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Draws on critical and radical change theory to equip both aspiring and practicing library and teacher candidates with practical, research-based ideas for enacting critical literacy practices in middle grade libraries and classrooms. Genre Based Strategies to Promote Critical Literacy in Grades 4-8 provides strategies and lesson plans with additional resources and tools for school librarians and teachers to engage middle grade students in reading children's literature through a critical literacy lens. To be critically literate readers and thinkers, students must learn to question what they read, asking themselves who wrote the text, why the text was written, and how the text positions its readers and others. Teaching students how to read from a critical literacy stance is a timely and relevant practice in a world in which text is available instantly and on nearly any mobile device. In many cases, preparation programs for school librarians and teachers do not teach candidates how to incorporate critical literacy practices in library and classroom settings. This book provides both pre-service and in-service school librarians and teachers with that professional development and guidance for teaching critical literacy in children's literature courses. Explains critical literacy strategies for educators to implement Identifies characteristics of popular genres in children's literature and how to evaluate materials in those genres Recommends titles to use in critical literacy instruction Guides readers to develop an understanding of the theoretical perspectives underpinning critical literacy Provides template lesson plans and tools to improve critical literacy instruction using genre strategies
There are a wide variety of leadership development opportunities available to academic and research librarians. The 18 programs studied in this book provide a diverse array of possibilities for those contemplating attending or implementing an academic leadership development program. The final chapters compile the 18 programs into one research study and draw some conclusions that facilitate a better understanding of issues in creating leaders in academic and research libraries. Each program chapter explores the history, curriculum, leadership theories, and author-participant perspectives on that program. Some include a study of past participants' perceptions of the program's effectiveness in developing leadership, or a longitudinal look at career trajectories, while others include a case study of the application of program concepts. Edited by Irene M. H. Herold and with a foreword by Maureen Sullivan, this work explores whether leadership development programs develop leadership, the value of attending a leadership development program, and what a participant can reasonably expect, and ought never expect, if they attend a particular program. Whether contemplating attending a program, developing a program, or just wanting to know what others consider essential theories or activities for personal leadership development, this book provides an informative look into a variety of approaches to creating academic and research library leaders. Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes is #69 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship monographic series.
Assessment of student learning continues to be an urgent topic in higher education. For librarians who provide information literacy instruction, creating and implementing authentic assessment instruments asking students to "analyze, synthesize and apply" what they learn is especially challenging, since most librarians have little more than an hour in which to teach students and assess their learning. Using Authentic Assessment in Information Literacy Programs: Tools, Techniques, and Strategies offers teaching librarians practical resources and approaches that will help them to implement authentic assessment in any instructional setting. Sections include: oWhat is "authentic" assessment? oAuthentic assessment tools and techniques across teaching modes oHow to adapt authentic assessment to individual library needs oUsing authentic assessment to inform teaching strategies and instructional design Whether you provide one-shot instruction sessions or for-credit courses, in person or online, this book will help you to develop and implement authentic assessment of student learning.
This work includes over 600 exemplary policies, forms, and procedures for college and university libraries. Rebecca Brumley's ""Public Library Manager's Forms, Policies, and Procedures Handbook"" (""Starred Review"", ""Library Journal"") revolutionized the way public libraries create their policy and procedures manual. Now Brumley brings her winning formula to the academic library with this invaluable collection of expertly vetted sample policies, forms, and procedures for the college or university environment. This new handbook and CD-ROM package is divided into three parts - Student and Faculty Services, Administrative Policies, and Collection Maintenance. Coverage includes: borrowing policies for students, faculty, alumni, visiting researchers, and university staff; guidelines for interlibrary loan, reserves, holds, and recalls; procedures for reference staffing, services, and resource sharing; policies for computer workstation and Internet usage; and, administrative documents for facilities maintenance, fund raising, exhibits and displays and more. The companion CD-ROM reproduces all 600+ forms, procedures, and policies, which can be used as is or customized for a specific library. This time- and labor-saving tool will find great use in college and university libraries of all sizes.
