Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The New Instruction Librarian

The New Instruction Librarian: A Workbook for Trainers and Librarians, by Candice Benjes-Small and Rebecca K. Miller. ALA Editions, 2017. 978-0-8389-1456-4.

Publisher's Description
The sheer amount of resources on the subject of information literacy is staggering. Yet a comprehensive but concise roadmap specifically for librarians who are new to instruction, or who are charged with training someone who is, has remained elusive. Until now. This book cuts through the jargon and rhetoric to ease the transition into library instruction, offering support to all those involved, including library supervisors, colleagues, and trainees.  Grounded in research on teaching and learning from numerous disciplines, not just library literature, this book:
  • shows how to set up new instruction librarians for success, with advice on completing an environmental scan, strategies for recruiting efficiently, and a training checklist;
  • walks readers step by step through training a new hire or someone new to instruction, complete with hands-on activities and examples;
  • explores the different roles an instruction librarian is usually expected to play, such as educator, project manager, instructional designer, and teaching partner;
  • demonstrates the importance of performance evaluation and management, including assessment and continuing education, both formal and informal; and
  • provides guided reading lists for further in-depth study of a topic.
A starter kit for librarians new to instruction, this resource will be useful for training coordinators as well as for self-training.

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More Information
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Creating and Promoting Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries

Gilton, Donna L. Creating and Promoting Lifelong Learning in Public Libraries: Tools and Tips for Practitioners. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4422-6952-1 

This book describes basic steps that librarians can execute in order to get started with lifelong learning programming, using ideas from informal and nonformal education in museums, community organizations and agencies. Chapters include on planning for instruction, using teaching methodologies, teaching with and about technology, and bringing information literacy standards together with more traditional public library services, programming, and activities, such as reference and Readers’ Advisory services, bibliotherapy, and cultural and literacy programming.

Table of Contents
1.What Creating and promoting lifelong learning in public libraries is all about.
  • Planning modes and instructional models
  • Scope and organization
  • Notes
2. Planning for formal instruction.
  • Decision points
  • ILI planning for the whole library
  • Preparing to teach
  • Notes
3. Teaching methodologies.
  • Lectures
  • Active learning in the classroom
  • Games and gaming
  • Applying active learning to real life
  • Universal design of learning, instruction, and information literacy
  • Toward evaluation
  • Notes
4. Implementing instruction with technology.
  • Web 1.0
  • Web 2.0
  • Combining Web 1.0 and 2.0
  • Notes
5. Connecting information literacy to other lifelong learning in public libraries.
  • Lifelong learning, adult education, and independent learning reference encounters and research consultations, off- and online
  • Readers' advisory services
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Cultural and literacy programming
  • Lifelong learning and public libraries : tying it all together
  • Notes
Conclusion: ILI futures.
  • More technologies, more complex technologies
  • Changes in standards
  • Other literacies
  • Implication, application, and remaining questions
  • Notes

Monday, December 12, 2016

Latinos in Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Cultural Competence in Action! An Asset-Based Approach


Montiel-Overall, Patricia, Annabella Villaescusa Nunez and Veronica Reyes-Escudero.  Latinos in Libraries, Museums, and Archives: Cultural Competence in Action! An Asset-Based Approach. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4422-5850-1

Covering the areas of academic, school, public libraries, health sciences, archives, and special collections, the authors show the importance of understanding how cultural competence effects the day-to-day communication, relationship building, and information provision with Latinos.

Table of Contents

  1. Cultural competence
  2. School libraries
  3. Public libraries
  4. Academic libraries
  5. Health information services
  6. Archives and special collections
  7. Museums
  8. Looking ahead

Friday, December 9, 2016

Effective Difficult Conversations

Soehner, C. B., & Darling, A. (2017). Effective Difficult Conversations: A Step-by-Step Guide. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

In an information landscape where change is the status quo, difficult conversations come with the territory. Being a library leader means knowing how to confidently steer these conversations so that they lead to productive results instead of hurt feelings, resentment, or worse.  Employees in a library will also encounter conflict, especially during times of change. Using a step-by-step process, this book walks readers through learning the skills to have effective difficult conversations that hold themselves and others accountable. Practice activities throughout the book will help readers feel prepared beforehand. After reading this book, library directors, managers, administrators, and team leaders will feel empowered to
  • proactively identify situations that require an intervention in order to avoid unnecessary complications or confrontations down the line;
  • prepare for and initiate a difficult conversation, balancing a clear message with compassion to successfully manage change or handle personnel issues;
  • diffuse volatile emotions by maintaining a calm, measured approach;  and
  • follow up a difficult conversation in writing, keeping the lines of communication open to ensure a way forward.
Illustrated with real-world examples of both successful and unsuccessful difficult conversations, this book will serve as an important leadership tool for handling change and conflicts in the library workplace.

(Book description)

Describing Music Materials

Smiraglia, Richard P. with Jihee Beak. Describing Music Materials: A Manual for Resource Description of Printed and Recorded Music and Music Videos. Fourth Edition. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4422-7628-4.

This edition is rewritten to a large extent to conform to the new instructions and paradigms represented in Resource Description and Access (RDA). RDA instructions for printed music, recorded music and music video are accompanied by advice, examples, illustrations and complete catalog records, including versions in MARC21 format.

Table of Contents

1. Description of Printed Material

2. Description of Sound Recordings

3. Description of Music Video Recordings

4. Authorized Access Points


Appendix: OCLC MARC21 Examples

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Online Searching

Markey, Karen. Online Searching: A Guide to Finding Quality Information Efficiently and Effectively. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4422-3885-5

Publisher's Description
Online Searching puts the aspiring librarian on the fast track to becoming an expert searcher who unites library users with trusted sources of information to answer their questions.

