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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 June 2012 to November 2013. Be sure to click through to read the full reviews.
Build a Great Team: One Year to Success. By Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. 2013. 304p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $52 (9780838911709).
This concise book begins with a look at team building from a historical perspective and moves at a brisk pace, providing weekly and monthly guidance and support to carry team leaders confidently through their first year. Each chapter includes suggestions of related titles for follow-up leadership research and concludes with reflective participatory exercises, which both newbie as well as veteran team leaders will find essential when converting the concepts presented into action.
Customer Service in Libraries: Best Practices. Ed. by Charles Harmon and Michael Messina. 2013. 118p. illus. Scarecrow, paper, $45 (9780810887480).
This work offers food for thought on diverse topics, such as recognizing the benefit of reorganizing collections, using technology to improve customer service, reaching out to homeschooling families, and creating and establishing new customer-service initiatives. Nine case studies are presented, and most of them end with notes or a list of resources, allowing users to delve further into the topic.
Developing and Maintaining Electronic Collections: The Essentials. By Peggy Johnson. 2013. 186p. ALA Editions, paper, $65 (9780838911907).
Eight chapters cover the basics, including selecting items, evaluating collections, dealing with licensing issues, working with e-content suppliers, and budgeting. There are also discussions of digital-rights management, various devices, and what the future of digital collections might look like.
E-learning in Libraries: Best Practices. Ed. by Charles Harmon and Michael Messina. 2013. 134p. illus. Scarecrow, paper, $45 (9780810887503).
The nine case-study accounts that constitute this collection provide much food for thought for librarians in all types of libraries. Topics covered include online credit-based instruction for undergraduates, digital reference, information-literacy e-learning collaboration, open-source software that supports online interactive learning, screencasting for instruction and reference, and more.
The Handheld Library: Mobile Technology and the Librarian. Ed. by Thomas A. Peters and Lori Bell. 2013. 220p. illus. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $65 (9781610693004).
This book takes a look at trends, offers advice on helping mobile users, discusses how to access content, and also touches on mobile reference services and mobile professional development.
Library Management 101: A Practical Guide. Ed. by Diane L. Velasquez. 2013. 366p. ALA Editions, paper, $65 (9780838911488).
This book pulls together best practices for management at all levels in public and academic libraries. Topics covered include classical and modern theories of management, human resources, strategic planning, leadership, change management, marketing, financial management, facilities management, and more.
Library Services for Multicultural Patrons: Strategies to Encourage Library Use. Ed. by Carol Smallwood and Kim Becnel.
2012. 352p. Scarecrow, paper, $65 (9780810887220).
This volume begins with advice on how to organize and find partners, how to reach students, and how to find community connections. It then moves into the “nitty-gritty,” with advice on applying new technology, using outreach, programming, and creating events. Best practices for reference services are also shared.
Mobile Library Services: Best Practices. Ed. by Charles Harmon and Michael Messina. 2013. 162p. illus. Scarecrow, paper, $45 (9780810887527)
This volume contains 11 chapters contributed by 23 practicing librarians in public and academic settings. Offering examples from around the U.S., the contributors discuss specific applications for mobile-library services as well as activities such as scavenger hunts and library tours.
Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries. By Walt Crawford. 2013. 176p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $55 (9780838911679).
Although there are several social-networking sites available, Crawford focuses on Facebook and Twitter and how public libraries can use them effectively to reach out to their communities. Eight chapters cover looking at the big picture (as well as the small picture), figuring out strategies and using surveys to gauge results, as well as reviewing state-by-state snapshots of what other libraries are doing in the realm of social media.
Using Social Media in Libraries: Best Practices. Ed. by Charles Harmon and Michael Messina. 2013. 114p. illus. Scarecrow, paper, $45 (9780810887541).
The case studies here range from relatively simple (new-book displays on Pinterest) to labor-intensive (overlaying social-browsing features on a library catalog). Authors emphasize not jumping on the newest, shiniest services without considering staff time and commitment, and they discuss how each tool fits with the library’s mission and community.
The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa about Libraries and Library Services. Ed. by George M. Eberhart. 2013. 536p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $50 (9780838910900).
