Friday, November 21, 2014

Stone, Alva T, ed. The LCSH Century: One Hundred Years with the Library of Congress Subject Headings System. New York: Routledge, 2013. 025.49 LCSH  ISBN 978-0789011695

The LCSH Century traces the 100-year history of the Library of Congress Subject Headings, from its beginning with the implementation of a dictionary catalog in 1898 to the present day. You will explore the most significant changes in LCSH policies and practices, including a summary of other contributions celebrating the centennial of the world's most popular library subject heading language.

. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction

Baker, Jennifer S. The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 026.8088381 Baker   ISBN 978-0838911655

Whether set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age, or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. The definitive resource for librarians and other book professionals, this guide

  • Provides an overview of historical fiction s roots, highlighting foundational classics, as well as covering the latest and most popular authors and titles
  • Explores the genre in terms of its scope, style, and appeal
  • Includes lists of recommendations, with a compendium of print and web-based resources
  • Offers marketing tips for getting the word out to readers

Emphasizing an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focusing on what fans enjoy, this guide provides a fresh take on a durable genre.


Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the Community Understand Health-care Options

Goldsmith, Francisca. Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the Community Understand Health-care Options. ALA Editions, 2015. ISBN:  978-0-8389-1288-1

Libraries that are still trying to find an appropriate role in their community for supporting Affordable Care Act enrollment activities may benefit from reviewing this book. Written specifically for library staff, it offers best practices, advice, and examples of library responses from the first open enrollment period (October 2013-March 2014). The authorncourages a pragmatic approach through the inclusion of “to do” lists at the end of each chapter and provides strategies and tools for building community healthcare awareness.

Table of Contents
A detailed table of contents is available at the publisher's site:

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability

Horton, Valerie and Greg Pronevitz. Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability. ALA Editions, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1218-8

Written by experienced consortia managers, this book covers the history, current landscape, management approaches, critical trends, and key services that define today’s library consortia. General trends and 16 case studies are included in the comprehensive review of the state of library consortia.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Library Consortia Overview
Chapter 2: The Consortial Landscape
Chapter 3: Managing Consortia
Chapter 4: Consortia Services
Chapter 5: Discovery, E-content Delivery, and Resource Sharing
Chapter 6: Physical Delivery: Future and Present

Case Study 1: Online Instruction
Case Study 2: The Enki Experiment: Library E-book Consortia System
Case Study 3: Statewide E-book Projects for Multitype Libraries in Massachusetts
Case Study 4: Article Licensing Information Availability Service (ALIAS)
Case Study 5: Embracing Wide Deals (Interconsortial Licensing)
Case Study 6: Open SUNY Textbook Program
Case Study 7: Interstate Library Delivery
Case Study 8: Open-Source Integrated Library Systems: A Consortial Implementation of Evergreen
Case Study 9: Open-Source Software and Consortium Governance Structure
Case Study 10: Vendor-Based Shared Integrated Library Systems
Case Study 11: Enhancing Access to History: Collaborative Digital Initiatives
Case Study 12: Shared Physical Depository: The Five College Library Depository
Case Study 13: 2CUL: A Case Study in Research Library Shared Staffing
Case Study 14: Human Resources Management: Contractual Staffing at a Library Consortium
Case Study 15: BiblioTemps: A Temporary Employment Service for Libraries in Massachusetts
Case Study 16: Consortial Fiscal Sponsorship

Friday, November 14, 2014

New on the Job

Weisburg, H. K., & Toor, R. (2015). New on the Job: A School Librarian's Guide to Success (2nd ed.). Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1264-5

Publisher's Description
As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and how thrive, and since its publication in 2006 this guide has served as an invaluable resource for the new school librarian. From job search strategies and discovering work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, this revised and updated edition, which includes a new foreword from Sarah Kelly Johns, shares the joys and perils of the profession along with a wealth of practical advice from decades of experience in school library programs. With this guide as a roadmap, new school librarians can
  • Tackle the job search with confidence, with tips on everything from polishing a résumé  and acing a job interview to ways of handling any potentially negative Google results and other digital footprints
  • Learn the secrets to successfully collaborate with teachers
  • Navigate new roles and responsibilities through orientation and organization
  • Create dynamic interactions with students to deepen their learning experiences
  • Master the art of communicating with the principal, IT experts, and vendors
  • Become familiar with school library technology, including e-book collections, online databases, and library management systems
  • Receive field-tested guidance on daily matters – from budgeting and purchasing to advocacy and programming
The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Common Core State Standards are also thoroughly discussed. New school librarians as well as those already in the profession can set the tone for rewarding career with this one-stop, hands-on guide.

