Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals

Peck, Penny. (2015). Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals, 2nd Ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 978-1-61069-783-5.

This beginner's guide to storytelling traces the developmental stages of very young children, illustrating how to present storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers as well as in family settings to be most effective. Author Penny Peck will teach you the fundamentals of reading with the intent of capturing children's imaginations, showing you how to incorporate music, play, and hands-on activities into your routine. She offers expert advice on how to choose the best picture books and provides lists of books for addressing particular literacy needs.

A perfect primer for those new to the task, this guide illustrates how to make this activity a favorite of children and provides tips for progressing in the role of storyteller, with ideas for engaging your audience and enhancing enjoyment. Beginning with the basics of performing a library storytime, each subsequent chapter builds on that knowledge, offering ways to infuse technology, special needs adaptations, and music into the story. The revised edition addresses such current topics as iPads, apps usage, online options, and dance programs.

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The Handbook for Storytellers

Freeman, Judy & Bauer, Caroline Feller. (2015). The Handbook for Storytellers. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8-8389-1100-6.

Ideal for both beginners and more experienced storytellers, this exhaustive primer includes everything adults need to start sharing the wonder of stories with children, from babies to tweens. The lively text imparts easy-to-follow guidelines and practical advice on how, when, where, and why to tell stories. Each chapter incorporates a wealth of delectable folktales to read and tell, plus the authors’ hand-selected, annotated lists containing hundreds of classic and cutting edge children’s books, professional books, and relevant websites. Demonstrating the joy of stories and storytelling, this book
  • Provides an overview of the history and types of storytelling
  • Shows how to select, learn, prepare, and tell stories
  • Begins with more than two dozen easy-to-learn stories that adults can read today and tell to children tomorrow
  • Looks at the major types of folk and fairy tales, including many sample stories and booklists
  • Offers a comprehensive list of stories reworked, reimagined, reinvented, parodied, satirized or recreated from folk and fairy tales
  • Includes “Favorite Stories to Tell,” a compendium of more than 500 suggested tales, easily accessible by subject and theme, from which tellers can find the perfect stories to fit every occasion and begin to build their own repertoire of wonderful tales to tell
  • Provides tips for publicizing and promoting storytelling programs
This handbook instructs, inspires, and entertains like no other resource of its kind.

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Wordplay for Kids

Wadham, Tim. (2015.) Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1266-9.

Instilling a love of reading in a child pays dividends long after early literacy skills have been mastered. The key to successful programming is to make children become participants, encouraging a “literary ear” and love of the beauty of language itself. To help children develop artful language patterns, correct grammar, and a large and rich vocabulary, Wadham offers a range of complete programs for children ages 5-12 that introduce literature in a systematic way. Organized by age, each program 
  • Begins with a list of suggested age-appropriate poems, ranging from choral poetry and nursery rhymes to short, humorous selections and longer narrative poems, all designed to be shared orally
  • Includes read-alouds that encourage engagement, such as folklore, fairy tales, mythology, and fables
  • Suggests an activity directly based on each read-aloud, with handy information about target audience and size, program length, setup time, and materials and supplies needed
  • Comes with a planning calendar showing the length of time necessary to complete the program
  • Features a booklist of additional titles that can be used to create even more programs
A fun way to transmit cultural literacy while helping to create a love of poetry, the rhythm of language, and verbal skills, Wadham’s programs help children’s librarians, school librarians, and storytime leaders encourage all children to be lifelong readers.

(book description)

*Many of the nursery rhymes and some of the poems are appropriate for preschool children. Most are great for developing phonological awareness! (Katie)

Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management

Ruthven, Ian and G.G. Chowdhury (eds.) Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management. Neal-Schuman, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1347-5

This collection of essays covers a wide range of topics associated with the management of digital collections for digital humanities and culture programs. Essays look at policies and infrastructures, consider the interaction, access and objects, and provide numerous examples of concrete system implementations. Please note that most essays and authors have a United Kingdom perspective.

