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New to Lending Library August 2014

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Cover of books described in this post

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region is pleased to add six new titles to the lending library this quarter. New titles on diverse topics have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. This post provides an overview of the recently added titles.

Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles. If there is no response through the online system please contact our office directly to request a title.

Collection Development

Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences, Sixth Edition (Medical Library Association Guides). Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, this completely updated, revised, and expanded edition lists classic and up-to-the-minute print and electronic resources in the health sciences, helping librarians find the answers that library users seek. Included are electronic versions of traditionally print reference sources, trustworthy electronic-only resources, and resources that library users can access from home or on the go through freely available websites or via library licenses. In this benchmark guide, the authors

  • Include new chapters on health information seeking, point-of-care sources, and global health sources
  • Focus on works that can be considered foundational or essential, in both print and electronic formats
  • Address questions librarians need to consider in developing and maintaining their reference collections

When it comes to questions involving the health sciences, this valuable resource will point both library staff and the users they serve in the right direction.

Education & Training

Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day. Learn what a flipped classroom is and why it works, and get the information you need to flip a classroom. You’ll also learn the flipped mastery model, where students learn at their own pace, furthering opportunities for personalized education. This simple concept is easily replicable in any classroom, doesn’t cost much to implement, and helps foster self-directed learning. Once you flip, you won’t want to go back!

Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning: Instructional Literacy for Library Educator. Whether or not “instruction” appears in their job titles, librarians are often in the position of educating their users, colleagues, and peers to successfully locate and evaluate information. Because MLIS education tends to offer less-than-comprehensive preparation in pedagogy and instructional design, this much-needed book tackles the challenge of effective teaching and training head-on. Char Booth, an avid library education and technology advocate, introduces a series of concepts that will empower readers at any level of experience to become better designers and presenters, as well as building their confidence and satisfaction as library educators. Laying the foundation for effective teaching, Booth outlines a four-part framework of Instructional Literacy, which includes

  • Reflective Practice: tools for improving learning in the moment and developing a teacher identity, as well as approaches to collaboration and creating communities of practice
  • Educational Theory: evidence-based strategies in learning and instructional research
  • Teaching Technologies: evaluating and integrating technology in learning using a practical “toolkit” approach
  • Instructional Design: a systematic and outcomes-based strategy for developing and assessing learning experiences

Evaluation

Measure What Matters: Online Tools For Understanding Customers, Social Media, Engagement, and Key Relationships. This book explains simple, step-by-step procedures for measuring customers, social media reputation, influence and authority, the media, and other key constituencies.

  • Based on hundreds of case studies about how organizations have used measurement to improve their reputations, strengthen their bottom lines, and improve efficiencies all around
  • Learn how to collect the data that will help you better understand your competition, do strategic planning, understand key strengths and weaknesses, and better respond to customer preferences
  • Author runs a successful blog and serves as a measurement consultant to companies such as Facebook, Southwest Airlines, Raytheon, and Allstate

General

The Atlas of New Librarianship. Libraries have existed for millennia, but today the library field is searching for solid footing in an increasingly fragmented (and increasingly digital) information environment. What is librarianship when it is unmoored from cataloging, books, buildings, and committees? In The Atlas of New Librarianship, R. David Lankes offers a guide to this new landscape for practitioners. He describes a new librarianship based not on books and artifacts but on knowledge and learning; and he suggests a new mission for librarians: to improve society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. The vision for a new librarianship must go beyond finding library-related uses for information technology and the Internet; it must provide a durable foundation for the field. Lankes recasts librarianship and library practice using the fundamental concept that knowledge is created though conversation. New librarians approach their work as facilitators of conversation; they seek to enrich, capture, store, and disseminate the conversations of their communities.

DVD

Librarians Collaborating to Produce Systematic Reviews: Project Launch to Publication. What is a systematic review? What are the practice guidelines? How do I negotiate my contribution? Join our panel of speakers as they discuss what is really needed and resources for improving your skills. They will tackle these issues and discuss opportunities for librarians to be part of the team.

New in the Lending Library

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Lending Library Books on shelf

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is happy to announce the addition of nine new titles to the Lending Library. New titles on diverse topics have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. This post provides an overview of the books which have been added.  Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. You will notice that our growing lending library has been divided into categories to better help you locate books on specific topic. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles.

