Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services

Matthews, J. R. (2018). The Evaluation and Measurement of Library Services (2nd ed.) foreword by Lisa Hinchliffe. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited (ABC-CLIO, LLC). ISBN: 9781440855368.

Publisher's Description

This guide provides library directors, managers, and administrators in all types of libraries with complete and up-to-date instructions on how to evaluate library services in order to improve them.
  • Helps librarians to thoroughly examine their libraries' services toward making improvements
  • Enables librarians to answer with authority the question "what difference do we make?"
  • Explains the most effective ways of conducting library measurement and evaluation, covering qualitative and quantitative tools, data analysis, and specific methodologies for measuring and assessing specific services
  • Offers a highly readable and clear treatment of a topic of paramount importance, but that librarians often find difficult

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Crash Course in Young Adult Services

Crash Course in Young Adult Services, by Sarah Flowers. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 978-1-4408-5170-4.

Publisher's Description
A library can be a tremendous resource for teens—one that helps them to learn about themselves and the world they live in. But teenagers are intrinsically different from children and from adults, and these critical developmental differences affect the ways they interact with others, both in the world at large and in the library. Serving teens effectively in the library requires a basic understanding of who teens are and the developmental tasks they face—factors that affect all aspects of library service, from the specific programs and services we offer to the ways that staff provide assistance to the teen who is seeking help at a library service desk.

This book enables library workers to better understand adolescent development, which allows them to provide a positive library experience for teens. Readers will learn how to supply excellent library services with and for teens, including in the areas of collection development, readers' advisory, reference and homework help, programming, and advocacy. The book identifies the best ways to have positive interactions with teens in the library based on their mental development and details best practices for teen services. The concluding section discusses advocating for teens, with emphasis on their right to privacy and equal access to materials and services.

  • Enables librarians to create a welcoming environment for teens in the library
  • Explains how to better understand teen patrons by finding out what teens read, listen to, and watch, enabling you to guide them to "something good to read"
  • Provides guidance in how to help teens meet their homework or other information needs
  • Examines thorny issues regarding access, privacy, challenges to materials, and Internet use
More Information
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Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers, by Rhonda L. Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller. Libraries Unlimited, 2016. 978-1-61069-541-1.

Publisher's Description
Websites, social media, and the Internet have made research on family history accessible. Your library can tap into the popularity of the do-it-yourself genealogy movement by promoting your role as both a preserver of local community history as well as a source for helping your patrons archive what's important to their family. This professional guide will teach you how to integrate family history programming into your educational outreach tools and services to the community.

The book is divided into three sections: the first introduces methods for creating a program to help your clients trace their roots; the second provides library science instruction in reference and planning for local collections; and the third part focuses on the use of specific types of resources in local collections. Additional information features methods for preserving photographs, letters, diaries, documents, memorabilia, and ephemera. The text also includes bibliographies, appendices, checklists, and links to online aids to further assist with valuating and organizing important family mementos.

  • Discusses the reference environment and offers tips for strategic planning for local studies
  • Includes hints of how to assess, organize, discard, or donate family heirlooms
  • Offers suggestions for caring for family history archives, including physical enclosures, digital copies, and the importance of data backups
  • Features templates for partnership agreements with other organizations
More Information
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Peer-Assisted Learning in Academic Libraries

Peer-Assisted Learning in Academic Libraries, edited by Erin Rinto, John Watts, and Rosan Mitola. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 978-1-4408-4688-5.

Publisher's Description
In this era of accountability—and stretched budgets—in higher education, librarians need to make instructional programming both highly effective and sustainable. Peer-assisted learning is a methodology that has long been accepted in teaching but is relatively new as applied to academic library instruction, outreach, and reference. This book brings together the most innovative applications of peer-assisted learning in these contexts, explaining specific ways to apply peer-assisted learning in a variety of academic library settings for maximum benefit.

This guidebook begins with an extensive literature review of the theoretical underpinnings of peer-assisted learning and the various benefits these programs can provide academic librarians and peer mentors. The bulk of the book's content is organized into three sections that address the subjects of information literacy instruction, cocurricular outreach, and reference services separately. Each section showcases real-world examples of peer-assisted learning at a variety of academic institutions. Through these case studies, readers can fully understand the development, implementation, and assessment of a peer-assisted learning program, and librarians and administrators will see the practical benefits of enriching the experiences of student employees. Practitioners will receive inspiration and guidance through chapters that discuss training activities, identify lessons learned, and explain the implications for further research.

  • Introduces readers to a well-established and effective practice in higher education and demonstrates how it can be used in library-initiated programs
  • Provides the means to extend library staff resources by incorporating student employees in instruction, outreach, and reference services
  • Supplies practical examples—complete with assessments, administrative justifications and lessons learned—for training and assessing student peer mentors
  • Offers justification for how peer-assisted learning programs provide student employees with rewarding and enriching opportunities that can benefit them academically, personally, and professionally
More Information
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Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians

Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians, by Mark Aaron Polger and Scott Sheidlower. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 978-1-4408-3850-7.

Publisher's Description
Drawing on the literatures of adult education and of teaching skills, Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians presents a wide range of methods to improve how you teach. Coauthors Mark Aaron Polger and Scott Sheidlower argue that in order to grab–and hold onto—students' attention, instructors must get their interest right from the beginning. The techniques they suggest explain how to take into consideration the range of different learning styles students may have, how to accommodate students with different English language skills or abilities, and how to successfully work with individuals from different socioeconomic backgrounds or from different technologically adapted generations. The sections for each group address the key questions of identification (who are they?); how members of that group tend to react to libraries, librarians, and education; and how educational theories of that time affected students' learning in that generation.

  • Describes engagement techniques that work even for shy librarians or instructors who aren't naturally comfortable with performance aspects of teaching
  • Covers working with adult learners at different age groups and students with different English language abilities, from different socioeconomic backgrounds, or with various levels of technological competence, not just the "traditional" undergraduate
  • Presents methods to overcome and win over those learners who initially react with "Why do I need another library lesson?"
More Information
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Academic Library Management: Case Studies

Academic Library Management: Case Studies, edited by Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael Meth, and Elaine L. Westbrooks. Neal-Schuman, 2018. 978-0-8389-1559-2.

Publisher's Description
What does successful academic library management look like in the real world?  A team of editors, all administrators at large research libraries, here present a selection of case studies which dive deeply into the subject to answer that question. Featuring contributions from a range of practicing academic library managers, this book:
  • spotlights case studies equally useful for LIS students and current managers;
  • touches upon such key issues as human resource planning, public relations, financial management, organizational culture, and ethics and confidentiality;
  • examines how to manage radical change, using project management methodology to reorganize technical services, creating a new liaison service model, advancing a collaborative future, and setting up on-the-spot mentoring;
  • discusses digital planning for archives and special collections;
  • rejects “one size fits all” solutions to common challenges in academic libraries in favor of creative problem solving; and
  • provides guidance on how to use case studies as effective models for positive change at one’s own institution.
LIS instructors, students, and academic library practitioners will all find enrichment from this selection of case studies.