Table of Contents
1. Cultural heritage information management issues and challenges
G. G. Chowdhury and Ian Ruthven

2. Cultural heritage information: politics and policies 
Rachel Bruce and Stuart Dempster

3. Cultural heritage information: artifacts and technologies 
Melissa Terras

4. Managing cultural heritage: information systems architecture, indexing and access 
Lighton Phiri and Hussein Sileman

5. Cultural heritage information users 
Claire Warwick

6. Digital humanities and digital cultural heritage (alt-history and future directions) 
Chris Alen Sula

7. A framework for classifying and comparing interactions in cultural heritage information systems
Julianne Stiller and Vivien Petras

8. Semantic access and exploration in cultural heritage digital libraries 
Ali Shiri

9. Users and usability studies of Europeana 
Sudatta Chowdhury and Milena Dobreva

10. Managing cultural heritage information: the PATHS project 
Paul Clough

11. Trends in cultural heritage information management research 
G. G. Chowdhury and Ian Ruthven

Monday, April 20, 2015

Our Enduring Values Revisited: Librarianship in an Ever-Changing World

Gorman, Michael. Our Enduring Values Revisited: Librarianship in an Ever-Changing World. ALA Editions, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1300-0

"In the almost 15 years since Our Enduring Values was published, there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal, and technological demands amidst the often-dire rhetoric currently surrounding the future of our institutions. In this stirring manifesto, public intellectual, librarian, and philosopher Gorman addresses head on the “existential panic” among library professionals caused by the radical shift in how libraries are viewed." [from publisher web site]

Table of Contents


Chapter One

Chapter Two
History and Philosophy

Chapter Three

Chapter Four
Library as Place

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven
Intellectual Freedom

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine
Literacy and Learning

Chapter Ten
Equity of Access

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve

Chapter Thirteen
The Greater Good

Chapter Fourteen
Keeping Faith

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Teen Services 101

Fink, Megan P. (2015). Teen Services 101: A practical Guide for Busy Library Staff. Chicago, IL: American Library Association. 978-0-8389-8803-9.

Need to amp up teen services, but you’re short on time or not sure where to start? Teen Services 101: A Practical Guide for Busy Library Staff provides useful information that will help staff put together a basic teen services program with minimal time and hassle. The author, Megan Fink, along with contributions from Maria Kramer, provides practical tips and instructions on how to build core teen services into the overall library program. Whether you’re a new teen services librarian, or staff in a one person library, this how-to guide on teen services can help you effectively serve teen patrons.

Let’s face it, teens are sometimes overlooked by libraries when it comes to services and programs.  However, there are over 42 million teens in the US, which makes them a sizeable and important demographic to serve.  Many of today’s teens are struggling.  More are living in poverty than before and nearly 7,000 teens drop out of high school per day. By setting aside some time to increase your library’s focus on teens, you will be providing a vital service and positioning your library as an indispensable part of the community.  The resources and information in this book can help you achieve that.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Why Teen Services?
Chapter 2: Successfully Managing Teen Behavior for the Benefit of All
Chapter 3: Developing the Teen Collection
Chapter 4: Making a Welcoming Space for Teens
Chapter 5: Programming
Chapter 6: Leveraging Teen Volunteers and Teen Advisory Boards to Boost your Capacity
Chapter 7: Providing Virtual Library Services to Help Teens (& you) 24/7
Chapter 8: Increasing your Impact with Community Partnerships 

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Young Adult Literacture in Action

Chance, Rosemary. (2014). Young Adult Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide; 2nd Edition. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 978-1-61069-244-1.

Utilizing a genre approach, this overview of young adult literature shows new librarians and library science students the criteria to use for selecting quality books, including recommended titles. A logical and proven-effective approach to teaching young adult literature, developed by a librarian for librarians.

This revised edition of Young Adult Literature in Action gives librarians an easy-to-use guide for organizing selection criteria and finding the best titles for their specific usage. An ideal resource for teaching young adult literature courses, each chapter includes revised and updated information on collaborative activities, featured books, special topics and programs, selected awards and celebrations, historical connections, recommended resources, issues for discussion, author comments, and assignment suggestions.

