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Nov 08

Mapping the Imaginary (2019)

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:37 PM by Brian Herder

Mapping the Imaginary

Mapping the Imaginary: Supporting Creative Writers through Programming, Prompts, and Research (2019)

Riley Hanick, Micah Bateman, and Jennifer Burek Pierce

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1841-8


Information professionals and educators can help patrons find their own stories in libraries—not only as readers, but also as writers.  Stories, whether fiction, nonfiction, or verse, often have research behind them, and libraries and archives constitute powerful resources that authors can tap into for adding historical background, telling details, dramatic tension, and unexpected ideas. Grounded in useful collections and information resources, libraries can welcome writers through informed programming and knowledgeable reference services, and in this book the authors point the way towards making it happen. Enabling programming and outreach librarians, reference staff, and educators to understand writers’ needs and showing how to address these needs through library services and resources, this book

  • draws on specific writing situations to illustrate the role of librarians and library resources in inspiring and creating stories of all kinds, from novels and plays to poetry, memoirs, and nonfiction;
  • provides dozens of prompts, writing exercises, and activities that libraries can utilize for outreach and programming endeavors such as NaNoWriMo and National Poetry Month;
  • offers astute observations on the connections between research and writing and discusses a wide range of resources, both print and electronic, that can address writers’ information needs;
  • presents select bibliographies on writing and writers’ lives integral to library collections that support a community of authors;
  • demonstrates how to use reference interviews as part of the research process;
  • suggests ways to cultivate a writing community at the library by hosting writing groups, staging author events, and other initiatives; and
  • shares advice on recruiting volunteers by reaching out to writers and teachers within the community.

With ideas and advice on programming, reference, and collection resources, this guide will support libraries’ efforts to actively and thoughtfully engage with writers in their communities.


Nov 08

Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library (2019)

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:36 PM by Brian Herder

Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences

Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library (2019)

Elyssa Kroski

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1767-1



By one count, there are more than 7,200 escape room environments in 1,445 cities in 105 countries. So why not in libraries? Sharpening participants’ problem solving and collaboration skills by mashing up real-time adventure, immersive theater, gaming, and old-fashioned entertainment, they’re a natural for libraries. And, as Kroski demonstrates in this fun guide, they’re feasible for a range of audiences and library budgets. Whether you’re already an escape room aficionado who’s eager to replicate the experience at your own institution, or an intrigued novice looking for ways to enliven your programing, Kroski has got you covered. This book

  • discusses the differences between escape rooms, which are highly structured, and immersive experiences, which are more casual;
  • shows how these unique experiences can be used to teach information literacy skills, add unique youth programming, bring adults into the library, and instruct patrons about library resources in the form of puzzles and challenges;
  • profiles several successful library projects, from large scale programs like New York Public Libraries’ Find the Future: The Game to smaller ones like Search for Alexander Hamilton;
  • offers dozens of programming ideas and examples that can be tailored to fit a variety of libraries and budgets; and
  • provides information on game kits available for purchase, tips for partnering with local Escape Room businesses, and links to additional resources.

With the assistance of Kroski’s guide, libraries everywhere can offer their own take on these exciting forms of entertainment, engagement, and education.




Nov 08

Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness (2018)

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 2:36 PM by Brian Herder

Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness

Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness (2018)

Carmen Cowick

ABC-CLIO

978-1-4408-6051-5


All library staff, from library volunteers to library directors and branch managers, have a role to play in preparing for and recovering from disaster. Written by an expert in preservation services, Crash Course in Disaster Preparedness contains all of the information library professionals need to prepare for an emergency, should one arise.

Carmen Cowick identifies common terminology; teaches readers how to conduct risk assessment, how to write a disaster plan, and how to design emergency procedures; and introduces readers to the basic principles of salvaging. Throughout, Cowick shows readers how to prioritize library collections during a fire, flood, power outage, and other natural and human-caused disasters so as to maximize preservation of library materials.

  • Provides ways for all library staff, administrators, and volunteers to help in the case of an emergency
  • Covers a topic that, while often ignored, is critical to the health of any library
  • Raises awareness of the importance of disaster planning