To accomplish this, it ushers you through online searching as a seven-step process:
(1) determining what the user really wants in the reference interview,
(2) identifying sources that are likely to produce relevant information for the user’s query,
(3) dividing the query into big ideas and combining them logically,
(4) hypothesizing whether a known item or a subject will satisfy the query,
(5) representing the query as input to the search system,
(6) conducting the search and responding strategically, and
(7) displaying retrievals, assessing them, and responding tactically.

For key concepts, Online Searching enlists multimedia, representing visually what is difficult to convey via words alone. When you analyze Online Searching’s real search topics, search online, and compare your results with its suggested answers, you’ll experience the seven-step online searching process first-hand. Included are specific recommendations about what you should teach end users about online searching and a method for quickly and efficiently familiarizing yourself with a new database and search system.

Including short video demonstrations, Online Searching is your go-to guidebook for ramping yourself up from novice to expert searcher.

Table of contents

Information and Digital Literacies

Farmer, Lesley S. J. Information and Digital Literacies A Curricular Guide for Middle and High School Librarians. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4422-3981-4

Publisher's Description
Information and Digital Literacies: A Curricular Guide for Middle and High School Librarians is a practical guide to help school librarians design and deliver effective instruction that addresses the knowledge, skills and dispositions of information and digital literacies.

This curricular guide from one of America’s foremost experts in this area will help librarians prepare students for college and careers. It provides systematic instruction about conducting research and using integration as stated in the Common Core, complying with state and federal mandates for digital safety/competence curriculum, and recognizing the instructional role of school librarians. It should be noted that “canned” programs, particularly for digital safety exist, but they are not aligned with other school standards, and they do not reflect the unique communities of learners, let alone address the need to collaboration and articulation.

The ready-to-implement curricular guide features:
  • instructional design strategies,
  • model middle and high school curriculum, including a scope-and-sequence, stand-alone courses, units of instruction, and sample learning activities, and
  • ties to new AASL and ACRL information literacy standards, ISTE technology standards, 21st Century Partnership framework, and Common Core State Standards.
Table of contents

School Libraries 3.0

Butler, Rebecca P. School Libraries 3.0: Principles and Practices for the Digital Age. Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.
IBSN: 978-0-8108-8580-6

Publisher's Description
This textbook, for school library administration courses, is written by a professor who has taught this course at least once a year for the past twenty years. Technology is interwoven throughout the book and not listed as a separate chapter or book section. This is because the school librarian of today—and certainly the school librarian of tomorrow—is working in an environment of web resources, multimedia, mixed methods, and varying programs and services. Major chapters cover the various roles of the school librarian, curricular standards and guidelines, policies and procedures, budgeting, facilities, personnel, services, programming, ethics, advocacy, and evaluation. Sample policies, procedures, and plans make this book valuable to both new and experienced school librarians.

The New Librarianship Field Guide

Lankes, R. David. The New Librarianship Field Guide. MIT Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780262529082

Publisher's Description
This book offers a guide for librarians who see their profession as a chance to make a positive difference in their communities—librarians who recognize that it is no longer enough to stand behind a desk waiting to serve. R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, reminds librarians of their mission: to improve society by facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. In this book, he provides tools, arguments, resources, and ideas for fulfilling this mission. Librarians will be prepared to become radical positive change agents in their communities, and other readers will learn to understand libraries in a new way.

The librarians of Ferguson, Missouri, famously became positive change agents in August 2014 when they opened library doors when schools were closed because of civil unrest after the shooting of an unarmed teen by police. Working with other local organizations, they provided children and their parents a space for learning, lunch, and peace. But other libraries serve other communities—students, faculty, scholars, law firms—in other ways. All libraries are about community, writes Lankes; that is just librarianship.

In concise chapters, Lankes addresses the mission of libraries and explains what constitutes a library. He offers practical advice for librarian training; provides teaching notes for each chapter; and answers “Frequently Argued Questions” about the new librarianship.

Go Get That Grant! A Practical Guide for Libraries and Nonprofit Organizations

Staines, Gail M. Go Get That Grant! A Practical Guide for Libraries and Nonprofit Organizations. 2nd edition. Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4422-7027-5

This book is a practical, how-to guide for those interested in writing, procuring, and implementing grants. The second edition has also been expanded to include a new chapter on how to become a grant writer. From gathering basic information about an organization through accepting and implementing the grant award, expert advice is provided then illustrated through step-by-step guides along with numerous examples.

Table of Contents
  • Creating your toolkit 
  • Identifying a project
  • Types of grants
  • Funding sources
  • Select a grant and start writing
  • Submitting your grant
  • Making the grant successful
  • If you want to become a grant writer
  • Some advice and final words

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

MacKellar, Pamela H. and Stephanie K. Gerding. Winning Grants :  A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (2nd ed.). Chicago: ALA Neal Schuman, 2017. ISBN 978-0-8389-1473-1  025.11 MacKeW2

Publisher's Description
Newly revised and refreshed, this invaluable how-to manual will teach you the skills and strategies crucial for finding, applying for, and winning grants. Whether you’re starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, or you’re an experienced grant writer looking to tap into new funding sources, this resource offers a proven, easy-to-understand process for grant success. Loaded with a wide variety of forms, worksheets, and checklists to help you stay organized, this book:
  • summarizes the grant process cycle and outlines a clear path to success;
  • shares inspiring grant success stories in action from diverse libraries;
  • offers guidance on gathering knowledge and conducting research, with updated resource lists and links to the various types of funders;
  • covers every stage of planning, including how to cultivate community involvement, methods for needs assessment, advice on organizing the grant team, and exercises to help you write realistic goals and objectives;
  • gives tips on writing the proposal, such as where to find the best statistics and census data to support your statement of needs;
  • advises how to announce a successful grant to the community, and other first steps of implementation, including the basic principles of project management;
  • provides guidance on what to do when you’re turned down and how to conduct an effective review session that keeps the process moving forward;
  • highlights ways to stay current through online discussion groups, blogs, networking groups, and more; and
  • features sample RFPs, budget templates, grant partnership documents, and many other helpful tools.
Written by two librarians who are experts in grantsmanship, this all-in-one toolkit for winning grants is a must-have for library directors, grant writers, board members, consultants, and anyone else involved in planning library programs and services.