Coverage of graphic novels—especially "manga" titles within this genre—have been significantly expanded in Chapter Two: "Quick Reads" and in the science fiction portion of Chapter Four: "Fantastic Fiction," reflecting the growing number of titles and increasing interest in them. Additionally, recent titles have been added that reflect popular trends and interests in young adult literature, such as science fiction and fantasy books that blur the lines between genres—novels about dystopias, vampires, and zombies, for instance.
  • Provides unbiased, authoritative guidance for finding recommended classic and recent titles by genre
  • Presents an excellent introduction to the field of young adult literature for undergraduate and graduate students who intend to be public or school librarians, students who are new to the study of young adult literature, or librarians who are new to working with young adults
  • Includes a new section consisting of fascinating answers from 14 authors explaining their motivations and inspirations for writing for young adult readers
  • Provides expanded coverage on the popular genres of graphic novels and science fiction books

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The big Book of Glues, Brews, and Goos

Marks, Diana F. (2015). The Big Book of Glues, Brews, and Goos: 500+ Kid-Tested Recipes and Formulas for Hands-On Learning. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. 978-1-61069-771-2.

Here's a book to help students create cross-disciplinary projects by using materials they make themselves. From clays and dough, to compounds and crystals, to healthy treats and snacks, children can access the formulas and recipes to make them all! This updated resource combines everything from the former two volumes into one comprehensive edition and features even more recipes, additional relevant content, and expanded connections between activities and curriculum.

Every activity provides you with easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions. Each tried-and-true, safe concoction uses easily obtainable ingredients and provides suggestions for determining why and when each formula can be used. The book contains recommendations for linking projects to curriculum to help make each activity relevant and educational. Organized into 33 chapters, projects include making musical instruments, growing and using plants, conducting science experiments, and preparing food for ourselves and other creatures.
  • Offers detailed instructions for making fun projects like simple telephones, face paint, a homemade compass, and snow globes
  • Features projects from other cultures and other periods
  • Provides step-by-step instructions, along with tips for easier project implementation
  • Contains recipes for snacks from across the globe, including Indian chapatis, corn tortillas, Navajo fry bread, and Welsh griddle cakes
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Diversity Programming for Digital Youth (book)

Naidoo, Jamie Campbell. (2014). Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children's Library. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Today's children live in a culturally diverse and constantly changing digital world. New digital media is created every day but librarians and other educators need help in evaluating cultural content in digital apps, determining whether they send appropriate social messages to children, and learning how to use them in library programs that promote cultural competence. Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children's Library provides just the help that is needed.

This resource is the only one to examine the role of culturally diverse digital media and how it can be used with children's books to promote cultural competence in the library. It provides annotated lists of digital media paired with culturally diverse literature to offer librarians and educators a springboard for creating enriching, engaging, and culturally relevant programs for children from diverse backgrounds. The sample digital storytime programs celebrating diverse cultures will benefit busy librarians looking for ways to engage reluctant readers in library storytimes.

·         Provides specific evaluation criteria for selecting high-quality new digital media with cultural content
·         Offers outlines for digital storytime programs that combine new digital media with children's literature representing diverse cultures
·         Presents examples of successful cultural literacy programs for children and families
·         Describes how librarians can promote cultural competence in children via new digital media and match digital apps with multicultural children's literature for use in library programming
·         Includes interviews with successful children's librarians engaged in cultural literacy programs and digital storytimes

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Diversity Programming for Digital Youth (book)

National Association of Elementary School Principals. (2006). Leading After-School Learning Communities: What Principals Should Know and Be Able To Do. Alexandria, VA: National Association of Elementary School Principals.

After-School programs offer valuable opportunities to support children's learning while ensuring their safety when school day ends. This guide contains a wealth of strategies and resources that show how principals can fulfill an essential leadership role in after-school programs without assuming additional management responsibilities. Conversely, it may be used by after-school providers as a guide for navigating partnerships with schools.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Storytelling: Art and Technique

Greene, E., & Del Negro, J. M. (2010). Storytelling: Art and Technique (4th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.
ISBN: 978-1-59158-600-5

Publisher's Description
Thoroughly revised and updated, the fourth edition of the classic Storytelling: Art and Technique is an essential guide for beginning and experienced storytellers alike.

Ten years ago, Book Report called the third edition of Storytelling: Art and Technique, "invaluable ... a volume no librarian will want to be without." This fourth edition of the classic storytelling “how to” is even better—with 30 percent new material, additional chapters, new stories, and updated bibliographies.

This edition provides both a history of storytelling in libraries and accessible instruction for bringing storytelling to contemporary listeners. It details the selection, preparation, and presentation of stories, as well as planning and administration of a storytelling program. Full texts of 13 stories for various ages and occasions are included, as is an extensive list of resources. Bonus essays offer a fascinating international perspective through a survey of storytelling in Ireland and the British Isles and a look at storytelling in contemporary China. Complete with everything one needs to know to launch a successful storytelling program, this is the perfect book for librarians, teachers, parents—and professional storytellers, too.

  • Includes complete texts of 13 stories with source, culture, telling time, audience, and a comment for each
  • Examples of a cue card, movement warm-ups for storytellers, a seating arrangement for a storytime, a storyboard, publicity posters, and more
  • Offers resources for the storyteller, including professional books and articles, websites, storytelling books by genre, stories to tell to different age groups, read-alouds, and recordings
  • Presents an overview of storytelling in libraries in the United States from its beginnings in the late 19th century to the present day
  • Details how to select and present stories and how to program and administrate a successful storytelling program
  • Includes an international perspective, with essays about storytelling in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and in China
  • Offers the full text of 13 stories, ranging from the well-loved nursery tale, “The Gingerbread Man,” to “Rubies,” a story of seduction, betrayal, ghosts, and vengeance for teenagers, to “The Legend of the Christmas Rose” for family sharing

Table of Contents

For Story’s Sake: Reading as Its Own Reward


Chapter 1: Storytelling: A Historical Perspective
Chapter 2: Storytelling to Children in Libraries
Chapter 3: Purpose and Values of Storytelling
Chapter 4: Selection
Chapter 5: Preparation
Chapter 6: Presentation
Chapter 7: Storytelling to Children with Special Needs; Storytelling in Special Settings
Chapter 8: Storytelling to Young Children
Chapter 9: Storytelling to Young Adults
Chapter 10: Children and Young Adults as Storytellers
Chapter 11: Program Planning
Chapter 12: Administration of the Storytelling Program and In-Service Education


Storytelling in Libraries and Schools in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland
How Do You Say “Storytelling” in Chinese?


The Gingerbread Man
Perez and Martina: A Puerto Rican Folktale
The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling
The Dancing Granny
Ananse the Spider in Search of a Fool
Jack and the Two-Bullet Hunt
Willa and the Wind
More Than Salt
Ling-Li and the Phoenix Fairy: A Chinese Folktale
The White Horse Girl and the Blue Wind Boy
The Vision in the Wood
The Legend of the Christmas Rose


Professional Reading
Bibliographies, Dictionaries, Encyclopedia, and Indexes
Books About Stories and Storytelling
Resources for Fingerplays, Action Rhymes, Flannel Board Storytelling, Storytelling Activities, Participation Tales, Reader’s Theatre and Story Theatre
Magazines About Folktales, Myths, and Storytelling
Web Sources
Folktales, Literary Tales, Poetry, and Song
Folktales: Collections
Folktales: Picture Books
Tall Tales
Heroes and Heroines, Myths and Legends
Literary Tales: Collections
Literary Tales: Picture Books
Poetry and Song
Stories of Special Appeal
Stories for Three- to Five-Year-Olds
Stories for Five- to Eight-Year-Olds
Stories for Eight- to Eleven-Year-Olds
Stories for Eleven- to Fifteen-Year-Olds
Stories for a Mixed-Age Group
Stories for the Family Evening Storytelling Program
Read-Alouds: 100 Personal Favorites
A Sampling of Storytelling Recordings

Copyright Acknowledgments
For Story’s Sake: Reading as Its Own Reward

Collection Management Basics

Evans, G. E., & Saponaro, M. Z. (2012). Collection Management Basics (6th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59884-863-2

Publisher's Description 
Now thoroughly revised for today's 21st-century library environment, this title provides a complete update of the classic Developing Library and Information Center Collections—the standard text and authority on collection development for all types of libraries and library school students since 1979...

This latest edition continues to cover all aspects of collection development and management, including subjects such as needs assessment, policies, selection process theory and practice, protection, legal issues, censorship, and intellectual freedom. The book represents a total restructuring of the previous work, and reflects changes brought on by new technology and the up-and-down economy. Students and practitioners alike will benefit greatly from this up-to-date and essential text.