More Information
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Friday, November 3, 2017

63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects

Kroski, E. (Ed.). (2018). 63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions. ISBN: 9780838915912.

Publisher's Description

This new compilation from editor and maker Kroski spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and makers from across the country present projects as fun as an upcycled fashion show, as practical as Bluetooth speakers, and as mischievous as a catapult. Included are projects for artists, sewers, videographers, coders, and engineers. The handy reference format will help you quickly identify the estimated costs, materials, and equipment; and because several projects don’t even require a dedicated makerspace, every library can join in. Inside you’ll find how-to guidance for projects like:

  • a foam rocket launcher;
  • stop-motion animation with 3D print characters;
  • found-object robots;
  • glowing ghost marionettes;
  • Arduino eTextiles;
  • magnetic slime;
  • yarn painting;
  • fidget flannels;
  • an LED brooch;
  • cardboard sculpture

With takeaways like origami tea lights or a t-shirt tote bag, your patrons will be sure to remember how much fun your library can be.

Managerial Leadership for Librarians: Thriving in the Public and Nonprofit World

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Evans, G. Edward and Holland Christie. Managerial Leadership for Librarians: Thriving in the Public and Nonprofit World. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4170-5

This guide shows librarians how to make the most of their inherent skills and develop new leadership strengths in order to become better library managers, advance their careers, and sustain their libraries—in spite of changing environments and shrinking budgets.

Table of Contents 
  1. Why nonprofit and public sectors matter for library information service managers
  2. Leading
  3. Communication and persuasion
  4. Authority, influence, and power
  5. Boards
  6. Vision, mission, and planning
  7. Changing environment? Why it matters
  8. Assessment, coordination, and quality
  9. Fiscal
  10. Fundraising
  11. Managing projects
  12. Advocacy, lobbying, marketing, and public relations
  13. Political skills
  14. Legal aspects 
  15. Ethics in the workplace
  16. Understanding oneself and others
  17. Training and developing staff
  18. Collaboration 
  19. Negotiation 
  20. Long-term career success

Thursday, November 2, 2017

School Librarian as Curriculum Leader

Howard, Jody K. The School Librarian as Curriculum Leader. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-59884-990-5

Product Description
As one of the only books to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the multifaceted role of school librarians in student success, this instructional guide offers everything you'll need to develop, align, and evaluate curriculum with your library collection in mind.

This reference provides school library professors with strategies and tips for creating future school leaders out of current LIS students. Drawing upon her extensive experience as a school librarian, author Jody K. Howard heralds the library professional's role as information specialist, instructional partner, and curriculum advocate. Her insider's perspective is rich with tested strategies to help students seamlessly integrate the responsibilities of their multiple roles into daily activities.

The work explains the process of curriculum mapping and collection development with an eye on teaching these tools to those new to the profession. The content provides methods for developing guided inquiry lessons in collaboration with teachers, illustrates ways to develop leadership skills while aligning the collection with the curriculum, and offers strategies for working alongside curriculum committees and classroom teachers to build a cohesive educational program. The final chapter explores the roles and responsibilities of school librarians at the district, state, and national level.

  • Includes charts, tables, models, and discussion questions to aid school library professors
  • Provides strategies for developing, aligning, and evaluating curriculum
  • Features specific process examples for effective collection development
  • Explains both horizontal and vertical curriculum mapping
Table of contents

Learning Transformed

Sheninger, Eric C., and Thomas C. Murray. Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow's Schools, Today. ASCD, 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-4166-2389-2

This book is not about libraries, although one example is about libraries. One of the authors is involved in the Future Ready Schools initiative.

Product Description
With all that we know about how students learn, the nature of the world they will face after graduation, and the education inequities that have existed for centuries, maintaining a traditional, one-size-fits-all approach to teaching and learning is tantamount to instructional malpractice.

International security, the success of global economies, and sustainability as a global society all depend on the success of our education system in the years to come. It's our obligation to prepare our students for their future—not our past.

Authors Eric C. Sheninger and Thomas C. Murray outline eight keys—each a piece of a puzzle for transforming the K–12 education system of teaching and learning—to intentionally design tomorrow's schools so that today's learners are prepared for success . . . and stand ready to create new industries, find new cures, and solve world problems.

The traditional model of schooling ultimately prepares students for the industrial model of the past. If we want our students to become successful citizens in a global society, we must dramatically shift to a more personal approach. Failure is not an option. We can no longer wait. Let Learning Transformed show you how you can be a part of the solution.

The authors encourage you to use the hashtag #LT8Keys to continue the discussion online.

Table of contents

Technology and the School Library

Jurkowski, Odin L. Technology and the School Library: A Comprehensive Guide for Media Specialists and Other Educators. 3rd ed., Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4422-7644-4 

Product Description
Technology and the School Library is a comprehensive overview of the types of technologies used in school libraries, from traditional low-tech options to the latest developments, describing how school librarians interact with these technologies.

This thoroughly revised and updated third edition addresses the continuously changing nature of technology, including new information on 1:1 initiatives, Chromebooks, mobile devices, and current trends in technology integration throughout schools.

Major topics covered in this volume include information resources in the school library, varieties of educational software, resources available via the web, and the importance of creating a web presence. This book also addresses tools that can be used in classrooms and technology administration—everything from automation and filters to security on student computers and security systems in general.

Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources, Second Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Kennedy, Marie R. and Cheryl LaGuardia. Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Second Edition. Neal-Schuman, 2018. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1565-3

A practical guide for marketing library resources, this new edition has been updated with additional marketing plan examples for public, community college, technical college, and university academic libraries.

