Archive for the 'library science' Category

The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash Between Freedom and Control Is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

anarchistBy Siva Vaidhyanathan

The Anarchist in the Library is the first guide to one of the most important cultural and economic battlegrounds of our increasingly plugged-in world. Siva Vaidhyanathan draws the struggle for information that will determine much of the culture and politics of the twenty-first century: anarchy or oligarchy, total freedom vs. complete control. His acclaimed book explores topics from unauthorized fan edits of Star Wars to terrorist organizations’ reliance on “leaderless resistance,” from Napster to Total Information Awareness to flash mobs. Call Number T58.5 .V35 2004

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

by Heidi Williams

Call Number: PN167 .P532 2008

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Library Marketing That Works!

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Suzanne Walters

Call Number: Z716.3 .W24 2004

Marketing expert Suzanne Walters helps you develop a winning plan for marketing library programs and services to your community. Her easy-to-complete brainstorming sheets and questionnaires help your library: Create a solid mission statement; Conduct a SWOT analysis; Perform market research, and Draft plans and campaigns. This book de-mystifies marketing and helps you utilize listservs and Web sites, contact databases, stakeholders and donors, and community partners to get your mission accomplished. Loaded with success stories, this book combines practical guidance with ready-to-use ideas. The companion CD-ROM contains all the forms and tools your team will need to create a complete marketing plan for your library.

New Directions for Teaching and Learning, No. 114: Information Literacy: One Key to Education

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Call Number: LCC ZA3075 .I536 2008

This issue draws on the expertise of librarians and faculty to highlight the central role of information literacy in higher education. The authors show how approaches to information literacy can be used to engage undergraduates in research and creative scholarship. The articles clarify definitions of information literacy and illustrate various means of curricular integration:

  1. Reforming the Undergraduate Experience
  2. Librarians as Agents of Change: Working with Curriculum Committees Using Change Agency Theory
  3. Global Educational Goals, Technology, and Information Literacy in Higher Education
  4. Information Literacy and Its Relationship to Cognitive Development and Reflective Judgment
  5. Information Literacy and First-Year Students
  6. Effective Librarian and Discipline Faculty Collaboration Models for Integrating Information Literacy into the Fabric of an Academic Institution
  7. Dynamic Purposeful Learning in Information Literacy
  8. College Student Engagement Surveys: Implications for Information Literacy

Students regularly miss the relationship between the information-seeking process and the actual creation of knowledge. The authors in this issue support infusing the undergraduate curriculum with research-based learning to facilitate students’ ability to define research for themselves. Most importantly, this volume argues, students’ information literacy leads beyond finding information — it actually involves their creating knowledge.

This is the 114th volumes of the Jossey-Bass quarterly higher education report series New Directions for Teaching and Learning, which continues to offer a comprehensive range of ideas and techniques for improving college teaching based on the experience of seasoned instructors and on the latest findings of educational and psychological researchers. (Description by

Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

by Lucien X. Polastron

Call Number: Z721 .P5613 2007

A weighty but intriguing undertaking, Polastron presents the history of burning and pillaging written materials over the last several thousand years. It is a recurring theme of intolerance and fear, fear of what free thought will bring, particularly to those in power. Whatever the basis of power, whether money or greed or religion, those holding the power fear those who question it. Tablets are smashed, scrolls destroyed, books burned. Writers of the materials often faired little better than their products. What is perhaps most sobering is that the destruction continues. A selective chronology lists library burnings, from the Library of Thebes in 1358 B.C.E., to the destruction of almost all Iraqi libraries as a result of the 2003 American “libervasion.” One can only hope that freedom of thought will continue to steadfastly survive the flames of any regime, and, indeed, current day Cuba shows us that, while its libraries may be severely limited in content, dozens of clandestine bookstores are happy to provide literature which allows the human spirit to think, question, and thrive. (Description by Childrens Literature)