Web extras

Monday, November 28, 2016

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships Within the Framework, edited by Randall McClure. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. 978-083898904-3.

Publisher's Description
Colleges and universities tend to be siloed spaces where we work within our own departments, divisions, and units and don’t always recognize the connections we have with the work of our colleagues down the hall. Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks highlights the clear connections between two important disciplinary documents—the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (CWPA, NCTE, and NWP, 2011) and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL, 2016)—and examines partnerships between librarians and their colleagues who are teaching information literacy in new and impactful ways.

Researching and writing are inseparable and interdependent processes, even in activities without a required research/source use component. From disciplines and areas one would expect—English departments, first-year writing programs, and university writing centers—to those perhaps more unexpected, such as the health sciences, courses in music, and summer bridge programs, Rewired features partnerships within a range of institutional types that have built upon the connections between these Frameworks in ways that construct meaningful relationships for students as they develop expertise in research-writing.

The chapters in Section 1, Developing a Shared Understanding, show off the ways we can learn from each other’s expertise when we engage in conversation and break down the disciplinary silos that tend to separate us. The range of curricular reforms at institutions across the country showcased in Section 2, Partnering Research & Writing, offer multiple options for how partnerships between faculty members invested in writing in the disciplines and their librarian colleagues might develop in different kinds of institutional contexts. And finally, Section 3, Assessing Writing & Information Literacy, challenges us to think about how we assess students’ research-writing development and the impact of the partnerships we develop.

College and research librarians have of course been working alongside professors invested in writing in the disciplines for decades. What is new about these partnerships is how faculty members and librarians are re-imagining their work, rewiring it if you will, for students in a world where writing is both global and largely digital.

More Information
See the publisher's website for Table of Contents and information about the editor.  

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships

Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships, edited by Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. 978-083898883-1.

Publisher's Description
Special collections and liaison librarian partnerships can have a tremendous impact on the work within the library and the university community. Designed to guide the reader through three different themes—collection stewardship; projects, research, and exhibitions; and instruction—Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships offers inspiration and case studies detailing how these departments can impact research, teaching, and learning by working collaboratively. With individual expertise and skillsets, librarians and staff are together better equipped to provide researchers with a holistic, well-rounded perspective on the research process and scholarship.

Collaborating for Impact opens with an exploration of current collaboration between liaison and special collections librarians, including a thorough literature review. A proposed framework for acquiring general and special collections that document the history of the academy and remain responsive to campus curricular needs, and a tutorial on object-based pedagogy that can underpin such arrangements, follow. And finally, there are thirteen case studies that provide concrete examples of how to move the needle towards sustainable efforts and away from one-off examples.

If special collections are destined to become the mainstay of the library, many more paths to deeper collaboration can and should be developed. Special collections and liaison librarian partnerships offer a good foundation from which teamwork can take root across administrative, physical, and cultural divides. This book addresses a gap in both special collections and liaison librarian literature, showing how librarians work together across library departments.

More Information
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Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers, 2016 Edition, Volume 36, edited by Juneal M. Chenoweth. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. 978-1-4408-4702-8.

Publisher's Description
An essential resource for collection development specialists in small and medium-sized libraries, this guide identifies the highest quality, most affordable, and most appropriate new reference materials in any field. Culling the top reviews from the latest edition of American Reference Books Annual (ARBA), all of the titles in Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers are well reviewed and have price points that will appeal to libraries with tight budgets. This invaluable guidebook gives collection development librarians working in small to medium-sized libraries the best information for choosing new titles for their libraries from the thousands of new reference products (both print and online) that became available in 2015.

As with previous editions, readers are assured fair and accurate assessments because all of the reviews are written by experts in the library field and present both positive and negative aspects of the product. Each critical review is coded to clearly indicate which type of library the publication is appropriate for—C for college, P for public, and/or S for school.

  • Comprises the top 550 reviews—all written by subject experts working in the library profession—selected from ARBA, a comprehensive and well-respected reviewing source for reference materials 
  • Retains any critical comments made by the reviewer about a recommended title to aid readers in their selection process 
  • Recommends titles not only on the basis of their positive reviews but also their affordability
See the publisher's website for author information.

Senior High Core Collection

Corsaro, Julie, et al., editors. Senior High Core Collection. 20th ed., Grey House Publishing, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-68217-069-4

Note: The State Library also has Middle and Junior High Core Collection, Children’s Core Collection, and from a different publisher, A to Zoo, and many more collection development resources.

Publisher's Description
H.W. Wilson's Senior High Core Collection (20th Edition) identifies the best, most highly recommended material available for high school libraries and young adult collections. It is a helpful guide to over 8,500 recommended fiction and nonfiction titles for adolescents and young adults.
Librarians have relied on the expert recommendations in Senior High Core Collection for years for collection development guidance. It is an ideal tool for Purchasing & Title Selection, Readers’ Advisory, Curriculum Support, Collection Development & Maintenance and Professional Development.

