Monday, October 26, 2015

Digitizing Audiovisual and Nonprint Materials

Piepenburg, Scott. Digitizing Audiovisual and Nonprint Materials Libraries Unlimited, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4408-37807

Part of the  Innovative Librarian's Guide series, this guide walks you through the process of planning and implementing digitization projects for the common formats libraries have collected over the last 30 or 40 years. It guides first-time users in setting up a facility to convert analog tapes and records into a digital form, explaining how to clean up those sources to produce a high-quality output for end-users. The same theories and skills are applied to the visual domain so you can convert VHS, Beta, U-Matic, and laserdiscs into archival visual formats. Basic information on computer hardware and software is discussed, including the equipment needed to digitize various formats. Techniques for capturing, editing, storing, and making digitized files available to patrons are also covered.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Hardware
Chapter 3: Digitizing Images
Chapter 4: Digitizing Slides
Chapter 5: Digitizing Sound Recordings
Chapter 6: Digitizing Video Recordings
Chapter 7: Finishing Up

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Student's Survival Guide to Research

McAdoo, Monty L. The Student's Survival Guide to Research. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2015. ISBN:

Publisher's Description
Jumping head first into a research project is a surefire recipe for stress and confusion. But if you’re a newbie, how do you know where to begin, let alone where to go from there? Library instruction expert McAdoo has penned a primer specifically tailored to novice researchers, offering beginning-to-end guidance for every step of the research process, from planning and preparing to conducting and writing. Structured in a way that’s easy to digest, McAdoo shows students...
  • what research is and what it entails, the stages of research, and the elements of a term paper;
  • the essential steps in preparing for research, and how to understand the assignment;
  • how libraries and librarians can help;
  • pointers for selecting a research topic and appropriate information tools;
  • strategies for conducting searches that will save time and effort, from using keywords to constructing more sophisticated searches;
  • how to understand, read, and evaluate search results;
  • the dos and don’ts of conducting research ethically, including how to cite sources and how and why to avoid plagiarism; and
  • guidance for shaping research results into quality writing.
Students will appreciate the book’s clear and concise language regarding the research process, while teachers, faculty, YA staff, and academic librarians will find it a valuable tool for information literacy.

Table of Contents
List of Figures

Chapter 1    What Is Research?
Chapter 2    Preparing for Research
Chapter 3    Understanding Libraries and Librarians
Chapter 4    Understanding Your Assignment
Chapter 5    Selecting a Research Topic
Chapter 6    Locating Information Resources
Chapter 7    Accessing and Acquiring Information Resources
Chapter 8    Constructing Effective Search Strategies
Chapter 9    Understanding Search Results
Chapter 10    Reading and Evaluating Information
Chapter 11    Conducting Ethically and Legally Responsible Research
Chapter 12    Writing Your Paper
Chapter 13    Sample Search


Library 101: A Handbook for the School Librarian

Gatrell Stephens, Claire, and Patricia Franklin. Library 101: A Handbook for the School Librarian. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-61069-451-3

Publisher's Description
This handbook is the perfect introduction to school library management for both novice and seasoned professionals. The authors—both experienced school librarians—provide basic guidelines for overseeing an effective library program, practical examples that can be used to implement quality lessons, comprehensive coverage of key topics including daily tasks and human resource management, and ideas for the future of school library management. The provided strategies make setting up and running a program easy for professionals at any level.

The second edition includes updated information on the latest trends, terminology, and technologies current in the field. The book is organized into three sections: focusing on daily operations; your role as a teacher collaborator and visionary; and methods for managing a collection. Included resource lists, sidebars, charts, and pictures offer tips and ideas for successfully implementing your plans.

  • Covers all aspects of library administration, including operations, technology, and resource management
  • Helps new or experienced school librarians find ways to launch or elevate their programs
  • Provides valuable resources for implementing a quality library program
  • Features lesson plans using Common Core State Standards
  • Includes short sidebar articles from noted experts in the school library field and tips from experienced librarians
Table of Contents and Preview
Check the publisher's website.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom

Reale, Michelle. Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom. ALA Editions, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1367-3

Reale shares her own university classroom experiences to offer a step-by-step primer for those contemplating the embedded librarianship. Demystifying what can sometimes feel intimidating to academic librarians, this practical resource
  • defines what embedded librarianship is, and isn’t;
  • explains why being in the classroom is so important, and how it creates communities of learning;
  • shows how to clarify the role of the librarian in a classroom by being a “facilitator of process”;
  • offers strategies for relationship building, setting goals, and honing a teaching style; and
  • discusses embedded librarianship and branding.

