Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Books in the ALS Professional Collection Part 2

Greetings, again!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS building in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower's card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower's card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals
Rebecca P. Butler
ALA Editions, 2014
346.7304 BUT 2014
In her new book, seasoned copyright expert Butler turns her attention to one of the complex arenas in the world of copyright and intellectual freedom: the unique environment of higher education. This practical handbook will show students training to become college and university librarians how to make informed decisions regarding the use and availability of print, non-print, and online resources. Based on Butler’s 17 years of experience conducting copyright workshops and courses, her book matches real-world scenarios with interpretations of the law from copyright experts in the field to provide a thorough understanding of current, everyday applications of copyright law in higher education.

Beginning with a solid grounding in the underlying principles of copyright law, such as fair use, public domain, permissions, plagiarism, documentation and licenses, Creative Commons, Open Source (OS), and Open Access (OS), Butler moves on to specific applications of copyright law, including:
  • Internet resources such as blogs/vlogs, podcasts, wikis, social networking tools, and more
  • DVDs, television, and streaming and on-demand video
  • Computer and gaming software, handheld applications, and mobile technologies
  • CDs, music, and audio
  • Multimedia and print works
Butler explains fair use, public domain, documentation and licenses, permissions, creation and ownership, violations and penalties, international copyright law, and avoiding copyright problems as they relate to each of these formats. A separate chapter covers the use of each format in distance learning, as well as how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act relate to and affect the many aspects of distance education.  A clear and comprehensive textbook for copyright courses, this book features figures and decision flowcharts throughout that make the concepts presented easy to follow and understand. Appendices feature pertinent sections of U.S. copyright law and a helpful glossary of terms.


Including Families of Children with Special Needs, Revised Edition
Revised by Carrie Scott Banks
Neal-Schuman, 2014
027.663 FEI 2014
More than 6.5 million children in the US receive special education services; in any given community, approximately one child out of every six will get speech therapy, go to counseling, attend classes exclusively with other children with disabilities, or receive some other service that allows him or her to learn. This new revised edition is a step-by-step guide to serving children and youth with disabilities as well as the family members, caregivers, and other people involved in their lives. The authors show how staff can enable full use of the library’s resources by integrating the methods of educators, medical and psychological therapists, social workers, librarians, parents, and other caregivers. Widening the scope to address the needs of teens as well as preschool and school-age children, this edition also discusses the needs of Spanish-speaking children with disabilities and their families, looking at cultural competency as well as Spanish-language resources. Enhanced with checklists, stories based on real experiences, descriptions of model programs and resources, and an overview of appropriate internet sites and services, this how-to gives thorough consideration to
  • Partnering and collaborating with parents and other professionals
  • Developing special collections and resources
  • Assessing competencies and skills
  • Principles underlying family-centered services and resource-based practices
  • The interrelationship of early intervention, special education, and library service
This manual will prove valuable not only to children’s services librarians, outreach librarians, and library administrators, but also early intervention and family support professionals, early childhood and special educators, childcare workers, daycare and after school program providers, and policymakers.


New on the Job:  A School Librarian's Guide to Success, 2nd Edition
Hilda K. Weisburg and Ruth Toor
ALA Editions, 2015
027.8 WEI 2015
As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and how thrive, and since its publication in 2006 this guide has served as an invaluable resource for the new school librarian. From job search strategies and discovering work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, this revised and updated edition, which includes a new foreword from Sarah Kelly Johns, shares the joys and perils of the profession along with a wealth of practical advice from decades of experience in school library programs. With this guide as a roadmap, new school librarians can
  • Tackle the job search with confidence, with tips on everything from polishing a résumé  and acing a job interview to ways of handling any potentially negative Google results and other digital footprints
  • Learn the secrets to successfully collaborate with teachers
  • Navigate new roles and responsibilities through orientation and organization
  • Create dynamic interactions with students to deepen their learning experiences
  • Master the art of communicating with the principal, IT experts, and vendors
  • Become familiar with school library technology, including e-book collections, online databases, and library management systems
  • Receive field-tested guidance on daily matters – from budgeting and purchasing to advocacy and programming

The AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Common Core State Standards are also thoroughly discussed. New school librarians as well as those already in the profession can set the tone for rewarding career with this one-stop, hands-on guide.


