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Nov 18

Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Libraries (2014)

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 3:31 PM by Brian Herder

Putting the User First

Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Libraries (2014)

Courtney Greene McDonald

American Library Association


User experience is everywhere. From your library’s website to the signage by the elevators, everything contributes to the overall user experience of our patrons. Just one simple idea can transform your library: put the user first. But as you likely already know, just because something's simple doesn't mean it's easy. How best to identify, implement, and evaluate user-driven changes in order to improve physical and virtual services? The good news is that even small changes can make big headway. Putting the User First:30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services will give you 30 hands-on strategies and practical suggestions to enable you to begin transforming your library, library services, and even your personal practice to be more responsive, effective and user-centered today.
Nov 18

Crash Course in Children's Services (2014)

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 3:29 PM by Brian Herder

Crash Course in Childrens Services Second Edition

Crash Course in Children's Services (2014)

Penny Peck



Useful for newcomers to the children's library staff as well as longtime children's librarians, the second edition of this popular handbook provides easy-to-follow instructions to make innovations in children's library materials work for you.

Addressing everything from the basics of reference to the complex and highly specialized duties of program development, this handbook is perfect for both librarians and support staff who are assigned to the children's department of a library. This second addition of Crash Course in Children’s Services covers many of the new issues facing children's library staff, including eBooks, using apps in programming, other online reading options, book trailers, nonfiction and the Common Core curriculum. It also describes expanded programming options such as makerspaces, gaming, dog reading programs, and play at storytime.

Ideal for new children’s librarians as well as experienced library staff who have not worked with children recently and long-time children's librarians looking to add new skills to their tool kits, the book familiarizes readers with all the new developments of the past few years, from online reading options to the wealth of new programming aimed at youth. You’ll learn about subjects such as pop-up and passive programming, offering online homework help, and outreach and services to special needs children, and then quickly implement new practices into use at your library.

  • Covers new technologies and Common Core standards in addition to traditional areas of children's services
  • Allows any library staff to comfortably assist children searching for reference and homework help, offer effective readers’ advisory assistance, and perform basic promotion of books to children
  • Supplies information that is useful for newcomers to the children's library staff and those who substitute at the children’s desk as well as longtime children's librarians or experienced staff taking on new responsibilities

Nov 18

Outsourcing Technology: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2014)

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 2:41 PM by Brian Herder

Outsourcing Technology

Outsourcing Technology: A Practical Guide for Librarians (2014)

Robin Hastings

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


Here, acclaimed technology author and speaker Robin Hastings brings both her own experience as a library’s IT manager with outsourcing technical functions—including email and network backups as well as basic hardware maintenance—and that of others in her network of library techies to round out the book to help libraries of all types and sizes save money and expand services. Outsourced functions covered here range from using an outside firm to assist in creating a new library website to outsourcing basic computer maintenance and network administration.

Outsourcing Technology: A Practical Guide for Librarians has something for every size and type of library:

  • Libraries with no IT people at all will learn how to create and manage an IT department made up of outside contractors and providers;
  • Libraries with small IT departments will learn how to supplement their existing skills and offload staff-intensive but non-essential functions to outsourced providers in order to focus on mission critical functions in-house; and,
  • Libraries with large IT departments will learn how to use consultants and vendors to get the most bang for their technology bucks.

The care and maintenance of technology is a specialized field requiring a diverse set of skills to perform properly. Many libraries find it difficult to attract skilled people because of a lack of personnel budgets, because of a location that is rural enough to have a limited applicant pool, or because the library lacks enough technological savvy to make effective hiring decisions. Regardless of the reason for the lack of technological skill in a library’s staff, there are ways to outsource major technological functions of the library so that even very small libraries can have the same access to technology as the big libraries - and big libraries can manage huge technological projects with the same resources and skills as multinational companies.

Outsourcing Technology: A Practical Guide for Librarians will provide the information and guidance needed for both the smallest libraries to embrace technology and the largest libraries to get the most from their technology investments with tips and tricks for libraries of size between as well. Checklists and forms make this both a great source of information as well as a hands-on tool!