What teen wouldn't be interested in a poetry slam, hosting a cable
TV show, or learning to be a DJ? In Start-to-Finish YA Programs,
author Ella Jones gives you the "411" about planning powerful
programs for teens. With high school enrollments increasing by 13%,
the role of both school and public libraries is growing too. The
author provides 25 successful teen programs from public libraries
based on the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets for Teens.
If you're looking for engaging, high-impact teen programming
breakthroughs, buy this book and give some of these concepts a try:
Transitioning from library school to a real world job or even from a different type of library can pose significant challenges for school library media specialists (SLMS). From job search strategies and discovering your work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, ""New on the Job"" serves as a wise mentor for new SLMS. Expert authors Ruth Toor and Hilda K. Weisburg share the joys and perils of the profession along with a wealth of practical advice from a combined six decades of experience in library media centers and as collaborators on books, presentations, and workshops. Learn the secrets to successfully collaborate with teachers. Navigate new roles and responsibilities with confidence. Create dynamic interactions with students to deepen their learning experiences. Master the art of communicating with the principal, IT experts, and vendors.
This important reference volume covers developments in almost every aspect of British library and information work during the ten-year period 1991-2000. Some forty contributors, all of whom are experts in their subject, provide a robust overview of their specialities along with extensive further references which act as a starting point for further research. The book provides a comprehensive record of what took place in library and information management during a decade of considerable change and challenges. It is an essential reference resource for librarians and information professionals.
The discovery of a large cache of circulation records from the Muncie, Indiana, Public Library in 2003 offers unprecedented detail about American reading behavior at the turn of the twentieth century. Frank Felsenstein and James J. Connolly have mined these records to produce an in-depth account of print culture in Muncie, the city featured in the famed "Middletown" studies conducted by Robert and Helen Lynd almost a century ago. Using the data assembled and made public through the What Middletown Read Database (www.bsu.edu/libraries/wmr), a celebrated new resource the authors helped launch, Felsenstein and Connolly analyze the borrowing choices and reading culture of social groups and individuals. What Middletown Read is much more than a statistical study. Felsenstein and Connolly dig into diaries, meeting minutes, newspaper reports, and local histories to trace the library's development in relation to the city's cosmopolitan aspirations, to profile individual readers, and to explore such topics as the relationship between children's reading and their schooling and what books were discussed by local women's clubs. The authors situate borrowing patterns and reading behaviour within the contexts of a rapidly growing, culturally ambitious small city, an evolving public library, an expanding market for print, and the broad social changes that accompanied industrialization in the United States. The result is a rich, revealing portrait of the place of reading in an emblematic American community.
Database-backed Web pages provide many advantages for libraries; users get accurate and up-to-date information in real time, and site maintenance and data publishing are much easier. As appealing an idea as database-backed pages are, the ""how-tos"" of creating them remain a mystery to many librarians. This hands-on resource provides the tools to improve users' results by providing current data, make site maintenance and data publishing much easier, and even add new usefulness to existing data. Following these clear, step-by-step explanations, readers will find proven solutions for answers to questions like: What are database-backed Web pages? How much technical know-how is needed to do this? When, and for what kinds of information, are database-backed Web pages appropriate? What are Open Source tools? Who can use Open Source software? and Why is it appropriate for libraries? This authoritative, money-saving guide takes readers through a complete project from concept to implementation. It serves both beginner and expert librarians involved with designing and maintaining websites, as well as IT managers and administrators seeking expert guidance on hardware, software, and programming and documentation procedures. Packed with expert advice and links to real tools, this powerful, hands-on reference will streamline webmasters' results and customers' searches.
Websites and digital news stories disappear daily; researchers can't access their own data for reuse; students don't know how to make their work last for the next 10 years. Knowledge is built on previously gathered information, but what happens when that information is no longer accessible? And where does the librarian or archivist fit into this picture? This book describes the basic steps of data curation, in clear easy-to-follow language, and clarifies the many potential roles that a librarian or archivist can play to help make our information future viable for generations to come. Digital Curation Fundamentals is for anyone who wants to help save knowledge for future use, but knows little-to-nothing about digital curation or how it fits with their jobs. This book is also for administrators who need to stay on top of things but don't yet have a good grasp on the purpose and scope of digital curation and how central it is to the future. Additionally, this book is a reference handbook for those who are involved in digital curation in some form but who need the context to know how their work fits into the big picture, and what comes next. This book takes a straight-forward, commonsense approach to a complex problem, and portrays the challenges and opportunities in an approachable conversational style which lowers the bar to include those with little to no technical expertise.
Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information explores how librarians and faculty work together to teach students about the nature of expertise, authority, and credibility. It provides practical approaches for motivating students to explore their beliefs, biases, and ways of interpreting the world. This book also includes chapters that bridge the gap between the epistemological stances and threshold concepts held by librarians and faculty, and those held by students, focusing on pedagogies that challenge students to evaluate authority, connect to prior knowledge and construct new knowledge in a world of information abundance. Authors draw from a deep pool of perspectives including social psychology, critical theory, and various philosophical traditions. Contributors to the nineteen chapters in this volume offer a balance of theoretical and applied approaches to teaching information literacy, supplying readers with accessible and innovative ideas ready to be put into practice. Not Just Where to Click is appropriate for all types of academic libraries, and is also suitable for library and information science curricula and collections.
Book lists - best books, outstanding books, books of the century - tend to generate heated discussion. But when the American Library Association, in conjunction with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), publishes the newest edition of the classic ""More Outstanding Books for the College Bound"", avid readers everywhere pay attention. In a newly updated edition covering 45 years of recommended titles - from 1959-2004 - readers get to identify the most frequently cited titles and explore by genre. More than just a list of outstanding books, this enjoyable, made-for-browsing reference: provides historical context and significance while relating the lists to reader literacy; engages readers with lively annotations; provides reader with a ""quick-look,"" graphical representation of the top twenty-three titles chosen over the life-span of the lists; acts as a convenient collection development tool for libraries and community organizations; serves as an excellent study tool for both young adult and older readers. Coming from two of the most trusted sources to list ""Outstanding Books,"" ALA and YALSA, this new edition stands as an authoritative guide. It's filled with fun and accessible information about great books. Designed for young people in grades 6-12 who want to prepare wisely for their next educational adventure, it will also appeal to parents, teachers, counselors, school library specialists, YA librarians, and adults committed to lifelong learning.
Transmedia is a technique of delivering a single piece of content in individual parts via different media and communication platforms (books, films, TV shows, games, live performances, etc.). In the book transmedia is considered as a case-in-point for the need to rethink library cataloguing and metadata practices in a new, heterogeneous information environment where the ability to bring together information from various sources into a meaningful whole becomes a critical information skill. Transmedia sheds new light on some of the long-existing questions of bibliographic information organisation (the definition of work, modelling of bibliographic relationships, subject analysis of fiction, etc.) and introduces libraries to new, transient and interactive media forms such as interactive fiction, gaming events, or performances. The book investigates how various theories and practices of bibliographic information organisation can be applied to transmedia, focusing on the solutions provided by the new bibliographic conceptual model IFLA LRM, as well as linked open data models and standards. It strongly advocates collaborative practices and reuse of knowledge that underpin an emerging vision of the library catalogue as a 'mediation tool' that assembles, links and integrates information across a variety of communication contexts.
