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Becker, Bernd W. – Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 2013
There is a new buzzword in education: "MOOCs." These massively open online courses (MOOCs) can serve hundreds or thousands of students without the institutional hurdles found in classes at a university, such as acceptance requirements and physical location. Some schools are working with partners like Udacity and Coursera, while others…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Curriculum Development, Library Services, Online Courses
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Stevens, Christy R. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2013
The first section of this article reviews the literature on the changing face of reference, beginning with a discussion of the national decline in reference transactions, its causes, and the likelihood that online reference services might one day halt or reverse the decline. It then analyzes definitions of the term "reference," pointing…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Definitions, Librarians
Massie, Dennis – OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 2013
This report presents strategies for providing efficient and affordable interlending of actual physical items from special collections for research purposes, as well as advice on determining if a loan is the most appropriate way to fulfill a particular request. Lending physical items ranks among the most divisive issues in the field of archives and…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Library Administration, Libraries, Archives
Erway, Ricky – OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., 2013
This call for action addresses the high-level benefits of adopting a university-wide policy regarding research data management. It identifies the various university stakeholders and suggests that the library initiate a conversation among them in order to get buy-in for a proactive, rather than reactive, high-level policy for responsible data…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Information Technology, Foreign Countries
ALA Editions, 2012
Updated to include the 2012 award and honor books, this new edition of the annual guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Awards, Citations (References), Library Services
Moreillon, Judi – ALA Editions, 2012
This companion volume to "Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension," which covered lower grades, completes the educational arc by focusing on adolescent readers in grades 6-12. Drawing on the most current standards from the American Association for School Librarians (AASL) as well as cutting-edge research, this straightforward…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Reading Comprehension, Secondary Schools, School Libraries
Graham, Warren – ALA Editions, 2012
Sharing expertise gleaned from more than two decades as a library security manager, Graham demonstrates that libraries can maintain their best traditions of openness and public access by creating an unobtrusive yet effective security plan. In straightforward language, the author: (1) Shows how to easily set clear expectations for visitors'…
Descriptors: Libraries, Safety, Security Personnel, Library Administration
MacMillan, Kathy; Kirker, Christine – ALA Editions, 2012
This time-saving program planner for librarians and classroom teachers alike includes everything you need to get started--reading lists, flannelboard patterns, poems, songs, easy crafts, even take-home activities to extend the learning process. The many creative ideas packed inside include: (1) Activities keyed to popular classroom themes, with…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Emergent Literacy, Library Skills, Spanish
Pearlmutter, Jane; Nelson, Paul – ALA Editions, 2012
Anyone at the helm of a small public library knows that every little detail counts. But juggling the responsibilities that are part and parcel of the job is far from easy. Finally, here's a handbook that includes everything administrators need to keep a handle on library operations, freeing them up to streamline and improve how the organization…
Descriptors: Library Administration, Public Libraries, Library Services, Budgeting
Kahn, Miriam B. – ALA Editions, 2012
Fire, water, mold, construction problems, power-outages--mishaps like these can not only bring library services to a grinding halt, but can also destroy collections and even endanger employees. Preparing for the unexpected is the foundation of a library's best response. Expert Kahn comes to the rescue with this timely update of the best…
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, Libraries, Library Administration, Preservation
Northrup, Mary – ALA Editions, 2012
Providing descriptive annotations of the best children's picture books published in the last decade, this comprehensive overview is perfect for librarians, teachers, parents, daycare providers, and anyone who works with young children. It is both an excellent tool for collection development and an abundant resource for planning storytimes and…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Evaluation Criteria, Poetry, Folk Culture
McAdoo, Monty L. – ALA Editions, 2012
Being a great teacher is part and parcel of being a great librarian. In this book, veteran instruction services librarian McAdoo lays out the fundamentals of the discipline in easily accessible language. Succinctly covering the topic from top to bottom, he: (1) Offers an overview of the historical context of library instruction, drawing on recent…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Information Needs, Information Literacy, Librarians
Mulac, Carolyn M. – ALA Editions, 2012
The all-in-one "Reference reference" you've been waiting for, this invaluable book offers a concise introduction to reference sources and services for a variety of readers, from library staff members who are asked to work in the reference department to managers and others who wish to familiarize themselves with this important area of…
Descriptors: Encyclopedias, Directories, Dictionaries, Reference Services
Singer, Carol A. – ALA Editions, 2012
Whether a library's reference collection is large or small, it needs constant attention. Singer's book offers information and insight on best practices for reference collection management, no matter the size, and shows why managing without a plan is a recipe for clutter and confusion. In this very practical guide, reference librarians will learn:…
Descriptors: Reference Materials, Library Services, Fundamental Concepts, Reference Services
Russell, Carrie – ALA Editions, 2012
School librarians and educators have specific copyright questions that are often glossed over in larger books on the subject. Now, thanks to best-selling copyright authority Carrie Russell, there's a resource just for them, offering clear guidance for providing materials to students while carefully observing copyright law. Using whimsical…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Copyrights, Musicians
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