Created by Librarians, for Librarians

Titles are selected by an editorial team of librarians as well as a librarian advisory group—all of them experts in library services to adolescents and young adults.

Comprehensive Topical Coverage

Senior High Core Collection provides easy access to recommended titles in all subject areas of interest to adolescents and young adults. In this update, particular attention was paid to expanding coverage in computers, math and other STEM areas. In addition, librarians will find a wide array of recommended titles covering cultural diversity, careers, the arts, new technologies and social issues.

Easy-to-use Arrangement
  • Nonfiction books, provides immediate access to over 6,000 nonfiction titles, arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification.
  • Fiction, arranged by author, recommends nearly 2,500 of the best fiction for young adult and adolescent readers. This volume now includes graphic novels too.
  • Story Collections, arranged by author, highlights over 100 recommended story collections for students in grades nine through twelve.
Bibliographic & Cataloging Data, Descriptions & Reviews

Individual entries provide a wealth of much-needed information at a glance.
  • Complete Bibliographic & Cataloging Data
  • Price, ISBN and Publisher Data make purchasing titles quick and easy
  • Suggested Subject headings, Grade Level & Dewey Classification
  • Content Descriptions & Quotations from Select Reviews—are incredibly useful when evaluating books for selection and for readers’ advisory.
  • Additional notes describe sequels and companion volumes, editions available, awards, and publication history.
  • 2,300 “Most Highly Recommended” titles are easily identified with a starred listing.
More Professional Development Materials

This edition also includes works for the librarian, including resources for the evaluation of materials, library management and programming and the use of the Internet and instruction.

In-depth Indexing

An in-depth Author, Title, and Subject Index provides users with thousands of ways to navigate this rich collection of recommended titles. Whether searching by author, title or by one of the hundreds of subject areas found in the index, librarians can easily locate titles that will round out their collection.

Senior High Core Collection is a must-have tool for librarians and media specialists. Whether for title selection, collection maintenance or readers’ advisory support, this updated edition takes the guesswork out of collection development, so librarians can be assured that they are selecting the best materials for their collection, and making the most out of their book budget.

Table of Contents

Monday, November 21, 2016

Creating Inclusive Library Environments

Kowalsky, M., & Woodruff, J. (2017). Creating Inclusive Library Environments: A Planning Guide for Serving Patrons with Disabilities. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

Librarians are continually faced with challenges of how to best meet the needs of patrons with disabilities, whether those patrons have physical or intellectual disabilities, differing learning styles, or even temporary problems which impact their access and may change over time. And because planning considerations range from policies and organizational culture to facilities, technologies, and beyond, librarians need a guide that covers everything: areas that can be addressed quickly and easily as well as those that require long-term strategies. That guide is here. Packed with research-based best practices and handy checklists applicable to all types of libraries, this comprehensive resource

  • defines what makes environments barrier-free, whether physical or virtual, and talks about how libraries can develop a user-centered culture;
  • includes techniques for writing policies and procedures that are clear, realistic, and flexible;
  • provides strategies for setting up facilities, training staff, and maintaining daily operations;
  • discusses collaboration and outreach through community partnerships, including ways to connect patrons with nonprofits and disability organizations;
  • offers programming and workshop ideas such as open houses, tutorials, and tours of the library;
  • delves into assistive technology, website design, making vendor-purchased products accessible, and other information technology issues; and
  • shares ideas for library assessment, realigning strategies, and staying current.
This planning guide will enable libraries to create and maintain a truly inclusive environment for all patrons.

(book description)

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Subject Liaison’s Survival Guide to Technical Services

Schmidt, Krista and Tim Carstens. Subject Liaison’s Survival Guide to Technical Services. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1502-8

As it addresses acquisitions, processing, cataloging, and deselection, this book speaks directly to the needs and responsibilities of subject liaisons. It clears away extra information and jargon to bring liaisons up to speed on how technical services staff get things done.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Collection Development
Data and Information

Chapter 2    Budgets and Budgeting
Understanding Your Institution’s and Library’s Financial Picture
  • Sources of Funds
  • Decision Making
Allocating Funds within the Library
Communication and Timing

Chapter 3    Submitting Orders

Organizational Structure
Information and Processes
Timing Is Everything

Chapter 4    Acquisitions Ordering
Organizational Structure (Again)
Record Keeping and Communication
Ordering Processes
Timing Is Everything (Again)

Chapter 5    Receiving and Processing
Receiving and Processing Physical Resources
  • Books, Media, and Other Non-serial Items
  • Serials
  • Collection Designation
Receiving and Processing Electronic Materials
  • E-books
  • Databases and E-journals

Chapter 6    Cataloging
Copy and Original Cataloging
Enhancing Cataloging Records
  • Individual Record Editing
  • Batch Editing
  • Workflow Edits
Enhancing the Catalog Itself

Chapter 7    Collection Maintenance
  • Initiation and Planning
  • Decision Making
  • Withdrawal Processes
Location Changes
Format Updates

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice

Koufogiannakis, Denise and Alison Brettle (eds.). Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice. Neal-Schuman, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1521-9

Bringing together recent theory, research, and case studies, this book provides librarians with a new reference point for how they can use and create evidence within their practice, in order to better meet the needs of their communities.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Background and model

1. Introduction -  Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle
2. A new framework for EBLIP - Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle
3. Articulate - Alison Brettle and Denise Koufogiannakis
4. Assemble - Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle
5. Assess - Alison Brettle and Denise Koufogiannakis
6. Agree - Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle
7. Adapt - Alison Brettle and Denise Koufogiannakis

Part 2: EBLIP in action
8. Practitioner-researchers and EBLIP - Virginia Wilson
9. Academic libraries - Mary M. Somerville and Lorie A. Kloda
10. Public libraries - Pam Ryan and Becky Cole
11. Health libraries - Jonathan D. Eldredge, Joanne Gard Marshall, Alison Brettle, Heather Holmes, Lotta Haglund and Rick Wallace
12. School libraries - Carol Gordon
13. Special libraries - Bill Fisher
14. Conclusion - Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Free Government e-Resources for Youth

Ormes, Dorothy. Free Government e-Resources for Youth: Inform, Inspire, and Activate. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4131-6

This book helps librarians promote online government information to youth and to assist youth in using it to become informed and educated about our federal government and how it works. It covers various areas of K–12 curriculum, highlighting activities and lesson plans based on national and state standards, and gives helpful directions for creating displays and conducting programs for youth on the government.