This practical and holistic approach to offering library resources and services to online patrons addresses multiple areas of service to online patrons, including reference, instruction, access, and marketing. Academic libraries are wonderful resources for university students and faculty on campus, and public libraries thrive on providing targeted in-person services such as storytime, makerspaces, and adult programming. It can be easy, however, to forget about the large population of students, faculty, and community members who access library resources and use library services remotely. Library Services for Online Patrons reaches out to patrons who are not-or not always-located on campus or who seldom-if ever-visit libraries' physical facilities and who may not be aware of or able to equitably use library services. The authors focus on ways to organize library resources using principles of design and to cater library services to the specific needs of online students, faculty, and community members. They also address how to effectively target marketing to the online population and how to collaborate with campus and community stakeholders who work directly with them. * Provides novel services and resources that will save librarians already serving online patrons time and energy * Offers a broad, practical perspective to help novice librarians make initial connections with online learners * Emphasizes the importance of identifying other institutional players in online education in order to effectively implement and market improvements * Enhances understanding of the importance of universal design and how to assess possibilities for improvement in their online services
Today's researchers have access to more information than ever before. Yet the new material is both overwhelming in quantity and variable in quality. How can scholars survive these twin problems and produce groundbreaking research using the physical and electronic resources available in the modern university research library? In Digital Paper, Andrew Abbott provides some much-needed answers to that question. Abbott tells what every senior researcher knows: that the research process in such materials is not a mechanical, linear process, but a thoughtful and adventurous journey through a non-linear world. He breaks library research down into seven basic and simultaneous tasks: design, search, scanning/browsing, reading, analyzing, filing, and writing. He moves the reader through the phases of research, from confusion to organization, from vague idea to polished result. He teaches how to evaluate data and prior research; how to follow a trail to elusive treasures; how to organize a project; when to start over; when to ask for help. He shows how an understanding of scholarly values, a commitment to hard work, and the flexibility to change direction combine to enable the researcher to turn a daunting mass of found material into an effective paper or thesis. More than a mere how-to manual, Abbott's guidebook helps teach good habits for acquiring knowledge, the foundation of knowledge worth knowing. Those looking for ten easy steps to a perfect paper may want to look elsewhere. But serious scholars, who want their work to stand the test of time, will appreciate Abbott's unique, forthright approach and relish every page of Digital Paper.
In 2014, author and photographer Kyle Cassidy published a photo essay on Slate.com called "This is What A Librarian Looks Like," a montage of portraits and a tribute to librarians. Since then, Cassidy has made it his mission to remind us of how essential librarians and libraries are to our communities. His subjects are men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and personal style-from pink hair and leather jackets to button-downs and blazers. In short, notnecessarily what one thinks a librarian looks like. The nearly 220 librarians photographed also share their personal thoughts on what it means to be a librarian. This is What A Librarian Looks Like also includes original essay by some of our most beloved writers, journalists, and commentators including Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, Nancy Pearl, Cory Doctorow, Paula Poundstone, Amanda Palmer, Peter Sagal, Jeff VanderMeer, John Scalzi, Sara Farizan, Amy Dickinson, and others. Cassidy also profiles a handful of especially influential librarians and libraries
Searching the Grey Literature is for librarians interested in learning more about grey literature. If you have ever been asked for a grey literature search but didn't know where to start, this book will help you craft your search successfully. If you are an expert searcher but find that your library patrons are unfamiliar with the vast body of grey literature, this book may be a useful teaching aid. Those that are both new arrivals and established professionals in the field of librarianship will learn much about grey literature from reading this book, and hopefully acquire new search skills and knowledge. Although a wide range of different types of librarians or information professionals may find the content of this book useful, those working in the areas of health or social science will benefit the most from the book's content. Searching the Grey Literature discuss different aspects of grey literature, including an introduction to grey literature, the value of grey literature, search sources for grey literature and how to conduct needs assessment before beginning a grey literature search. Search techniques for identifying grey literature documents, selecting and evaluating grey literature search sources and best searching practices are also discussed in detail.
The Savvy Academic Librarian's Guide to Technological Innovation provides detailed plans for purposefully integrating technology into the fabric of the academic environment by utilizing examples from a variety of institutions to illustrate successful methods and best practices. Included case studies and further readings emphasize everything needed to create, grow, and sustain a holistic plan for integrating technology within the academic library setting. Highlighted features include: *Concentration on technology uses and applications *Activities and steps needed to develop partnerships, design learning outcomes and other pedagogical applications and measure the success of each of these elements *Practical, how-to approach that is useful to four-year, two-year, and community colleges alike
There are few places an LGBTQ teen can turn for help - searching the internet at home leaves a potentially discoverable trail, teachers may condemn youth who seek their help, and certainly, in many cases, a teen's parents are not an option. While there have been advancements in acceptance of the LGBTQ population, there is still a firm stronghold on discrimination and teens still face the fear of potential alienation. This leaves one of the only safe places for a teen to find information and, and indeed, find themselves in the context of the world - at the library. Serving LGBTQ Teens offers the librarian a practical guide to library service to LGBTQ teens - from collection development, understanding terminology, dealing with censorship issues, programming and outreach, readers' advisory, and even to creating welcoming displays, librarians will find the tools they need to offer exceptional services for LGBTQ teens.
