Friday, January 15, 2016

Technology Handbook for School Librarians

Scheeren, William O. Technology Handbook for School Librarians. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-4408-3396-0

Publisher's Description
Stay current, meet educational standards, and keep your students coming back again and again by incorporating the latest technologies into your school library.

Both theoretical and practical, this book will provide you with a strong introduction to a variety of technologies that will serve you—and your patrons—well. Each chapter addresses a different aspect or kind of technology. You'll learn essential skills, planning and funding techniques, and what hardware and software you'll need. You'll find plenty of information on creating or maintaining your library's web presence through websites, blogs, and social networking, as well as on various tools that you can use and apply to your curriculum.

Many state standards include technology components, and this guide shows you how to meet them and stay up to date. You'll also learn what you should watch for in the future so you remain essential to your school.

  • Includes a web companion that posts updates and keeps readers abreast of new products and changes in the field
  • Offers a series of case studies to test and challenge students
  • Addresses technology in the curriculum, including STEM and Common Core standards
Table of Contents

Chapter 1: School Libraries: How It Was
Chapter 2: How It Is
Chapter 3: Technology Skills for School Librarians
Chapter 4: Networks, Hardware, and Software for School Libraries
Chapter 5: Computing in the Cloud
Chapter 6: Planning for and Funding Technology in the School Library
Chapter 7: Copyright, Censorship, Filtering, and Security Systems
Chapter 8: Library Information Systems
Chapter 9: School Library Web Sites
Chapter 10: Digital Libraries and Digital Collections
Chapter 11: Online Materials for the School Library
Chapter 12: Electronic Books (eBooks)
Chapter 13: Integrating Technology into the Curriculum
Chapter 14: Web 2.0 and Related Technology
Chapter 15: Common Core Standards and STEM
Chapter 16: Educating Digital Natives and Countering Cyberbullying
Chapter 17: Where Are We Going: The School Librarian, Technology, and the Future

Modern Pathfinders

Puckett, Jason. Modern Pathfinders. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. Whether you call them research guides, subject guides or pathfinders, web-based guides are a great way to create customized support tools for a specific audience: a class, a group, or anyone engaging in research. Studies show that library guides are often difficult, confusing, or overwhelming, causing users to give up and just fall back on search engines such as Google. How can librarians create more effective, less confusing, and simply better research guides?

In Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides, author Jason Puckett takes proven ideas from instructional design and user experience web design and combines them into easy-to-understand principles for making your research guides better teaching tools. It doesn't matter what software your library uses; the advice and techniques in this book will help you create guides that are easier for your users to understand and more effective to use.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Transmedia Storytelling

Hovious, Amanda S. Transmedia Storytelling: The Librarian's Guide. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2015.
ISBN: 978-1-4408-3848-4

"Transmedia storytelling takes the traditional art of storytelling to a whole new level, delivering a fictional story across multiple media platforms -- whether physical, digital, or both -- to create a truly immersive storytelling experience" (p. 3).

Publisher's Description
This practical and thorough guide offers clear explanations of what transmedia storytelling is and shows how it can be integrated into library programming that fosters multimodal literacy with K–12 learners.

When fictional worlds are brought to life in multiple media—via books and comics or through films, animated shorts, television, audio recordings, and games—it is called "transmedia storytelling." Transmedia storytelling offers children's and teen librarians at public libraries, K–12 school librarians, and educators an effective method for bringing story to youth—a perfect fit for today's media-saturated environment. This book demonstrates how to create new pathways to the future of stories and storytelling.

The book serves as a guide to integrating transmedia storytelling into library programs and services. It defines transmedia storytelling, identifies the key connections between it and 21st-century learning, discusses the role of librarians and libraries in supporting and promoting transmedia storytelling, and provides concrete examples of transmedia programs. The suggested programs—ranging from transmedia storytimes for early literacy learners to maker programs for young adults—can be implemented with different levels of technology capabilities and within numerous library settings. In addition, the book offers practical advice on technology planning for libraries that plan to incorporate transmedia storytelling.