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: From the Beginning: Traditional Librarianship Takes a Different Path
Chapter 2: Embedded Librarianship Defined
Chapter 3: The Importance of Being There
Chapter 4: The Importance of Relationship Building
Chapter 5: Clarifying Your Role in the Embedded Classroom
Chapter 6: Establishing a Teaching Style in the Classroom
Chapter 7: Classroom Embedding Creates Communities of Practice and Possibilities
Chapter 8: The Embedded Librarian as Facilitator of Process
Chapter 9: Setting Personal Goals
Chapter 10: Personal Branding in Embedded Librarianship
Chapter 11: Being Embedded: An Odyssey
Chapter 12: In Retrospect

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Handbook for Storytime Programs

The Handbook for Storytime Programs by Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer. 
Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1265-2.

Librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers can energize storytimes and curricula with this informative and entertaining resource filled with engaging and creative ways to integrate storytelling and story-related materials into programs for children, ages birth-12. Readers will find a treasure trove of tales, books, songs, and poems to share, plus a host of exciting and easily adaptable children’s literature-based activities. This handbook provides
  • Descriptions of a variety of programs for young children, from lap times for babies to programs for toddlers and nursery school age children, on up to grade 2
  • A “quicklist” of 150 thematic program-starters for children ages 1-7, on popular topics such as animals, the natural world, families, vehicles, and holidays
  • Story jokes, think stories, convoluted logic puzzlers, scary tales, funny stories, and dozens of other thematic program-starters for tweens
  • Methods for telling stories using pictures, objects, crafts, puppetry, songs, creative drama, and magic
  • Materials such as story scripts, songs, wordplay, poems, annotated booklists, and non-narrative sources for storytelling
  • Guidance to help story programmers pull together cohesive themed programs and story hours
No storytelling programmer will want to be without this expansive and instantly useful handbook.
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Counting Down to Kindergarten

Counting Down to Kindergarten: A Complete Guide to Creating a School Readiness Program for Your Community by R. Lynn Baker. 
Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1333-8.

The public library is in the perfect position as a community resource to help bridge the gap between preschool and kindergarten; however, starting from scratch can feel daunting. In this guide, Baker combines her background in early childhood education with her experience as a youth services programming specialist to present a school readiness program that can be tailored for any public library. Based on the successful framework of her tried and tested original program, this book offers everything that a public library needs in order to get started, including

  • A six-week schedule of detailed lesson plans which combine the best practices of the Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) Second Edition (talking, singing, reading, writing, playing) with nationally identified school readiness skills
  • A six-month family calendar with activities to help parents engage their children in activities that foster early literacy and school readiness skills at home
  • Tips for maintaining a collaborative relationship with early childhood stakeholders and policymakers to help maintain a program that fits the school readiness needs of the local community
  • Specific examples of successful school readiness programs and partnerships from public library systems across the country
Baker’s guide will help public libraries ensure that young children are ready for school from day one.
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Club Programs for Teens

Club Programs for Teens: 100 Activities for the Entire Year by Amy J. Alessio and Heather Booth.
Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1334-5.

Want to keep the momentum going after a successful teen event? That “one off” can easily be turned into a popular monthly club that will keep young adults coming back. Alessio, co-author of the bestsellers A Year of Programs for Teens and A Year of Programs for Teens 2, and Booth, co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services, show you how. Designed to be used in school or public library settings, this uniquely themed program guide
  • Offers guidance on how to handle summer, winter and year-round reading programs, with activities ranging from easy to elaborate
  • Provides activities useful for libraries with monthly teen clubs as well as those who want to plan occasional fun events
  • Saves planning time and offers maximum flexibility by cross-referencing programs by themes, allowing one program to be used with different audiences
  • Includes resource lists, readlikes, tips for success, and lessons learned from programs that went awry
Whether you’re a teen program novice or simply want to make your existing programming more effective, the club programs presented here will make teens excited to return to your library week after week.
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A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom

A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A Supplement to the Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition by Trina Magi and Martin Garnar. 
Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. 978-0-8389-1325-3.

Collecting several key documents and policy statements, this supplement to the ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual traces a history of ALA’s commitment to fighting censorship. An introductory essay by Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, updated by OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an overview of ALA policy on intellectual freedom. An important resource, this volume includes documents which discuss such foundational issues as
  • The Library Bill of Rights
  • Protecting the freedom to read
  • ALA’s Code of Ethics
  • How to respond to challenges and concerns about library resources
  • Minors and internet activity
  • Meeting rooms, bulletin boards, and exhibits
  • Copyright
  • Privacy, including the retention of library usage records
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