Table of Contents 

Part I    How to Design Your Marketing Plan
Chapter 1    Determine the Purpose of Your Marketing Plan
What You Can Discover about Your E-resources Right Now
  • Usage Statistics
  • Cost
  • Cost-Per-Use
  • Advanced Data Considerations
Speak with One Message
Everybody Does the Marketing
When Does the Marketing Happen?
Be Mindful of Competing Interests
The Evolving Formats and Methods of E-content Delivery
Marketing Makes Your Patrons Smarter
Gather the Troops

Chapter 2    Fashion Your Marketing Plan
Components of a Marketing Plan
  • Project Description
  • Current Market
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Target Market
  • Goals
  • Strategy
  • Action Plan
  • Measurement
  • Assessment
Recommended Resources for Further Reading

Chapter 3    Implement Your Marketing Plan
Components of a Marketing Plan, with Examples
  • Project Description
  • Current Market
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Target Market   
  • Goals
  • Strategy
  • Action Plan
  • Measurement
  • Assessment
Marketing Your Electronic Resources Can Change Your Library
Recommended Resources for Further Reading

Chapter 4    Construct Your Written Marketing Plan Report
Write for Your Audience
Address the Components in Your Report
  • Executive Summary
  • Current Market and Target Market
  • Goals, Strategies, and Proposed Measurements
  • Timeline, Staff, and Budget
This Marketing Grant Request Form Caught Our Eyes!
Wrap It Up

Chapter 5    Assess Your Marketing Plan
First, Take a Good, Long, Hard Look at Your Library Website
  • About Social Media for Marketing
  • Changing Your Web Presence
Then, Take a Good, Long, Hard Look at Your Electronic Resources
Now, Ask Yourself Assessment Questions
  • A Rubric May Help
  • Some Practical Considerations for the Assessment of Your Marketing Plan
Market Your Electronic Resources Ethically
Recommended Resources for Further Reading and Support

Chapter 6    Revise and Update Your Marketing Plan (“Lather, Rinse, and Repeat”)
Give Yourself Time to Think
  • Project Description
  • Current Market
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Target Market
  • Goals
  • Strategy
  • Action Plan
  • Measurement
  • Assessment
Revise Your Plan
Communicate Your Successes or Failures in Marketing

Part II    Sample Marketing Plan Reports

Example 1    Marketing Plan from an All-Electronic Library: Statewide Marketing and Communications Plan, NOVELNY: New York Online Virtual Electronic Library
Goals and Objectives
Campaign Planning
Research Overview
Situation Analysis
Barriers to Access and Use
OCLC Study Provides Clear Direction
Ten Issues: Ten Strategies
Mass Customization and Segmenting the Market
Target Audience: General Consumer Population
Target Audience: Executive Office, State Legislature Elected Officials and Aides, and Board of Regents
Target Audience: Public Librarians
Target Audience: Business and Economic Development Sector
Target Audience: Academic Librarians, College Administrators, and College and University Librarians and Teaching Faculty
Target Audience: Teachers, Administrators, Students, and Parents in Elementary, Middle, and High Schools; Homeschoolers and Parent-Teacher Associations
Target Audience: Parents of One Million Plus Children in Statewide Summer Reading Program

Example 2    Marketing Plan from a Public Library, Sample 1: Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District, “Building a Buzz”
Key Audiences
Lessons Learned

Example 3    Marketing Plan from a Public Library, Sample 2: Worthington Libraries 2012 Communications and Development Plan
Community Relations Department Staff
Plan Focus Areas
Fundraising and Development
Public Relations and Marketing
Partnerships and Outreach

Example 4    Marketing Plan from a Community College Library: Maricopa Community College District Electronic Resources Committee Marketing Plan, 2013–2016
Internal Audiences
Desired Behaviors and Attitudes
Communication Goals
Communication Channels
MCCCD District System-Level Strategies/Initiatives
The MCCCD 2013–2016 Strategic Planning Goals
ERC Strategic Plan Objective
Implementation Strategies

Example 5    Marketing Plan from a University Library, Sample 1: Milner Library, Illinois State University 2012–2014 Marketing Plan
Marketing Strategies
Forms of Publicity
Target Audiences
Media Contacts
Public Relations and Marketing Unit Team Members
  • Appendix 1: Milner Library Logo
  • Appendix 2: Activity Planning Feedback
  • Appendix 3: Speaker Assessment Form
  • Appendix 4: Target Audience/Specific Media
  • Appendix 5: Media Contacts
  • Appendix 6: Marketing Timeline for Standing Annual Activities
  • Appendix 7: Public Relations/Marketing Request
  • Appendix 8: Flier Posting Information; Mailbox Stuffing Information
  • Appendix 9: Table Tent Guidelines for Campus Dining Halls

Example 6    Marketing Plan from a Regional Technical College in Ireland: Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Library Marketing Plan
Strategic Overview
Terms of Reference and Scope
GMIT Library SWOT Analysis
GMIT Library’s Main Competitors
Target Markets: User Groups
Analysis of Current Marketing Strategies
Target Market: Undergraduates

Example 7    Marketing Plan from a University Library, Sample 2: Marketing Plan for Kanopy, William H. Hannon Library, Spring–Fall 2016
Executive Summary
Current Market
Target Market
Proposed Measurements
  • Appendix A: Kanopy Flyer for Circulation Desk
  • Appendix B: Sample E-mail to Faculty Library Representatives
  • Appendix C: Digital Signage
  • Appendix D: Library Blog Post Draft
  • Appendix E: Kanopy Social Media Post

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Field Report 2016: Banned & Challenged Books

Doyle, Robert P. Field Report 2016: Banned & Challenged Books. Supplement. American Library Association, 2017.   

Publisher's Description
Stay updated on book bans and challenges with this fascinating field report. In 2016, the American Library Association recorded more than 300 book challenges, or attempts to remove books. This nine-page report, a supplement to the resource guide Banned Books: Defending Our Freedom to Read, explores 45 of those titles, and it’s packed with highlights from Banned Books Week 2016, tips on how to defend the right to read and “fast facts” about your favorite banned books.

For more information about banned and challenged books, visit

Single copy
8 1/2" x 11", 12 pages

Social Media and Your Brain

Prado, C. G., editor. Social Media and Your Brain: Web-Based Communication Is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves. ABC-CLIO, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-44085453-8

Publisher's Description
While society has widely condemned the effects on preteens and teens’ natural social maturation of digitally enabled communication, such as texting and messaging, and of social media apps, such as Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat, these forms of communication are adversely affecting everyone, including adults. This book examines how social media and modern communication methods are isolating users socially, jeopardizing their intellectual habits, and, as a result, decreasing their chances of achieving social and professional success.

The ubiquitous use of the Internet and social media is changing our society—in some ways, for the worse. Use of social media, the Internet, and other purely digital and less-personal communication methods are distorting the intellectual and social maturation of teens and preteens in particular—those among us who were born into and raised with Internet technology. People's ability to read facial expressions, interpret subtle differences in spoken intonation, and perceive body language is in significant decline due to the use of social media and the Internet largely replacing direct, face-to-face contact with other human beings.

This book documents how changes in our daily behavior caused by the proliferation of social media are reshaping individuals' personalities and causing an evolution of the character of our society as a whole. Readers will understand how these important changes came about and how more connectivity all too often leads to more ignorance and less comprehension, and will consider solutions that could counter the negative effects of being "too connected, too often."


