appealing introduction to reference work and resources for LIS students and also serves as an affordable course book to complement online Guide to Reference access.

Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library

Hammerman, Susan Summerfield. Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library. Chicago: ALA, 2014.  025.110973 Hamme   ISBN 978-0838912294

Individuals, not government sources or foundations, are the largest source of giving in the United States. Right now your community has individuals ready to become enthusiastic donors to your library. But how do you find the most likely prospective donors? Hammerman, a successful prospect researcher, gives library directors, fundraisers, and board members all the tools they need to research individuals and their wealth. This straight-talking guidebook:

·        Describes how to identify and research prospects using existing or easy-to-find resources, including publicly available information on individuals' wealth and assets:

·        Spells out what information about a prospect is most important, such as previous charitable donations, hobbies, interests, and memberships in clubs or other organizations

·        Provides worksheets to document findings so the research can be used effectively for fundraising

·        Shows how to establish a confidentiality policy and securely store information on prospects

·        Includes an annotated bibliography of fundraising resources

Using the strategies outlined in this valuable book, your library's fundraising staff can focus their time and attention on the best donors and potential donors in your community.