  • Offers the first practical guide to transmedia storytelling that gives librarians new ways to create excitement in the library, engage learners, and foster multiple literacies
  • Provides complete, step-by-step guidelines for transmedia-rich library programs
  • Introduces new areas of research and best practices in technology integration wholly applicable to libraries
  • Covers topics such as new literacies, participatory storytelling, learning through gamification, maker programs, using digital badges to motivate young learners, and more

School Libraries and Student Learning

Morris, Rebecca J. School Libraries and Student Learning: A Guide for School Leaders. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-61250-837-5

Publisher's Description
Innovative, well-designed school library programs can be critical resources for helping students meet high standards of college and career readiness. In School Libraries and Student Learning, Rebecca J. Morris shows how school leaders can make the most of their school libraries to support ambitious student learning. She offers practical strategies for collaboration between school leaders, teachers, and librarians to meet schoolwide objectives in literacy, assessment, student engagement, and inquiry-based learning.

Topics include:
  • establishing “makerspaces” and “learning commons” to support student-centered learning;
  • developing a schoolwide focus on literacy across multiple formats and devices;
  • redesigning lesson plans that foster inquiry and critical thinking across classrooms and grade levels;
  • supporting collaboration between teachers and librarians in instruction and assessment; and
  • using the library to strengthen ties between school, family, and community.
This accessible guide will help librarians and school leaders work together to bring student learning to a new level.

Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes


Herold, Irene M.H. (ed.). Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8763-6


Table of Contents
Maureen Sullivan

Irene M.H. Herold

PART 1: A Program for All Types of Academic Libraries

CHAPTER 1. Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians
Anne Marie Casey

PART 2: Programs for Specific Types of Academic Libraries

CHAPTER 2. The American Theological Library Association’s Creating the Leaders of Tomorrow Program
Leland R. Deeds and Miranda Bennett

CHAPTER 3. Help for New College Library Directors: College Library Directors’ Mentor Program
Irene M.H. Herold

CHAPTER 4. HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute
Monika Rhue

CHAPTER 5. Investing in the Future: Examining the NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program
Jeff Williams and Jennifer McKinnell

PART 3: Programs for ARL and Large Research Libraries

CHAPTER 6. ARL’s Leadership Career Development Program for Underrepresented Mid-Career Librarians
Jon E. Cawthorne and Teresa Y. Neely

CHAPTER 7. A Year of Discovery: Leadership Development at the Library of Congress
Catherine Dixon and Karen B. Walfall

CHAPTER 8. Big Place, Big Challenges: ARL’s Leadership Fellows Program
Ann Campion Riley

CHAPTER 9. Leadership and Fellowship: The UCLA Senior Fellows Program
Marianne Ryan, Kathleen DeLong, and Julie Garrison

PART 4: Programs for Multiple Types of Libraries

CHAPTER 10. Developing Practical Library Leadership Skills: The Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute
Rachel Besara
CHAPTER 11. The Stanford Institute: A Brief California Experiment
Vicki D. Bloom

CHAPTER 12. Minnesota Institute for Early Career Librarians from Traditionally Underrepresented Groups
Trevor A. Dawes

CHAPTER 13. Growing Our Own: A Regional Leadership Challenge
Melissa Jadlos

CHAPTER 14. Taking Flight at Snowbird: Reflections on a Library Leadership Institute
Shellie Jeffries

CHAPTER 15. Riding Tall: Experiences with the TALL Texans Leadership Institute
Martha Rinn

PART 5: Programs that Include Librarians among the Participants

CHAPTER 16. The Women’s Leadership Institute: Developing Library Leaders
Carolyn Carpan

CHAPTER 17. “Playing at the Big Table”: Betting on Transformative Change and Collaboration at the Frye Leadership Institute
Adriene Lim, Vivian Lewis, and Neal Baker

CHAPTER 18. The HERS Institute Experience: Designing the Path Forward
Lois K. Merry