The Handbook for Storytellers
Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer
ALA Editions, 2015
027.6251 FRE 2015
Ideal for both beginners and more experienced storytellers, this exhaustive primer includes everything adults need to start sharing the wonder of stories with children, from babies to tweens. The lively text imparts easy-to-follow guidelines and practical advice on how, when, where, and why to tell stories. Each chapter incorporates a wealth of delectable folktales to read and tell, plus the authors’ hand-selected, annotated lists containing hundreds of classic and cutting edge children’s books, professional books, and relevant websites. Demonstrating the joy of stories and storytelling, this book
  • Provides an overview of the history and types of storytelling
  • Shows how to select, learn, prepare, and tell stories
  • Begins with more than two dozen easy-to-learn stories that adults can read today and tell to children tomorrow
  • Looks at the major types of folk and fairy tales, including many sample stories and booklists
  • Offers a comprehensive list of stories reworked, reimagined, reinvented, parodied, satirized or recreated from folk and fairy tales
  • Includes “Favorite Stories to Tell,” a compendium of more than 500 suggested tales, easily accessible by subject and theme, from which tellers can find the perfect stories to fit every occasion and begin to build their own repertoire of wonderful tales to tell
  • Provides tips for publicizing and promoting storytelling programs


Learning from Libraries That Use WordPress:  Content-Management System Best Practices and Case Studies
Kyle M. L. Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington
ALA Editions, 2013
025.0422 JON 2013
With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content management system (CMS) with many library-related applications. In this book Jones and Farrington, two web designer/librarians, explore the variety of ways libraries are implementing WordPress as a CMS, from simple "out-of-the-box" websites to large sites with many custom features. Emphasizing a library-specific perspective, the authors
  • Offer a brief history of WordPress, reviewing its genesis and sketching in some possible future directions
  • Analyze the software’s strengths and weaknesses, spotlighting its advantages over other existing web publishing platforms as well as discussing the limitations libraries have encountered
  • Present a variety of case studies, offering first-hand examples which detail why WordPress was selected, methods of implementation and degree of customization, feedback from users, and reflections on usability
  • Discuss essential plug-ins, themes, and other specialized applications for library sites
This useful book shows how scores of libraries have used WordPress to create library websites that are both user-friendly and easy to maintain.

New Books in the ALS Professional Collection Part 1

Greetings!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS building in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower's card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower's card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection
Suzanne M. Ward
ALA Editions, 2015
025.21877 WAR 2015
Is your institution’s library bursting at the seams with books that have not been touched for decades, microfilm that nobody uses, and print journals that have been superseded by electronic access? Have you wondered how best to identify what physical material to retain and what to withdraw to maintain an inviting collection of relevant material for your users? Then it’s time to rightsize! Ward identifies the challenges and proposes solutions to shaping physical collections for today’s academic library. Filled with sage advice and ready-to-implement guidance, this book
  • Introduces the concept of rightsizing, a strategic and largely automated approach that uses continuous assessment to identify the no- and low-use materials in the collection
  • Walks you through crafting a rightsizing plan, from developing withdrawal criteria and creating discard lists to managing workflow and disposing of withdrawn materials
  • Shows how to identify stakeholders, plus strategies for winning them over
  • Offers tips for working with consortial partners on collaborative print retention projects
  • Discusses how growing electronic collections can enhance legacy print collections
  • Advises what to do with print journals after your library licenses perpetual access rights to the electronic equivalent
  • Looks ahead to the future of physical collections in academic libraries


Adult Programs in the Library, Second Edition
Brett W. Lear
ALA Editions, 2013
027.62 LEA 2013
Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library but also better serving existing patrons. Lear’s invaluable guide to adult programs is back—and better than ever, with refreshed, expanded content and new ideas to reinvigorate programs and give them a 21st-century spin. This edition includes
  • Updated chapters on basics such as funding, crafting guidelines, topic selection, publicity, post-program evaluations, and more
  • A new section on technology, with ideas for online book discussions, offering programs via Skype, and turning programs into podcasts
  • Methods for tailoring programs for specific groups, such as men, baby boomers, and seniors
  • A collection of "five-star" programs from libraries around the country that can be easily adapted
Walking the reader through every aspect of adult programming, this new edition of a tried-and-true book is truly a librarian’s best friend.


