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Professional reading materials are reviewed exclusively on Booklist Online and to make sure you haven’t missed any, we present a roundup of titles reviewed from May 2012–Nov 2012.
Building and Managing E-book Collections: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Ed. by Richard Kaplan. 2012. 216p. Neal-Schuman, paper, $75 (9781555707767).
This is an excellent resource appropriate for all librarians considering or managing e-book collections and whose purpose is to give guidance and best practices on all things e-book, from the decision to start a collection onward.
Defending Professionalism: A Resource for Librarians, Information Specialists, Knowledge Managers, and Archivists. Ed. by Bill Crowley. 2012. 235p. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $50 (9781598848694).
In this digital era, wherein librarians and other information professionals are sometimes devalued, sound cases need to be made in their defense. Hence this volume, which addresses professional status in different kinds of library settings. Recommended for librarians interested in current library topics.
Grant Money through Collaborative Partnerships. By Nancy Kalikow Maxwell. 2012. 96p. ALA Editions, paper, $45 (9780838911594).
Veteran library-grant writer Maxwell lays out a step-by-step approach for getting libraries “a seat at the grant table” through collaborations with outside organizations. By volunteering their research skills to grant developers and becoming part of the grant-writing process, she advises, librarians can then divert some of the forthcoming funds to the library.
Joint Libraries: Models That Work. By Claire Gunnels and others. 2012. 220p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $60 (9780838911389).
This volume provides a concise overview of the history of joint libraries, legal considerations for such facilities, and tips for human resources, collection development, technical services, and technology. Anyone considering a joint-use project would be wise to consult this work first.
The Laughing Librarian: A History of American Library Humor. By Jeanette C. Smith. 2012. 239p. illus. McFarland, paper, $49.95 (9780786464524).
Smith deftly covers the history of library humor from the early 1800s to the present, giving numerous examples: patron blunders, library stereotypes, superheroes, parodies, technology, and fear of libraries. The stories and cartoons in this volume will keep librarians laughing and remind them that libraries can sometimes be very funny.
Librarian’s Guide to Passive Programming: Easy and Affordable Activities for All Ages. By Emily Wichman. 2012. 160p. illus. ABC-CLIO, paper, $40 (9781598848953).
Program ideas are included for all ages, and many can be adapted from the original intended audience. The book explains what passive programming is and why librarians should care as well as how to develop ideas for programs, market them, and evaluate them. Within each chapter, the various program ideas include an introduction, what you need to make it happen, how to evaluate the program, alternative approaches, resources, collection tie-ins, and examples or samples.
No Shelf Required 2: Use and Management of Electronic Books. Ed. by Sue Polanka. 2012. 272p. ALA Editions, paper, $65 (9780838911457).
In the follow-up to her 2010 volume of the same name, Polanka—who runs the blog No Shelf Required and is a columnist for Booklist on e-book topics—has once again gathered an impressive group of librarians, educators, and other experts to contribute essays covering present issues and future plans for e-books in libraries. Anyone interested in the discussion of e-books in libraries will be well served by this volume.
Preserving Local Writers, Genealogy, Photographs, Newspapers, and Related Materials. Ed. by Carol Smallwood and Elaine Williams. 2012. 356p. Scarecrow, paper, $55 (9780810883581).
In this anthology, 33 librarian and archivist contributors share their experiences in articles covering topics from low-budget book repair to large-scale newspaper digitization. With some overlap, they discuss deciding what to preserve; caring for fragile materials; scanning, organizing, and indexing collections; and storing and migrating digital files. Also considered are legal issues related to privacy and copyright and crafting partnerships with genealogical societies.
The Tech Set #11–20. Ed. by Ellyssa Kroski. 10v. 2012. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $600 (9781555708092).
These new Tech Set volumes have been expanded from the original format to incorporate feedback from readers of the earlier set, and they feature two new chapters, “Social Mechanics” and “Developing Trends,” to improve adoption of new practices into the fabric of work in a library. Each title connects to a companion website— www.alatechsource.org/techset—that includes Web 2.0 tools such as podcasts and videos for more information and to keep the reader up to date. Titles can be purchased individually.
Especially for Youth Services Staff
Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs. By Rosemary Chance and Laura Sheneman. 2012. 127p. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $30 (9781598848885).
The authors thoroughly define literacy and family literacy, give examples for funding sources, and discuss empirical support for the impact of reading throughout life. The second half of the book is given over to the how-to’s of family literacy events, special issues that may arise, and the need for bilingual and multicultural awareness. A valuable guide for first-timers that still manages to include useful tips for veterans.
Literacy: A Way Out for At-Risk Youth. By Jennifer Sweeney. 2011. 132p. illus. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $40 (9781598846744).
This book provides a brief history and overview of the juvenile-justice process today and a look at the information needs of youth in detention as compared to other youth populations. Sweeney emphasizes how working with incarcerated youth differs from other young adult librarianship work or literacy work in adult correctional facilities. Models of detention-library services and programs as well as collection development and the practicalities of making it work are addressed, ending with a look to the future.
Multicultural Storytime Magic. By Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker. 2012. 256p. ALA Editions, paper, $47 (9780838911426).
Librarians and storytime practitioners will find compelling information concerning diversity and its impact, specifically among the preschool set. Forty-four general storytime themes are provided, complete with an annotated bibliography of a variety of picture books (which include multicultural characters) as well as flannel-board activities, finger plays, and crafts that will ensure all children feel welcome during this important stage of early child literacy.
Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects That Meet the Common Core State Standards, K–5. Ed. by Kristin Fontichiaro. Jan. 2013. 96p. illus. Cherry Lake, paper, $29.95 (9781610808682).
This resource-rich text includes detailed lesson plans written by experienced educators on how to incorporate Common Core State Standards–aligned instruction into research projects for students in grades K–5. The projects cover a range of social-studies and science topics. This text could easily serve as a launching pad for professional learning communities seeking not only to align instruction with the Common Core State Standards but also to enrich the researching and learning experiences of students.
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