Table of Contents
  1. Your Philosophy
  2. Getting the Job
  3. Finding Your Way
  4. Getting Yourself Organized
  5. Reaching Your Students
  6. Reaching Your Teachers
  7. A Matter of Principles
  8. Advocacy and You
  9. Planning
  10. Technology and You
  11. Ethics, Standards, and You
  12. Looking Back, Looking Forward

Intro to Ref and Info Services in Today's School Library

Farmer, L. S. (2014). Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-0-8108-8718-3

Publisher's Description
In Introduction to Reference and Information Services in Today's School Library, one of America’s premier school library educators covers the A-Z of both reference and information services for today’s library.

Everything from teaching students how to use sources to both in-person and virtual reference service is covered. A key feature of the text is an annotated bibliography of core print and electronic sources for elementary, middle, and high school collections.

Yes, reference and information services are vital library functions in the digital age. Even students who appear to be tech savvy have trouble finding the right information efficiently - and knowing what to do with it. This book examines information needs and behaviors, and provides strategies for assessing and meeting the informational needs of the school community. The book also addresses the conditions for optimum service: physical access (including virtual access), effective interaction and collaboration, instructional design, and systematic planning. Newer issues such as embedded librarianship, curation, collective intelligence, and web 2.0 intellectual property are also addressed. This book introduces the entering professional, and updates practitioners, to current standards and useful strategies.

Table of contents is online.

The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends

McArdle, M. M. (2014). The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends . Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1256-0

Publisher's Description
Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory. In this informative and entertaining book McArdle gets library staff up to speed on these engaging titles, showing how such crossover fiction appeals to fanbases of multiple genres. Complete with booklists, summaries, read-alikes, and thorough indexes, this guide
  • Covers suspense, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, and science fiction, as well as non-genre titles that don’t neatly fit into any categories
  • Offers guidance for shelving, displaying, and marketing genre blends
  • Shows how to make the most of online discovery tools in cataloging these titles
  • Includes “Blend MVPs,” a section spotlighting several popular authors who regularly move between genres, and a useful bibliography of additional resources
Providing a unique look at how common genres are often combined, this guide will open up new worlds of fiction to readers’ advisors and those whom they serve.

Table of Contents
Series Introduction
  1. Adrenaline Blends: Blends on the Edge of Your Seat
  2. Fantasy Blends: Blends with Magic
  3. Historical Fiction Blends: Blends from the Past
  4. Horror Blends: Blends that Give You Goosebumps
  5. Mystery Blends: Blends with a Puzzle
  6. Romance Blends: Blends that Are Looking for True Love
  7. Science Fiction Blends: Blends that Ask “What If?”
  8. Whole Collection Blends: Looking Beyond the Fiction Stacks for Blends
  9. Readers’ Advisory for Blends
A. Literary Fiction Blends
B. Genre Blending MVPs


A Guided Inquiry Approach to High School Research

Schmidt, R. K. (2013). A Guided Inquiry Approach to High School Research. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
ISBN: 978-1-61069-287-8

Publisher's Description
A Guided Inquiry Approach to High School Research is derived from a formal research protocol and provides proven techniques and supporting materials that facilitate the process for permitting students to choose their own topic, easily grasping how to search for information, and successfully completing a seemingly daunting research assignment—a process that makes understandings deep and integrative. The included detailed project lessons, student handouts, and rubrics and assessment tools are the result of many years of classroom testing and refinement.

  • Introduces the Information Search Process to students
  • Supplies step-by-step lesson plans that educators can utilize to guide students with their chosen inquiry
  • Examines the task of the teaching team in guiding students in their inquiry and to provide them with the skills to find, process, and synthesize new information on their own

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Thompson, Jolinda. Implementing Web-Scale Discovery Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9126-5

