Thursday, November 19, 2015

ALA Guide to Information Sources in Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science

Heckman, Lucy. The ALA Guide to Information Sources in Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science. ALA Editions, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1275-1

This comprehensive guide helps to locate and use information resources about the insurance industry. Each chapter contains an annotated list of specific print and digital sources, plus explanations on how to make best use of sometimes-forbidding technical materials.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introductory Guides to Insurance: Consumer Information Sources, Guides, and Popular Works
Chapter 2: Textbooks: Insurance, Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Related Topics
Chapter 3: The Insurance Industry: Almanacs, Fact Books, and Statistics; Databases; Dictionaries and Encyclopedias; Directories; Handbooks; and Associations
Chapter 4: The History of Insurance
Chapter 5: Insurance Law
Chapter 6: International Insurance
Chapter 7: Actuarial Science
Chapter 8: Risk Management
Chapter 9: Health Care Reform and Health Insurance
Chapter 10: Annuities and Life Insurance
Chapter 11: Property/Casualty Insurance, Catastrophe Insurance, and Liability Insurance
Chapter 12: Employment and Related Insurance: Disability, Employment Benefits, and Workers’ Compensation; Social Insurance and Social Security; and Employee Benefits and Retirement Plans
Chapter 13: Bank and Financial Insurance: Bank and Credit Insurance and Risk Management; Economics and Insurance; and Finance and Investment Advisory Sources
Chapter 14: Careers in Insurance and Insurance Education
Chapter 15: Miscellaneous Insurance and Related Topics

Appendix A: Abbreviations and Acronyms
Appendix B: Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Associations and Agencies
Appendix C: Selected Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Studies Journals
Appendix D: Insurance, Actuarial Science, and Risk Management Schools and University Departments
Appendix E: Selected Major Business and Insurance Libraries

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FRBR, Before and After: A Look at Our Bibliographic Models

Coyle, Karen. FRBR, Before and After: A Look at Our Bibliographic Models. ALA Editions, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1345-1

Coyle persuasively argues that to more effectively connect library users with books, movies, music, computer games, and other resources, library data needs to move beyond FRBR towards a more integrative approach to bibliographic models. But doing so requires fundamental changes in the approach to library data. She points the way ahead for catalogers and metadata specialists, providing clear explanations and analysis.

Table of Contents
Part I    Work, Model, Technology
1. The Work
2. The Model
3. The Technology
Part II    FRBR and Other Solutions
4. FRBR in Context
5. FRBR: Standard for International Sharing
6. The Entity-Relation Model
7. What Is Modeled in FRBR
8. Does FRBR Meet FRBR’s Objectives?
9. Some Issues that Arise
10. Bibliographic Description and the Semantic Web
11. Afterward

Children's Core Collection

Julie Corsaro, Kendal Spires, & Gabriela Toth. Ipswich. Children's Core Collection, 22nd Edition. MA: H.G. Wilson 2015. Volume 1: 978-1-68217-074-8, Volume 2: 978-1-68217-075-5.

For years, the Children's Core Collection has been a librarian's must-have guide to the best fiction and non-fiction works, story collections, and picture books for students in preschool through sixth grade. This new twenty-second edition highlights more than 17,000 recommended books and resources available, over 6,000 more than the previous edition. It also features "short list" indicators to highlight the "most highly recommended" works in a given category or subject area.

The collection is a valuable tool for collection development and maintenance, reader's advisory and curriculum support for the middle and junior high school library.

Detailed entries in Children's Core Collection include:
  1. Complete bibliographic data
  2. Descriptive & Critical Annotations
  3. Subject Headings, Price, ISBN, Grade Level & Dewey Classification
  4. Quotations from select reviews
  5. Coverage of graphic novels
  6. Organized for easy use by Dewey Decimal Classification with a detailed Author, Title & Subject Index
New in This Edition:
  1. "Most Highly Recommended" titles within subject areas are easily identified with a starred listing
  2. Extensive revisions in the areas of computers, math, the sciences, and the arts
  3. Additions to professional literature for the children's librarian
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