Programming for Children and Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Barbara Klipper
ALA Editions, 2014
027.663 KLI 2014
Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users. Klipper has presented at conferences and trained librarians from around the country in autism awareness, and the grant-funded Sensory Storytime programming she developed at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut is a model for reaching children with autism spectrum disorder. Her complete programming guide, ideal for audiences ranging from preschool through school-age children, teens, and families,
  • Provides background information on the disorder to help librarians understand how to program for this special audience
  • Features step-by-step programs from librarians across the country, adaptable for both public and school library settings
  • Suggests methods for securing funding and establishing partnerships with community organizations
  • Includes a list of additional resources that will prove valuable to librarians and parents/caregivers alike
Klipper’s deep knowledge and experience on the subject makes her guidance on serving these library users and their families invaluable.


Wordplay for Kids:  A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds
Tim Wadham
ALA Editions, 2015
027.625 WAD 2015
Instilling a love of reading in a child pays dividends long after early literacy skills have been mastered. The key to successful programming is to make children become participants, encouraging a “literary ear” and love of the beauty of language itself. To help children develop artful language patterns, correct grammar, and a large and rich vocabulary, Wadham offers a range of complete programs for children ages 5-12 that introduce literature in a systematic way. Organized by age, each program
  • Begins with a list of suggested age-appropriate poems, ranging from choral poetry and nursery rhymes to short, humorous selections and longer narrative poems, all designed to be shared orally
  • Includes read-alouds that encourage engagement, such as folklore, fairy tales, mythology, and fables
  • Suggests an activity directly based on each read-aloud, with handy information about target audience and size, program length, setup time, and materials and supplies needed
  • Comes with a planning calendar showing the length of time necessary to complete the program
  • Features a booklist of additional titles that can be used to create even more programs

Thursday, April 09, 2015

New Storybins in the ALS Collection

Librarians can request these bins by contacting Paula.


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Monday, April 06, 2015

Minitex Arithmetic: 2014 Facts & Figures

"To herald the arrival of 2015, Matt Lee, Jennifer Hootman, and Zach Miller created a new one-page infographic highlighting the work of Minitex in 2014. A PDF of the infographic is available on the Minitex website.
Minitex thanks the many wonderful individuals and organizations across the region who were essential to making 2014 such a successful year!"
http://news.minitex.umn.edu/section/library-news/minitex-arithmetic-2014-facts-figures



Visitors LOVED the Cook Public Library!

"During the month of February, visitors of the Cook Public Library were asked to write why the LOVED the library.  All of the words were put together to create the Cook Public Library Wordle.  The biggest words in the graphic were those used most often." (Cook Public Library Newsletter. April 2015)



Thursday, April 02, 2015

Happy Easter brownie cake


Made by ALS staff member MaryLei Barclay. Very delicious!

Legacy Programming - Science, history, poetry, authors and even some gardening - Spring is here!


Soudan Mine: Then and Now programs - Only a few more dates! Learn about the Soudan Underground Mine State Park from mining history to neutrinos to bats; the Soudan Underground Mine story is the history and the future of Minnesota.
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The Boogers from the Duluth Playhouse have another week of performing the children's play The Adventures of a Rock Named Sticky!  This popular Northland area children's theatre troupe, aims to delight all audiences, but particularly the Pre K age group. Shows are interactive and silly, keeping kids and families enthralled and involved for 40 minutes to an hour and is a perfect way to spend time at the library.
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Poetry Rocks!  Later this month poet Laura Purdie Salas will be touring the area with an interactive children's poetry and reading writing workshop!  Laura’s program focuses on engaging Pre-K through 4th grade children in reading and writing poetry; yet all ages are welcome to attend to learn more about writing poetry for children.
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Strawbale Gardening author Joel Karsten will be touring the area the end of the month! It may be a little bit early to start your outdoor planting but attend one of his workshops to start planning your garden!

For a full list of events, times and locations:


Friday, March 13, 2015