Back to the Basics: Establishing a Good Foundation in Your Library

Pratchett, Tracey & Gil Young. Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff. Facet. Nov. 2016. 277p. illus. index. ISBN 9781783300181. pap. $95. PRO MEDIA
A common challenge for all managers is how to offer training and development opportunities to their staff that actually teaches something useful and won’t break the bank. This title is aimed at helping both managers and individuals in the library and information services profession understand the range of activities and tools that exist for the purpose of training and development as well as the basics of learning and behavior theory. Pratchett (knowledge & library svcs. manager, Lancashire Teaching Hosps.) and Young (NHS Library and Knowledge Svcs.) include a section on infrastructure, where they discuss management basics that should exist alongside training and development in order to build and maintain a healthy team. The emphasis of the book is on practical matters, with the activities and tools section making up the majority of the content. The examples come mostly from the UK, where the authors are based, but the content is applicable to librarians everywhere. VERDICT Sound advice that will appeal to new managers and mentors of information professionals.Sara Holder, Univ. of Illinois Libs., Champaign

Schmidt, Krista & Tim Carstens. The Subject Liaison’s Survival Guide to Technical Services. ALA. Nov. 2016. 112p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780838915028. pap. $40. PRO MEDIA
Schmidt and Carstens have created an informative guide for subject liaisons, aimed mainly at librarians in larger academic and research libraries. Schmidt has many years of experience as a subject liaison at Western Carolina University while Carstens is a retired librarian with more than 30 years of experience in technical services. This manual covers the basics of profitable interaction with the various aspects of technical services, including collection development, budgeting, ordering, receiving, invoicing, processing, cataloging, and collection maintenance. As every library has individual variation in its procedures, each chapter describes the functions of a technical service area in general terms and also contains a lengthy list of “questions you should be asking” to guide ongoing communication. Common queries from new subject liaisons are answered concisely but thoroughly (e.g., “Why don’t you just order everything from Amazon?”). There is also advice about accommodating special requests within collection development, which will be especially beneficial to novice liaisons. VERDICT Recommended for academic and research libraries.Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary’s Univ. Lib., San Antonio

Weihs, Jean & Sheila S. Intner. Beginning Cataloging. 2d ed. Libraries Unlimited: Teacher Ideas. Dec. 2016. 148p. index. ISBN 9781440838446. pap. $60; ebk. ISBN 9781440838453. PRO MEDIA
With their sixth collaboration, two veteran technical services leaders combine their expertise to update this textbook about standard methods of cataloging and classifying library materials. Weihs (retired, Library Technician Program, Seneca Coll. of Applied Arts & Technology; Introduction to Technical Services) and Intner (retired, LIS, Simmons Coll.; Fundamentals of Technical Services) address the changes to the rules of descriptive cataloging as a result of RDA (Resource Description and Access) supplanting the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules. This new edition can also serve as an in-house guide for staff who have not done formal coursework in cataloging or those in need of a reference to current cataloging practice. Cataloging instructors can also consider Lois Chan and Athena Salaba’s Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction, 4th ed. or Daniel Joudrey’s Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th ed. Thomas Brenndorfer’s RDA Essentials is recommended for students and practitioners, with the Society of American Archivists’ Describing Archives: A Content Standard as the go-to for those specializing in archival cataloging. VERDICT Solely recommended as a focused orientation to contemporary cataloging.Betty J. Glass, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno

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