Wednesday, September 16, 2015

RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2015 Revision

RDA: Resource Description and Access Print--2015 Revision. ALA, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1346-8

This revision in complete through April 2015. For a full description, see the publisher's site:

Friday, September 11, 2015

Protecting Patron Privacy

Beckstrom, Matthew. Protecting Patron Privacy: Safe Practices for Public Computers.
Santa Barbara, California : Libraries Unlimited, An Imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2015. ISBN:
From the publisher
Protect patron privacy and safeguard Internet usage using this how-to manual for creating a secure environment in your library. You'll learn how simple changes to your policies, procedures, and computer settings can ensure a private and safe research space for users.

In a world where almost anyone with computer savvy can hack, track, and record the online activities of others, your library can serve as a protected haven for your visitors who rely on the Internet to conduct research—if you take the necessary steps to safeguard their privacy. This book shows you how to protect patrons' privacy while using the technology that your library provides, including public computers, Internet access, wireless networks, and other devices.

Logically organized into two major sections, the first part of the book discusses why the privacy of your users is of paramount importance, explains the applicable laws and regulations related to patron privacy, and delves into the mechanics of security breaches on public computers. The second half outlines the practical steps you can take to preserve the rights of library visitors by working with computer and mobile device configurations, network security settings, and special applications.

  • Offers clear, practical instructions on how to better ensure privacy in the library
  • Traces the history of libraries providing privacy to their patrons
  • Includes simple examples of programs, browser changes, and procedural changes that libraries can use
  • Introduces the way that the Internet and browsing works
  • Covers federal and state laws governing privacy issues

Foreword by Barbara Jones
Chapter 1: Privacy and How It is Lost
Chapter 2: Staff Procedures and Policy
Chapter 3: Patron Education
Chapter 4: Network Security and Devices
Chapter 5: Windows Settings and Applications
Chapter 6: Browser Settings and Plug-Ins

Library Programs and Services: The Fundamentals

Evans, G. Edward, Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro, Holland Christie, and Carol Sinwell. Library Programs and Services: The Fundamentals. 8th edition. Libraries Unlimited, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-61069-637-1.

Covering every topic ranging from circulation and literacy instruction to reference and security, this book provides an up-to-date, broadly based view of library public service and its functions. A revision and expansion of Libraries Unlimited's Introduction to Library Public Services: Seventh Edition, this edition has new chapters covering such topics as e-resources, collections, print and other media, and facilities and funding. Additionally, every chapter has been substantially updated and reorganized to better reflect the role of technology in library services today.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Customer Service
Chapter 3: Reference
Chapter 4: Instruction
Chapter 5: Document Delivery
Chapter 6: Circulation
Chapter 7: Print Collections
Chapter 8: Media Collections
Chapter 9: eResources
Chapter 10: Variations in Programs and Services
Chapter 11: Computer Access
Chapter 12: Social Media and Library Programs and Services
Chapter 13: Legal Aspects
Chapter 14: Ethical Aspects
Chapter 15: Staffing
Chapter 16: Safety Aspects
Chapter 17: Assessment
Chapter 18: Fiscal Concerns
Chapter 19: Libraries as Place

Friday, September 4, 2015

Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries

Marquis, Kathy and Leslie Waggener. Local History Reference Collections for Public Libraries. ALA Editions, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1331-4

Part of ALA's Guides for the Busy Librarian series, this book presents a start-to-finish guidebook for creating a local history reference collection that your community will embrace and use regularly. By using materials already in your library or easily available to you, creating a local history reference collection can be easier than you think, and this book shows you how.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why “Local History Reference Collection”?
Chapter 1: Local History Collections: Current Trends, Practices, and Concerns
Chapter 2: Archival Collections vs. Local History Collections: What’s the Difference?
Chapter 3: Collection Development Policies and Library Mission Statements
Chapter 4: Audience: Who Will Be Your Users?
Chapter 5: Collaboration with Other Local History Organizations
Chapter 6: Facility Needs and Preservation of LHRC Materials
Chapter 7: Reference and Access
Chapter 8: Marketing and Outreach
Chapter 9: Your Virtual Local History Reference Collection
Appendix A: Local History Collection Survey Instrument
Appendix B: American Library Association Reference and User Services Association’s Guidelines for Establishing Local History Collections
Appendix C: Collection Development Policy Template
Appendix D: Condition of Item(s) Form
Appendix E: Albany County Public Library Genealogy Training Worksheet
Appendix F: “Public Domain and Creative Commons: A Guide to Works You Can Use Freely,” from the University of Montana-Missoula Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Essential Classification, Second Edition

Broughton, Vanda. Essential Classification. Second Edition. Neal-Schuman, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1369-7

Fully updated to reflect changes to the major general schemes (Library of Congress, LCSH, Dewey and UDC), this new edition offers guidance on how to go about classifying a document from scratch. Cataloging authority Broughton leads the novice classifier step by step through the basics of subject cataloging, with an emphasis on practical document analysis and classification.  Her book deals with fundamental questions of the purpose of classification in different situations, and the needs and expectations of end users.

Table of Contents
1. Introduction
2. The need for classification
3. First principles of classification
4. The variety of classification: systems and structures
5. The classification scheme: internal structure
6. Types of classification scheme
7. Order in the classification scheme
8. Content analysis 1: document description
9. Content analysis 2: practical constraints
10. Controlled indexing languages
11. Word-based approaches to retrieval
12. Library of Congress Subject Headings 1: basic headings
13. Library of Congress Subject Headings 2: structured headings
14. Classification scheme application
15. Library of Congress Classification 1: basic classmark construction
16. Library of Congress Classification 1: use of tables
17. Dewey Decimal Classification
18. Universal Decimal Classification 1: general properties and basic number building
19. Universal Decimal Classification 1: auxiliary tables
20. Faceted classification
21. Managing classification

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fundamentals of Technical Services

Sandstrom, John and Liz Miller. Fundamentals of Technical Services. Neal-Schuman, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-55570-966-2

Written by librarians working and teaching on the front lines, this guide uses a functional, hands-on approach to lay out the basics of technical services, from acquiring new materials to making them available to library users. A good introduction for those just moving into the profession, or for library staff in need of a brush up!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Managing Technical Services
Chapter 2: Systems
Chapter 3: Collection Development
Chapter 4: Acquisitions
Chapter 5: Cataloging
Chapter 6: Physical Processing
Chapter 7: Authority Control and Catalog Maintenance
Chapter 8: Collection Management

A: Content Standards  
B: Classification Systems and Call Numbers
C: Subject Term Lists
D: MARC Digital Format