Carr, Mary M. The Green Library Planner: What Every Librarian Needs To Know Before Starting To Build or Renovate. Scarecrow. 2013. 152p. notes. index. ISBN 9780810887367. pap. $75; ebk. ISBN 9780810887374. PRO MEDIA
This book’s subtitle is a big boast for such a slim volume, but Carr (executive director, library services, Comm. Coll. of Spokane) deftly guides librarians, building managers, renovators and everyone else involved in library renovation or construction on all matters green. Most library managers are forced into the necessity of learning facility maintenance on the fly—renovation knowledge is hard gained. Carr draws on her Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation and teaching experience to provide basic information, project checklists, tips, and extensive resources. Her chapters are organized by subject, including site assessment, energy and lighting, HVAC, green materials, indoor environmental quality, water conservation and quality, construction management, and building operations and maintenance. From everyday modifications to improve efficiency to major infrastructure renovations, the coverage will aid library managers. When a manager can show environmental awareness while being fiscally conservative, funding just might be a little easier to obtain. VERDICT Although pricey, this is an essential addition to the shelves of library administrators and facility managers in libraries of all sizes, as well as for relevant graduate school courses.
Crane, Beverley E. How To Teach. Rowman & Littlefield. (Practical Guides for Librarians, No. 1). 2013. 180p. illus. index. ISBN 9780810891050. pap. $65; ebk. ISBN 9780810891067. PRO MEDIA
Crane (Dialog Information Systems; Using Web 2.0 and Social Networking Tools in the K–12 Classroom) offers practical advice to librarians faced with teaching an array of information literacy workshops. She begins by presenting summaries of various learning and pedagogic theories, from B.F. Skinner to Jean Piaget. (During her discussion of learning styles, she acknowledges that there are objections to learning style theory, but she does not cite specifics.) The next few chapters provide planning and implementation tips. Chapters four through eight outline types of instruction, including face-to-face and synchronous and asynchronous online instruction. The final chapter wraps up with what the future may hold for library instruction. The theories and principles highlighted in the first chapter are used throughout the book with practical examples. Each chapter begins with objectives and ends with key points, websites for more information, exercises, references, and further reading. The book also contains sample handouts and workshops. VERDICT As Crane states, “Learning is complex,” which makes effective teaching a challenge. Her book is a serious attempt to make it an easier task. Recommended for teaching librarians both newly minted and experienced.
Embedded Librarianship: What Every Academic Librarian Should Know. Libraries Unlimited: ABC-CLIO. 2013. 220p. ed. by Alice L. Daugherty &Michael F. Russo. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610694131. pap. $65; ebk. ISBN 9781610694148. PRO MEDIA
Daugherty and Russo (assessment librarian and instruction coordinator, respectively, Louisiana State Univ. Libs.) bring 12 new essays to the growing literature about embedded librarianship—an instructional partnership transcending the classroom to enhance students’ information literacy skills. Discussed as early as 1966, recognizing academic department and campus branch libraries’ efforts to meet the research needs of faculty with subject-specific curricula, today’s embedded librarianship evolved from the liaison model. Practitioners here address issues of assessment, collaborative teaching, distance education, instructional design, management, planning, and using courseware systems to enhance the librarian’s online presence across the curriculum. Shared real-world experiences include Hillsborough Community College’s (Florida) analysis of embedding a librarian in its online English Composition II course. Lengthy reference lists enhance each chapter. In closing, the editors consider embedded librarianship’s value in assisting the university to achieve its mission. VERDICT The results are a balanced view of embedded librarianship, from its historical roots to challenges for the future, complementing Buffy Hamilton’s Embedded Librarianship: Tools and Practices, which provides more detail on virtual resources. Recommended both to campus faculty and academic librarians.
Johnson, Peggy. Developing and Managing Electronic Collections: The Essentials. ALA. 2013. 200p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838911907. pap. $65. PRO MEDIA
Johnson (Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management) presents a guide to help libraries consider and address the issues involved in developing and managing their electronic collections. The book is not intended to be exhaustive in its coverage. Rather, it chooses key issues (the selection and evaluation of e-resources, order placement, licenses, budgeting) and provides advice and practical solutions for developing and managing the e-resources currently owned. “The rapid and constant changes in information technologies and the e-content marketplace” make it difficult to predict the future direction libraries should take, but Johnson does offer up some crucial concepts to consider. Easier and greater mobile device access to e-content as well as patron-driven acquisitions (which will impact academic libraries in particular) are just two of the trends examined. In addition to a glossary, there are “Suggested Readings” at the end of most chapters. VERDICT This book works well in conjunction with Marie R. Kennedy and Cheryl LaGuardia’s Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians. Selectors of e-content in all libraries will benefit from this book.