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A box full of tales: Easy ways to share library resources through story boxes / Kathy MacMillan. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:33:44 -0600

Children's programming made easy. Really easy. What librarian doesn't dream of offering more and better children's programs with less effort? After all, these are usually the most popular and sought-after programs in the library. But they are also the most demanding: any librarian who has put in the sweat and time required to pull together a single quality program will balk at the prospect of putting together eighteen programs per week! In Maryland's Carroll County, story boxes have made this impossible dream come true for twenty years. Now MacMillan, writer, storyteller, and former children's librarian, outlines the proven story box system for sharing an array of successful programs. Story boxes offer a simple method for capturing ideas, talent, creativity, and resources available in your library. Including step-by-step instructions from concept through implementation and supplemented by programming tips.

Building digital libraries: A how-to-do-it manual / Terry Reese, Jr., Kyle Banerjee. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:30:31 -0600

Librarians embarking on the challenge of building a digital collection have their work cut out for them - and here is the book to help launch and complete the mission! Easy to understand, this guide demonstrates how resources are created, distributed, and accessed - and how librarians can keep up with the latest technologies for successfully completing these tasks. Chapters walk you step-by-step through all of the stages.

Crash course in library supervision: Meeting the key players / Dennis C. Tucker and Shelley Elizabeth Mosley. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:29:14 -0600

Managing a small library requires skills in working with personnel, the library board, patrons, and the key people in the community. Understanding these requirements will help the person with no formal education to be a more effective administrator in this setting.

Crash course in reference / Charlotte Ford. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:35:12 -0600

A basic explanation of reference services for those with little formal LIS training working in small rural libraries or others who have been working in other areas and wish to brush up on their skills, this author provides an introduction to reference services including search strategies.

Crash course in teen services / Donna P. Miller. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:29:41 -0600

Learn about the world of today's teens and how to communicate with this very important segment of your library's audience. Gather ideas for enlisting help from teachers and school librarians in planning programming to bring teens to the library. Examples of "real life" reference interviews follow a list of tools to have at the teen reference desk. The essential elements of building teen collection and reader's advisory services are presented with ideas for creating a teen friendly library. Information will be useful to librarians in smaller libraries and persons assigned to teen services as a part of their other duties.

Creating your library's business plan: A how-to-do-it manual with samples on CD-ROM / Joy HP. Harriman. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:35:33 -0600

Chock-full of templates, worksheets, case studies, and samples from a wide variety of libraries, big and small, this how-to guide will help you create your business plan quickly and efficiently, saving you time, money, and frustration. One of the forerunners in library business plan development and a popular workshop leader, Harriman guides you through every step of the process, beginning with the whys and wherefores of writing a plan and the function of each component--from the cover page to the appendix and everything in-between. 30 worksheets will help you pull your plan together, one component at a time.

Fundamentals of technical services management / Sheila S. Intner. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:30:52 -0600

In Fundamentals of Technical Services Management, seasoned expert Sheila Intner makes sense out of the chaos as she examines the roles and responsibilities of the technical services manager. This authoritative handbook: Gives new managers the tools necessary to effectively run the technical services department, Provides guidance on working with and evaluating staff, vendors, and department outputs, Suggests ways to boost department visibility, Offers easy-to-scan tips, lists, and sidebars, including numerous "tales from the field," and Includes chapter-level bibliographies for more in-depth study.

Leadership: The challenge for the information profession / Sue Roberts and Jennifer Rowley. London: Facet, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:33:15 -0600

Library and information professionals seeking higher positions need to reflect on their leadership roles and grow the skills they need to meet increasing challenges. Using learning objectives, chapter summaries, reflection points, review questions, case cameos and recommendations for further reading, Roberts' great writing style inspires self-examination, learning and personal growth.

Making library Web sites usable: A LITA guide / Tom Lehman and Terry Nikkel. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:26:57 -0600

If your library's website is not as user-friendly as it could or should be, you need this book. A LITA guide, it is the most authoritative, current reference on usability testing for libraries. It gives you practical advice in clear, non-technical prose, plus success stories from 18 academic, public, corporate, and government libraries.

Managing children's services in the public library (3rd Ed.) / Adele M. Fasick and Leslie E. Holt. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:28:18 -0600

Everything children's librarians need to know about running a department in the public library! Section I deals with planning services in the context of a community. Section II covers maintaining a productive work environment, recruiting and retaining staff, communicating with colleagues, annual reports, budgeting and fundraising, planning facilities, and keeping the department safe and secure. Section III focuses on collection development, electronic resources, intellectual freedom, and reaching out to the community through programs and special events, working with other youth service organizations, and marketing children's services. Section IV suggests ways in which children's librarians can participate in the larger professional community of librarians.

Managing electronic government information in libraries: Issues and practices / Andrea M. Morrison. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:36:15 -0600

Managing and providing access to the ever-expanding wealth of electronic government information now available presents a significant challenge for librarians, even those who are government documents specialists. In two parts, this expert guide from ALA's Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) provides the necessary resources librarians can use to connect patrons to specific information via government sites and electronic documents. In part one, the contributing authors discuss historical contexts and contemporary issues of electronic government collections. In part two, they give practical guidance for implementing and improving services.

Metadata / Marcia Lei Zeng and Jian Qin. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:37:15 -0600

In this new, authoritative textbook, internationally recognized metadata experts Zeng and Qin have created a comprehensive primer for advanced undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education courses in information organization, information technology, cataloging, digital libraries, electronic archives, and, of course, metadata. Instructors seeking a text that covers the theory as well as the how-to's of application design, implementation, and evaluation will find it here. An outcome-based approach lets learners with different orientations adapt their new knowledge and skills to any domain. Examples and practice problems focus on tasks typical to all metadata application projects.

The quality library: A guide to staff-driven improvement, better efficiency, and happier customers / Sara Laughlin and Ray W. Wilson. Chicago: American Library Association, 2008.

Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:34:29 -0600

Based on more than 50 years of author expertise in organizational improvement, The Quality Library offers a methodology to pinpoint trouble areas and improve processes. By developing a customer-focused system outlining library processes and networks, administrators and managers can quickly determine areas for improvement that directly apply to the library's goals and missions. Staff will also learn how to statistically document the new process's performance, giving the library a means to quantify its effects.