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The Library Outreach Casebook
Call Number: 021.2 SITT
Publication Date: 2018-10-01
Library outreach can be tough: There’s no standard definition of outreach among libraries, and what it consists of differs from institution to institution. Some libraries focus on marketing and advertising services, while others concentrate on relationship building with their constituents. Some focus on fun events to coax people into their facility.
The cases in The Library Outreach Casebook provide creative and reproducible formats, ideas, and inspirations, from engaging social media to hosting performances to creating exhibits. Expert chapter authors take you from the beginning steps—determining which tools and resources you need for your outreach efforts—all the way through implementation of a variety of outreach initiatives, and every step in-between.
Divided into three sections—Starting Strategies, Programing and Event Planning, and Outreach to Select Populations—this casebook is designed for librarians working in all types of libraries to use as a tool to start or further their current outreach efforts. The Library Outreach Casebook provides readers with many different approaches, formats, and solutions that lead to successful outreach.
Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community
Call Number: 023 STOL
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. That may sound airy and abstract, but in this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles, which include
-- intelligent risk-taking;
-- learning the right things;
-- respect and goodwill;
-- fulfilling the vision of library director; and
-- activating creative thinking.
With practical applications for hiring staff, coordinating an author event, creating a community partnership, and designing a building, this book walks readers through how to
-- identify the community’s motivating factors and use them to guide priorities;
-- create a culture of learning at the library;
-- apply courage, curiosity, and creativity to cope with challenges;
-- ask the right questions in order to get the right answers;
-- draw out creative ideas from both staff and the community; and
-- implement creativity exercises for problem solving that can be used by individuals and groups
Illustrated with stories from across the country, this book provides a complete strategy that will help libraries of any size or funding level amplify the skills and enthusiasm of library staff, getting everyone on the right page and thus leading to better service for their communities.
The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: an Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone
Call Number: 025.5086942 DOWD
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group. In this book Dowd, executive director of a homeless shelter, spotlights best practices drawn from his own shelter’s policies and training materials. Filled with to-the-point guidance that will help frontline public library staff and managers understand and serve this population better, this resource
-- includes facts about homelessness every librarian should know;
-- debunks widespread myths about these individuals, explaining how they see themselves, what issues they struggle with, and how libraries can shift towards supporting them;
-- shares de-escalation techniques like showing respect, ways to avoid making things personal, and using proper body language;
-- walks readers through dealing with common issues like a sleeping patron, questionable hygiene, offensive behavior, and asking a patron to leave; and
-- advises on how to provide backup to a colleague and when to call the police.
Filled with real life stories that illustrate the effectiveness of Dowd’s approach, this one-of-a-kind guide will empower library staff to treat homeless individuals with dignity.
Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact
Call Number: 022.30973 COLL
Publication Date: 2018-07-01
Talking about why collaboration is so important is one thing—but taking an in-depth look at the ways it works (and sometimes doesn’t work) in real-world design projects is both more revealing and instructive. Award-winning architect Gisolfi does exactly that in this essential new book, presenting detailed case studies of ten design projects from public, academic, and school libraries that identify paths to success as well as hazards to avoid. Inside, library planners, designers, and administrators will find practical guidance directly applicable to their own undertakings, regardless of size or complexity. This book
-- examines ten library design projects from a range of institutions, such as an academic library recovering from a fire, a high school library transitioning into the 21st century, and a public library that was transformed over many decades from a one-room schoolhouse to a 48,000-square-foot building;
-- includes plentiful illustrations, photos, diagrams, and plans that explain the buildings;
-- presents essays for each project written by the board member or academic administrator who participated and contributed to the planning, and the architect who lead the design team;
-- features honest evaluations of each project from a librarian responsible for the day-to-day operation in the new space, complete with observations of how patrons now use the facility; and
-- offers a closing essay discussing new trends in library design that will help assure the library’s position as a vital civic institution.
Through the real-life examples in this book, readers will learn how the successful modification of existing library buildings or the creation of new buildings requires the active participation and effective collaboration of library board members, administrators, librarians, and architects.
Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Processes, and Practices
Call Number: 022.3 MOOR
Publication Date: 2018-01-25
Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Process, and Practices demystifies library space planning, inspires creative thinking, and offers immediate how-to steps to rectify seemingly hopeless situations. It describes an approach to library space planning that introduces and combines a phased implementation strategy with traditional space planning to allow library transformations and renovations to be done as a single project or a series of smaller, separate, and more manageable phased interventions. It allows libraries to meet current needs sooner, as smaller funding opportunities arise, instead of waiting on completely funded projects to develop.
Chapters cover the approach, the importance of community engagement meetings, collection storage strategies, the anatomy of a library project budget, recommendations for getting started, and case studies of both public and academic library planning projects with detailed phasing strategies.
Printed in full color with 148 images, this is a must-have book for librarians, architects, government/education administrators, and anyone involved with, or even thinking about a library planning or renovation project.