Like the four previous volumes in the Whole Library Handbook series, this update collects material from a variety of other sources and pulls it together into an interesting and fun guide, providing librarians with an eclectic combination of equal parts resources, advice, factoids, and inspiration. This volume concentrates on source material from 2006 to 2012, and 98 percent of the content is new to this edition.
Academic Library Topics
Written for those new to this employment model, Everyday HR attempts to simplify the roles of faculty, staff, and other positions held in an academic system. The entire book is very informative, but the standouts are the tables, which include a simple explanation of key federal laws protecting employees’ rights, typical position status categories in academic libraries, and a performance-evaluation menu for classified staff.
Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians. By Christopher V. Hollister. 2013. 264p. illus. ACRL, paper, $56 (9780838986486).
This comprehensive handbook leads aspiring LIS authors through the writing and publishing process, from developing a scholarly paper to selecting a journal and navigating submission and peer review. Veteran journal editor Hollister presents examples drawn from the LIS literature and offers an insider perspective on common mistakes of authors in the field.
Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library. By Michelle Reale. 2013. 120p. ALA Editions, paper, $55 (9780838911747).
The author interweaves her personal experiences as a mentor with best practices as seen in the library literature, covering topics such as partnering, considering cultural differences, employing soft skills, and teaching professional behavior.
Planning and Implementing Resource Discovery Tools in Academic Libraries. Ed. by Mary Popp and Diane Dallis. 2012. 732p. illus. IGI Global, $175 (9781466618213).
This hefty volume is a comprehensive exploration of discovery tools meant for academic librarians considering implementing, switching, or evaluating discovery tools. Experienced contributors (mostly from larger academic libraries) report, analyze, and assess their research and experiences at every step in the process.
Especially for Youth Services Staff
Books in Motion: Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting, and Props. By Julie Dietzel-Glair. 2013. 224p. illus. Neal-Schuman, paper, $55 (9781555708108).
This book offers simple ideas on ways that children’s librarians and early childhood educators can incorporate art, games, movement, music, playacting, and props into their storytimes. Concluding with a list of other storytime resources, art outlines, and author, title, and subject indexes, this book would be especially useful to those new to presenting storytimes.
Conducting Action Research to Evaluate Your School Library. By Judith A. Sykes. 2013. 118p. illus. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $40 (9781610690775).
This text provides tools for professionals to evaluate their programs and make necessary changes to stay a vital part of their schools. Sykes aims to transform the library from a “book warehouse” to a “learning commons” by conducting action research. Professionals who follow this action-research model can use resources from the text to brainstorm questions, follow the action-research journey, and draw conclusions.
Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading. Ed. by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Sarah Park Dahlen. 2013. 240p. ALA Editions, paper, $50 (9780838911433).
This compact book offers a wealth of collection-development guidance regarding multicultural literature for children and teens, and notably includes the LGBTQ perspective as well.
The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects 2. By Tina Coleman and Peggy Llanes. 2013. 114p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $45 (9780838911525).
The follow-up to The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects (2009) features 12 teen-tested activities, such as “No-Sew Organizers” and “Rock Star Jewelry.” Going beyond the traditional craft book or blog post, this volume includes library-programming-specific tips for success by discussing difficulty, time expectations, supervision requirements, group-size recommendations, and mess factor.
The Indispensable Librarian. 2d ed. By Doug Johnson. Illus. by Brady Johnson. 2013. 208p. Linworth, paper, $40 (9781610692397).
This volume focuses on topics such as program assessment, planning, advocacy, digital intellectual freedom, and the librarian’s role in curriculum development. This revised edition is 90 percent new, making it a valuable asset even to those who have dog-eared copies of the first edition.
Teen Talkback with Interactive Booktalks! By Lucy Schall. 2013. 305p. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $45 (9781610692892).
With entries on more than 100 books from the last five years, this is a useful guide for even experienced YA librarians and booktalkers. Titles are separated into seven main genres and then further narrowed by two or three themes. Each entry includes booktalking basics: a summary, a values statement, and an interactive script.
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