  • Created under the guidance of an advisory board consisting of members who represented academic, public, and school librarianship, and who have all taught librarianship courses during their careers
  • Provides sidebars that recount experiences of the authors and the advisory board in collections management and provide real-life examples of the ideas in the text being applied
  • Represents a must-have book for library school students and others new to collection management responsibilities

Table of Contents

Longevity of Libraries
Is Reading Dying or Already Dead?
Libraries’ Societal Value Beyond Preserving Information
Content vs. the Package
Libraries’ Bright Future
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Concepts and Terms
Collection Management and Library Types
Institutional Libraries
Public Libraries
School Libraries
Standards and Guidelines
Taking on Collection Management Responsibilities
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Concepts and Terms
Why Spend the Time and Effort on Service Community Studies?
Practical Aspect
Common Types of Data Collected
Data Collecting and Analysis Techniques
Key Informants—Gatekeepers
Focus Groups and Community Forums
Social Indicators
Field Surveys
Academic Libraries
Public Libraries
School Library Media Centers
Special Libraries/Information Centers
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Selected Internet Resources
Suggested Readings

Selection Starting Point: The Collection Management Policy and Its Value
Engaging in Selection Activities
Institutional Setting and User Interests
Resources to Consult
What Is in the Collection, What Is Lacking
Assessing Quality
Other Quality Factors
Cost Issues
Variations in Selection by Library Type
Academic Libraries—Community Colleges
College Libraries
University Libraries
Public Libraries
School Library Media Centers
Special Libraries
Closing Thoughts on Selection—Quality or Demand
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Acquiring Collection Materials
Acquisition Methods
Selecting the Vendor
What the Firm Stocks
Vendor Technological Capabilities
Speed of Delivery
Financial Considerations
Additional Vendor Services
Customer Service Considerations
Vendor Evaluation
Retail Outlets
Out-of-Print and Antiquarian Dealers
Fiscal Management
Estimating Costs
Allocating Funds
Financial Records
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Selected Websites of Note
Suggested Readings

Collection Assessment Methodologies
Collection-Centered Methods
List Checking
Expert Opinion (Impressionistic Assessment)
Comparative Use Statistics
Using Collection Standards as an Assessment Method
Use-Centered Methods
Circulation Studies
Customer Perceptions
Use of ILL Statistics
Bibliometric Studies
Deselection Variations
Public Libraries
School Library Media Centers
Special Libraries
Academic Libraries
Barriers to Deselection
Deselection Criteria
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Sharing Collection Items
Shared Collection Building
Sharing Collection Storage
Reasons for Engaging in Joint Ventures
Collaboration on the Personal Level
Making Collaborative Projects Work
Group Decision Making
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Producers of Library Collection Resources
Types of Producers
Serial Producers
What Is a Serial?
Serials Selection Issues and Models
Identifying Serials
Media Formats
Media Issues
Video Formats
Other Image Formats
Audio Recordings
Government Documents Information
Acquiring Government Information
Federal Depository Library Program
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Differences Between Traditional and E-Resources
Selection Issues
People Issues
Technical Issues
Assessment Options
Cancellation or Loss of Service
Google Books Project
Alternatives to Google Books Project
Online Music/Audio
Web Resources
Institutional Repositories (IR)
Managing Electronic Resources
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Libraries and Cultural Patrimony
Preserving the Investment in the Collection
Proper Handling
Environmental Control
Disaster Preparedness
Digital Preservation
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Selected Internet Resources
Suggested Readings

Chapter 11: LEGAL ISSUES
Gifts and the IRS
Inventory Control
Lending Rights and the First Sale Doctrine
Copyright Laws and Libraries
Libraries and the Law
Fair Use and Copying
Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
DMCA and Technology Issues
Contractual Compliance
Disappearance of Material
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Licenses and Contracts
The Art of Negotiation
Points to Keep in Mind
Works Cited
Suggested Readings

Libraries, the First Amendment, and Intellectual Freedom
Ethics, Personal Beliefs, Biases, and Collection Management
Bibliotherapy—Readers Advisory Activities
Points to Keep in Mind
A Closing Thought
Works Cited
Suggested Readings


Standard Cataloging

Intner, S. S., & Weihs, J. (2015). Standard Cataloging for School and Public Libraries (5th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-114-7

Publisher's Description
A proven resource for librarians and students, this updated classic opens the door to understanding current library cataloging processes, shows you how to use them to create standard catalog records, and provides guidance in managing the cataloging workflow.