Advocacy

. Elisabeth Doucett. Branding is one part of the marketing process that focuses on developing a laser-clear message and the means to communicate that message to the intended audience. But as a library, where does branding fit? The book covers everything from working with outside experts to evaluating and maintaining your library’s brand, illustrated by case studies from other libraries. For those who have made a start, the chapters stand on their own librarians can pick up wherever they left off. End-of-chapter exercises enhance the feedback process. Tips, suggestions for success, and answers to frequently asked questions ensure your team collaborates on a library brand that will bring more patrons through the door! 

Collection Development

. Karen Calhoun. Calhoun’s textbook is a highly readable, thought-provoking authoritative and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena. It provides an up-to-date overview of the progress, nature and future impact of digital libraries, from their collections and technology-centered foundations over two decades ago to their emergent, community-centered engagement with the social web.

General

How To Thrive as a Solo Librarian. Carol Smallwood and Melissa J. Clapp. This book is a compilation of chapters by librarians offering advice to colleagues who must work alone or with very limited help. The contributors come from schools and colleges, special and corporate archives, public libraries, and seasoned LIS faculty across the United States and abroad who are familiar with the vigor, dedication, and creativity necessary for solo librarians.

Making the Most of Your Library Career. Lois Stickell and Bridgette Sanders. An MLIS can provide the skill set needed to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, career librarians from every corner of the profession offer a personal, down-to-earth view of “what it’s really like out there.” Filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career, this book addresses important topics like

  • How to work and adapt at a new organization
  • What management expects and how to view everyday activities from that point of view
  • How to make suggestions for change
  • Advice on navigating the cyclical nature of a librarian’s work year
  • The rewards and challenges of professional organizations
  • Why a library degree is valuable outside a traditional library setting

Those new to the field will find the contributors’ seasoned advice both inspiring and practical, while veterans of the profession will find guidance on retuning their careers in librarianship’s changing environment.

Health Literacy

Health Literacy from A to Z (Second Edition). Helen Osborne. This book is an easy to use handbook designed for the busy health professional. Filled with ideas and strategies that can be used in everyday practice, Health Literacy from A to Z is a first-of-its-kind resource. Learn the key principles and strategies of effective health communication presented in a simple, informal manner by one of the nation’s leading experts in health literacy. Whether you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional, case manager, public health specialist, practice manager, health care educator, student or family caregiver this book is for you. Instructor Resources include a Sample Syllabus and PowerPoint Presentations. What’s New in the Second Edition of Health Literacy from A to Z The Second Edition is updated and revised to reflect current health literacy research and practice with new information about timely health literacy topics. This edition has 14 new chapters.

Informatics, e-Science, and Big Data

Data Points: Visualization that Means Something. Nathan Yau. Using examples from art, design, business, statistics, cartography, and online media, Yau explores both standard-and not so standard-concepts and ideas about illustrating data.

Management and Leadership

Library Management Tips That Work. Carol Smallwood. There’s no shortage of library management books out there—but how many of them actually tackle the little details of day-to-day management, the hard-to-categorize things that slip through the cracks of a larger handbook? Library Management Tips that Work does exactly that, addressing dozens of such issues facing library managers, including

  • How to create a job manual, and keep staff accountable
  • Keeping your library board in the loop
  • Using numbers to make your case
  • Dealing with unreturned library materials
  • Methods for managing multiple libraries with one FTE librarian
  • Retaining services despite budget cuts and staff shortages
  • Public relations on a shoestring

Management Basics For Information Professionals. G. Edward Evans and Camila A. Alire. Reflecting the rapidly changing information services environment, the third edition of this bestselling title offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics. Evans and Alire also pay close attention to management in “new normal” straitened economic conditions and offer updates on technological topics like social media.

Technology

Lions and Tigers and Bears: The Internet Strikes Back. George Takei. In this groundbreaking book, Takei chronicles the “dark side” of the Net – how he has battled the haters, spammers and trolls, and even how some of his once-loyal fans were quick to turn on him. Takei’s musings on the nature of our increasingly connected world – why people share, what it really means, and how the developing world actually gets how to use social media – is required reading for anyone trying to understand and leverage its power.

