New Staff Reference Titles

Posted on December 7, 2015. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , |

These titles have recently been added to the Staff Reference collection

The Library Innovation Toolkit

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“Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future. This stimulating collection offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries, showcasing ideas and initiatives that will inspire librarians at their own institutions.”

The Library Marketing Toolkit

This title also an associated website: www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com. You may also want to check the author’s website: www.ned-potter.com.

book2“A toolkit of ideas to inspire action. As libraries continue to fight for their survival amid growing expectations, competition from online sources and wavering public perceptions, effective marketing is increasingly becoming a critical tool to ensure the continued support of users, stakeholders and society as a whole. This unique practical guide offers expert coverage of every element of library marketing and branding for all sectors including archives and academic, public and special libraries, providing innovative and easy-to-implement techniques and ideas.”

Information Services Today

9781442239586“This book is an essential overview of what it means to be a library and information professional. Hirsh provides a broad overview of the transformation of libraries as information organizations, why these organizations are more important today than ever before, and the various career opportunities available for information professionals.”

 

 

 

Staff Reference titles are held outside my office @ LHQ and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch, reserve the item and let someone at Library HQ know (we don’t do a pull list for those).

Patou

 

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New Staff Reference titles

Posted on June 26, 2015. Filed under: Professional Development, Reference | Tags: , |

We have added some exciting new titles to the staff reference collection.

The Non-nonsense guide to training in Libraries

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This title offers guidance for training users, colleagues or other groups. Contents includes: The people side of training; Use of technologies to support training practices; Different approaches to learning and teaching; Planning and designing training; Delivering training: face-to-face and blended learning; Evaluation of training events and continuous improvement; Learning and development in the workplace.

 

The Artist’s Library

This one is also in the general collection. It looks at potential activities and partnerships for libraries and artists (individuals or organisations) and how artists can find inspiration in libraries.

Metaliteracy: reinventing information literacy to empower learners

I did a MOOC run by the writers of this book and found it fascinating. I came out an empowered learner! Basically the concepts behind the book and the MOOC are that new information and communication technologies have changed the way we learn (and teach) and as a result  the scope of traditional information skills has metamorphosed. As a BTW, you can explore a list of MOOCs here.

We have also added 2 books on apps for librarians.

The best 100 free apps for libraries and Apps for librarians.

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Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch, reserve the item and let someone at Library HQ know (we don’t do a pull list for those). Thanks. PC

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New Staff Reference titles

Posted on March 27, 2015. Filed under: Reference | Tags: |

Twenty-FWalter_cvr_PC_InDesign_CS3.inddirst Century kids, Twenty-First Century Librarians by Virginia A, Walter

Inspired by a new generation of librarians and children, Walter reconsiders the legacy passed on by the matriarchs of children’s services and examines more recent trends and challenges growing out of changes in educational philosophy and information technology. This thoroughly researched book includes the current issues and trends of

* Outcome-based planning , * Early literacy, * Homework centers in libraries, * Children’s spaces.

With extensive experience in children’s services as well as library instruction issues, Walter brings readers vital information on the current state of library services to children.

Note that you can also access this title online via NSWnet (Professional Development Resources) . If you do not know what I am talking about, contact me!

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Expert Internet Searching (4th edition) by Phil Bradley

Includes an introduction to search engines (multimedia, visual search, invisible web, social media search engines…), Google from basics to advanced. How to find people, news. What is the future of search.

If this topic is of interest to you, you may want to check out Phil Bradley’s website.

Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch, reserve the item and let someone at Library HQ know (we don’t do a pull list for those).

Patou

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eReaders in Staff Ref

Posted on September 20, 2012. Filed under: Food for thought | Tags: , |

Just a wee reminder that there are several eReaders that you can borrow and play around with, even before we finally get around to giving you ‘proper’ eReader training.

There is an iPad (title search for iPad in Workflows), 2 Kobos (title search for Kobo in Workflows) and a Sony Reader (title search for Sony Reader in Workflows). These are all Staff Reference items, there for you to use. The Exploring eReaders – eBingo page in the Library wiki has some things for you to look at and the membership no. and PIN for our Yarra Plenty eResources account so you can practice downloading eBooks, etc. The Exploring eReaders – Articles on eBooks and eReading has commentary and links to How to pages.

