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If you would like to request this or other materials from the State Library of Kansas, please use your library’s established interlibrary loan process. This collection is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Kansas.

Jan 06

Fundamentals of Technical Services (2015)

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM by Brian Herder


Fundamentals of Technical Services

Fundamentals of Technical Services (2015)

John Sandstrom & Liz Miller

ALA Neal-Schuman

978-1-55570-966-2


Written by librarians working and teaching on the front lines, this guide uses a functional, hands-on approach to lay out the basics of technical services, from acquiring new materials to making them available to library users. Perfect for those just moving into the profession, as well as library staff in need of a brush up, Fundamentals of Technical Services concisely examines:
  • What precisely Technical Services are, with a brief history of the field
  • Collection development and acquisitions, including budgeting, ordering, and receiving
  • Metadata and cataloging, from MARC to RDA
  • Dealing with different kinds of materials, including books/monographs, serials, video, audio, and electronic/e-resources
  • The basics of physical processing
  • Systems such as ILS, ERM, and EDI
  • Collection maintenance issues such as book repair/preservation and weeding
  • Authority control and database maintenance
  • Vendors, contracts, workflow, and other administrative functions
  • Forward-looking analysis of important trends and developments such as pricing, consortia/co-ops, languages of materials, and outsourcing
Complete with a handy glossary, this primer provides essential coverage of the broad array of technical services and how the library’s back-office operations work together.
Jan 06

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide (2015)

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 2:11 PM by Brian Herder


Weeding Handbook

The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide (2015)


Rebecca Vnuk

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1327-7


“No! We can’t rid of that!” Vnuk, author of the popular “Weeding Tips” column on Booklist Online, is here to show you that yes, you can. A library is an ever-changing organism; when done the right way, weeding helps a library thrive by focusing its resources on those parts of the collection that are the most useful to its users. Her handbook takes the guesswork out of this delicate but necessary process, giving public and school library staff the knowledge and the confidence to effectively weed any collection, of any size. Going through the proverbial stacks shelf by shelf, Vnuk:
  • Explains why weeding is important for a healthy library, demonstrating that a vibrant collection leads to robust circulation, which in turn affects library budgets
  • Walks readers through a library’s shelves by Dewey area, with recommended weeding criteria and call-outs in each area for the different considerations of large collections and smaller collections
  • Features a chapter addressing reference, media, magazines and newspapers, e-books, and other special materials
  • Shows how a solid collection development plan uses weeding as an ongoing process, making it less stressful and more productive
  • Offers guidance for determining how to delegate responsibility for weeding, plus pointers for getting experienced staff on board
  • Gives advice for educating the community about the process, how to head off PR disasters, and what to do with weeded materials
  • Includes a dozen sample collection development plans, easily adaptable to suit a library’s individual needs
Filled with field-tested, no nonsense strategies, this handbook will enable libraries to bloom by maintaining a collection that users actually use.
Jan 06

New Routes to Library Success: 100+ Ideas from Outside the Stacks (2015)

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 2:07 PM by Brian Herder


New Routes to Library Success

New Routes to Library Success: 100 Ideas from Outside the Stacks (2015)

Elisabeth Doucett

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1313-0

Whether in person or electronically, users come to the public library from outside the library realm. And that’s exactly where genuinely transformational ideas lie. In this book Doucett mines new territory by exploring how successful organizations "outside the stacks" conduct their business. By analyzing what several private-sector organizations and their leaders are doing outstandingly well, she quickly hones in on transformational concepts that are ready for application in public libraries, offering more than a hundred innovative ideas that can be put into practice to improve customer service and day-to-day library operations. Canvassing the worlds of advertising, online commerce, fundraising, retailing, and more, Doucett profiles such successful professionals as:
  • Margaret Atwell, Kickstarter
  • Chris Wilson, L.L. Bean
  • Brian Kevin and Ginny Wright, Down East Magazine
  • Kate Chaney Chappell, Tom's of Maine
  • Walter Briggs, Briggs Advertising
An exciting survey of creativity in action, Doucett's book will encourage public library directors, managers, trustees, and staff to cross-pollinate their own expertise with innovative ideas from outside the stacks.