Table of Contents 
  1. Stakeholders in U.S. government information
  2. Understanding the governmental process
  3. The government and education
  4. The government and science
  5. The government and the arts and humanities
  6. The government and numbers : the census and beyond
  7. The government and money
  8. More government on the Web : agency pages, digital information, apps and mobile sites
  9. Finding the needle in the haystack
  10. Joining the FDLP : are you eligible? what's in it for you?

Critical Library Pedagogy

Pagowsky, N., & McElroy, K. (Eds.). (2016). Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook (Vols. 1 & 2). Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8917-3

Publisher's Description
Critical pedagogy incorporates inclusive and reflective teaching for aims of social justice; it provides mechanisms for students to evaluate their social, political, and economic standing, and to question societal norms and how these norms perpetuate societal injustices. Teaching librarians have long incorporated social justice into their work, but focused interest in critical library pedagogy has grown rapidly in recent years.

In two volumes, the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice.

Volume One, Essays and Workbook Activities, provides short essays reflecting on personal practice, describing projects, and exploring major ideas to provide inspiration as you begin or renew your exploration of critical pedagogy. The bibliography of each chapter provides a network of other sources to explore, and the volume closes with a selection of workbook activities to improve on your own practice and understanding of critical pedagogy.

Volume Two, Lesson Plans, provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects. Critical pedagogy requires collaborating with learners and adapting to their needs, as well as continual reflection, but these lessons provide elements you can pull and tweak to fit your own environment. These chapters also provide 30 different views on creating and delivering critically designed information literacy instruction and reflect material commonly requested by faculty—including introductions to databases, evaluating information sources, and the research cycle. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals

Dority, G. Kim. Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals. 2nd edition. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-61069-959-4

This guide is appropriate for those embarking on careers in library and information science as well as those looking to make a change, providing career design strategies that can be used to build a lifetime of career opportunity.

Table of Contents

  1. Rethinking information work
  2. Self-knowledge : your career starting point
  3. Traditional LIS career paths
  4. Nontraditional LIS career paths
  5. Independent LIS career paths
  6. Understanding, describing, and documenting your value
  7. Thriving on change
  8. Building professional equity
  9. Getting from here to there
  10. Improvising your resilient career
Appendix A. Special interest groups
Appendix B. Career and employment resources
Appendix C. LIS blogs and social media.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism

Cart, M. (2016). Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism (3 ed.). Chicago, IL: Neal-Schuman. 978-0-8389-1462-5.

Cart’s authoritative survey is already a go-to text for students of literary studies, teachers, and YA staff. In this new edition he gives it a thorough update to make it even more relevant and comprehensive. Surveying the landscape of YA lit both past and present, this book
  • sketches in the origins of literature targeted at young adults;
  • shows how the best of the genre has evolved to deal with subjects every bit as complex as its audience;
  • closely examines teen demographics, literacy, audiobooks, the future of print, and other key topics;
  • includes updated treatment of best-selling authors like John Green, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth, plus interviews with leaders in the field;
  • presents new and expanded coverage of perennially popular genre fiction, including horror, sci fi, and dystopian fiction;
  • offers an updated overview of LGBTQ literature for young adults, including Intersex;
  • covers such commercial trends as adult purchasers of YA books and the New Adult phenomenon; and
  • features abundant bibliographic material to aid in readers’ advisory and collection development.
Cart’s up-to-date coverage makes this the perfect resource for YA librarians who want to sharpen their readers’ advisory skills, educators and teachers who work with young people, and anyone else who wants to understand where YA lit has been and where it’s heading.

(book description)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Guide to Electronic Resource Management

Ross, Sheri V.T. and Sarah W. Sutton. Guide to Electronic Resource Management. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4408-3958-0

This book offers step-by-step guidance for overseeing collection development of electronic resources with a special focus on activities revolving around the life cycle of the materials, such as identifying and evaluating appropriate resources; managing the knowledge base, link resolver, discovery layer, and administrative accounts for each resource; and gathering and analyzing usage statistics and other assessment data. Content includes a chapter on communicating with authors, funding sources, publishers, and libraries regarding digital rights and access to texts.

Table of Contents 
  1. Emergence and entrenchment of electronic resources in libraries
  2. The information environment
  3. Information standards
  4. Identifying and selecting electronic resources
  5. Acquiring and licensing electronic resources
  6. Providing access to electronic resources
  7. Managing access and discovery
  8. Assessing electronic resources
  9. Preserving electronic resources
  10. Scholarly communication
  11. Future directions of electronic resources management.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals

Stuart, David. Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals.Chicago: ALA Neal Schuman,2016. 006.332 Stuar     ISBN978-0-83891511-0

More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today’s information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge. Information professionals are key contributors to the development of new, and increasingly useful, ontologies.

Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals provides an accessible introduction to the following:
·        defining the concept of ontologies and why they are increasingly important to information professionals;
·        ontologies and the Semantic Web;
·        existing ontologies, such as RDF, RDFS, SKOS, and OWL2;
·        adopting and building ontologies, showing how to avoid repetition of work and how to build a simple ontology;
·        interrogating ontologies for reuse; and
·        the future of ontologies and the role of the information professional in their development and use.

  • the future of ontologies and the role of the information professional in their development and use.More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today’s information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge. Information professionals are key contributors to the development of new, and increasingly useful, ontologies.
Practical Ontologies for Information Professionals provides an accessible introduction to the following:
  • defining the concept of ontologies and why they are increasingly important to information professionals;
  • ontologies and the Semantic Web;
  • existing ontologies, such as RDF, RDFS, SKOS, and OWL2;
  • adopting and building ontologies, showing how to avoid repetition of work and how to build a simple ontology;
  • interrogating ontologies for reuse; and
    the future of ontologies and the role of the information professional in their development and use.

Crash Course in Technology Planning

Brown, Christopher D. Crash Course in Technology Planning. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4408-5060-8

From software to hardware to networks and even electricity, if you are tasked with managing IT resources and infrastructure on a bare-bones budget for your library, you need this book!

Table of Contents
  1. Introduction
  2. Set yourself up for success
  3. Triage
  4. Troubleshooting the individual computer
  5. Mobile devices
  6. Your software arsenal
  7. Inventory
  8. Networks and networking 
  9. Networks, servers, clients, and addressing servers and clients
  10. A short primer on electricity
  11. Maintaining your machines
  12. Procurement
  13. The value of sales representatives
  14. Future planning and goal setting
  15. Dealing with the public 101 : understanding technology literacy 
  16. Dealing with the public 102 : managing your own superhero status.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Crash Course in Library Budgeting and Finance

Holt, Glen E. and Leslie Edmonds Holt. Crash Course in Library Budgeting and Finance. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN:978-1-44083474-5

The book addresses the entire process of financial planning, from a general, conceptual overview of library budgeting to the details of generating and spending income, and describes best practices for implementing financial controls. Subjects covered include building construction and capital projects, fund raising, capital campaigns, moving to fee-based services, extending and developing earned income, financial best practices, and assessment and evaluation. The authors also make recommendations regarding when and how to share relevant financial information throughout the organization and with constituents throughout the book.

Table of Contents

Introduction to library money
Financial literacy in the US
Financial aliteracy of librarians
The national economy and library continuity
Electronic communications : how computers are changing library finance
Legal context : basic rules you need to know
Professional advice
Annual report as a starting point
Purpose documents used for financial plan
Budget planning
Basic library budget language
Shifts in library service demands and income
Primary sources of income
Ways to increase funding
Other sources of donations
Earned income
Dispelling financial myths
Purchasing : your part in spending library funds
Staff costs
Capital expenses
Acquisition of materials
Other expenses
Evaluating the budget
Communicating library financial principles

Financial Management of Libraries and Information Centers

Burger, Robert H. Financial Management of Libraries and Information Centers. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-5013-4

This book provides a logical, organized way for library school students, librarians, and others such as library board members to gain the specific knowledge critical to the financial management of libraries and information centers. It covers a full spectrum of topics and skills— from the basics of budgeting, accounting, and financial statements to audits, forecasting, risk management, and revenue sources.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Financial Management as Information Management
Chapter 2: Novice Financial Management: Your First Budget
Chapter 3: Basic Financial Statements
Chapter 4: The Accounting Process, or How Financial Statements are Produced
Chapter 5: How Governmental Financial Statements Differ from Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Financial Statements
Chapter 6: Other Elements of Financial Statements and Financial Statement Analysis
Chapter 7: Internal Control and Auditing of Financial Statements


Chapter 8: Estimation, Forecasting and Financial Risk Management
Chapter 9: Budgets: General Aspects
Chapter 10: Budgets: Heuristics, Choice Architectures, and Decision Traps
Chapter 11: Capital Budgeting


Chapter 12: Time Value of Money
Chapter 13: Revenue Sources: Tax Revenue
Chapter 14: Bonds and Their Role in Revenue for Capital Projects and Other Areas
Chapter 15: Revenue Sources: Tuition, Grants, Gifts and Fundraising, Fees and Fines

Chapter 16: Contract Basics
Chapter 17: Expenditures: Personnel
Chapter 18: Expenditures: Collections
Chapter 19: Expenditures: IT, Facilities, and Other Operating Expenses

Chapter 20: Cost Accounting: General Aspects, Types of Costs, Cost Calculations
Chapter 21: Cost Accounting: Role in Measurement and Evaluation of Services
Chapter 22: Cost Accounting: Activity Based Costing
Chapter 23: Cost Accounting: Differential Costing and Break Even Analysis


Chapter 24: Marketing, Public Affairs, and Development
Chapter 25: Ethics and Financial Management


Chapter 26: Conclusion

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Library Conversations: Reclaiming Interpersonal Communication Theory for Understanding Professional Encounters


  The importance of being "fully present" in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today's libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and productive and those that are unfocused, awkward, or even threatening.  From the reference desk and the community meeting to the board room, the human resource office, and the conference table, effective interpersonal communication lies at the center of the profession. Offering analysis applicable to all types of library situations, this book:

  • describes a number of theoretical frameworks for understanding interpersonal communication, spanning Aristotle, John Locke, Ruesch and Bateson, Watzlawick and his colleagues, and Erving Goffman;
  • uses examples from all different types of library interpersonal encounters, including those with colleagues, the public, managers, and subordinates, to discuss how these historical frameworks apply to libraries and the world of information science;
  • combines theory with decades-long empirical research gathered by the authors and their colleagues; and
  • offers an in-depth examination of the reference encounter, introducing a content/relational model of success illustrated with examples from librarians and library users.
By applying the insights provided here to daily communication practice, libraries everywhere can build positive relationships with library users, the communities they serve, and among their own staff.