  • Focuses on the effects of the Internet and social media overall on the specific groups most affected: ‘tweens, teens, and college students, individuals who take to the use of such modern communication methods naturally but who are also ill-equipped to use self-control to resist the instant gratification, constant distraction, and addictive behaviors that come with social media
  • Alerts readers to consequences of social media and Internet use of which they are likely unaware
  • Identifies practical solutions that can serve to counter the wide-reaching negative effects of excessive use of and reliance on social media


Kurtzberg, Terri R., and Jennifer L. Gibbs. Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus. ABC-CLIO, 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-4408-4295-5

Publisher's Description
What are the benefits and negative consequences of our increased connectivity at school, at work, and at home? Is being constantly distracted now a worldwide problem? This book examines how new technologies and social pressures have changed the way we use our attention, and the extent to which they drive us to distraction, by interpreting hundreds of scientific studies from the literatures in cognitive and social psychology, sociology, communication, management, and decision making.

While distraction is ever-present in daily life, staying connected in an efficient way is the goal for one and all. To accomplish that, some amount of fine-tuning of typical interactions with technology is in order. Nearly everyone recognizes the addictive nature of constant connectivity—and its destructive effect on productivity and quality of work. But the availability of technology also promotes better engagement, control, and flexibility in both professional and personal settings. An in-depth analysis of these tradeoffs can lead to smarter choices about when and how to be connected throughout the day and across settings. The ultimate objective is to have technology enhance our lives without serving as a source of constant distraction.

Distracted: Staying Connected without Losing Focus explains the nuances of what this addiction stems from—considering both societal and technological factors—and identifies both the invaluable opportunities and the counterproductive consequences of living in our technology-enabled, instant-access-to-everything world. The chapters examine a wide swath of scientific research to expose how technology use affects our attention and the extent to which it causes distraction. Authors Terri Kurtzberg and Jennifer Gibbs apply the science of human attention to reveal how specific areas of our lives are significantly changed with the advent of "continuous connectedness," including in the workplace, in personal relationships, in childhood development, and with regard to education and learning. Readers will clearly understand why multitasking fails us, what the consequences are—to ourselves and those around us—of being focused on a screen for much of the day, and how each of us can adjust our use of technology in order to improve our lives.


  • Offers a comprehensive and insightful understanding of how technology use in daily life affects our attention, our work performance, and our relationships
  • Describes how to get and keep the attention of others in a distracted, mobile-device enabled world
  • Explains benefits of multitasking as well as how it limits our abilities to process information and make good decisions
  • Addresses the connections between constantly being distracted and trying to multitask to the near crisis-level trend of unused vacation time in America and explains why this phenomenon hurts everyone

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Library Programs and Services for New Adults

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Hunt, Kyla. Library Programs and Services for New Adults. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-5417-0

Readers will come away with an in-depth understanding of the mindset and needs of patrons who are 18 to 29 years old and be able to cater to their preferences as they pertain to physical space, programming, technology, and marketing.

Table of Contents 
  1. What is a new adult?
  2. Expelled from teen services, where do new adults go?
  3. What the new adult wants from the library
  4. The physical space and the new adult
  5. Collection considerations : what comes after YA?
  6. The importance of technology and art
  7. Reaching out : marketing considerations
  8. Scanning your website with the new adult in mind
  9. Job seekers : job-focused programming for new adults
  10. Money, money, money : financial guidance and resources for the new adult
  11. Unique and genuine : attracting new adults with fun programming
  12. Connections : new adults, relationships, and the library.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Understanding How Students Develop: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Understanding How Students Develop: A Practical Guide for Librarians, by Hannah Gascho Rempel, Kelly McElroy and Laurie M. Bridges. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 978-1-4422-7921-6.

Publisher's Description
Understanding How Students Develop is a one-stop source of practical advice for both librarians who are just beginning to work with students from elementary school through college, as well as helpful tips for seasoned library user services professionals, including school, reference, instruction, and outreach librarians.

The book supplies a detailed roadmap for applying key development theories to daily interactions with students.

Subjects covered include:
  • Integrating development theories into practice
  • Intellectual development theories
  • Identity development theory
  • Involvement theory
  • Assessing the impact of using development theories
Throughout the book sidebars highlight practical applications, important quotations from key texts, and case studies for consideration. After reading this book, librarians who work with a wide range of users will have a practical approach for incorporating development theories into their daily practice, making them more responsive to the varying needs of their users, and more understanding of what elements of their user services programs can be better tailored to meet students at a range of developmental stages.

More Information
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Video Marketing for Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Video Marketing for Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians, by Heather A. Dalal, Robin O'Hanlon and Karen L. Yacobucci. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 978-1-4422-6949-1.

Publisher's Description
Today’s libraries need to market their resources and services more than ever. Thanks to the proliferation of digital information, patrons can easily find information from other sources without recognizing the usefulness and relevance of their library. Libraries have been producing their own promotional videos with success, strengthening their relationships with their users and gaining new audiences.

You can increase awareness of your library’s resources & services by producing your own videos. Video Marketing for Libraries provides step-by-step instructions on how to produce videos designed to market your library and strategies to assess their impact.

This book will guide you through:
  • gaining internal support
  • crafting a clear message
  • building the library’s audience
  • writing storyboards and scripts
  • casting and rehearsing actors
  • filming and recording voiceover, editing, publishing, promoting,
  • using online tools & animation software
  • and assessing the efforts
More Information
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Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians, by John Gottfried and Katherine Pennavaria. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 978-1-4422-7911-7.

Publisher's Description
Providing Reference Services: A Practical Guide for Librarians was written with the working librarian in mind; it focuses on specific methods and information to help foster effective, exceptional results.

Topics covered include:
  • reference services (basic information and background)
  • reference resources and tutorials
  • organizing and providing services
  • staffing and performance management
  • forming helpful partnerships (internal and external)
  • the future of reference
Readers will come away with a solid foundation in reference services and will have the knowledge to update or restructure an existing reference program or to create a program from the ground up. Individual chapters and subsections provide constructive tips and advice for specific reference issues. Taken as a whole, this book provides a valuable, inclusive source of information for all major aspects of reference service.

Providing Reference Services is an appropriate resource for nearly all librarians in public-service positions, especially those with reference responsibilities, whether they are working reference librarians at any level of experience, reference supervisors, or administrators with oversight of reference services. The content is relevant to academic, public, school, and special libraries -- any library or organization that offers reference or research assistance.

More Information
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management

The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management, by Barbara Allan. Facet Publishing, 2017. 978-1-78330-203-1.

Publisher's Description
This book provides a ‘no-nonsense’ guide to project management which will enable library and information professionals to lead or take part in a wide range of projects from large-scale multi-organization complex projects through to relatively simple local ones.