Library cataloging and classification tools are constantly improving, making this concise guide a necessity for any librarian or library student seeking improved understanding of the practical process of cataloging today. With the release of RDA, a new code for description, and a new edition of Dewey Classification, it's time for every library to add this fifth edition of a classic reference to your resources. Two Margaret Mann Citation winners update you on the five basic steps in standardized library cataloging: describing and adding access points for resources; assigning subject headings using Sears List or Library of Congress subject headings; classifying them using the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification systems; and digitizing the resulting records.

The book opens with a brief look at the environment in which cataloging now functions, especially in response to advances in digital access. It clarifies terminology, explores new and changed applications, and enhances understanding of basic principles for those responsible for creating cataloging data. To get you ready for tomorrow, the edition closes with a brief look at trends likely to affect cataloging in the foreseeable future.

  • Describes today's new cataloging tools and shows how they are applied to real resources in various media, sharing numerous examples that illustrate the points raised
  • Explains the way library catalog records are produced for online catalogs
  • Describes MARC formats and explains how they relate to new metadata schemas such as MARC XML, the Dublin Core, and BIBFRAME
  • Discusses how to set goals and objectives, supervise others, evaluate outputs, and report to and interact with internal and external players in the world of libraries
  • Includes examples and illustrations of all tools and offers practice exercises to reinforce understanding

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction To Library Cataloging
Chapter 2: The Cataloging Environment
Chapter 3: Preparing Bibliographic Descriptions
Chapter 4: Name and Title Access Points
Chapter 5: Subject Analysis
Chapter 6: Subject Heading Authorities
Chapter 7: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Chapter 8: Sears List of Subject Headings
Chapter 9: Classification and Call Numbers
Chapter 10: Dewey Decimal Classification
Chapter 11: Library of Congress Classification
Chapter 12: Computer Encoding
Chapter 13: Managing the Catalog Department
Answers to Chapter Questions
Appendix: Additional Exercises
Answers to Additional Exercises

The Collection Program in Schools

Bishop, K. (2013). The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices (5th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-021-8

Publisher's Description
This practical text provides all the information and direction beginning school librarians need to develop and manage multiformat collections.

With the myriad number of print and electronic materials now available for school libraries, librarians need to know how to select the right materials for their libraries, and how to maintain, evaluate, circulate, and promote their collections. The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts and Practices, Fifth Edition is a one-stop resource that thoroughly overviews the policies and procedures for timely and effective collection development for school libraries.

The work is organized by chapters that explain the various tasks involved in effective collection development for school libraries. No other text includes a listing of the advantages, disadvantages, and copyright concerns of various formats. This introductory text also provides guidance on how to write policy and procedure manuals for school libraries; addresses concerns that impact collection development, such as ethical and fiscal issues, the curriculum, the school library environment, and special groups of students; and includes several figures and tables relating to these topics.

  • Additional readings of current articles and helpful websites at the end of each chapter
  • An appendix containing a comprehensive listing of annotated resources
  • Sample forms for collection development policies and procedures
  • Provides comprehensive information on selecting, maintaining, and evaluating all formats of materials for school libraries
  • Addresses key issues and topics that impact collection development for school libraries
  • Supplies guidance on writing policies and procedures for all facets of school library collection development

Table of Contents

Authors’ Comments
Chapter 1: The Collection
Chapter 2: Collection Development
Chapter 3: Community Analysis and Needs Assessment
Chapter 4: The School Library Program
Chapter 5: Policies and Procedures
Chapter 6: Selection
Chapter 7: General Selection Criteria
Chapter 8: Criteria by Format
Chapter 9: Acquisitions and Processing
Chapter 10: Maintenance and Preservation
Chapter 11: Circulation and Promotion of the Collection
Chapter 12: Evaluation of the Collection
Chapter 13: Ethical Issues and the Collection
Chapter 14: The Curriculum
Chapter 15: Special Groups of Students
Chapter 16: Fiscal Issues Relating to the Collection
Chapter 17: Facilities, Digital Resources, and the Learning Environment
Chapter 18: Opening, Moving, or Closing the Collection
Appendix: Resources