Just Added: New Titles in the Lending Library

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Lending Library Books

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NN/LM SCR) is happy to announce the addition of eight new titles to the Lending Library. New titles have been selected after review and are designed to support the mission of the NN/LM SCR. Books from the Lending Library may be requested by Network Members or those who are employed by Network Member institutions. This post provides an overview of the books which have been added. Visit the Lending Library page to request any of these exciting new titles.

Archiving/Digitization

Personal Archiving: Preserving Our Digital Heritage. Edited by Donald T. Hawkins. Hawkins and his expert contributors cover a range of innovative projects and practical topics including:

  • Archiving individual and family histories
  • New and nascent services and software products
  • Social media and email applications
  • Legal issues including digital inheritance and privacy
  • Evolving formats and media considerations
  • Academic research projects
  • Library of Congress initiatives
  • The pioneering role of the Internet Archive
  • Research at Microsoft
  • Case studies of digital archiving in practice

Hawkins and his contributors are passionate about personal archiving, their enthusiasm matched only by their expertise in this must-read text for genealogists, historians, archivists, librarians, collectors, creators, and anyone with a mass of digital information they want to organize and preserve.

 Education

Design for How People Learn. Julie Dirksen. Products, technologies, and workplaces change so quickly today that everyone is continually learning. Many of us are also teaching, even when it’s not in our job descriptions. Whether it’s giving a presentation, writing documentation, or creating a website or blog, we need and want to share our knowledge with other people. But if you’ve ever fallen asleep over a boring textbook, or fast-forwarded through a tedious e-learning exercise, you know that creating a great learning experience is harder than it seems. Design For How People Learn will teach you how to leverage the fundamental concepts of instructional design both to improve your own learning and to engage your audience.

The Teaching Librarian: Web 2.0, Technology, and Legal Aspects. Kris Helge and Laura F. McKinnon. Librarians need to utilize web 2.0 tools to generate rich-text learning environments, creating enriching, challenging, and supportive learning platforms for students. The Teaching Librarian shows how to utilize wikis, mindmaps, and Second Life to improve pedagogy for librarians. Topics include how to obtain administration approval to implement web 2.0 tools, how to deal with and prevent technological glitches, and remain aware of relevant legal issues in the UK and the USA. The book also outlines how to create learning interfaces that meet the needs of nontraditional students. The six chapters cover key areas of pedagogy and web 2.0, including: the relevance of LibGuides and its uses for pedagogy; using cloud computing and mobile apps in teaching; teaching with Wikis, Second Life, and Mind Maps; practical issues with web 2.0 technology; and a chapter on the legal issues surrounding the use of web 2.0 for pedagogy.

Evaluation/Assessment

Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value. Edited by Maria J. Grant, Barbara Sen and Hanna Spring. Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse selection of libraries throughout the world, this handbook provides library and information professionals with the guidance they need to undertake research projects in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and improve service delivery. It guides readers step by step through the key phases of planning, doing, and disseminating research. Novices as well as those experienced with evaluations, audits, or research will benefit from the text’s thorough and common-sense approach, which includes

  • An introduction to the concepts, ethics, and planning stages of research projects
  • Coverage of the fundamentals of projects, such as literature review, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis, and research tools
  • Pointers on writing up the project, putting the results of the project findings into practice, and disseminating the project to the wider community
  • Case studies drawn from a broad range of LIS contexts and applicable to any institution.

This is the essential handbook for any librarian or information professional who wants to undertake research in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and the wider evidence base for library and information science. It’s also a useful guide for undergraduate and postgraduate LIS students undertaking their final year research project.

Management

Managing Incompetence: An Innovative Approach for Dealing with People. Gabriel Ginebra. Day-in, day-out, managers and supervisors face a myriad of personalities in the workplace. Managing these individual characters can sometimes drive even the calmest boss into a frenzy. Here, for the first time in English, is a humorous, yet practical and effective title on how to deal with all those seemingly ‘incompetent’ people on your staff. Step-by-step, author Gabriel Ginebra guides you through the ‘Fougi Model’ to diagnose inefficiencies; and through this process, you’ll learn how to discern and improve people’s behaviors in the workplace. Business readers the world over have been impressed with this innovative approach to managing staff; you too, can benefit from this wisdom.

Technology

Expert Internet Searching, 4th Edition. Phil Bradley. The highly anticipated new edition of Phil Bradley’s essential guide to internet search is here. This no-nonsense handbook will give you the tools to find the information that you need more quickly and effectively than ever before. Since the last edition was published internet search has changed dramatically, with both the amount of information to be found online and the diversity of tools to unlock it expanding exponentially. This new edition, rewritten from scratch, gives readers the information and guidance they need to choose the right search tools and strategies for each information need. From searching social media effectively to tracking down an expert or a news story, and from searching by image to searching multimedia, Bradley introduces the best search engines and tools and explains how to get the most out of them. Whether you are a casual searcher or an expert information retriever, you will find information on a wide variety of search engines that you’ve never tried before and lists of tools and resources that will make you an even better searcher than you already are. This book will be an invaluable guide for anyone searching the internet for information, whether you are taking your first steps or are becoming more expert. Those teaching others how to search the internet efficiently will find suggestions and strategies and an eloquent rebuttal of the claim that ‘it’s all on Google’.

Global Mobile: Applications and Innovations for the Worldwide Mobile Ecosystem. Edited by Peter A. Bruck and Madanmohan Rao. Editors Bruck and  Rao bring together an extraordinary cast of thought leaders and practitioners in this sweeping survey of mobile technology and its impacts on human life, work, and society. Global Mobile examines the foundations of the worldwide mobile ecosystem through an array of case studies and perspectives on how mobile is transforming human enterprise—from business and healthcare to education, employment, entertainment, government, and the media. Contributors describe how mobile can and is being used to expand economies, alliances, and partnerships, and assess legal, policy, and regulatory issues and challenges. Combining broad practical coverage with a pioneering vision, Global Mobile is the first essential guide to the worldwide mobile ecosystem.

Marketing with Social Media: A Lita Guide. Edited by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott. This guide offers to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media. Ideal for newbies ready to get serious about marketing with social media, as well as practitioners on the lookout for ways to improve existing efforts, this guide will save readers time and effort by providing basic information on the most popular and cutting-edge marketing technologies. With best practices for engaging library users across multiple platforms, editor Beth C. Thomsett-Scott and her contributors:

  • draw from a range of experiences, with examples from different library types and sizes;
  • include case studies of successful social media efforts using Facebook, wikis, video-sharing sites, Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, blogs, Twitter and QR codes;
  • offer tips for maintaining a steady flow of content, coordinating with colleagues, planning for sustainability and using built-in analytics for evaluation;
  • present numerous screen shots and illustrations;
  • provide a resource list at the end of every chapter, allowing readers to dig deeper.

New Titles Added to Lending Library

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Two book covers are shown

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region added two new books to the Lending Library. Among the new titles are another book on video creation which provides many good tips and best practices for video creation and a book on supervising library staff.

Fundamentals of Library Supervision (Second Edition)
Author: Joan Giesecke and Beth McNeil
Description: Two experienced library managers explain how to create a productive workplace as they weave expert advice and commentary into an easy-to-use resource. This revised edition focuses on daily, real-world practices offering

  • Specific strategies for new supervisory staff
  • Hundreds of tips for encouraging a positive work ethic, maintaining productivity, and building teamwork
  • Proven advice on practical supervisory issues like hiring, firing, interviewing, and training
  • Policies and procedures that maintain fairness while addressing potential legal landmines

Guiding supervisors through the intricate process of managing others, this comprehensive handbook addresses the fundamental issues facing new managers. It also serves as a welcome refresher and reference for experienced managers facing new challenges in this complex and changing environment.

Rapid Video Development for Trainers: How to Create Learning Videos Fast and Affordably
Author: Jonathan Halls
Description: Rapid Video Development for Trainers meets the needs of companies and individuals who are thinking about or have dabbled in video production. Although producing focused, high quality video is well within the capability of nearly every development professional, the skill sets required to do so have not traditionally fallen within most trainers’ job descriptions. This is where Rapid Video Development for Trainers comes in: a comprehensive tutorial covering every aspect of web-based video development, this book provides both the theoretical overview and the nuts-and-bolts instructions for creating professional quality video quickly, easily, and inexpensively.