Barbara Allan has fully revised and updated her classic 2004 title, Project Management, to incorporate considerable developments during the past decade, including: the development and wide-scale acceptance of formal project management methodologies; the use of social media to communicate and disseminate information about projects and the large shift in the types of project library and information workers may be involved in.

The text is supported by practical case studies drawn from a wide range of LIS organizations at local, regional, national and international levels. These examples provide an insight into good practice for the practitioner, from an individual working in a voluntary organization on an extremely limited budget, to someone involved in an international project.

Content covered includes:
  • an introduction to project management, project workers and the library and information profession
  • different approaches to project management, the project cycle, the people side of projects and management of change
  • discussion of project methodologies, project management software, open source software, collaborative working software and use of social media
  • project initiation, communication, analysis and project briefs
  • developing project infra-structure, scheduling, working out the finances and carrying out a detailed risk analysis
  • working in partnerships, in diverse and virtual teams, and managing change.

If you are an LIS professional involved in project work of any kind, whether on a managerial, practical, academic or research level, this is an invaluable resource for you.

More Information
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The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations

The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations, edited by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Deborah Tritt. ACRL, 2016. 978-0-8389-8900-5.

Publisher's Description
Small and rural academic libraries struggle with a unique set of technological and institutional barriers—tight budgets, stagnant salaries, small staff, and limited access to current technologies can prevent these active academic librarians from fully participating in professional development. Feelings of isolation, concerns about institutional support, and worries about the perception of the LIS profession within the community can also be issues.

Through the use of case studies, research, and practical interviews, The Small or Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations explores how academic librarians in such environments can keep pace with, create, and improve modern library practices and services, network with colleagues, and access continuing education and professional development opportunities. Additionally, this book acts as a resource on matters of human resources and management concerns that are unique to LIS professionals and paraprofessionals who serve at small campuses and in rural communities.

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Government Information Essentials

Caro, Susanne (ed.) Government Information Essentials. ALA Editions, 2018. ISBN:978-0-8389-1597-4

This contributed volume gathers the expertise of experienced government information librarians from across the country. It provides real-world insight into the work, collections, and interests of this library discipline.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Government Documents and the People Who Use Them
Susanne Caro

Part I    Advice for the New Document Professional

Chapter 1    Networking and Training: Essential Tools for Collaboration and Learning
Hayley Johnson

Chapter 2    Experience of a New Government Documents Librarian
Andrew Lopez and Lori Looney

Chapter 3    Middle Management: Strategies for Success
Jill Vassilakos-Long

Part II    Collection Management
Chapter 4    Visualizing Space: Your Depository Library as Place
Aimée C. Quinn

Chapter 5    Space Planning: Weeding, Moving, and Providing Access to Government Information
Julia Stewart

Chapter 6    Streamlining Collections: Disasters, Consolidation, and the Digital Landscape
Vickie Mix

Chapter 7    Growth and Maintenance of Digital Collections
Susanne Caro

Part III    Working with Collections

Chapter 8    The Hunt for the Elusive: Finding and Using the History in Government Documents
Paula L. Webb and Leasha E. Martin

Chapter 9    Federal Maps and the Depository Library
Valery King

Chapter 10    Help! I’m New Here and I Speak Spanish: Government Information for Spanish Speakers
Jane Canfield

Part IV    Teaching and Training

Chapter 11    Teaching with Library Guides: Using Collections with Government Information
Latanya N. Jenkins

Chapter 12    Creating More Powerful Library Guides
David Dillard

Chapter 13    Documents to the Students
Susanne Caro

Chapter 14    Navigating Government Information: Working with Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy
Antoinette W. Satterfield

Part V    Advocacy and Events

Chapter 15    Advocating for Transparency and Access to Information
Shari Laster

Chapter 16:     A Cupcake, an Eagle, and a War: Promoting Government Documents
Lisa Pritchard

Chapter 17    Exhibits and Community Outreach
Susanne Caro

Appendix A: General Resources
Appendix B: Sample Project Plan
Appendix C: Sources for Space Planning—Best Practices
Appendix D: Map Resources
Appendix E: Spanish-Language Resources
Appendix F: Library Guide Resources

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Librarians With Spines

Cura, Y. S., & Macias, M. (Eds.). (2016). Librarians With Spines: Information Agitators In An Age of Stagnation. Los Angeles, CA: CreateSpace. ISBN: 9780984539888.


Librarians with Spines is an anthology of 9 essays written by 11 radical librarians pushing the boundaries of social justice community service, library and information science, equitable bibliographic taxonomy, and ubiquitous information literacy. Co-edited by Max Macias and Yago Cura, illustrated and designed by Autumn Anglin, and published by HINCHAS Press, this array of minority and queer voices in librarianship and intelligent political art seeks to affirm the importance of innovative, courageous librarians facilitating effective programming and initiatives. Completely funded by a successful GoFundMe campaign and beholden to no organization, committee, nor clique, authors include Jason Alston, Anthony Bishop, Candise Branum, Cathy Camper, A'misa Chiu, Loida Garcia-Febo, kYmberly Keeton, Diane Lopez, Kael Moffat, Mary Rayme, and Aquita Winslow. Topics range from Critlib management to the importance of ethnic caucuses, from zine librarianship to prison librarianship to Hip Hip Information Literacy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Library Assessment Cookbook

Dobbs, A. W. (Ed.). (2017). The Library Assessment Cookbook. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries. ISBN: 9780838988664.

Publisher's Description

Assessment examines how library services and resources impact and are perceived by users, and guides strategic planning discussions and development of future acquisitions and services. Assessment is fundamental to positioning your library within your organization and effectively demonstrating how it furthers your institution’s goals. And it can be more of an art than a science, using the qualitative and quantitative data available to you to show your library’s alignment with the needs and mission of your organization. 

The Library Assessment Cookbook 
features 80 practical, easy-to-implement recipes divided into nine sections: 
  • Data Preparation for Assessments
  • Traditional and Online Collections Assessments
  • Instruction Programs Assessments
  • Outreach and Programming Assessment
  • Assessments Assessment
  • Strategic Planning Assessment
  • Service Points and Services Assessment
  • Equipment, Building, and Space Assessment
  • Website and Web Services Assessment
This Cookbook will help librarians of all levels of experience measure and demonstrate their institutional value.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment

Diaz, Chris (ed.) Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1587-5 

This ALCTS monograph gathers case studies that pull together creative approaches and best practices for print textbook reserve programs.