Positive Classroom

Bishop, K., & Cahall, J. (2012). Positive Classroom Management Skills for School Librarians. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59884-986-8

Publisher's Description
Some students are more “challenging” than most. This book helps school librarians prevent, deal with, and overcome discipline problems they may face when communicating with K–12 students.

Positive Classroom Management Skills for School Librarians is a rich, highly needed collection of strategies and methods for building and maintaining a positive learning environment in the library classroom. Appropriate for both pre-service and practicing school librarians at all grade levels, this book provides suggested techniques and examples of best practices for managing students in a school library. This invaluable information has been obtained from observations of school librarians and from discussions with pre-service students, and based upon coauthor Kay Bishop's 20 years of experience as a school librarian in various library settings.

Specific topics covered include establishing positive relationships between students and school librarians; characteristics of students in different grade levels; techniques that librarians can use for effectively managing students in the school library; ways to relate with diverse students, including students with special needs; managing students as they utilize technology in library settings; and designing a school library environment to avoid potential discipline problems.

  • Index provides easy access to information about specific topics and groups of students
  • Discusses strategies for establishing positive librarian-student relationships
  • Provides specific, practical techniques for managing students in school library settings
  • Includes useful forms, summaries, and scenarios for discussion
  • Covers characteristics of lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school, and high school students in relation to effective, age-appropriate techniques

Table of Contents
List of Figures
Chapter 1: Positive School Librarian–Student Relationships
Chapter 2: Lower Elementary Students
Chapter 3: Upper Elementary Students
Chapter 4: Middle School Students
Chapter 5: High School Students
Chapter 6: Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Chapter 7: Technology
Chapter 8: Library Design and Environment
Works Cited

Protecting Intellectual Freedom

Adams, H. R. (2013). Protecting Intellectual Freedom and Privacy in Your School Library. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-138-3

Publisher's Description
Written by a well-known intellectual freedom advocate, this book is a one-stop source for school librarians on intellectual freedom and privacy issues that blends principles with best practices.

In order to sort out fact from fiction and become effective, critically thinking adults in a global society, children need access to diverse points of view from authoritative sources in their school libraries. This book provides school librarians with easy-to-read guidance on specific aspects of intellectual freedom and privacy, explaining how the core values of the library profession translate into everyday practice. The readings supply current information and targeted, practical advice on a broad range of topics, including privacy and confidentiality in the context of a school library; working with homeless students, English language learners, and other special needs students; challenges to school library materials; filtering issues; and advocacy for intellectual freedom.
Each of the nine chapters begins with an introductory essay examining the topic and concludes with a "key ideas" summary; a list of annotated resources to lead the reader to more information on the individual column topics; and discussion questions. The volume's appendices include the text of the ALA Library Bill of Rights and the Code of Ethics as well as an annotated list of pro-First Amendment and privacy protecting organizations with contact information.
  • Presents practical guidance on important access and privacy issues facing school librarians, such as overdue materials, overcoming restrictive filtering, working with students with special needs, privacy concerns related to students' library records, preparing for challenges to school library materials, and advocating for intellectual freedom
  • Provides up-to-date information on ALA and AASL statements on intellectual freedom and privacy, relevant state and federal laws, as well as court decisions
  • Supplies sidebars with additional relevant information and interesting facts and furnish key ideas summaries for each chapter's topics, annotated resources lists, and discussion questions
  • Offers practical evaluation tools such as a "Challenge-Proofing Your School Library Checklist" and a "Privacy Checklist: Evaluating the Library Media Program"

School Library Management

Dickinson, G. K., & Repman, J. (Eds.). (2015). School Library Management (7th ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-140-6

Publisher's Description
At a time when budget cuts threaten the role of the school librarian, dynamic learning experiences can resurrect the usefulness of the library and the role of its staff. The seventh edition of this popular book helps librarians develop engaging school library programs for greater student involvement.