Stellar Customer Service: Training Library Staff to Exceed Expectations

Stellar Customer Service: Training Library Staff to Exceed Expectations

Chakraborty, Mou. (ed.) Stellar Customer Service: Training Library Staff to Exceed Expectations. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4076-0


This book presents innovative instructional methods that will inspire you to take a fresh approach to customer service training. It offers model staff training programs, suggestions for improvement at all levels of personnel, and guidelines on how to assess training needs.

Table of Contents

1. Customer Service Training: Advice from the Business World 
2. Creating a Comprehensive Training Plan for Better Customer Service Experiences in Your Library
3. Cultivating an “Always Say Yes” Attitude without Causing Chaos and Confusion 
4. Instilling a Service Focus in Student Workers 
5. Secret Shopping and Training Mini Detectives 
6. Using Volunteers to Expand the Walls of the Library: Books for Wider Horizons at Oakland Public Library
7. Customer Service Training in an Academic Technical Library 
8. A Prescription for Creating a Culture of Customer Service
9. More Libraries, More Opportunities for Customer Service Training 
10. Designing the Customer-Centric Library Culture: MPL’s Customer Service Revolution as a Case Study in Design Thinking
11. Library Reality TV: Using Improv Techniques to Transform Your Approach to Customer Service 
12. Providing Stellar Interlibrary Loan Service to Borrowing Libraries and Your Own Local Patrons: It’s All About Sharing 
13. Providing Remarkable Customer Service and Resources across a Healthcare System
14. Values-Based Customer Service: 21st-Century Customer Service for Public Libraries? 
15. Give a Pickle, Get a Smile! Sweet, Isn’t It?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Small Libraries, Big Impact

Du, Yunfei. Small Libraries, Big Impact. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4156-9

The challenge is substantial: library managers today must adopt a new mindset in order to perform a broad spectrum of activities and attract new users who are not traditional library patrons. Small Libraries, Big Impact: How to Better Serve Your Community in the Digital Age helps readers to meet the challenge of serving diverse users via a community-centered library.

Table of Contents

  • Libraries, users, and communities : an introduction
  • Improving community outreach
  • Supporting social justice and rights of access to information
  • Effecting social transition
  • Nourishing diversity
  • Fostering collaboration and entrepreneurship
  • Using outreach as marketing tool
  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Re-envisioning library spaces
  • Assessing user needs and improving user services.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices, 2nd edition

Holden, Jess. Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices, 2nd edition. Neal-Schuman, 2017. 
ISBN: 978-0-8389-1460-1

As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In this guide, Holden boils it to down to its essentials while providing a strategic framework that introduces and integrates all aspects of acquisitions. 

Table of Contents 

Chapter 1    Acquisitions: An Overview
  • Information Paradigm    
  • What Is a Collection?    
  • What Is Acquisitions?
  • Why Theory?
  • Why Ethics?
  • Applying Ethics
  • Conclusion: A Call for Radicalization

Chapter 2    Assemblages of Access
  • The Information Ecosystem
  • Working with Vendors
  • Orders
  • Strategic Assemblages of Access
  • Conclusion: Strategic Access

Chapter 3    Assemblages of Discovery
  • Discovery
  • Content Objects
  • eBooks as Assemblages
  • Online Ordering
  • Conclusion: Ensuring Connectivity

Chapter 4    Assemblages of Feedback and Service
  • Service Role of Acquisitions
  • Aspects of Service
  • Integrating Assemblages
  • Staffing
  • Technology
  • Content Acquisition Plans
  • Mechanisms of Feedback
  • Conclusion: Cycles of Feedback and Service

Chapter 5    The Acquisitions Assemblage: Putting It All Together
  • Managing Acquisitions
  • Alternate Strategies of Access
  • Archives: Present and Future
  • “Free”—Costs and Considerations
  • Managing eBooks
  • Diminishing Boundaries: The Case of Interlibrary Loan
  • Radical Strategies: Strategic Assemblages

Conclusion: Rhizomatic Acquisitions   

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide, Second Edition

The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide, Second Edition by Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough. ALA Editions, 2017. 978-0-8389-1486-1.

Publisher's Description
The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you’re freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. The new edition of this concise guide will help you stay organized and use your limited time wisely. With guidance that will help students sharpen their critical thinking skills, use better sources, improve their understanding, and avoid plagiarism, this book covers
  • creative solutions for real-life problems, such as a difficult assignment or controversial topic, illustrated with 13 vignettes from professionals in the field;
  • efficient assessment despite limited time or resources;
  • specialized settings like an online class or classroom without computers;
  • practical ideas on instruction for the six frames;
  • choosing the right lesson for the right student at the right time;
  • how to use concept maps; and
  • creating assignments for active learning and experiential learning.
Filled with strategies to guide students towards meeting instructors’ expectations for critical thinking, this resource will also empower librarians to become better, more confident teachers.

More Information
See the publisher's website for Table of Contents and information about the authors.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Creating Makers: How to Start a Learning Revolution at Your Library

Egbert, Megan. Creating Makers: How to Start a Learning Revolution at Your Library. Denver: Libraries Unlimited, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4386-1

From the publisher:

This book shows you how, even with a tight budget and limited space, you can foster "maker mentality" in your library and help patrons reap the learning benefits of making—with or without a makerspace.