PART 6: Findings and Conclusions

CHAPTER 19. Findings
Irene M.H. Herold

CHAPTER 20. Creating Leaders: Lessons Learned
Irene M.H. Herold



Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations

Sannwald, William W. Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations. 6th edition. ALA Editions, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1371-0


While the needs and functions of library buildings have certainly changed over the last decade, the need for careful and organized planning has not. This new update of Sannwald’s classic guide will help you stay prepared and organized for every phase of building planning, from conception through the dedication ceremony. Using a popular checklist format, this tool can be used to help your building project with ADA codes, sustainable and collaborative space design, and a wealth of other considerations.

Table of Contents
1.    Building Planning and Architecture
A.    Indicators of Dissatisfaction with Existing Facilities
B.    Institutional Planning Team
C.    Determining Space Needs
D.    Joint Use Considerations
E.    Selecting a Library Building Consultant
F.    Choosing an Architect
G.    Choosing a Contractor
H.    Architectural Design

2.    Building Construction Alternatives
A.    New Construction Considerations
B.    Building Addition Considerations
C.    Rehabilitation/Renovation of Existing Buildings to Library Use Considerations
D.    Preserving Existing Library Buildings
E.    Virtual Library Considerations
F.    Alternatives to Library Spaces

3.    Library Site Selection
A.    General Conditions
B.    Community Planning Issues
C.    Location
D.    Accessibility
E.    Size
F.    Environmental Issues

4.    Sustainable Design
A.    LEED Certification (New)
B.    Sustainable Sites
C.    Water Efficiency
D.    Energy and Atmosphere
E.    Materials
F.    Indoor Environmental Air Quality
G.    Lighting and Day Lighting
H.    Roofs
I.    Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

5.    General Exterior Considerations
A.    Landscaping
B.    Parking
C.    Building Exterior
D.    Roof
E.    Bicycle Racks
F.    Flagpole
G.    Exterior Signage
H.    Loading Docks and Delivery
I.    Outdoor Trash Enclosures
J.    Outdoor Book and Media Returns

6.    Interior Organization of Library Buildings
A.    Entrance
B.    Circulation Desk Facilities
C.    Reference Facilities
D.    Information Commons
E.    Multimedia Facilities
F.    Media Production and Presentation Labs
G.    Special Collections/Rare Books/Archives
H.    Reserve Book Room
I.    Faculty/Graduate Carrels and Study Rooms
J.    Group, Quiet and Silent Study Spaces
K.    Literacy Center
L.    Young Adult Facilities
M.    Children’s Facilities
N.    Meeting and Seminar Rooms
O.    Convenience Facilities
P.    Displays
Q.    Public Art
R.    Interior Signage
S.    Workroom/Offices
T.    Staff Lounge
U.    Friends of the Library
V.    Library Store
W.    Interior Storage

7.    Compliance with ADA Accessibility Guidelines
A.    Guidelines
B.    Transportation, Parking Lots, Parking Signage, and Accessible Routes
C.    Ground and Floor Surfaces
D.    Curb Cuts
E.    Ramps
F.    Stairs
G.    Lifts and Elevators
H.    Doors
I.    Entrances
J.    Accessible Routes within the Building
K.    Drinking Fountains
L.    Toilet Rooms
M.    Toilet Stalls
N.    Water Closets
O.    Urinals
P.    Lavatories
Q.    Handrails and Grab Bars
R.    Controls and Operating Mechanisms
S.    Alarms
T.    Signage
U.    Telephones
V.    Fixed or Built-in Seating and Tables
W.    Assembly Areas
X.    Building Assistance Facilities
Y.    Service Animals

8.    Telecommunications, Electrical, and Miscellaneous Equipment
A.    General Considerations
B.    Entrance Facility
C.    Equipment Room
D.    Telecommunications Room
E.    Horizontal Pathways
F.    Cabling and Outlets
G.    Wireless
H.    Workstation Connections
I.    Workstation Equipment
J.    Telephone System
K.    Miscellaneous Electrical Equipment
L.    Electrical Power

