“Berman’s Bag” Columns from The Unabashed Librarian, 2000–2013
Author: Sanford Berman
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Foreword by Mitch Freedman, a reprinted Counterpoise interview and 45 of Sanford Berman’s U*L columns dealing with book-burning, genocide, government secrecy and repression, cataloging, indexing, classism, self-censorship and free speech for library staff (et cetera!). Index by Chris Dodge.
Despite the stodgy stereotypes, libraries and librarians themselves can be quite funny. The spectrum of library humor from sources inside and outside the profession ranges from the subtle wit of the New Yorker to the satire of Mad. This examination of American library humor over the past 200 years covers a wide range of topics and spans the continuum between light and dark, from parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as objects of fear. It illuminates different types of librarians—the collector, the organization person, the keeper, the change agent—and explores stereotypes like the shushing little old lady with a bun, the male scholar-librarian, the library superhero, and the anti-stereotype of the sexy librarian. Profiles of the most prominent library humorists round out this lively study.
The incredible shift in the provision of library services resulting from innovations such as online resources, mobile technologies, tablet computers, and MOOCs and hybrid courses makes it more challenging than ever for academic librarians to connect students with the information they need. Enter the Personal Librarian, a flexible concept that focuses on customizing information literacy by establishing a one-on-one relationship between librarian and student from enrollment through graduation. In this book the editors, with decades of library instruction and academic library experience between them, and their contributors Define personal librarianship and trace how it has developed within the broader context of the work that librarians doDemonstrate its radical potential to impact student learning, retention, and graduation ratesDiscuss how the concept relates to embedded librarianship and academic library liaisons, and the role of faculty and staffIllustrate how personalization can be supported by academic support centers, IT services, Student Affairs, and other college and university departmentsUse case studies from a variety of institutions to show how to develop and implement a Personal Librarian program By prioritizing relationships over merely providing access to information resources, the Personal Librarian can improve services while ensuring that students have what they need to learn and grow. This book shows how to make it happen.
This helpful guidebook makes it easy for librarians to select the most appropriate periodical or serial for their proposed articles. A subject index with cross references ensures quick access to the alphabetically listed titles. The Guide to Publishing Opportunities for Librarians provides the following comprehensive information for each publication listed: bibliographic entry name and address of editor to whom manuscripts should besubmitted names of indexing and abstracting services which include the publication editorial aim/policy scope and content intended audience manuscript style requirements acceptance rate review procedures for submitted articles Both novice and experienced authors will be able to quickly select the most appropriate periodical or serial for proposed articles from a wide variety of publications. In addition to the more familiar organs of national library associations, societies, and library schools, the guide also includes regional publications, newsletters, bulletins, scholarly journals, interdisciplinary and general periodicals, subject-specific publications, and electronic journals. Public, academic, special, and school librarians, as well as other information specialists seeking to publish in the library science field, will find the Guide to Publishing Opportunities for Librarians a valuable tool for promoting professional development.
This book covers the practical side of being an academic librarian – a role that has undergone a large degree of change in recent years. It outlines and describes the skills necessary to succeed in these large, and often complex, organisations. The book includes tools and techniques for an academic librarian for managing time, meetings, projects, publishing and research, communications (paper and electronic), the basics of supervision, and how to work in a large organisation. The impact of the growth of electronic formats on the role of the academic librarian are discussed in detail. Explains how, in practical terms, to stay organised, communicate successfully, network and navigate through an often politicised environment Applies business practices to the field of librarianship Shows how to use organisational behaviour techniques to manage yourself and your work
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the information profession. The series IFLA Publications deals with many of the means through which libraries, information centres, and information professionals worldwide can formulate their goals, exert their influence as a group, protect their interests, and find solutions to global problems.
Libraries, Technology, and Education in the Information Age
Author: William H. Wisner
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Once upon a time, looking for a book in the library involved an ancient mechanism called the card catalog. Now, most card catalogs are gone forever and patrons gaze at computer screens. As electronic technology becomes more pervasive, or invasive, librarians and library users continue to be embroiled in the controversy over the function of a library and its staff. As "knowledge" loses ground to "information" and techware pre-empts book budgets, library collections are "purged" and reference librarians find their role diminished--except to put more paper in the printer (to serve the voracious wood-pulp appetite of the new paperless society). The essays in this book analyze the complex issues surrounding the postmodern library and its increasingly impersonal nature, as the librarian at its center is more and more frequently marginalized. The insights and observations, both practical and thoughtful are those of a practicing librarian. An annotated bibliography guides the reader to additional important articles and books that explore the future of the library and the role of technology.
This unconventional, uncensored look at the world of unprivate libraries by the unabashed, unreluctant and certainly unconventional columnist for the Wilson Library Bulletin, presents uninhibited views that subvert the undeserved reputation of librarians as unsmiling, unresponsive bureaucrats. Sage advice in a light tone--and you will not be unamused by Gary Handman's uncanny illustrations. This is the second in the UN series for Tempe, Arizona's Will Manley.
Transforming Academic and Research Libraries through the Power of Experiential Learning
Author: Pete McDonnell
Publisher: Chandos Publishing
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
The Experiential Library: Transforming Academic and Research Libraries through the Power of Experiential Learning features contributions—in a relatively conversational, practical, and "how-to" format—from various academic libraries across broad educational levels that have implemented experiential learning programs, services, or resources to enhance the learning and development of both students and library employees. As academic libraries and academic librarians are seeking ways to transform themselves and create collaborative synergies within and without their institutions, this timely book suggests exciting ways to integrate experiential learning into the library’s offerings. Ranging from integrated service learning and Information Literacy instruction that "takes the class out of the classroom," to unique experiential approaches to programming like Course Exhibits and the Human Library, the book is a one-stop-shop for libraries looking to expand their repertoire. It will also help them create connections between experiential learning and their institutions' missions and contributions to student success, by grounding these programs and services on a sure methodological footing. Librarians and educators wishing to learn more about the connections between experiential learning/experiential education and academic libraries would benefit from the advice from authors in this book. Covers experiential learning for academic and research libraries Presents diverse aspects of experiential learning in academic libraries across the spectrum of educational levels Offers a one-stop-shop for librarians keen on bringing experiential learning to their institutions Adds to current conversations in both LIS and experiential education, enabling further synergies in both disciplines