Just because your library is small or limited on funds doesn't mean you can't be part of the maker movement. This book explains that what is really important about the movement is not the space, but the creativity, innovation, and resilience that go along with a successful maker program. All it takes is making some important changes to a library's programs, services, and collections to facilitate the maker mentality in their patrons, and this book shows you how.

The author explains what a maker is, why this movement is important, and how making fits in with educational initiatives such as STEM and STEAM as well as with library service. Her book supplies practical advice for incorporating the principles of the maker movement into library services—how to use small spaces or mobile spaces to accommodate maker programs, creating passive maker programs, providing access to making through circulating maker tools, partnering with other organizations, hosting maker faires, and more. Readers will better understand their instructional role in cultivating makers by human-centered design thinking, open source and shared learning, and implementation of an inquiry approach.

  • Offers librarians creative ways to become involved in the exciting maker movement and encourage maker mentality among patrons
  • Presents an approach through which any library, no matter their size or budget, can participate
  • Speaks to all ages, experience levels, and educational levels
  • Fills a gap in the literature by providing libraries with limited resources the means to offer maker opportunities 
Look inside the book.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

2015-2016 Books Challenged or Banned

Doyle, R. P. (2016). 2015-2016 Books Challenged or Banned. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

The annual supplement to the Banned Books Resource Guide contains information on recent bans, challenges, and successes in libraries and schools nationwide. Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

For more information about Banned Books Week, please visit the Banned Books website.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nonfiction in Motion

 Dietzel-Glair, J. (2016). Nonfiction in motion: Connecting preschoolers with nonfiction books through movement. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

An underutilized source for storytime programs, quality nonfiction books can help bridge the reading gap between preschool boys and girls; boys enjoy facts and “true stuff,” and including these books in storytime helps boys see that reading can be fun.  Here, Dietzel-Glair spotlights a multitude of nonfiction titles published since 2005 that will engage young children’s curiosity while activating learning through movement-based activities. A huge time-saver for storytime planners and presenters, and a useful collection development tool, this guide
  • identifies 200 quality nonfiction books suitable for preschoolers, all in print or easy to find, covering fun topics like animals, construction, and science;
  • includes recommended art, movement, music, and prop ideas for each book that will fire up children’s imaginations;
  • shows how to incorporate the five practices for early literacy and offers other helpful storytime tips;
  • provides several outlines for art projects; and
  • features multiple indexes to aid in finding just the right title, author, or subject.
Using this book as a springboard for programming will ensure that storytime is a delightful, educational experience for children and adults alike.

(book description)

Friday, September 9, 2016

Career Transitions for Librarians

Anderson, D. E., & Pun, R. (Eds.). (2016). Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library. New York, NY: Rowman & Littlefield.

Career Transitions for Librarians explores the multifaceted roles of the librarian profession from personal narratives of professional librarians who have successfully worked and transitioned from one type of library to another.
  • What kinds of skill sets and experiences were they able to transfer or draw on from their previous work experiences?
  • How can you make these successful transitions as well?
From interview tips to developing relevant and transferable skill sets, this unique guide offers testimonials with a targeted advice and job strategies for readers interested in making these successful transitions during a time when there is a huge difficulty in securing a library job.

(book description)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Becoming a Media Mentor

Haines, C., Campbell, C., & The Association for Library Services to Children, . (2016). Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

In a time of rapidly changing technologies, the role of the youth services librarian has expanded to include the realm of digital media. Supporting children’s literacy now means serving as a media mentor. This book empowers youth services staff to confidently assist families and caregivers as they navigate the digital world, guiding them towards digital media experiences that will translate into positive and productive lifelong learning skills, regardless of format. Melding the latest research and key messages from a variety of experts with replicable examples, this book
  • defines what it means to be a media mentor, providing historical background and context;
  • outlines three types of media mentorship: media advisory, programming, and access to curated media;
  • outlines the implications of media mentorship in libraries, focusing on a shift from the notion of “screen time” to “healthy media decisions”;
  • draws on detailed case studies from a wide variety of libraries and community partnerships to showcase inspiring media mentorship in action with ages 0-14;
  • provides guidelines for working with diverse families and caregivers; and
  • explores management issues around media mentorship, ALSC competencies, suggestions of additional resources, and professional development.
Guiding children’s librarians to define, solidify, and refine their roles as media mentors, this book in turn will help facilitate digital literacy for children and families.

(book description)

Managing Digital Cultural Objects

Foster, Allen and Pauline Rafferty (eds.) Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery and Retrieval. Neal-Schuman, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1343-7

This collection of essays explores the issues involved in the retrieval of a variety of non-textual objects, including image, music, and moving image.Case studies of digitization projects drawn from practitioners within libraries and information organizations showcase both technical and more strategic issues relating to cultural heritage projects, digital asset management and sustainability.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Pauline Rafferty and Allen Foster

Part 1: Analysis and retrieval of digital cultural object management

1. Analyzing digital cultural objects: putting it in context - Pauline Rafferty
2. Metadata models and digital cultural objects - Sarah Higgins 
3. Digital traces of user-generated content - Katrin Weller
Part 2: Digitization projects in libraries, archives and museums: case-studies
4. Visual digital humanities: National Library of Wales - H. M. Dee,  L. M. Hughes, G. L. Roderick and A. D. Brown
5. Managing and Preserving Digital Collections at the British Library - Maureen Pennock and Michael Day
6. Preserving digital audio material - Will Prentice
Part 3: Social networking and digital cultural objects
7. Photos: Flickr, Facebook and other social networking sites - Corinne Jorgensen 
8. Searching and creating affinities in web music collections - Nicola Orio  
9. Film retrieval on the Web - Katherine La Barre