This book offers a great introduction to web-scale discovery services, including easy to understand descriptions of their structure and scope. It offers an easy to follow guide for librarians seeking to evaluate, purchase, and implement a web-scale discovery service. It presents the information in check lists, decision trees, and quotes from early adopters, and includes information on how to customize these systems to meet each library’s specific needs. It also provides a basic overview of four products: 
  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • Primo, Ex Libris
  • Summon, ProQuest
  • WorldCat Discovery Service, OCLC 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Evolution of Web-Scale Discovery in Libraries
Chapter 2: A Closer Look at Web-Scale Discovery Options
Chapter 3: Making the Best Content Match for Your Library
Chapter 4: Evaluating the Discovery Layer
Chapter 5: Other Important Web-Scale Discovery Service Features and Functions
Chapter 6: Selecting and Purchasing a Web-Scale Discovery Service
Chapter 7: Configuring System Content Integration and Customization for Local Needs
Chapter 8: Configuring and Branding the Discovery Layer
Chapter 9: Introducing the Service to Users
Chapter 10: Usability Testing of Web-Scale Discovery Services
Chapter 11: Maintaining a Web-Scale Discovery Service

Chapter 12: The Future of Web-Scale Discovery

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Creating a Streaming Video Collection for Your Library

Duncan, Cheryl J. and Erika Day Peterson. Creating a Streaming Video Collection for Your Library. Rowman & Littlefield, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8108-9318-4

This book will serve as a key reference and source of best practices for libraries adding streaming video titles to their collections or for any library that is already offering streaming video. Since this is a relatively new area of collection development, this book will help libraries and video vendors establish consistent guidelines, licensing models and workflows.

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1 Selection
Section 1.1 Individual Titles
Section 1.2 Subscription Packages and Purchased Collections
Section 1.3 Independent Film Distributors and Major Studios
Chapter 2 Licensing
Section 2.1 Right to Digitize Content
Section 2.2 Acquiring a Streamed File
Section 2.3 Hosted Content
Section 2.4 Consortia
Section 2.5 Receipt & Payment
Chapter 3 Non-Licensed Content
Section 3.1 Videos on the Web
Section 3.2 Copyright, Fair Use, and the TEACH Act
Section 3.3 International Copyright Laws and National Treatment
Chapter 4 Access
Section 4.1 Vendor Platform Implementation
Section 4.2 Digitization and Streaming
Section 4.3 Content Systems and Discovery Tools
Section 4.4 Accessibility
Chapter 5 The Media Server
Section 5.1 Streaming Digital Media Files
Section 5.2 Factors to Consider
Section 5.3 Hosted Solutions
Section 5.4 Setting Up a Local Server
Chapter 6 Metadata
Section 6.1 MARC (AACR2 and RDA)
Section 6.2 Dublin Core
Section 6.3 METS
Section 6.4 MODS
Section 6.5 MPEG-7
Section 6.6 MPEG-21
Section 6.7 PBCore
Section 6.8 VRA Core
Chapter 7 Administration
Section 7.1 ERM
Section 7.2 Class Use and Course Reserves
Chapter 8 Support
Chapter 9 Evaluation
Section 9.1 Use Statistics
Section 9.2 User Feedback
Section 9.3 Vendor Assessment
Chapter 10 Future
Additional Resources
Appendix A Frequently Asked Questions
Appendix B Sample License
Appendix C FAQ for Patrons
Appendix D Suggested ERM Fields
Appendix E Checklist for Troubleshooting
Appendix F Vendor List

Monday, November 3, 2014

RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2014 Revision

RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2014 Revision. ALA, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1293-5.  

Includes updates through April 2014. A full description can be found at the publisher's web site:

RDA and Cartographic Resources

Andrew, Paige G., Susan M. Moore, Mary Larsgaard. RDA and Cartographic Resources. ALA Editions, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1131-0

Designed for both practicing map catalogers and catalogers new to cartographic resources, this volume will be a one-stop resource for all catalogers of cartographic materials looking to understand the differences between cataloging using AACR2 and cataloging using RDA.

Table of Contents

  1. The Past is Prologue
  2. RDA and FRBR Entities as Applied to Cartographic Resources: An Overview
  3. Comparing Standards: Continuing, Different, and Added Practices
  4. Navigating RDA to Describe Cartographic Resource Elements
  5. Cartographic Resources Cataloging: Moving Forward

  • Image of Damietta Sheet from the Egpyt 1:100,000 Series
  • Map Record Example Showing FRBR Relationship Entities
  • RDA Checklist for Descriptive Elements
  • Examples of Correct Scale and Coordinates Notation in the 255 Field with Matching Examples in the 034 Field under AACR2 and RDA
  • 33X Content, Media, and Carrier Terms Examples Based on Different Kinds of Cartographic Resources
  • Digital Resources Notes: Comparing RDA Number with MARC Field Number
  • Sample Records for Different Cartographic Resources Types