Written specifically for trainers by a 20-year media industry veteran who has worked in Europe, America, and Asia, Rapid Video Development for Trainers explains in clear, nontechnical language everything needed to create exceptionally instructive, cost-effective videos.

Some of the topics discussed include:

  • the opportunities presented to trainers by the advent of inexpensive digital technology
  • the principles, psychology, and philosophies behind effective video
  • what constitutes and appropriate situation in which to utilize video as a training medium
  • the various, distinct layers (visual, spoken word, music and sound effects, and more) that comprise an effective, high quality video
  • techniques for using effects to enhance-rather than detract from -the impact of your video
  • designing and implementing an efficient, productive workflow
  • thorough coverage of the tools you’ll need, with a heavy emphasis on the most cost-effective software and hardware for your project
  • detailed input on how to shoot great video, with sections on lighting, framing, and safety
  • important tips on basic digital video camera care and use
  • how to edit your video for maximum clarity, consistency, and aesthetics
  • a full chapter on the digital technology involved with putting your video on the web
  • a summary 12-point plan for achieving success with your training video

At a time when training and development budgets are being decreased, staff must be able to do more with less. And, since web-based video is rapidly assuming a critical role in corporate training, the ability to create highly effective video in-house is crucial. Rapid Video Development for Trainers is an invaluable educational resource for every aspect of professional-quality, cost-effective web video production.

Don’t Just Fundraise: Crowdfund

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Crowdfunding

Fundraising in the 21st century is not just about the bake sale anymore. Today technology is helping to open up fundraising opportunities to many. Crowdfunding is harnessing the power of technology and helping people around the globe donate to projects they might not have heard about before.

Crowdfunding “is a collective effort by people who network and pool their money together, usually via the Internet, in order to invest in and support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.”Crowdfunding allows individuals with a common interest or goal to raise money while also allowing other individuals, no matter how near or far, to get involved and contribute if they support the goal.

Crowdfunding is being used by libraries for many different purposes. A look at some online crowdfunding sites finds projects for repainting a local public library, purchasing books for a library in South Africa, building little lending libraries across the country, and many more. Many libraries have turned to crowdfunding as a way to boost donations, especially from individuals who may not be able to get out to a typically library fundraising event.

While online donations have been possible through credit card and PayPlay links, crowdfunding allows an organization to focus on a specific project or goal and use the crowdfunding platform to more widely promote the project. Online services for crowdfunding typically include the ability for creators to upload videos and share details about their project. Many crowdfunding sites also allow creators to offer incentives for contributors. Creators may offer t-shirts or hand written notes as an incentive to people to contribute to their project.

In additional to libraries, other industries are also turning to crowdfunding to boost funding. Crowdfunding projects for everything from digital thermometers, cell phones for everyone, research support, and even college tuition are seen online.

While crowdfunding is taking off, it is important to be familiar with the terms of service associated with the many online crowdfunding sites. The Library Journal article Crowdfunding the Library explores some of the ins and outs of crowdfunding for library purposes. The article includes information about some library projects and first person experience with crowdfunding for a library.

It is important to consider that online funding sites typically keep a percentage, usually very small, of the funds raised as overhead for platform use. For most sites this fee is only charged when a specific goal is met.

An overview of some of the most popular crowdfunding sites is provided in the list below (alphabetical order):

