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Promoting Individual and Community Health at Your Library
Call Number: 021.28 FLAH
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Though today’s consumers have unprecedented access to health information, its quality and veracity varies widely. Public libraries can play an important role in supporting library users in their health information seeking efforts. In this book Flaherty shows how to guide library users to high quality health information by relying on up to date, authoritative sources. She also demonstrates why taking the initiative to offer health promotion programming can be a valuable form of community outreach, serving community needs while increasing visibility. Library directors, programming staff, reference librarians, and health educators will all benefit from this book’s patron-centered stance, which features:
-- a historic overview of the consumer health movement and how it intersects with public libraries;
-- guidance on finding and evaluating the best print, electronic, and app-based health information sources, with advice on keeping up to date;
-- an in-depth look at collaborative efforts to provide and sponsor simple health-related activities in public libraries, spotlighting programs in action at libraries across the county;
-- instructions on creating, planning, preparing, marketing, and evaluating a public library health program;
-- discussions of important issues surrounding health information provision efforts, including patron privacy and liability concerns; and
-- guidelines for public libraries’ role in public health efforts, including disaster preparedness.
Armed with this book’s expert advice and plentiful examples of successful initiatives, public libraries will feel empowered to make a difference in community members’ health and well-being.
Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 4th Edition
Call Number: 025.524 CASS
Publication Date: 2018-10-21
Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, this is the perfect text for students and librarians looking to expand their personal reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format. Guided by a national advisory board of educators and practitioners, this thoroughly updated text expertly keeps up with new technologies and practices while remaining grounded in the basics of reference work. Chapters on fundamental concepts, major reference sources, and special topics provide a solid foundation; the text also offers fresh insight on core issues, including
-- ethics, readers' advisory, information literacy, and other key aspects of reference librarianship;
-- selecting and evaluating reference materials, with strategies for keeping up to date;
-- assessing and improving reference services;
-- guidance on conducting reference interviews with a range of different library users, including children and young adults;
-- a new discussion of reference as programming;
-- important special reference topics such as Google search, 24/7 reference, and virtual reference; and
-- delivering reference services across multiple platforms
As librarians experience a changing climate for all information services professionals, in this book Cassell and Hiremath provide the tools needed to manage the ebb and flow of changing reference services in today's libraries.
Government Information Essentials
Call Number: 025.2 GOVE
Publication Date: 2018-09-01
Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work effectively with federal, state, and international resources. This contributed volume gathers the expertise of experienced government information librarians from across the country. Providing real-world insight into the work, collections, and interests of this discipline, this book
-- surveys the wide variety of government information and the people who use it;
-- discusses what it’s like to be a government documents librarian, from the first day on the job through taking on a management role;
-- addresses networking, training, and other essential tools for collaboration and learning;
-- covers space planning, streamlining, disaster preparedness and response, the increasing prevalence of digital information, and other key collection issues;
-- offers best practices for connecting library users with government information;
-- looks at research guides, workshops, and other teaching and training topics; and
-- explores advocating for transparency and access to information, promoting government documents to library users, and using exhibits as community outreach.
With more government publications becoming freely available, this volume fills an important need, presenting concrete guidance that will help librarians flourish in this crucial field.
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