Table of Contents


Chapter One    “Basically Everything I Need, I Know the Library Has It”: A Case Study of SUNY Canton’s Textbook Program
by Rachel A. Koenig and Cori Wilhelm
Chapter Two    Access and Affordability: The Textbook Conundrum
by Peggy Seiden and Amy McColl

Chapter Three    The Good and the Bad: Implementing a Textbook Reserve Program
by Renee Le Beau-Ford and Joanna Ewing

Chapter Four    A Student-Funded Textbook Reserve Program
by Joanna Duy, Kirsten Huhn, and Dubravka Kapa

Chapter Five    Building a STEM Collection of Undergraduate Textbooks
by Pattie Piotrowski and Christine McClure

Chapter Six    Evolution of a Textbook Circulation Program: Outcomes of Demand-Driven versus Strategic Selection Policies
by Posie Aargaard and Jan H. Kemp

Chapter Seven    Can Hard-Copy Textbooks on Library Reserve Help Address the Textbook Dilemma?
by Feng-Ru Sheu, Kay Downey, and Tom Klingler

Chapter Eight    Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Students’ Desire for Textbooks and the Library Budget
by Rhonda Glazier and Carla Myers

Chapter Nine    General Education: Ten Years of Textbooks at the Ohio State University Libraries
by Aaron Olivera

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Creating a Local History Archive at Your Public Library

Phillips, Faye. Creating a Local History Archive at Your Public Library. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1566-0

Developing and maintaining a local history archives are a great way for libraries to connect with their community. This concise guidebook presents best practices for the acquisition, access, and care of local history materials in public libraries.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1    Defining, Creating, and Developing a Local History Archive
The History of Local History
Scope and Formats of Materials
Mission Statements
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Planning
  • Staffing
  • Scenarios

Chapter 2    Collection Development Policies for a Local History Archive
  • Priorities and Limitations of the Local History Archive
  • Users/Patrons
  • Programs
  • Gift Policy
  • Deaccessioning Policy
  • Resource Sharing/Cooperative Policy
  • Policy Implementation and Review

Chapter 3    Acquiring and Making Local History Collections Accessible
Processing Step 1: Appraisal
  • Appraisal Theory
  • Organizational and Institutional Records
  • Personal Papers
  • To Accept or Not to Accept
  • Recap: Conducting an Appraisal, How to Do It
Processing Step 2: Legal Transfer
  • Deed of Gift
  • Organizational Agreement
  • Records Transmittal Form
  • Monetary Appraisals for Donors
  • Donor Requested Restrictions
  • Abandoned or Orphaned Collections    
  • Recap: Legal Transfer, How to Do It
Processing Step 3: Accessioning
  • Deaccessioning
  • Processing Plan
  • What’s in a Name?
  • Recap: Accessioning, How to Do It
Processing Step 4: Arrangement
  • Levels of Arrangement and Description
  • Recap: Arrangement, How to Do It
Processing Step 5: Description
  • Finding Aids
  • Digitization
  • Unknown Provenance
  • Recap: Description, How to Do It
Processing Step 6: Access
  • Access Policy
  • Utilizing the Online Public Access Catalog
  • Web Finding Aids
  • Copyright
  • Outreach
  • Reference Services
  • Recap: Access, How to Do It

Chapter 4    Care of a Local History Archive
  • Digitization as Access and Preservation
Disaster Awareness, Prevention, and Recovery
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Monday, October 9, 2017

Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit

Oakleaf, Megan. Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1592-9

Most academic libraries need to measure their value and how they deliver on institutional goals. This book includes 52 activities designed to help you learn to identify your stakeholders, listen to them, take new approaches to addressing value, and ultimately position your library as an increasingly valued asset.

Table of Contents 

Activity #1: Institutional Focus Areas
Activity #2: Stakeholders as the Heart of the Institution
Activity #3: Stakeholder Role Play
Activity #4: Stakeholder Questions
Activity #5: Stakeholder Card Sort
Activity #6: Stakeholder Help Study
Activity #7: Stakeholder Views of Library Servicescapes
Activity #8: Institutional Communications Audit
Activity #9: Institutional Program Review & Accreditation Audit
Activity #10: Institutional Learning Outcomes Audit
Activity #11: Higher Education Assessment Initiatives Audit
Activity #12: Library Data Audit
Activity #13: Time Audit
Activity #14: Self Audit
Activity #15: Job Task Audit
Activity #16: Job Description Audit
Activity #17: Committee Audit
Activity #18: Management Audit
Activity #19: Skill Audit
Activity #20: Professional Development Plan
Activity #21: Planning for Organizational Change
Activity #22: Planning Timeline for Change
Activity #23: Assessment Questions for Prospective Library Hires
Activity #24: To Assess or Not to Assess?
Activity #25: Assessment Fears, Challenges, & Barriers
Activity #26: Library Impact Map
Activity #27: Present and Future Library Impact
Activity #28: Passive-to-Active Impact
Activity #29: Impact Vision Creation
Activity #30: Impact on Student Learning Outcomes
Activity #31: Impact on Student Retention
Activity #32: Impact on Faculty Productivity
Activity #33: Impact on Institutional Efficiency
Activity #34: Impact on Institutional Prestige & Brand
Activity #35: Thinking Impact Through
Activity #36: Keeping Impact Simple
Activity #37: Planning for Assessment
Activity #38: Gathering Library Impact Literature
Activity #39: Engaging the Assessment Cycle
Activity #40: Preparing a Continuous Assessment Timeline
Activity #41: Involving the Entire Library Organization
Activity #42: Approaching Institutional Research Collaborations
Activity #43: Approaching Human Subjects Research
Activity #44: Selecting Assessment Tools
Activity #45: Choosing Assessment or Research
Activity #46: Planning Partnerships
Activity #47: Considering Assessment Management Systems
Activity #48: Reporting Results
Activity #49: Managing the Message
Activity #50: Transforming Library Fact Sheets
Activity #51: Closing the Loop
Activity #52: Articulating the Institutional Value of the Library

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers, 2017 Edition

Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers, 2017 Edition (Volume 37), edited by Juneal M. Chenoweth. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 978-1-4408-5661-7.

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 print and electronic reference materials.

The 2017 edition of Recommended Reference Books for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries and Media Centers contains unabridged reviews chosen from the current edition of American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) and ARBAonline. As with previous editions, readers will get fair and accurate assessments from these reviews, which are written by librarians and subject-area experts who present both positive and negative aspects of each product. Each publication review is coded to clearly indicate the most appropriate audience—college, public, and/or school.

