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Jul 22

Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library (2015)

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder

Start a Revolution

Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library (2015)

Ben Bizzle with Maria Flora

American Library Association


“But this is how we’ve always done it!” Objections to taking a fresh tack are about as common as budget shortfalls, and the two are more closely related than you might think. At the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas, Ben Bizzle and his colleagues defied common practices by using creative risk-taking in marketing and outreach to transform their library into a dynamic institution that continues to grow and thrive. In “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library,” published by ALA Editions, Bizzle and co-author Maria Flora share techniques for success alongside a provocative marketing philosophy that will spur libraries to move beyond their comfort zone. Focusing on creative ways to pull patrons in rather than just push the library out, this book:
  • steers libraries towards defining their brand, explaining why it is crucial to meeting the needs of their users and potential users;
  • offers strategies for getting stakeholders on board and engaged, including how to address budgeting concerns;
  • demonstrates the importance of the library’s website as the digital “main branch” of the library, with guidance for creating and promoting it;
  • details the systematic marketing campaign undertaken at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, encompassing both traditional and new media channels such as billboards, posters, newspapers, TV and radio and mobile technology;
  • takes the mystery out of how to use social media platforms as public awareness tools, complete with detailed strategies and step-by-step instructions;
  • shows how to pull it all together into a manageable campaign through strong leadership and teamwork.
Oct 16

What Every Library Director Should Know (2014)

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder

What Every Library Director Should Know

What Every Library Director Should Know (2014)

Suzan Carol Curzon

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


In this unconventional management text, author Dr. Susan Carol Curzon presents a different take on traditional library management tools. Through personal narrative and anecdotes from other working professionals, Curzon presents the many everyday challenges one meets as a library manager:

• The unwritten rules, strategies, and bits of wisdom only learned on-the-job
• Behavioral nuances
• Political strategies
• Mentor-like advice
• Subtle communication codes

Regardless of the professional setting, management is management and wisdom is wisdom. What Every Library Director Should Know is the insider’s view of vital actions, behaviors, and strategies needed to succeed in every type of library.

Jul 14

Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds (2015)

Posted on July 14, 2015 at 12:00 AM by Brian Herder

Wordplay for Kids 

Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds (2015)

Tim Wadham

American Library Association


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

A fun way to transmit cultural literacy while helping to create a love of poetry, the rhythm of language, and verbal skills, Wadham’s programs help children’s librarians, school librarians, and storytime leaders encourage all children to be lifelong readers.