Resilience (Library Futures Series, Book 2)
Call Number: 021.2 ALDR
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Resilience is the second volume in a new series from ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries which focuses on emerging trends in the profession, provoking discussion on how to shape the future by sharing ideas and exploring joint solutions to the challenges facing libraries and society. Resilience (or resiliency) incorporates preparations for and rapid recovery from physical, social, and economic disruptions, including environmental disasters, terrorist attacks, or economic collapse. As city, state, and the federal governments adopt resiliency as a strategy for addressing potential disasters, libraries may need to align their facilities, services, and programs to demonstrate a resilient strategy. Additionally, libraries may find themselves competing for funding with other programs or initiatives, especially in an increasingly limited pool of government spending. A founding member of ALA’s Sustainability Round Table, and a longtime public library development consultant, in this book Aldrich discusses how resilience can align with library values of equity and access, and why libraries and information professionals may be ideal partners or providers in helping individuals and the communities which they serve adopt resilient practices. This thought-provoking treatment of timely topic offers important points of consideration for library administrators and managers, as well as scholars of urban planning, public policy, disaster recovery, and related disciplines.
Fake News and Alternative Facts: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era
Call Number: 070.43 COOK
Publication Date: 2018-02-12
Talk of so-called fake news, what it is and what it isn’t, is front and center across the media landscape, with new calls for the public to acquire appropriate research and evaluation skills and become more information savvy. But none of this is new for librarians and information professionals, particularly for those who teach information literacy. Cooke, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, believes that the current situation represents a golden opportunity for librarians to impart these important skills to patrons, regardless of their age or experience. In this Special Report, she demonstrates how. Readers will
-- learn more about the rise of fake news, particularly those information behaviors that have perpetuated its spread;
-- discover techniques to identify fake news, especially online; and
-- explore methods to help library patrons of all ages think critically about information, teaching them ways to separate fact from fiction.
Information literacy is a key skill for all news consumers, and this Special Report shows how librarians can make a difference by helping patrons identify misinformation.
Records and Information Management: 2nd edition
Call Number: 020.973 FRAN
Publication Date: 2018-07-01
As Information Management put it, "On the strength of its currency and coverage alone, Franks' book is poised to take over as the recommended go-to reference for both students and RIM professionals for many years to come.” The new second edition cements this work’s status as an up-to-date classic, its content updated and expanded to address emerging technologies, most notably blockchain, and evolving standards and practices. Inside, Franks presents complete coverage of the records and information lifecycle model, encompassing paper, electronic (databases, office suites, email), and new media records (blogs, chat messages, and software as a service). Informed by an advisory board of experts in the field and with contributions by noted authorities, the text addresses such key topics as
-- the origins and development of records and information;
-- the discipline of information governance and developing a strategic records management plan;
-- creation/capture and classification;
-- retention strategies, inactive records management, archives, and long-term preservation;
-- access, storage, and retrieval;
-- electronic records and electronic records management systems;
-- the latest on rapidly evolving technologies such as web records, social media, and mobile devices;
-- vital records, disaster preparedness and recovery, and business continuity;
-- monitoring, auditing, and risk management; and
-- education and training.
This book’s authoritative blend of theory and practice makes it a matchless resource for everyone in the archives and records management field. Instructor/trainer extras include a set of ready-to-go, customizable PowerPoint slides to accompany the text.
Ethics for Records and Information Management
Call Number: 174.4 MOOR
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
The scope and reach of information, driven by the explosive growth of information technologies and content types, has expanded dramatically over the past 30 years. The consequences of these changes to records and information management (RIM) professionals are profound, necessitating not only specialized knowledge but added responsibilities. RIM professionals require a professional ethics to guide them in their daily practice and to form a basis for developing and implementing organizational policies, and Mooradian’s new book provides a rigorous outline of such an ethics. Taking an authoritative principles/rules based approach to the subject, this book comprehensively addresses
-- the structure of ethics, outlining principles, moral rules, judgements, and exceptions;
-- ethical reasoning, from meaning and logic to dilemmas and decision methods;
-- the ethical core of RIM, discussing key topics such as organizational context, the positive value of accountability, conflicts of interest, and confidentiality;
-- important ethical concerns like copyright and intellectual property, whistleblowing, information leaks, disclosure, and privacy; and
-- the relationship between RIM ethics and information governance.
An essential handbook for information professionals who manage records, archives, data, and other content, this book is also an ideal teaching text for students of information ethics.
Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World
Call Number: 021.2 ALDR
Publication Date: 2018-02-01
How we talk about what we do is just as important as what we do, and in communicating the value of libraries to our society what our profession needs is confidence, determination, and the will to succeed. In this inspiring and pragmatic new book, Aldrich shows that the first step towards a sustainable library is sustainable thinking: a determined yet realistic attitude that will help your library spot opportunities for institutional advancement, advocate for and safeguard operating funds, and generate intense loyalty from the communities you serve. Nothing less than a compass to help chart the course of your library’s future, this book:
-- begins with a situation report that examines the myriad societal disruptions that are impacting libraries and discusses why resiliency is a key component of sustainability;
-- defines how sustainable thinking encompasses not just the environment but economics and social equity as well;
-- provides strategies for supporting the core values of librarianship by following the Three Es of Sustainable Libraries;
-- lays out a host of tactics to build intense loyalty to your library from the inside out, including ways to foster an organizational culture of sustainable thinking through policy changes and purposeful leadership;
-- guides you in communicating effectively with the community, thereby ensuring that your advocacy connects with the maximum number of residents, opinion leaders, and decision makers;
-- demonstrates how to use construction and renovation projects as unique opportunities for positive changes; and
-- offers worksheets, discussion questions, checklists, additional resources, and many other useful tools that will help you put sustainable thinking into action.
This book will show you how to harness sustainable thinking to move forward with confidence into the unknown.
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