  • More than 500 reviews chosen from American Reference Books Annual. 
  • Considers affordability and broad appeal as criteria for inclusion—key factors with today's shrinking budgets. 
  • Presents the unparalleled reliability and accuracy you count on for your selection process.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Public Library Collections in the Balance: Censorship, Inclusivity, and Truth

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Downey, Jennifer. Public Library Collections in the Balance: Censorship, Inclusivity, and Truth. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4964-0

Each chapter of this book blends instructive background narrative with practical advice, research findings, and relevant information about librarianship's professional guidelines, including the ALA's Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read Statement. Vignettes, "what would you do?" examples, effective non-confrontational techniques for conflict resolution, and lists of tips and traps help readers to think critically about their own biases and rehearse possible responses to controversial situations.

Table of Contents
  • History of censorship in the public library and where we are today
  • What gets challenged and why
  • Internet access : to filter or not to filter?
  • Media matters
  • Preventing and preparing for challenges : a strong collection development policy, staff training, and professional resources
  • Getting to know your communities: facts, figures, and assumptions
  • Self-censorship and the importance of inclusiveness
  • Quality and demand in public libraries : who decides?
  • What to do when complaints and challenges happen
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A. Where to turn: a source list of LGBT-friendly books and other materials
  • Appendix B. Where to turn: a sampling of small and alternative presses.

Serving Those Who Served: Librarian's Guide to Working with Veteran and Military Communities

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LeMire, Sarah and Kristen J. Mulvihill. Serving Those Who Served: Librarian's Guide to Working with Veteran and Military Communities. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-3432-5

Regardless of the type of library you work in, you are likely to encounter members of the veteran and military communities. This book offers tips to help you determine the size and the needs of the veteran and military communities in your local area. You’ll learn about some common information requests and information-seeking behavior of veterans and service members and discover how to take the needs and also the unique strengths of the veteran and military communities into account when developing library outreach efforts, programs, services, and collections.

Table of Contents 
  • Who are veterans and military service members?
  • What all librarians should know about the veteran and military communities
  • Public libraries and the veteran and military communities
  • Veteran and military communities on college and university campuses
  • School and special libraries and the veteran and military communities

Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds

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Robison, Mark and Lindley Shedd (eds.) Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds: Building a Library of Things. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-5019-6

This contributed volume provides a survey of "library of things" projects within the United States, from public, academic and special libraries, offering real-world lessons learned from these early experiments with nontraditional collections. The authors offer practical insights from their projects, from the development of their initial ideas to the everyday realities of maintaining and circulating these collections, including cataloging, space needs, safety concerns, staff training, circulation, marketing, and assessment.

Table of Contents 

Part I. History
  • A history of things collections : from specialized precursors to present-day diversity / Mark Robison and Lindley Shedd

Part II. Things collections in public libraries
  • Measure twice, cut once : a long-lasting tool lending library in berkeley / Adam Broner
  • Book-a- bike : increasing access to physical activity with a library card / James Hill
  • The LibraryFarm / Jill Youngs
  • Seed libraries : lend a seed, grow a community / R. Tanner and Betsy Goodman
  • The real toy story : a toy lending collection / Sue Kirschner
  • Create, share, play : Sacramento's library of things / Michelle Alvarado, Justin Azevedo, and Amy Calhoun

Part III. Things collections in academic libraries
  • Technology and small college libraries : trying to be everything to everyone / Brian Burns
  • Providing hands-on teacher preparation : collecting and maintaining curriculum materials / Jennifer Harvey and Rochelle Krueger
  • Loaning technology and media production equipment / Shelly McCoy
  • Faculty/librarian collaboration in the age of media : building a collection of media services to support the integration of video production into the curriculum / Mitchell Shuldman
  • Going beyond books : lendable technology, interdisciplinary innovation, and the revitalization of an academic library / Tara Radniecki and Tod Colegrove
  • Building game collections in academic libraries : a case study at the University of North Texas / Diane Robson, Sue Parks, and Erin Miller
  • Seeing and hearing the world in new ways : VCU's collection of scopes and other instruments / Eric D. M. Johnson

Part IV. Special libraries
  • Things collections, Alaska-style : furs, skulls, mounts / Celia Rozen, Helen Woods, and Ed Kazzimir 

Part V. Best practices
  • Best practices: building your own library of things / Lindley Shedd and Mark Robison

Appendix A. General maintenance of hand and electric tools
Appendix B. Book-a-bike lending agreement
Appendix C. Book-a-bike parental or legal guardian consent
Appendix D. Book-a-bike safety inspection checklist
Appendix E. Seed return form
Appendix F. Draft agreement for housing, maintenance, and circulation of collection of skulls, furs, and bird mounts
Appendix G. Catalog information for furs, mounts, and skulls collection
Appendix H. Furs, mounts, and skulls collection statement of responsibility.

Intrapreneurship Handbook for Librarians

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Almquist, Arne J. and Sharon G. Almquist. Intrapreneurship Handbook for Librarians: How to be a Change Agent in your Library. Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-61069-528-2

What is  being a library intrapreneur? Being empowered to find innovate ways to increase impact, grow resources, and develop new methods of leveraging the skills and perspectives of librarianship to enable the survival of libraries—all while enjoying your job more. The chapters guide readers through the intrapreneurial process—from writing a plan and selling it to administrators and other stakeholders, to securing funding for the idea and actualizing the plan.

Table of Contents
  1. Entrepreneurs
  2. Intrapreneurs
  3. Agent of change & the art of intrapreneurial innovation
  4. Calling all change agents : creating an intrapreneurial culture at your library
  5. The intrapreneurial process : finding the way to success
  6. Pitching your idea & getting others to join
  7. An innovation team and your place in it 
  8. Implementation : the idea ascendant 
  9. Completion to new beginnings
  10. Appendix A. The intrapreneur test
  11. Appendix B. The intrapreneurship test : comments.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Zotero: A guide for librarians, researchers, and educators (2nd edition)

Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators (2nd edition), Jason Puckett. ACRL, 2017. 978-0-8389-8931-9.

Publisher's Description
2011’s Zotero: a guide for librarians, researchers, and educators was the first book-length treatment of this powerful research tool, and this completely revised and updated second edition is still the perfect guidebook to this robust, open access research tool that allows the user to manage all aspects of bibliographic data.

Functioning as a thorough introduction to Zotero—from setting up to saving, organizing, and citing items, and ending with more advanced topics—as well as a guide to teaching Zotero, including case studies of researchers throughout the book, this is both a guide to the tool and a handbook for understanding how different groups use it. Zotero also looks at strategies for developing effective support structures and channels within an institution and building the right linkages between relevant players, in particular library support staff and IT.

This second edition includes many more full-color figures, screenshots, and illustrations, revised bibliographies, substantial changes to the chapter on online tools, and the addition of a completely new chapter on add-ons and mobile applications. Zotero is a comprehensive guide for researchers who just need a how-to to help them make bibliographies; instruction librarians and teachers using Zotero in conjunction with classes doing research assignments; and reference librarians and tech support staff who are helping users with Zotero questions and problems.