9.    Interior Design and Finishes
A.    Service Desks
B.    Plus-Friendly Spaces
C.    Seating
D.    Tables
E.    Lighting
F.    Windows
G.    Flooring
H.    Walls
I.    Color
J.    Equipment List
K.    Behavioral Aspects of Space

10.    Entrepreneurial and Collaborative Spaces
A.    Makerspaces
B.    Co-working in the Library
C.    Technology Lending Library
D.    Musical Instrument Lending Library
E.    Tool Lending Library
F.    Seed Lending Library

11.    Materials Handling and Storage: Book Stacks and Shelving
A.    Conventional Stationary Stacks and Shelving
B.    Movable-Aisle Compact Shelving
C.    Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS)
D.    Materials Handling Systems
E.    Remote Storage

12.    Building Systems
A.    Acoustics
B.    HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Systems)
C.    Electrical Systems
D.    Lighting
E.    Plumbing and Rest Rooms
F.    Elevators and Escalators
G.    Internet of Things to Monitor and Control Building Systems

13.    Safety and Security
A.    General
B.    External Security
C.    Internal Security
D.    Fire Safety
E.    Disaster Planning

14.    Maintenance of Library Buildings and Property
A.    Regular Routine Maintenance Considerations
B.    Building Materials
C.    Graffiti and Security
D.    Building Systems Preventive Maintenance
E.    Building Cleaning
F.    Custodial Facilities
G.    Groundskeeper Facilities
H.    Trash Enclosures
I.    Betterments and Improvements

15.    Building Occupancy and Post-Occupancy Evaluation
A.    Building Acceptance
B.    Certificate of Occupancy
C.    Getting Ready for Occupancy
D.    Moving
E.    Post-Occupancy Evaluation

16.    Groundbreaking and Dedication Ceremonies
A.    Planning
B.    Event Checklist

Monday, January 11, 2016

Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories

Carol, Susanne (and others). Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories. ALA Editions, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1383-3

This book will help libraries engage patrons on a whole new level with digital collections. The authors share lessons and tips for success, showing the way to getting your collection online with succinct and practical guidance that can be adapted to any size institution.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why Digitize?
Chapter 1: What to Consider before Digitizing
Chapter 2: Digitizing Copyrighted Materials
Chapter 3: Overcoming Staffing Limitations
Chapter 4: Getting Your Community Involved
Chapter 5: Funding Opportunities
Chapter 6: Marketing Your Collection
Chapter 7: Digital Preservation

About the Author and Contributors

Friday, January 8, 2016

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians by Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 978-083898775-9.

Publisher's Description
Classroom Assessment Techniques for Librarians provides the tools librarians need to quickly and meaningfully assess student knowledge in the classroom. The authors, Melissa Bowles-Terry and Cassandra Kvenild, share 24 tried and true assessment tools, along with library-specific examples, to help librarians assess students’ ability to recall, analyze, and apply new knowledge. The assessment tools in this book actively engage students by asking them to think, write, and reflect. Librarians can use results of these assessments as a starting point to define and measure information literacy learning outcomes as well as to improve their teaching skills and instructional design. This collection of assessment techniques can be adapted to multiple learning environments, including traditional one-shot library instruction, online instruction, and for-credit courses. This book is essential for academic libraries, and will prove useful to school libraries with strong information literacy programs, as well as library and information school collections.  

See the book's website for Table of Contents and author information.

Meaningful Metrics

Meaningful Metrics: A 21st-Century Librarian's Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact by Robin Chin Roemer & Rachel Borchardt. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 978-083898755-1.

Publisher's Description
What does it mean to have meaningful metrics in today’s complex higher education landscape? With a foreword by Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem, this highly engaging and activity-laden book serves to introduce readers to the fast-paced world of research metrics from the unique perspective of academic librarians and LIS practitioners.

Starting with the essential histories of bibliometrics and altmetrics, and continuing with in-depth descriptions of the core tools and emerging issues at stake in the future of both fields, Meaningful Metrics is a convenient all-in-one resource that is designed to be used by a range of readers, from those with little to no background on the subject to those looking to become movers and shakers in the current scholarly metrics movement. Authors Borchardt and Roemer, offer tips, tricks, and real-world examples illustrate how librarians can support the successful adoption of research metrics, whether in their institutions or across academia as a whole.

Now available as an Open Access publication from ACRL!

See the book's website for Table of Contents and author information.

Foundations of Library and Information Science

Foundations of Library and Information Science by Richard E. Rubin, Fourth Edition. American Library Association, 2016. 978-0-8389-1370-3.

Publisher's Description
Much has happened since the last edition of this benchmark text was published. Today’s LIS professionals are experiencing both excitement and trepidation as sweeping societal, technological, political, and economic changes affect our users and institutions and transform our discipline. We are increasingly part of a sophisticated infrastructure: the boundaries of knowledge creation, acquisition, organization, dissemination, use, and evaluation are rapidly blurring, creating new challenges. Similarly, we are also part of a changing environment: an aging population, a ubiquitous and evolving internet, the proliferation of social media and mobile devices, significant financial stresses on public institutions, and changing information policies affecting creators and distributors of knowledge. The profession demands constant growth, continuous learning, and open minds, and the new edition of Rubin’s book offers a firm foundation of knowledge and guidance for LIS students and professionals alike. Responding to the many changes occurring both in the field and in society at large, this text includes comprehensive coverage of
  • the history and mission of libraries, from past to present;
  • digital devices, social networking, and other technology;
  • the impact of digital publishing on the publishing industry and the effects of eBooks on libraries
  • values and ethics of the profession;
  • how library services have evolved in the areas of virtual reference, embedded librarianship, digital access and repositories, digital preservation, and civic engagement;
  • new and ongoing efforts to organize knowledge, such as FRBR, RDA: Resource Description and Access, BIBFRAME, the Semantic Web, and the Next Generation Catalog (Catalog 2.0);
  • the significance of the digital divide and policy issues related to broadband access and network neutrality;
  • the concept of intellectual freedom, and how it plays out in the real world;
  • legal developments like new interpretations of copyright related to mass digitization of books (Google Books) and scholarly articles;
  • the continuing tensions in LIS education between information science and library science; and
  • initiatives to integrate libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs);
Spanning all types of libraries, from public to academic, school, and special, this book illuminates the major facets of library and information science for aspiring professionals as well as those already practicing in the field.

See the book's website for Table of Contents, author information, and a sample of the book. Examination copies are available for instructors who are interested in adopting this title for course use.

Metaliteracy in Practice

Metaliteracy in Practice edited by Trudi E. Jacobson and Thomas P. Mackey. American Library Association, 2016. 978-0-8389-1379-6.

Publisher's Description
In their earlier book Metaliteracy, the authors offered an original framework for engaging learners as reflective and collaborative participants in today's complex information environments. Now, they move that comprehensive structure for information literacy firmly into real-world practice, highlighting the groundbreaking work of librarians and faculty who are already applying the metaliteracy model in distinctive teaching and learning settings.  Representing multiple disciplines from a range of educational institutions, this book explores
  • relationships among metaliteracy, digital literacy, and multimodal literacy;
  • incorporating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education;
  • the metaliteracy model and emerging technologies;
  • flexible course design and social media;
  • students as creators of information;
  • application of metaliteracy in specialized environments, such as nursing education;
  • metaliteracy and institutional repositories;
  • LibGuides as a student information creation tool;
  • the metacognitive dimension of research-based learning;
  • metaliteracy as empowerment in undergraduate learning outcomes;
  • agency and the metaliterate learner; and
  • metaliteracy, agency, and praxis.
The case studies presented in this valuable resource demonstrate how librarians and educators can help students effectively communicate, create, and share information in today’s participatory digital environments.

 See the book's website for Table of Contents, editor information, and a sample of the book.