  • Crowdtilt – Legally certified in securing fundraisers for non-profit organizations. Users are allowed to contribute to and create campaigns of their choosing. A 2.5% fee is charged only if a campaign successfully reaches its goal.
  • Funding4Learning – Helps students raise financial resources for study, volunteering and education related initiatives. Uses PayPal as their main provider for all the fundraising payment’s processing and transaction services. Collected funds are disbursed only if the fundraising campaign is successful. However, a contributor is allowed to make a “direct contribution”, which is guaranteed to be paid whether or not the campaign is successful. Funding4Learning charges 5% of funds disbursed from a successful campaign, and 5% of all direct contributions.
  • Fundly – Makes it easy for non-profits, charities, politics, clubs, schools, teams, churches, and many other causes to quickly raise money online from friends, family, colleagues, donors, and other supporters via email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, and social media networks. It is also an app for social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn. It uses WePay to process donations. Donors are charged when they make a donation.
  • GoFundMe – Allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. Allows users to share their project with people through integrated social network links and email. A special section of GoFundMe is dedicated to users who are trying to raise money to cover their tuition costs.
  • Indigogo – Disburses funds immediately, when the contributions are collected through the user’s PayPal accounts. When your campaign raises funds, Indiegogo charges a 9.0% fee on the funds you raise. If you reach your goal, you get 5.0% back, for an overall fee of 4.0%. Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits qualify for a 25% reduction in platform costs.
  • KickStarter – Provides tools to raise funds for creative projects. Project creators choose a deadline and a minimum funding goal. If the goal is not met by the deadline, no funds are collected. Kickstarter takes 5% of the funds raised.
  • Neighbor.ly – Civic crowdfunding website. Focused on helping local governments raise money for civic improvements. Designed to accept projects only from local governmental and civic-natured entities including; constitutionally chartered municipalities, county and metro-conglomerate government entities, public / private partnerships, and institutions, private, or non-profit organizations whose mission caters primarily to civic infrastructure (e.g. bike share startups).
  • PetriDish – Crowdfunding for scientific research. Aimed at projects that might not be eligible for government funding as well as projects that need funding not typically covered by grants such as translating research into educational papers or projects. Charges a percentage of funds collected

A comparison of crowdfunding services can be found on Wikipedia.

Has your organization used crowdfunding? Let us know in the comments.

New Tech Titles for Lending Library

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Three book covers

This summer three new titles were added to the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region Lending Library. All three titles are technology related at address timely trends including social media and video creation that many libraries and organizations may be interested in learning more about. The books available for loan to any NN/LM SCR Network remember.

Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide
Author: Laura Solomon
Description: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn: it’s difficult enough to keep abreast of social media Web sites, let alone understand how they fit into today’s library. This practical resource brings together current information on the topic in a concise format that’s easy to digest. Laura Solomon is a librarian with more than a decade of experience in Web development, design, and technology, and her timely guide

  • Provides context on the social media phenomenon
  • Offers practical advice on how libraries can choose, use, and monitor these tools effectively
  • Identifies additional resources and best practices

Solomon has written a unique, to-the-point guidebook for those ready to jump into the deep end of the pool and commence or improve their library’s tweeting, posting, and friending.

Library Videos and Webcasts: The Tech Set #4
Author: Thomas Sean Casserley Robinson
Description: Online video and imaging software gives you the opportunity to communicate with your library users 24/7 – but getting started can be intimidating. ‘Library Videos and Webcasts’, part of Neal-Schuman’s The Tech Set®, has the building blocks you need to effectively, affordably, and easily create and broadcast high-quality webcasts to your library users, staff and the social networking sites beyond. Author Sean Robinson details each step in the video creation process, with practical guidance for equipment selection, planning, development, plus the use of quality camera techniques, props and special effects. Robinson also covers post-production, and shows you best practices for marketing your videos and measuring their success. ‘Library Videos and Webcasts’ is a useful one-stop resource for both advanced and less-experienced librarians. Whether you want to advertise upcoming programs, broadcast book reviews, or film instructional videos about your library’s services, this complete how-to guide gives you the all of the practical tools you need to integrate video into your library’s repertoire.

Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff, 4th Edition
Author: John J. Burke
Description: The fourth edition of Burke’s comprehensive resource, newly revised and updated, is a perfect primer for LIS students and should be at the top of the list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement. This all-in-one guide helps readers contribute to improving institutional performance, boost productivity, and stay connected to the latest library technology topics and tools by offering incisive coverage of

  • Library technology basics, with a historical overview providing context, suggested resources for staying up to date, and a chapter on appraising and purchasing equipment and putting systems into operation
  • Technology tools, including computers of all kinds (desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices), office applications, the wireless world, the vast changes and potential of library catalogs and databases, social media, and much more
  • How libraries put technology to work through adaptive/assistive technology, virtual reference, blogs, screencasting, distance learning, and other day-to-day workflow
  • Building and maintaining technology, offering guidance on spam, spyware, security strips, and other dangers of the cyberworld, plus troubleshooting tips for typical technology problems and advice on making technology environments comfortable for users
  • The importance of long-range technology planning and how to take steps to start the planning process

Technology Skills for Librarians and Library Staff Survey

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

What technology skills are necessary for librarians today? John Burke explored this question a 2009 online survey and in March of 2012 he revised this survey. Burke recently released the results in the online post Survey Results: Technology Skills for Librarians and Library Staff and further explores library technology skills in the fourth edition of the book Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff.