More Information
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Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship

Deitering, Anne-Marie, Robert Schroeder, Richard Stoddart (eds.) The Self as Subject: Autoethnographic Research into Identity, Culture, and Academic Librarianship. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-8892-3

Autoethnography is a type of research that uses writing and self-examination to explore far-ranging cultural, political, and social issues through personal experience. In this collection, 21 academic librarians investigate aspects of what it means to be a librarian. Starting with a reflective examination of themselves, they each investigate questions of culture, values, and identity.

Table of Contents

Barbara Fister

Anne-Marie Deitering, Robert Schroeder, and Rick Stoddart

INTRODUCTION. Why Autoethnography?
Anne-Marie Deitering

CHAPTER 1. Admitting What I Don’t Know: An Autoethnographic Study of Teaching, Fear, and Uncertainty
Anna Esty

CHAPTER 2. Avoiding Autoethnography: Writing toward Burnout
Benjamin R. Harris

CHAPTER 3. Version Control
Sarah Hartman-Caverly

CHAPTER 4. Finding Boomer Harding: An Autoethnography about History, Librarianship, and
Heidi LM Jacobs

CHAPTER 5. When Worlds Collide
Derrick Jefferson

CHAPTER 6. Looking through a Colored Lens: A Black Librarian’s Narrative
La Loria Konata

CHAPTER 7. Cataloger’s Judgment and Cataloger’s Bias: On Lived Experience and Metadata Creation
Erin Leach

CHAPTER 8. Carving Out a Space: Ambiguity and Librarian Teacher Identity in the Academy
Janna Mattson, Maoria J. Kirker, Mary K. Oberlies, and Jason Byrd

CHAPTER 9. Away from the Library
David H. Michels

CHAPTER 10. Academic Rejection and Libraries
Emily Rogers

CHAPTER 11. You, She, I
An Autoethnographic Exploration through Noise
Michele R. Santamaría

CHAPTER 12. Many Hats, One Head: Considering Professional Identity in Academic Library Directorship
Maura A. Smale

CHAPTER 13. The Intersections of Art and Librarianship: “Filling in the Gaps”
Jolanda-Pieta (Joey) van Arnhem

CHAPTER 14. Librarian Origin Story
Mita Williams

CHAPTER 15. Evaluative Criteria for Autoethnographic Research: Who’s to Judge?
Robert Schroeder

CHAPTER 16. Shuffle the Cards, Save the Cat, and Eat the Cake
Rick Stoddart

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Affordable Course Materials: Electronic Textbooks and Open Educational Resources

Diaz, Chris (ed.) Affordable Course Materials: Electronic Textbooks and Open Educational Resources. An ALCTS Monograph. ALA Editions, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1580-6 

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has gathered its members’ expertise to describe affordable text initiatives that promise to improve student learning and student retention. This  book demonstrates how librarians can use their collection, licensing, and faculty outreach know-how to help students and their instructors address skyrocketing textbook prices.

Table of Contents
Introduction    Collecting the Curriculum

Chapter One    One Size Fits None: The UCLA Library’s Customized Approach to Course Materials
by Sharon E. Farb and Dawn Setzler

Chapter Two    Curriculum-Driven Acquisitions: The University of Arizona Libraries’ Evolving Role in Campus Materials Support
by Jim Martin and Niamh Wallace

Chapter Three    Thinking Outside the Pages: The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Atkins Library E-Textbook Program
by Elizabeth Siler

Chapter Four    The Bottom Line: DDA, E-Textbooks, and Student Savings at Louisiana State University Libraries
by Alice Daugherty and Emily Frank

Chapter Five    Textbooks and Course Adoption Materials at New York University Shanghai
by Michael Hughes

Chapter Six    The North Carolina State University Libraries’ Alt-Textbook Project: Open Education That Opens a Door to the Library
by Kristine Alpi, William Cross, Greg Raschke, and Madison Sullivan

Chapter Seven    Connecting Library Textbook Programs to Campus Initiatives
by Josh Cromwell

Chapter Eight    Disrupting the Model: Fostering Cultural Change through Academic Partnerships
by Aimee deNoyelles, John Raible, Penny Beile, and Sarah Norris

Chapter Nine    Textbook and OER Practices in the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Case Study at the University of Florida
by April Hines, Stacey Ewing, Colleen Seale, and Melissa Clapp

Friday, August 25, 2017

Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide

Newman, Bobbi and Bonnie Tijerina. Protecting Patron Privacy: A LITA Guide. Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4422-6970-5.

Although privacy is one of the core tenets of librarianship, technology changes have made it increasingly difficult for libraries to ensure the privacy of their patrons in the 21st century library.

This authoritative LITA Guide offers readers guidance on a wide range of topics, including:
  • Foundations of privacy in libraries
  • Data collection, retention, use, and protection
  • Laws and regulations
  • Privacy instruction for patrons and staff
  • Contracts with third parties
  • Use of in-house and internet tools including social network sites, surveillance video, and RFID

Monday, August 21, 2017


Alman, Susan W. and Jennifer Jumba (eds). MOOCs Now: Everything You Need to Know to Design, Set Up, and Run a Massive Open Online Course. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4457-7.

Use this practical and realistic guide to make the right decisions about whether and how to offer MOOCs.

Learn from experts who have created and presented Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that can reach a vast audience, and discover how to develop and present this new online form of continuing education.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have become popular with eager learners as well as some educators wanting to test the boundaries of learning. Understandably, many educators approach MOOCs with trepidation and a number of questions. Are MOOCs simply a fad? Does this new venue threaten traditional higher education models? How are teachers to be remunerated for their efforts? And what can be done about student retention in an anonymous venue of a MOOC?

This book answers these questions and many more, offering a practical and realistic guide to MOOCs—one that will help anyone involved in higher education to better understand MOOCs and enable them to make decisions about whether and how to offer MOOCs. The authors address topics such as the various costs of offering a MOOC (teachers, developers, licensing, and software), explain accessibility options, examine the challenges of copyright and the administration required, and explore what the librarian's role should be. This insightful guide also explains your options for the presentation of text, video, and audio content; whether to give assignments or tests; and how to decide whether you should offer your MOOC for free or require a fee and offer a certificate upon course completion.
  • Covers the phenomenon of MOOCs from the perspective of veteran librarians—the first book to do so
  • Offers in-depth understanding and practical guidance to those considering offering MOOCs
  • Identifies the pitfalls to avoid and outcomes to pursue with this fast-growing trend in educational technology and online learning
  • Presents balanced coverage of the subject that provides readers with the pros as well as the cons in considering a MOOC