Monday, June 18, 2018

Inspiring Curiosity

Cassinelli, Colette. Inspiring Curiosity: The Librarian's Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning. International Society for Technology in Education, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-56-484672-3

Note: The author is a teacher librarian at Sunset High School in Beaverton, Oregon.

Publisher's Description
Inspiring Curiosity is a practical guide for secondary school librarians as they collaborate with teachers and students to develop inquiry-based research projects. With success stories from librarians all over the U.S. illustrating how they’ve guided teachers and students through the research process, this book provides strategies for using memorable events to activate students’ natural curiosity and activities for generating essential questions for exploration.

The book includes:
  • Ideas and resources to help librarians be more effective in research and inquiry.
  • Tips for developing search strategies, locating and curating resources, evaluating sources and celebrating students’ inquiry beyond the traditional research paper.
  • Lessons and assessment ideas to keep librarians current on information literacy topics.
Written for librarians by a librarian, this book will help librarians collaborate with classroom teachers on inquiry projects and offers new ideas and insights to inspire them in the process.

We Boost Teaching & Learning

Loertscher, David V. We Boost Teaching & Learning: Micro Documentation Measures for Teacher Librarians. Learning Commons Press, 2018. ISBN: 1-933170-84-0

Publisher's Description
Teacher librarians who wish to document their contribution to teaching and learning in the school library learning commons will find a plethora of recommendations under six categories: literacies, information, inquiry, instructional design, technology, and expertise. Each group of measures is preceded by a state of the art essay that describes best practices and the concept of the newest ideas in library learning commons implementation. Each measure is targeted at the learner level, the teaching unit level, or the organization level. And, the entire collection is prefaced by a brilliant essay by Dr. Ross J. Todd of Rutgers University.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Research Methods for Librarians and Educators

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Small, Ruth V. and Marcia A. Mardis (eds.) Research Methods for Librarians and Educators: Practical Applications in Formal and Informal Learning Environments. Libraries Unlimited, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4408-4962-6

The book details various research methodologies and presents authentic scenarios to immediately make the research problem and method relevant. It covers topics ranging from various research methods, including Causal, Collaborative, Design-Based Research, Longitudinal, and Mixed Methods, as well as interview methods, learning assessment, literature review, and observation and survey methods.

Table of Contents 
Chapter 1 Introduction to the Book
Part I Framing a Study
Scenario I Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities - Crystal Long
Chapter 2 Conceptualizing a Study
Chapter 3 Creating a Meaningful Literature Review
Part II Research Methods
Scenario II Serving the Oral Tradition - Lynn Hoffman
Chapter 4 Interview and Focus Group Research
Chapter 5 Action Research
Chapter 6 Historical Methodology
Scenario III Teaching Research Skills - Angela Branyon
Chapter 7 Formative Learning Assessment
Chapter 8 Participant Observation
Chapter 9 Assessing Learning with Rubrics
Scenario IV Games as Learning Tools - Heidi Neltner
Chapter 10 Formative Research
Chapter 11 Correlational Research
Scenario V Impact of Collaboration and Scheduling on Learning - Bree L. Ruzzi
Chapter 12 Through the Lens of Evidence-Based Practice
Chapter 13 Causal Research
Scenario VI Co-Teaching, Student Learning, and Faculty Collaboration - Mirah J. Dow
Chapter 14 Phenomenology
Chapter 15 The Case Study
Chapter 16 Critical Incident Technique
Scenario VII Engaging the At-Risk Student - Sarah A. Chauncey and H. Patricia McKenna
Chapter 17 Design-Based Research
Chapter 18 Longitudinal Research
Scenario VIII Envisioning a Library of the Future - Charles O'Bryan and Molly Brown
Chapter 19 Survey Research
Chapter 20 The Delphi Method
Chapter 21 Mixed Methods Research Design
Chapter 22 Conclusion: Shared Research Strategies and Tools for Educators and Librarians
Appendix A Practice Scenarios

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Medical Library Association Guide to Developing Consumer Health Collections

Joseph, Claire B. Medical Library Association Guide to Developing Consumer Health Collections. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4422-8170-7

This new book offers advice on how to develop, maintain and nurture not only consumer health collections, but also community partnerships and outreach programs. Examples of librarians’ innovative and creative consumer health initiatives are included.