How good is your library's Website? Unless you're the librarian who set them up, online library services can be hard to navigate. In fact, many users give up in frustration without ever finding what they're looking for. Nowadays, many of the search and retrieval services that previously were database-driven are now Web-based and part of the library's official Website. So as libraries increasingly use the Web to deliver both in-house and remote services online, it is critical that their sites are engaging, easy to navigate, and created with the end user - the library customer - in mind. This soup to nuts guide will help beginners and experts alike to determine, in a systematic way, how well their Websites are performing for their customers. Applying the best practices of usability testing, you will learn how to gauge: How easy it is for new users to learn how to navigate and use the site; How easy it is for trained users to interact with it; How effective the site is in pointing users to the information they're looking for; Whether or not users are motivated to use the technology The expert author team walks you through not only the process of performing usability testing, but also creating allies among decision-makers to support testing, revisions inspired by collected data, and cost management. For all types of libraries, this step-by-step manual is a sure-fire tool for creating a winning Website for savvy library customers.
The sheer amount of resources on the subject of information literacy is staggering. Yet a comprehensive but concise roadmap specifically for librarians who are new to instruction, or who are charged with training someone who is, has remained elusive. Until now. This book cuts through the jargon and rhetoric to ease the transition into library instruction, offering support to all those involved, including library supervisors, colleagues, and trainees. Grounded in research on teaching and learning from numerous disciplines, not just library literature, this book shows how to set up new instruction librarians for success, with advice on completing an environmental scan, strategies for recruiting efficiently, and a training checklist; walks readers step by step through training a new hire or someone new to instruction, complete with hands-on activities and examples; explores the different roles an instruction librarian is usually expected to play, such as educator, project manager, instructional designer, and teaching partner; demonstrates the importance of performance evaluation and management, including assessment and continuing education, both formal and informal; and provides guided reading lists for further in-depth study of a topic . A starter kit for librarians new to instruction, this resource will be useful for training coordinators as well as for self-training.
Napster, CONFU, and the DMCA . . . No, these are not foreign languages but cases, guidelines, and laws that as an information specialist you need to know about. The lessons learned from the Napster case, for example, can help you to put the fine print on intellectual property law into context. This book by intellectual property expert Timothy Wherry is an authoritative, quick reference for the thorny issues of copyright, trademarks, and patents. With detailed explanations of the various types of intellectual property, how they differ, what they cover, and how the protections affect library work and services to customers, this is a book you will turn to every day for answers. Packed with useful resources, including lists of patent and trademark depositories, useful Websites, and an entire chapter in Q & A form, The Librarian's Guide to Intellectual Property in the Digital Age protects you from overstepping the bounds of legal use in a fast-changing, digital environment.
As we enter 2014, an accelerating interest in abuse has arisen due to the implementation of community care policies relying upon informal care and a relentless political campaign to legitimise an enforced obligation to care. The use of care management technologies that focus on assessment and inspection, can, in this policy climate, become a means of surveillance and enforcement of informal caring. It is argued that Michel Foucault offers a set of strategies (Foucault 1977: 205) for understanding how the discourses on community care construct older people's experiences and their identities, as constructed subjects and objects of managerial knowledge. This book examines this and the dystopian implications for older people. The book attempts to move beyond such fatalism by introducing governmentality and the possibilities through social policy for older people. Finally, the book examines the emergence of personal care and the implications for personalization and tailored care services for older people.
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