Comprised of important articles from Library Media Connection (LMC), School Library Management (Seventh Edition) is a compilation of best practices in the field of school library management. An excellent textbook for professors teaching LIS courses, the book contains updates to standards and technologies, and features the latest initiatives guiding practices, including Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Each of the book's five sections features helpful tips from LMC and lists relevant resources for school library management. Selected articles address standards, inquiry, ethics, and information literacy. The book also includes a focus on the role of the school librarian in designing authentic assessments.

  • An outstanding LIS textbook that addresses the latest standards, guidelines, and technologeis for the field and offers a blueprint for developing a strong school library program
  • A comprehensive listing of resources that includes websites, blogs, videos, and books
  • Articles written by distinguished practitioners and industry icons
  • Suggestions for using new technologies to achieve learning outcomes
  • A compilation of the most useful articles from Library Media Connection

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Putting Your Best Foot Forward
Chapter 2: The Big Ideas
Chapter 3: The School Library and Student Learning
Chapter 4: Administration of a 21st Century School Library Program
Chapter 5: What Does the Future Hold?

Your Library

Russo, C. T., & Swan, C. (2015). Your Library is the Answer: Demonstrating Relevance to Tech-Savvy Learners. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59884-933-2

Publisher's Description
Today’s tech-savvy and digitally connected students present a new challenge for today’s school librarians. This book offers the 21st-century tools and know-how necessary for educators to appeal to and challenge students to learn—and to want to learn.
What are the best ways to motivate students to become engaged and develop a passion for learning? Can appealing to their desire for socialization and constant communication—attributes of their lives outside of education—via the integration of cutting-edge technologies and "new media" in the library or classroom serve to ignite creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking? This book shows how you can make use of non-traditional tools such as popular social networks, collaborative technologies, and cloud computing to teach information and communications technologies integrated with the school curriculum to improve student learning—and demonstrates how these same technologies can help you measure skills and mastery learning.
The book provides an easy-to-follow blueprint for using collaborative techniques, innovation, and teaching for creativity to achieve the new learning paradigm of self-directed learning, such as flipping the classroom or library. Readers of this book will find concrete, step-by-step examples of proven lesson plans, collaborative models, and time-saving strategies for the successful integration of American Association of School Librarians (AASL) standards. The authors—both award-winning teachers—explain the quantitatively and qualitatively measurable educational value of using these technologies for core curricular and information and communications technologies instruction, showing that they both enhance student learning outcomes and provide data for measuring their impact on learning.

  • Includes innovative, practical lesson plans designed to promote problem solving skills, flexible thinking, and metacognition as well as an extensive bibliography of additional resources
  • Addresses how to analyze quantitative and qualitative data to perform the assessment necessary to improve learning outcomes
  • Provides essential information and guidance for K–12 librarians, technology integration teachers, and educators as well as school administrators
  • Addresses key aspects of learning such as critical thinking, inquiry, learning spaces, blended learning, engagement, motivation, and Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Table of Contents
Part I: Advocate and Manage
Chapter 1: Leadership
Chapter 2: Mission and Core Values
Part II: Socialize and Engage
Chapter 3: Environment: Culture and Climate
Chapter 4: Social Bookmarking / Participatory Learning / Collaborative Research
Part III: Communicate and Collaborate
Chapter 5: Collaborative Technologies and Cloud Computing
Chapter 6: GAFE: Google APPS for Education
Chapter 7: Online Blended Learning
Part IV: Network
Chapter 8: Establish Professional Learning Network
Part V: Use Standards
Chapter 9: Common Core
Part VI: Instruct
Chapter 10: Instruction
Chapter 11: Assessment
Chapter 12: PLCs
Part VII: Search
Chapter 13: Google Search: Strategies and Protocols
Chapter 14: Literacy: digital, reading, writing, numeracy and inquiry
Part VIII: Create
Chapter 15: Creativity and Curiosity
Part IX: Digitize: Publish and Produce
Chapter 16: Plagiarism
Chapter 17: Copyright and Intellectual Property
Chapter 18: Cybersafety
Part X: Innovate and Adapt
Chapter 19: New and Emerging Technologies