Table of Contents 
Chapter 1: How and Where to Begin: The Main Ingredients
Chapter 2: Your Neighborhood and Its Effects on the Health of your Community
Chapter 3: Building the Collection
Chapter 4: Grants

Chapter 5: Staff Customer Service
Chapter 6: Library Privacy and Confidentially
Chapter 7: Community Outreach Planning
Chapter 8: Health Literacy
Chapter 9: Multicultural and Inclusive Consumer Health Information
Chapter 10: Where Customers go to Find Health Information: Apps, Social Media and Wikipedia
Chapter 11: Consumer Health Information Programs & Outreach for Every Library

Monday, June 11, 2018

Library Services for Immigrants and New Americans

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Koerber, Jennifer. Library Services for Immigrants and New Americans: Celebration and Integration. 
Libraries Unlimited, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4408-5877-2

This book focuses on the practical steps of creating and promoting programs, discussing both traditional (ESOL and citizenship classes) and transformative (legal aid and workforce development) programs and services in terms of size, type, and local political climate (e.g., sanctuary cities) at a variety of public libraries as well as in select school libraries.

Table of Contents 
  1. Immigrants and refugees in the United States (and libraries)
  2. Accessible libraries : in person and online
  3. Language literacy and education
  4. Citizenship
  5. Workforce development
  6. Cultural programs
  7. Building community
  8. Expanding services.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature LGBTQ+ Content since 1969

Jenkins, Christine A and Michael Cart.  Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature LGBTQ+ Content since 1969. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4422-7806-6

An expanded version of The Heart Has Its Reasons, this volume charts the evolution of YA literature that features characters and themes which resonate not only with LGBTQ+ readers but with their allies as well. In this resource, Jenkins and Cart identify titles that are notable either for their excellence—accurate, thoughtful, and tactful depictions—or deficiencies—books that are wrongheaded, stereotypical, or outdated. Each chapter has been significantly updated, and this edition also includes new chapters on bisexual, transgender, and intersex issues and characters, as well as chapters on comics, graphic novels, and works of nonfiction.

This book also features an annotated bibliography and a number of author-title lists of books discussed in the text that will aid teachers, librarians, parents, and teen readers.

Table of Contents 

Part I: A survey of LGBTQ+ literature
1. Young adult literature in the pre-stonewall era
2. Young adult literature of the 1970s
3. Young adult literature of the 1980s
4. Young adult literature of the 1990s
5. A new literature for a new century
6. Young adult literature since 2010
Part II: Breaking down the barriers
7. Bisexual inclusion in young adult fiction
8. Transgender and intersex inclusion in young adult literature
9. Comics and graphic novels with LGBTQ+ content 
10. Desperately seeking information: young adult nonfiction with LGBTQ+ content
Conclusion: What a wonderful world?

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Planning Optimal Library Spaces

Moore, David R. II and Eric C. Shoaf. Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Processes and Practices. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-5381-0940-3

This books promotes an approach to library space planning that introduces and combines a phased implementation strategy with traditional space planning to allow library transformations and renovations to be done as a single project or a series of smaller, separate, and more manageable phased interventions. It allows libraries to meet current needs sooner, as smaller funding opportunities arise, instead of waiting on completely funded projects to develop. Detailed case studies include both small and large academic and public libraries.

Table of Contents 
Chapter 1. Introduction to Master Planning and the Road Map Approach
Chapter 2. Why the Road Map Approach?
Chapter 3. Process
Chapter 4. Collection Storage Strategies
Chapter 5. Anatomy of a Library Budget
Chapter 6. Getting Started
Chapter 7. Case Studies