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Information Studies Summer Reading

Summer is here! Put away those text books and journals and grab something fun to read. Dewey’s information science collection has lots of interesting, provocative, inspirational and entertaining books that would make great additions to your summer reading list. Here are a few book we recommend:

Biblia.jpgBiblia’s Guide to Warrior Librarians: Humor for Librarians Who Refuse to Be Classified by Amanda Credaro. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, c2003. Dewey Library / Z 682.5 C74 2003.

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian (aka Amanda Credaro), teamed up with cartoonist Peter Lewis to produce a book that expands on her award winning web site, Warrior Librarian Weekly, and which examines the lighter side of librarianship through a combination of outrageously funny cartoons, commentary, and wit. Equally applicable to all types of libraries, the work offers humorous advice, typical situations and dilemmas, and helpful examples that will be appreciated by anyone who has ever worked in a library. An additional section features a glossary of library terms, abbreviations, professional associations and other resources.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sandy Berman but Were Afraid to Ask edited by Chris Dodge and Jan DeSirey. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, c1995. Dewey Library / Z 720 A45 M634 1995.

For nearly four decades Sandy Berman has been the embodiment of the activist librarian, championing the causes of intellectual and personal freedom with a seemingly boundless supply of energy. His work to rid the Library of Congress subject headings of bias is legendary, but it is perhaps his encouragement and prodding of fellow librarians to broaden their vision of the profession that most counts. Here many of his friends and associates reflect on what Sandy has meant to them and the profession.

Broken Pieces.jpgBroken Pieces: A Library Life, 1941-1978 by Michael Gorman. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. Dewey Library / Z 720 G68 A3 2011.

From his earliest reading memories in wartime Britain through five decades of librarianship, eminent librarian and former ALA President Michael Gorman offers insights from his extraordinary career in this new memoir. He made perhaps his most significant contribution to librarianship as editor of the 1978 Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, a major development that receives detailed attention here. The debates and arguments that would shape professional practice for years to come are dramatically presented, with a vivid cast of characters including leading librarians from two continents.

Librarians in Fiction: A Critical Bibliography by Grant Burns. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., c1998. Dewey Library / Reference: PR 151 L53 Z991 1998.

The depictions of librarians in over 374 novels, short stories, and plays in English are the focus of this fully annotated reference work. The stereotypical or fictional librarian—the one with the bun, comfortable shoes, and dour demeanor—may be fading, but fiction teaches a lesson about public perception. In fact, fictional librarians are often described as adaptable, knowledgeable, shrewd, tactful, tender and intelligent—traits that the authors, and by extension the readers, look for in their librarians. All entries include complete bibliographic data, followed by a lengthy annotation that discusses how the librarian fits into the story and gives insight to how he or she is depicted. Title and author indexes are provided for further utility.

Institutions of Reading.jpgInstitutions of Reading: The Social Life of Libraries in the United States edited by Thomas Augst and Kenneth Carpenter. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, c2007. University Library / Z 716.4 I57 2007

Tracing the evolution of the library as a modern institution from the late eighteenth century to the digital era, this book explores the diverse practices by which Americans have shared reading matter for instruction, edification, and pleasure. Writing from a rich variety of perspectives, the contributors raise important questions about the material forms and social shapes of American culture. What is a library? How have libraries fostered communities of readers and influenced the practice of reading
in particular communities? How did the development of modern libraries alter the boundaries of individual and social experience, and define new kinds of public culture? To what extent have libraries served as commercial enterprises, as centers of power, and as places of empowerment for African Americans, women, and immigrants? Institutions of Reading offers at once a social history of literacy and leisure, an intellectual history of institutional and technological innovations that facilitated the mass distribution and consumption of printed books and periodicals, and a cultural history of the symbolic meanings and practical uses of reading in American life.

The Library: An Illustrated History by Stuart A.P. Murray. New York: Skyhorse Publishing, c2009. Dewey Library / Z 721 M885 2009.

Throughout the history of the world, libraries have been constructed, burned, discovered, raided, and cherished—and the treasures they've housed have evolved from early stone tablets to the mass-produced, bound paper books of our present day. The Library invites you to enter the libraries of ancient Greece, early China, Renaissance England, and modern-day America, and speaks to the book lover in all of us. Incorporating beautiful illustrations, insightful quotations, and many marvelous mysteries of libraries—their books, patrons, and keepers—this book is certain to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and enjoyment.

Book of Lists.jpgThe Librarian’s Book of Lists edited by George M. Eberhart. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. Dewey Library / Reference: Z 665 L565 2010.

After years spent editing American Libraries and the many editions of The Whole Library Handbook, George Eberhart has collected a raft of arcane librariana and amusing trivia for this volume. Equally suitable for the reference shelf and the staff lounge, the dozens of wide-ranging lists in this book include: 14 ways libraries are good for the country, how to say “Where is the library?” in 50 different languages, 10 intriguing paper defects, 6 library-related birdsongs, and the top 12 silly reasons to ban a book. With a mixture of serious topics, tongue-in-cheek items, and outright silliness, this book offers something to please everyone.

A Social Networking Primer for Librarians by Cliff Landis. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2010. Dewey Library / Z 674.75 S63 L36 2010.

Social networking is rapidly infiltrating the information environment, and it is essential that librarians understand how best to use these sites and tools with to better serve their users and reach people who have never before used the library. A Social Networking Primer for Librarians, part of Neal-Schuman's Tech Set series, gives librarians a start-to-finish guide to the basics for using and maximizing popular social networking sites in all types of libraries. From planning to implementation to best practices to evaluation, author Cliff Landis provides highly practical, easy-to-follow guidelines for using Facebook and other prominent sites as a way to expand and improve crucial library functions like instruction, outreach, service delivery, and marketing. Landis also provides additional recommended print, online, and interactive resources to help further development. The discussion is accessible to the novice who wants to learn the technology and how to implement it, as well as the seasoned pro charged with translating 'best practice' examples to the local setting and quantifying the results.

Special Collections 2 0.jpgSpecial Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections by Beth M. Whittaker and Lynne M. Thomas. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, c2009. Dewey Library / Z 688 A2 W48 2009.

Based on surveys and firsthand research across the archivist's profession, this book offers essential advice and practical ideas for creating, collecting, and preserving born-digital materials for optimal long-term access—using the best of what the new web has to offer. Special Collections 2.0 surveys the web's new options for interconnectivity and interactivity tool by tool, exploring the benefits and shortcomings of applying each to the special collection and archives profession. It combines expert analysis of the pros and cons of Web 2.0 with numerous reports of how wikis, blogs, photosharing, social networks, and more are already being put to work in this essential field.

The Youth Cybrarian’s Guide to Developing Instructional, Curriculum-Related, Summer Reading, and Recreational Programs by Lisa Champelli. New York: Neal-Schuman, c2002. Dewey Library / Z 718.5 C43X 2002.

More and more educational and recreational content on the Internet is geared directly to kids. Studies have shown that access to contemporary information resources can increase a child's opportunities to succeed in the world today. In this informative guide, Champelli highlights dozens of field-tested library programs from across the country, including for each the target audience, required equipment, program plan and goals, notes from an experienced teacher of the program, and a sample library use policy. Programs are arranged into four major groups: instructional, curriculum related, summer reading, and recreational. This programming manual provides a solid foundation for beginning or augmenting Internet programs for young learners.

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