Professional Media | November 1, 2012

Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0 Facet, dist. by Neal-Schuman. 2012. 288p. ed. by Peter Godwin & Jo Parker. illus. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781856047623. pap. $99.95. PRO Media

The articles in this collection edited by Godwin (academic liaison librarian, Univ. of Bedfordshire, UK) and Parker (Information Literacy Unit manager, Open Univ., UK) fall under three headings: “Recent Developments in Information Literacy and Library 2.0,” “Case Studies,” and “What It Means for Information Professionals.” In part one, the authors tackle new concepts such as transliteracy and informed learning and show how they work in practice. The case studies in part two lay the groundwork for instruction departments and library schools to try new things and update their curricula. Discussions of gaming, Zotero, EasyBib, Wikis, QR codes, and other Web 2.0 stalwarts seem stale at first, but further reading always reveals a fresh take or insightful research. Public and school libraries are briefly addressed in the third section. The book is a UK import, but its wisdom applies just as well to the United States. VERDICT This well-researched evaluation of how Web 2.0 has affected information literacy theory and practice is essential for those teaching the subject.—Paul Stenis, Dulaney-Browne Lib., Oklahoma City

Singer, Carol A. Fundamentals of Managing Reference Collections. ALA. (ALA Fundamentals). 2012. 167p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838911532. pap. $60. PRO Media

With this update to Christopher W. Nolan’s Managing the Reference Collection, Singer (reference & instruction librarian, Bowling Green State Univ.) provides an excellent resource that may be used as a refresher or as a learning tool. She discusses traditional sources, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, and covers a wide range of subjects, from the issue of print versus electronic editions (does the library weed one and keep the other, or keep both?) to vendor contracts. The book is free of technical terminology and does not require prior knowledge on the reader’s part. The chapters can be read in any order, and each includes a detailed bibliography of resources consulted by the author. The appendix provides an example of a reference collection development policy. VERDICT Singer’s book teaches novices the basics of collection management while helping practicing librarians remember information taught in library school courses and providing additional insights that may not have been previously considered with respect to e-resources. Recommended for public librarians or anyone working with a reference collection, whether novice or experienced.—Tony Garrett, Troy Univ. Lib., AL