Children’s Books: A Practical Guide to Selection

Monday, July 21, 2008

by Phyllis J. Van Orden and Sunny Strong

Call Number: Z718.1 .V335 2007

So many books, so little time, so many needs, so little budget: If this describes your situation, here’s a new book to help you approach book selection confidently and strategically. If you are new to the library environment, in charge of training new librarians or paraprofessionals, or looking for new ideas in collection development, this resource is a must-have. Phyllis Van Orden, a past president of both the Association for Library Services to Children and the Association for Library and Information Science Education, and Sunny Strong share their advice for: establishing general criteria and following guidelines; choosing diverse material; using selection tools effectively; special selection criteria for specific genres, including picture books, fiction, genre fiction, folk literature, rhymes, and poetry; and, special guidelines for selecting particular subjects. You’ll learn how to: ask the right questions; probe the intellectual content of the subject; examine the worth (quality, value, merit) of a book; and, verify the bottom line – is it worth the price?

Book Banning

Thursday, July 17, 2008

by Ronald D. Lankford

Call Number: Z657 .B73 2008

Description not available

100% Information Literacy Success

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

By Terry Taylor

Call Number: ZA3075. T394 2007

100% Information Literacy Success is the fourth text in the 100% Success series, and serves as a guide to the information literacy standards as described by the American Library Association. This text instructs students and professionals on developing crucial information skills to succeed in today’s academic and professional environments. 100% Information Literacy Success is designed for use as both a comprehensive textbook as well as an easily accessible reference supporting readers beyond the classroom. Using hands-on learning activities and real-world applications, the text teaches readers how to determine the nature and extent of information needed to solve a problem, how to access the information effectively, how to evaluate the information found, how to use the information for a specific purpose, and how to effectively and legally communicate the information. Features of the text include critical thinking exercises, reflection questions, hints, and step-by-step research guidance- all of which help students understand and apply crucial skills while becoming comfortable with independent research and effective presentation methods. The 100% Information Literacy Success text is accompanied by an online companion, which contains student practice exercises, web resources, and tips for developing effective written documents and presentations. Instructor resources include lesson plans, quizzes, and power point presentations for each chapter. (Description by Barnes and

Real-Life Marketing and Promotion Strategies in College Libraries: Connecting with Campus and Community

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

by Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli

Call Number: Z716.3 .R42 2005

Practical advice on how to promote your library and how to better understand and serve library users
Real-Life Marketing and Promotion Strategies in College Libraries is a “how-to” guide to marketing and promotional activities that will raise your library’s visibility in the face of increased competition from other information providers. Academic librarians draw on their own experiences with real-life examples of what works (and what doesn’t) when developing, implementing, and evaluating on-campus marketing initiatives. You’ll learn how to use surveys, focus groups, advertising, target audiences, community outreach, and public relations to learn more about the needs of your library’s users, how to make improvements to meet those needs, and how to communicate those improvements to students and faculty.
Academic librarians just getting started or well into their careers will benefit from the book’s practical approach to using marketing and promotional techniques that are effective and affordable. Each article of Real-Life Marketing and Promotion Strategies in College Libraries includes tables, figures, and appendices that provide tangible examples of marketing and promotional activities that really work. The book also includes a bibliography of effective marketing resources that’s kept up-to-date through an accompanying Web site.
Real-Life Marketing and Promotion Strategies in College Libraries shows you how to:
incorporate the results of LibQUAL+ and student focus groups into your short- and long-range planning
use posters, displays, brochures, newspaper ads, and giveaways in your public relations campaigns
get the word out to the community about your libraryand its services
use the right media to match your message with your audience
increase awareness of your library’s virtual reference services
use postcards to promote your services
collaborate with students to develop an advertising campaign
implement a marketing action plan
stage large-scale special events and programs
and a whole lot more!
Real-Life Marketing and Promotion Strategies in College Libraries is an essential professional resource for practicing academic librarians and library directors at colleges and universities. (Description by

Developing Library Staff through Work-Based Learning

Saturday, October 28, 2006

6883375.gifby Barbara Allan

Reserve Shelf Z668.5 .A64 2003

In response to reductions in staff development budgets in many libraries, Allan (business, U. of Hill) offers a series of ideas to develop work-based learning in libraries for both individuals and groups. Moran (information and library science, U. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) has revised the 1999 British original for North American readers. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR