Archive for the 'professional development' Category

Job Search Bloopers: Every mistake you can make on the road to career suicide and how to avoid them

Friday, September 19, 2008

By Laura DeCarlo

You’ve been told, “Learn from your mistakes.”

But why? You don’t have to waste your time or energy in missing out on the job of your dreams while learning as you go!

In Job Search Bloopers you’ll peek into the lives of job seekers as they share their sometimes hilarious and all-too-often horrendous career blunders. With each story you’ll also gain practical and easily applicable real-world advice on how to avoid making the same or similar bloopers while maximizing your success in attaining your next position.

This book will furnish you with the tools you need to succeed against:
• Job-Application Avalanches: Maximize this “simple” document and stop taking it for granted.
• Resume-Writing Roadblocks: Ensure your resume rises to the top of the stack.
• Cover-Letter Casualties: Make your cover letter your greatest application asset.
• Follow-Up-Letter Follies: Secure a second interview, even if you think you failed in the first one.
• Job Search Jinxes: Land your next job at least 50 percent faster.
• Networking Nightmares: Leverage your network to find the hidden job opportunities.
• Common Job Curses: Select the job that will be right for you and that leads to greater satisfaction and longevity.
• Interviewing Inadequacies: Master easy techniques to stand out in the interview.
• Slippery Salary Slopes: Increase or double your salary by asking one simple question.
• Job-Reference Rejects: Move your references from passive speaker to personal champion.

Whether you read cover-to-cover or pick out the topics relevant to your current needs, you’re certain to eliminate the roadblocksstanding between you and your new job with Job Search Bloopers. (Description from barnesandnoble.com) Call number: HF5382.7 .D425 2008

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FERPA Made Simple: Staff Training on Student Privacy Rights, School Responsibilities

Friday, August 1, 2008

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Call Number: KF4156.5 .F47 2004

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Developing Portfolios for Authentic Assessment PreK-3: Guiding Potential in Young Learners

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

By Bertie Kingore

Call Number: LB1029 .P67 K552 2008

A streamlined process for assessing children in the early grades!

Written for early childhood educators, this invaluable handbook demonstrates how to use portfolios for assessment and offers techniques for combining portfolios with traditional measurements to design effective instruction and curricula for young children.

Reflecting current research on how children learn, this practical resource features an insightful discussion on authentic assessment goals and ways to make the portfolio process fun for learners while using developmentally appropriate teaching practices. Educators will find:

  • Concise, easy-to-understand instructions for developing portfolios
  • Guidelines for involving children in portfolio development
  • Methods for gathering data and documenting students’ learning
  • Rubrics, sample portfolios, and abundant reproducibles
  • Additional materials and procedures to help integrate assessment and instruction

Developing Portfolios for Authentic Assessment, PreK–3 offers preschool and primary grade teachers efficient, user-friendly tools for assessing the children in their classrooms.

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Instrumentation for the Operating Room: A Photographic Manual

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Shirley M. Tighe

Call Number: RD71 .B76 2007

Utilizing clear, detailed, true-color photographs, this manual builds familiarity with surgical instruments from basic care and handling to placement in sterilizing trays to explanations of surgical procedures. This 7th edition is expanded to provide essential resources for perioperative nurses and surgical technologists.

            • Nearly 800 photographs of individual as well as sets of instruments, including both whole instruments and tips, help distinguish between similar instrument types.
  • The importance of instrument preparation for surgery is emphasized.
  • Instruments are organized by surgical procedures, beginning with the basics and building to more advanced sets to facilitate understanding.
  • Instrument placement in sterilizing trays is demonstrated.
  • Approximately 200 NEW photographs feature individual and instrument sets, including tips.
  • Brief explanations of important surgical procedures and the necessary equipment are included.
  • Female Reproductive Surgery and Pediatric Surgery units are expanded to encompass the latest instruments.
  • New chapters highlight robotic instruments and external fixation, kidney transplant, and pediatric chest and vascular instruments.

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Guide to the HVAC/R Certification and Competency Tests

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Robert Featherstone and Jesse R. Riojas

Call Number: TH7015 .F43 2005

Guide to the HVAC/R Certification and Competency Tests, Second Edition, will help students and professionals prepare for any of the commonly offered exams in the industry. Containing both a review of essential concepts and procedures, along with practice questions with answers, this guide is a valuable resource in the preparation for exams offered by ARI, EPA, ACCA, RSES, and the ESCO Institute.

This new edition offers hundreds of new practice questions and reviews in the areas of hydronic heating and commercial refrigeration. Sections on system components and tools, electrical theory and application, air flow components and duct fabrication, indoor air quality, and service and troubleshooting have been updated.

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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.

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Study Smarter, Not Harder

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Kevin Paul

Call Number: LB1049 .P38 2007

  • Use the genius inside you
  • Learn HOW to learn
  • Expand your memory capacity 100 times
  • Energize your brain

Become the confident super-learner you’ve always wanted to be! At school or at work, we are constantly challenged by having to acquire new skills and ideas as those we’ve learned become obsolete. By mastering the seven basic elements of complete study skills presented in this book, you can tap into your hidden potential for maximum performance and increased learning power.

Study Smarter, Not Harder debunks many of the myths associated with studying techniques. The practical exercises in this guide are immediately useful, making studying efficient and painless. This book will help you achieve your goals, whether you are aiming to pass the next exam, get into a postsecondary institution or a graduate program, or upgrade your job skills.

Study Smarter, Not Harder answers questions such as:

  • How quickly can I learn the fundamentals of good studying?
  • Will speed-reading solve my problems?
  • Do women and men need to learn different study skills?
  • If I forget today what I read yesterday, what am I doing wrong?
  • How can I improve my memory and concentration?
  • Is cramming for exams such a bad idea?
  • How do I cope with a boring instructor?

At any age, at any time in life, you can increase your intelligence and learning ability. Study Smarter, Not Harder will show you how to learn — which is the most valuable skill you will ever learn.

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Excel Formulas and Functions for Dummies

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Ken Bluttman and Peter G. Aitken

Call Number: HF5548.4 .M523 B659 2005

This desktop reference reviews how to use the insert function dialog box and array formulas, then describes 150 built-in functions for evaluating loans and investments and working with numbers and data in Excel spreadsheets. The functions are arranged into categories, such as descriptive statistics and dates, and accompanied by a real example.

barnesandnoble.com

Working Safely in Health Care: A Practical Guide

Friday, July 25, 2008

By Deborah L. Fell-Carson

Call Number: RC965 .M39 F45 2008

Finally, a comprehensive resource on workplace safety designed with the health care worker in mind! This book will show you how to protect yourself and others from injury while on the job. You will be introduced to stresses and hazards unique to the health care environment, and provided with practical steps you can take to make work safer for you. If you know how to make work safer for yourself, you will be better equipped to provide a safe care environment for your clients.

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Teaching Word Recognition: Effective Strategies for Students with Learning Difficulties

Monday, July 21, 2008

By Rollanda E. O’Connor

Call Number: LB1050.45 .O26 2007

Most struggling readers, including those with reading disabilities, have difficulties recognizing printed words. This unique, lucidly written book synthesizes the research on how children learn to read words skillfully and translates it into step-by-step strategies for the classroom. The author demonstrates how to plan and implement a coordinated series of lessons that address letter-sound pairings, decoding and blending, multisyllabic words, sight words, and fluency. The proven techniques presented are applicable across the primary grades; in addition, specific guidance is offered for working with older children who are having difficulties. A highly accessible guide, the book features reproducible forms and checklists.

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