Friday, July 29, 2016

Managing Metadata in Web-scale Discovery Systems


Spiteri, Louise F. (ed.) Managing Metadata in Web-scale Discovery Systems. Neal-Schuman, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1490-8

Web-scale discovery systems are often only as good as the metadata put into them. This book offers an overview of the issues and strategies for managing metadata both within, across, and outside, library discovery tools, including tips for converting your library metadata to linked open data that all systems can access. 

Table of Contents 

1. Introduction: the landscape of web-scale discovery - Louise F. Spiteri
2. Sharing metadata across discovery systems - Angela Kroeger, Marshall Breeding, and Heather Moulaison Sandy
3. Managing linked open data across discovery systems - Ali Shiri and Danoosh Davoodi
4. Redefining library resources in discovery systems - Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
5. Managing volume in discovery systems - Aaron Tay
6. Managing outsourced metadata in discovery systems - Laurel Tarulli
7. Managing user-generated metadata in discovery systems - Louise F. Spiteri

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources

Hartnett, Cassandra J., Andrea L. Sevetson, Eric J. Forte. Fundamentals of Government Information: Mining, Finding, Evaluating, and Using Government Resources. 2nd edition. Neal Schuman, 2016. ISBN: 978-8389-1395-6

The 2nd edition of this fundamental resource provides updated information and new resources to round out the current picture of access to both historical and current government information resources. Arranged by both type of resource and topics, it is easy to use as both a text and a reference resource.

Table of Contents
Part I    Overview of Key Government Information Resources

Chapter 1    Introduction: The People’s Information, by Eric Forte

Chapter 2    How to Think Like a Government Documents Librarian, by Andrea Sevetson

Chapter 3    Congressional Publications, by Cassandra Hartnett

Chapter 4    Introduction to Law, by Eric Forte and Peggy Roebuck Jarrett

Chapter 5    Public Laws and the U.S. Code, by Peggy Roebuck Jarrett

Chapter 6    Regulations, by Cassandra Hartnett

Chapter 7    Case Law and the Judicial Branch, by Peggy Roebuck Jarrett

Chapter 8    The President, by Andrea Sevetson

Part II    Government Information in Focus

Chapter 9    The Executive Branch, by Cassandra Hartnett

Chapter 10    Statistical Information, by Amy West and Eric Forte

Chapter 11    Health Information, by Ann Glusker

Chapter 12    Education Information, by Susan Edwards

Chapter 13    Scientific and Technical Information, by Kathryn W. Tallman

Chapter 14    Environment and Energy Information, by Jesse Silva and Lucia Orlando

Chapter 15    Business, Economic, and Consumer Information, by Jessica Jerrit and Eric Forte

Chapter 16    Census, by Eric Forte, Kelly Smith, and Annelise Sklar

Chapter 17    Patents, Trademarks, and Intellectual Property, by Martin K. Wallace

Chapter 18    Historical and Archival Information, by Cassandra Hartnett

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Teaching Info Lit Reframed

Burkhardt, Joanna M. Teaching Information Literacy Reframed: 50+ Framework-Based Exercises for Creating Information-Literature Learners. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016.
ISBN: 978-0-8389-1397-0

Publisher's Description
The six threshold concepts outlined in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education are not simply a revision of ACRL's previous Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. They are instead an altogether new way of looking at information literacy. In this important new book, bestselling author and expert instructional librarian Burkhardt decodes the Framework, putting its conceptual approach into straightforward language while offering more than 50 classroom-ready Framework-based exercises. Guiding instructors towards helping students cross each threshold, this book
  • discusses the history of the development of the Framework document and briefly deconstructs the six threshold concepts;
  • thoroughly addresses each threshold concept, scaffolding from the beginner level to the intermediate level;
  • includes exercises that can be used in the one-shot timeframe as well as others designed for longer class sessions and semester-long courses;
  • offers best practices in creating learning outcomes, assessments, rubrics, and teaching tricks and tips; and
  • looks at how learning, memory, and transfer of learning applies to the teaching of information literacy.
Offering a solid starting point for understanding and teaching the six threshold concepts in the Framework, Burkhardt’s guidance will help instructors create their own local information literacy programs.

Table of Contents
See the publisher's website

Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives

Purcell, Aaron D. Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collection. Neal Schuman, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1450-2

Using both theory and examples of best practices, Purcell offers strategies for approaching digital collections as an ongoing library service. Learn how to go from project to program, or how to start a digital program from scratch, even with limited resources.

Table of Contents  

Part I    The Theory and Reality of Digital Libraries

Chapter 1    Growth of Digital Libraries
  • Brief History of Digital Libraries
  • Perspectives from Related Professions
  • Challenges of Technology
  • Original and Unique Digital Content
  • Key Points
  • Notes

Chapter 2    Context of Today’s Libraries and Digital Libraries
  • Changing Roles for Libraries
  • Fewer Resources, Greater Expectations
  • Library Spaces
  • Assessing the Changes
  • Scholarly Communication and Open Access
  • Management, Storage, and Curation of Data
  • Digital Collections
  • Key Points
  • Notes

Chapter 3    Digitization and Digital Libraries
  • Stages of Digitization
  • Why Digitize
  • What to Digitize
  • Whom to Include
  • When and Where to Digitize
  • How to Digitize
  • Key Points
  • Notes
Part II    Building Digital Library Programs: A Step-by-Step Process

Chapter 4    Vision and Mission Building
  • The Mission Statement
  • Vision Building
  • Sustaining and Adapting the Vision
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 5    Identifying Resources and Partnerships
  • Who You Are
  • Whom You Know and Want to Know
  • What You Have and What You Need
  • Grants and External Funding Opportunities
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 6    Evaluating, Selecting, and Building Digital Collections
  • Evaluating Digital Collections
  • The Power of Primary Sources
  • Types of Unique Collections for Selection
  • Selection of Materials
  • Copyright and Other Rights
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 7    Technical Standards
  • Technical Workflows and Documentation
  • The Value of Metadata
  • Technical Elements of Digitization
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 8    Management of Digital Projects
  • Librarians as Managers
  • Managing Budgets
  • Outsourcing and Vendors
  • Planning the Work
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 9    Outreach and Instruction
  • The Principle and Reality of Access
  • Reaching Audiences
  • Educational Components
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 10    Promotion, Assessment, and Sustainability
  • Generating Interest
  • Assessing Effectiveness
  • Enhancing and Sustaining the Effort
  • Key Points
  • Questions
  • Notes

Chapter 11    Planning Digital Library Programs
  • Transition from Project to Program
  • Strategies for Building Digital Library Programs
  • Notes
Part III    Digital Library Planning Exercises

Exercise 1    Vision Building
Exercise 2    Resource List
Exercise 3    Collections List
Exercise 4    Technical Strengths
Exercise 5    Plan of Work
Exercise 6    Education Plan
Exercise 7    Marketing Plan
Exercise 8    Project Plan

Friday, July 1, 2016

Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication

Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication by Rick Anderson. ALA Editions, 2016. 978-0-8389-1433-5.

Publisher's Description
A creative thinker on topics related to library collections and scholarly publishing, Rick Anderson does not back away from controversy. “Whenever we, as members of an organization like a library, are forced to choose between good things, we may start by trying to figure out some way to have both things,” he writes in the preface. “But in many cases, that will turn out to be impossible and we’ll have to decide which good thing is going to take priority over the other. We can’t make that decision without invoking values, and the moment we start invoking values is when the conversation can take a really difficult and interesting turn.” When it’s time for your organization to make choices and set priorities, this collection of essays, articles, white papers, and blog posts will provide conversation starters for your strategic discussions. Anderson offers engaging, persuasive arguments on a range of timely topics, such as:

  • the decline of print;
  • patron-driven acquisitions;
  • Open Access (OA);
  • blacklisting publishers and relations with publishers’ sales reps;
  • patron privacy;
  • symptoms of zealotry;
  • unintended consequences of the print-on-demand model; and
  • how to define library value.
Ideal for browsing, the ideas in this collection will kickstart your brainstorming sessions and spur your organization to confront choices head on.

More Information

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