Vanessa has just had a fun 6 weeks or so with one of the Kobos. It’s converted her to eReaders (or the Kobo anyway). She commented : “I have really enjoyed the experience, more than I thought I would. I really do not want to return it!” – HC

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Reference Renaissance

Posted on July 5, 2011. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: |

Is there a Reference Renaissance in the age of Virtual Reference?

For those of you interested in the Reference aspect of our profession: Reference Renaissance: current and future trends present a collection of papers capturing the latest innovations in reference work and exploring possible future trends.

This title has recently been added to the Staff reference collection. Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch let me know.

Patou 
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New to Staff Reference

Posted on June 7, 2011. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , |

These titles have recently been added to our Staff Reference collection. Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card. If you want something sent to your branch let me know. Cheers, Patou 

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Newsmap

Posted on October 21, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , |

I’ve come across this great FREE news feed site, Newsmap.

Newsmap organises news stories by popularity and volume of reporting into a visually pleasing ‘treemap’—making it extremely simple to see what’s in the news and how much coverage it’s receiving.

Newsmap without any customisation

At Newsmap you can display news by category (such as World, National, Business, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, and Health) as well as by country.

 At the bottom you can choose to give prominence to international (read US), National, Business, Technology, Sports, Health, etc. news. Mousing over a story provides a small pop-up summary and image; clicking on any square directs you to the story.

You can use the site without registration but registering offers customisation and article tracking features such as hiding read articles, toggling previews, adding and removing countries, tweaking the colours and font, and setting what your home view will be.

Newsmap with Australia and National settings

Watch out there are two tabs that start Austr but only the first tab takes you to A-U-S-T-R-A-L-I-A

Ooooops!

Heidi

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2 New RA titles added to Staff Reference

Posted on September 9, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , |

Serving Boys through Readers’ Advisory

Readers Advisory for boys, with an emphasis on non-fiction and the boy-friendly categories of genre fiction.

Preview of this title is available on Google Books: click here.

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The Readers Advisory guide to Graphic Novels

* A short course in graphic novels, with reading lists and professional tools
* Tips on advising graphic novel readers on what to read next
* Suggestions for introducing graphic novels to those patrons unacquainted with them
* Advice on promoting your graphic novels collection

Preview of this title is available on Google Books: click here.

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Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card.

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New to Staff Reference

Posted on May 17, 2010. Filed under: Reference | Tags: |

We have recently added 2 new titles to our staff reference collection. These would be of interest to the children’s services team or anyone interested in this area of librarianship. Both books are from the American Library Association.

Reading is funny! Motivating kids to read with riddles

This book offers innovative ways to use riddles to make reading fun. With puppet skit scripts and ideas for sharing riddles, this book offers fun and easy-to-implement ideas to help encourage even the most reluctant readers.

 

The hipster librarian’s teen craft projects

This one comes with web site and blog. Check it out here.

Whether projects are used for teen programs, to decorate the library’s public teen space, or for a personal style statement, these are cutting-edge, must-do celebrations of creativity and innovation from two book- and library-loving crafters. The authors’ focus on recycled no-cost and low-cost materials addresses most libraries’ budget constraints. These craft sessions offer a unique way for teens to claim their identities and gain confidence – at the library!

Staff Reference titles are held outside my office and can be borrowed. Just put them on your card.

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Two new staff reference titles

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , |

Teen-Centered Library Service: Putting Youth Participation into Practice

Teen-Centered Library Service: Putting Youth Participation into Practice is a practical guide that can help you get teens involved in the library—in everything from book discussions, working with children, and author visits to collection development, community outreach, and even fundraising. Drawing on research and best practices, as well as anecdotes and success stories from around the country, Diane P. Tuccillo makes the case for youth participation and shows you how to achieve it. 

 Carefully organized chapters focus on reasons to make library teen participation a priority, promote understanding of historical perspectives pertaining to library youth participation, and examine successful and exciting ideas that today’s school and public libraries can emulate. School and public libraries that are ready to embark on youth participation endeavors for the first time, as well as those that want to improve or enhance programs already in place, will benefit equally from the information shared here.

Twenty-First-Century Kids, Twenty-First-Century Librarians

Inspired by a new generation of librarians and children, Walter reconsiders the legacy of the matriarchs of children’s services and examines more recent trends and challenges that have grown out of changes in educational philosophy and information technology. Here is a link to the book on Google books.

Both books are available from the Staff Reference collection which is housed just outside my office. You may borrow any items. Just put it on your card. While you are there check out other titles such as Conducting the Reference Interview (see blog entry September 09).

Patou

 

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