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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 October 2011–April 2012.
Building Your Library Career with Web 2.0. By Julia Gross. 2011. 214p. Neal-Schuman, paper, $85 (9781843346517).
Ten chapters cover how Web 2.0, various social-networking sites, personal marketing, lifelong learning, and e-mentoring fit into a library career, providing solid, up-to-date, practical information on taking your traditional career development into the networked, social, online world.
The Cybrarian’s Web: An A–Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools. By Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis. 2012. 512p. Information Today, paper, $49.50 (9781573874274).
Features 101 Web 2.0 tools, including “blog publishing services, wikis, RSS feeds, photo and video sharing services, folksonomies, podcast services, instant messaging, mashups, virtual worlds, productivity tools, social networks, social bookmarks and social cataloging”—a comprehensive resource listing the best tools currently available.
The Digital Librarian’s Legal Handbook: Concise Insight into Intellectual Property Rights in 21st-Century Digital Library Collections. By John N. Gathegi. 2011. 250p. Neal-Schuman, paper, $130 (9781555706494).
With the growing use of digital materials and acquisitions of digital collections, this book will help all to understand the impact and legalities of any type of material obtained and when to ask for more information from an expert. Whether looking for an introduction to the legal aspects and impacts, a definition of content owners, or information on special features and legal impacts, this will be useful to librarians in any setting.
Displays! Dynamic Displays for Your Library Step by Step. By Susan P. Phillips. 2012. 250p. illus. McFarland, paper, $49.95 (9780786440245).
Divided into 10 categories, 45 detailed suggestions for innovative and dynamic displays make up this practical resource for librarians. An appendix of 77 additional month-by-month display ideas is provided. A superb and worthwhile purchase for libraries.
The Library Catalogue as Social Space: Promoting Patron Driven Collections, Online Communities, and Enhanced Reference and Readers’ Services. By Laurel Tarulli. 2012. 122p. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $40 (9781598846294).
With the growing use of Web 2.0 by library patrons, integrating this technology into the catalog is the best way to reach patrons, and Tarulli helps both novice and seasoned librarians to achieve success in any library setting.
Pre- & Post-Retirement Tips for Librarians. Ed. by Carol Smallwood. 2011. 256p. ALA Editions, paper, $47 (9780838911204).
For baby boomers who are getting ready to retire or for any librarian who is still working but has an eye toward the end, this new book will be helpful in planning for and thinking about retirement.
True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries. Ed. by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. 2012. 175p. ALA Editions, paper, $50 (9780838911303).
Coverage of censorship by library employees, controversial topics challenged, patron privacy issues, selection policies, displays, and more. Librarians looking for specific help with a situation or just wishing to read a general overview of censorship issues will find value in this volume.
Especially for Youth Services Staff
Copyright Catechism II: Practical Answers to Everyday School Dilemmas. By Carol Simpson. 2011. 162p. Linworth, paper, $40 (9781598848489).
With good questions that give pause for thought and a clean, easy-to-read layout, this is a solid addition to the copyright professional shelf.
Fairy Tale Fun! By Nancy Polette. 2011. 275p. illus. Neal-Schuman, paper, $59.95 (9781555707736).
In this paperback volume, education professor Polette addresses 39 folktales and fairy tales, including a set of 10 of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous stories. Kindergarten Magic: Theme-Based Lessons for Building Literacy and Library Skills. By Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker. 2011. 288p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $50 (9780838910696).
A must-have resource for school librarians or teachers who work with kindergartners. The authors have combined their experience in children’s librarianship, storytelling, and American Sign Language to design 36 thematic library units that support kindergarten benchmarks for early literacy.
The New iSearch, You Search, We All Learn to Research. By Donna Duncan and others. 2011. 175p. Neal-Schuman, paper, $60 (9781555707583).
iSearch is a dynamic process that fosters creativity and higher-order thinking while employing current technology, and it should be in every school librarian’s toolbox. This essential volume should be kept with every librarian’s lesson-plan book.
Religious Diversity & Children’s Literature: Strategies & Resources. By Connie R. Green and Sandra Brenneman Oldendorf. 2011. 239p. illus. Information Age, $85.99 (9781617353970); paper, $45.99 (9781617353963).
Even though church and state are separate, it behooves children to learn about different religions as part of their understanding of culture and history. To this end, these two education professors from Appalachian State University explain how to integrate religion into the curriculum through children’s literature. This volume is a welcome addition to children’s professional collections, aiding in book selection and teaching strategies.
School Library Management: Just the Basics. By Patricia A. Messner and Brenda S. Copeland. 2011. 120p. illus. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $30 (9781598848342).
Covers the everyday, practical, step-by-step skills necessary to enable aides and/or parent volunteers to provide consistency for the students when they enter their school library. A must-purchase for all school libraries that have been hit by the budget crisis.
Starting from Scratch: Building a Teen Library Program. By Sarah Ludwig. 2011. 175p. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $40 (9781598846072).
Written in a friendly, first-person narrative, this title would be useful as a supplemental textbook, for new YA librarians with no mentors, or for librarians who find themselves thrust into a new role.
Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children & Teens. By Jennifer Nelson and Keith Braafladt. 2011. 144p. illus. ALA Editions, paper, $50 (9780838911082).
This step-by-step volume supports library program developers from the ground up with an overview of innovative programming and programming logistics. The book then goes into the specifics of planning and implementing technology workshops using Scratch, free software developed by MIT.
Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming. By Valerie Colston. 2011. 142p. illus. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $40 (9781591589297).
Colston, creator of the highly regarded “Art for Youth Librarians” workshops, offers suggestions on how to bring ecofriendly art programs to your library. A good resource to have on hand for librarians whose community is ecominded or for those who want affordable programming options to consult.
What’s Black and White and Reid All Over? Something Hilarious Happened at the Library. By Rob Reid. 2012. 160p. ALA Editions, paper, $45 (9780838911471).
Offering suggestions to maintain youngsters’ attention, this invaluable resource for those who provide storytelling to the preschool/elementary-school set focuses on those genre titles that are best for riotous crowd interaction: humor. Guaranteed to tickle the funny bones of young listeners and provide lots of fun for one and all.
The Basic Business Library: Core Resources and Services. 5th ed. Ed. by Eric Forte and Michael R. Oppenheim. 2011. 227p. Libraries Unlimited, $44.95 (9781598846119).
This review of core resources for the “accidental business librarian” covers locating, finding, and using business information, with sidebars that list the “Top 5” or “Top 10” resources that working librarians use daily—real-world examples are often provided. A valuable resource for small and medium-sized public libraries and an essential purchase for libraries that do not have an experienced business librarian or material selector on staff.
Building Blocks for Planning Functional Library Space. 3d ed. 2011. 150p. illus. Scarecrow, paper, $45 (9780810881044).
A practical handbook for planning new, renovated, or existing library areas. Specific dimensions and suggestions are given for collections and public areas, as well as equipment and offices. Scale drawings suitable for copying allow a user to try out floor plans with shelving, computer tables, and more—this title can’t be beat for experimenting on paper.
Going Mobile: Developing Apps for Your Library Using Basic HTML Programming. By Scott La Counte. 2011. 64p. ALA Editions, paper, $45 (9780838911297).
Written by the creator of Libfind, an iPhone app, this book presents eight chapters that help novice programmers develop mobile web apps for library purposes. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to create basic mobile applications.
Guide to Security Considerations and Practices for Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collection Libraries. Ed. by Everett C. Wilkie. 2011. 380p. illus. ACRL, paper, $65 (9780838985922).
This volume, the first book to focus on the security of special collections in academic libraries, will be of particular interest to those working in other libraries with security concerns—in particular, theft and thievery. Readers can use individual chapters or the entire volume, as necessary.
How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian. Ed. by Carol Smallwood and Melissa J. Clapp. 2011. 314p. Scarecrow, paper, $45 (9780810882133).
Numerous thoughtful tips abound for the solo librarian in this specialized volume. A useful resource for those practicing or considering careers as solo librarians.
Instructional Design for Librarians and Information Professionals. By Lesley S. J. Farmer. 2011. 245p. Neal-Schuman, paper, $80 (9781555707361).
An introductory text that will help even the most novice employee, the materials are sophisticated enough to serve and give ideas to even the most advanced instructional designer.
Serving Teen Parents: From Literacy to Life Skills. By Ellin Klor and Sarah Lapin. 2011. 190p. illus. Libraries Unlimited, paper, $45 (9781598846935).
This valuable resource, for any librarian serving a teen-parent population, focuses on a population whose members are often left out of other professional literature
Small Public Library Management. By Jane Pearlmutter and Paul Nelson. 2011. 139p. ALA Editions, paper, $50 (9780838910856).
A professional resource that every small public library director or administrator should own. Packed with advice, it seeks to “streamline and improve how the organization functions” so that the library director can focus on other things.
Successful Community Outreach: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians. By Barbara Blake and others. 2011. 104p. Neal-Schuman, paper, $64.95 (9781555707729).
Although focused on public libraries, this work will help those in any type of library trying to create a plan for reaching out to the community by any definition, whether needing to create vision and mission statements, locate demographics and statistics, define needs, measure outputs and outcomes, or evaluate the plan and library.
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