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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.

Feb 01

The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness (2018)

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 2:52 PM by Brian Herder


Librarians Guide to Homelessness

The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone (2018)

Ryan J. Dowd

ALA Editions

978-0-8389-1626



Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group. In this book Dowd, executive director of a homeless shelter, spotlights best practices drawn from his own shelter’s policies and training materials. Filled with to-the-point guidance that will help frontline public library staff and managers understand and serve this population better, this resource

  • includes facts about homelessness every librarian should know;
  • debunks widespread myths about these individuals, explaining how they see themselves, what issues they struggle with, and how libraries can shift towards supporting them;
  • shares de-escalation techniques like showing respect, ways to avoid making things personal, and using proper body language;
  • walks readers through dealing with common issues like a sleeping patron, questionable hygiene, offensive behavior, and asking a patron to leave; and
  • advises on how to provide backup to a colleague and when to call the police.

Filled with real life stories that illustrate the effectiveness of Dowd’s approach, this one-of-a-kind guide will empower library staff to treat homeless individuals with dignity.




Feb 01

Siri, Alexa, and Other Digital Assistants: The Librarian's Quick Guide (2018)

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 2:52 PM by Brian Herder


Siri Alexa Digital Assistants

Siri, Alexa, and Other Digital Assistants: The Librarian's Quick Guide (2018)

Nicole Henning

ABC-Clio

978-1-4408-6725-5


Digital assistants such as Alexa and Siri can play music, podcasts, audiobooks, and the radio; answer questions; provide factual information; tell stories; and even control devices in your home. What can they do for you in your library?

This concise, practical guide will help you to understand the basics of voice computing platforms and appreciate its relevance to you as a librarian, outlining specific applications for this technology in the library. Discussions of potential applications will inspire you to include voice computing in your library services and events and give you the tools you need to do so. You'll also find a list of the best sources on voice computing. In short, you will find everything you need to know about this important and growing technology and how you can use it in your library.


Features

  • Demystifies a powerful and popular new technology and how it works
  • Explains how to put voice computing and digital assistants to use in your library
  • Addresses privacy and ethical concerns that may be raised when implementing this technology





Feb 01

Reengineering the Library (2018)

Posted on February 1, 2019 at 2:52 PM by Brian Herder

Reengineering the library

Reengineering the Library (2018)

George Stachokas

ALA Editions 

978-0-8389-1621-6



In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and diverse types of work related to managing electronic resources. In this book, the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) gathers a variety of perspectives to examine recent developments in electronic resources management (ERM) and how this work fits into the overall mission of the contemporary academic library. Thoroughly grounded in experience and everyday best practices while also considering how ERM can best fulfill the mission of today’s academic libraries, this book’s contributors discuss issues such as

  • interdepartmental workflows such as instruction, metadata, and user support that impact electronic resources management;
  • strategies for controlling costs;
  • license arrangements to allow text and data mining;
  • managing the transition from dedicated ERM systems to integration into library service platforms;
  • new analytics and assessment techniques; and
  • operational improvements for better usability, troubleshooting, and customer support

Inside this collection, readers will discover a thoughtful consideration of problems and opportunities in electronic resources management that combines the power of new ideas with practical experience.