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Jul 30

Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, a LITA Guide (2014)

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:07 AM by Brian Herder


Makerspaces Top Trailblazing Projects

Makerspaces: Top Trailblazing Projects, a LITA Guide (2014)

Caitlin A. Bagley

Item Number: 978-1-55570-990-7

Publisher: ALA TechSource


Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build, and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software, and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space and equipment, a tenet of the makerspace movement, fits squarely into libraries’ mission. Bagley examines nine makerspaces in public, academic, and school libraries, describing their design and technical decisions in depth and showing how each is doing something unique and different, under a wide range of budgets and project offerings. Enabling readers to quickly gather information about these trailblazing projects, Bagley’s guide

  • Defines the makerspace, and describes why it fits perfectly into the library’s role as community center
  • Answers common questions about implementing a makerspace project, detailing how libraries are addressing issues such as registration, usage policy, noise, software programs in digital workspaces, adapting spaces, funding, and promotion
  • Illustrates approaches libraries are taking to staffing makerspaces, from Anchorage Public Library’s Maker in Residence and Mesa Public Library's THINKspot coordinator, to the library school students involved with University of Michigan and University of Illinois makerspace projects
  • Covers the demographics of makerspace users, from children and teens to hobbyists and job seekers, offering guidance for targeting, marketing, and programming

A sourcebook of ideas that readers can apply at their own institutions, this resource also demonstrates how makerspaces can be gathering places for people to learn how to create and build together as a community.
Jul 30

Say It with Data: A Concise Guide to Making Your Case and Getting Results (2014)

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM by Brian Herder


Say It with Data

Say It with Data: A Concise Guide to Making Your Case and Getting Results (2014)

Priscille Dando

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1194-5

Publisher: ALA Editions


Administrators, policymakers, legislators, and the public demand concrete, measurable evidence of the need for libraries and their use. The collection and dissemination of data about library service in a straightforward, convincing manner are integral components of library advocacy in the current economic climate. Addressing frontline librarians lobbying for increased programming or staff, as well as administrators marshalling statistics to stem the tide of budget cuts and prevent library closure, this vital new book explores the whys and hows of using data to build a better picture of library needs and success. With a distinctive combination of research-based information and practical application, Dando

  • Demonstrates how data from surveys, focus groups, ALA, and state and local sources can be aggregated and used to craft a strong message
  • Takes readers step by step through the process of using data to tailor a message to specific audiences
  • Offers real-world examples from school and public libraries that can be used as models

Addressing the requirements of a variety of stakeholders, this concise resource lays out an easy-to-follow, systematic way of inspiring action through clear, compelling data.


Jul 30

Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (2013)

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM by Brian Herder


Build a Great Team

Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (2013)

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Item Number: 978-0-8389-1170-9

Publisher: ALA Editions


With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever.  Building on the model of her bestselling book Be A Great Boss, Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-guided tool to the dynamic role of team-building. Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook will show you how to

  • Manage staff across different age groups and skill sets
  • Improve communication  between team members
  • Mentor other staff members
  • Keep your team organized in a culture of change

Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of building and maintaining a first-rate team.