With over 2,000 responses the online survey respondents listed the follow ten items as technologies used on a daily basis:

Laptop keyboard

E-mail – 97.6%
Word processing – 94.1%
Using a Web browser – 93.6%
Web searching – 93.6%
Searching library databases – 91.8%
Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel, etc.) – 85.3%
Library catalog (public side) – 84.4%
Public or staff printers – 80.1%
Teaching others to use technology – 80.0%
Presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.) – 75.1%

High percentages of respondents also listed:

Troubleshooting technology – 65.6%
Fax machine – 50.1%
Google Docs – 49.4%
Making technology purchase decisions – 38.5%

Respondents indicated that technology skills related to programming, coding, web design, and network management would help them in their current roles. Respondents also expressed interest in adding more mobile and social technologies to their library.

With many libraries already wrestling with budget cuts, respondents indicated a need for more stuff to help deal with the growing demand for technology support in their libraries.

Burke’s book is available for loan to Network members through the National Network of Library of Medicine, South Central Region’s (NN/LM SCR) Lending Library.

Grow Your Social Capital

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Social Media words

Understanding social media and working to build an audience via social networking tools such as Facebook or Twitter can be a bit a challenge for librarians and other organizations who want to start a presence in these areas. In May American Libraries published the article Understanding Social Capital by librarian and social media expert Laura Solomon.  Solomon explains the value of social capital and that in many ways social capital is akin to credibility. To start a social media presence with no followers can be frustrating but building your credibility through the development of social capital is an important step to gaining followers and sharing your message.

Solomon points out that one of the pitfalls many organizations suffer in early attempts to engage users on social media is posting and sharing information that is only about their organization. Building social capital takes time and requires work. Solomon stresses that “building a social media reputation means giving back.”

Solomon provides details on several tips for engagement with users that can be used to build social capital through social media. She recommends the follow:

  • Thank your patrons
  • Ask for opinions
  • Offer links to other sites of interest
  • Retweet your followers (Twitter)
  • Always give credit
  • Encourage feedback
  • Provide information people care about
  • Monitor and respond to posts

Solomon goes on to provide some advanced tips for building social capital through the use of photos, customer service, and contests as tools to further audience engagement.

One of the main takeaways from the article for anyone looking to build social capital is understanding that in order to build social capital there is a demand for reciprocity. While promoting your organization’s programs it is equally important to use social media as a tool to promote other programs and highlight information that your audience is interested in, even if it comes from other sources. Pointing people in the right direction and engaging with users is an important part of growing social capital and earning creditability.

Solomon’s latest book The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media and her previous work Doing Social Media So It Matters: A Librarian’s Guide both provide additional information about building and maintaining a social media presence and can be borrowed from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region’s (NN/LM SCR) Lending Library.

New Titles Added to Lending Library

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Book Covers

The NN/LM SCR added a few new titles to the Lending Library this quarter. The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.

The Art of Explanation: Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
Author: Lee Lefever
It’s time to rethink how you communicate. Every day, professionals struggle to make ideas easy to understand and it prevents them from accomplishing their goals.This book is a simple guide to solving this problem by turning complex ideas into easy-to-understand explanations. In The Art of Explanation, Common Craft founder and Chief Explainer Lee LeFever distills years of experience into practical, common sense approaches to communicating ideas, products and services.

A LITA Guide to Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries
Authors: Rene J. Erlandson & Rachel A. Erb
For those working in a small library, particularly one that may have little technical support, a foundational knowledge of technology is crucial. This LITA guide shows how to successfully develop, implement, sustain, and grow technology initiatives. The contributors draw from personal experience in rural libraries and regional state university libraries to offer guidance for making sound technology decisions. Whether looking for a quick answer or starting an in-depth technology project, readers will quickly find basic information on the full range of library technology, organized into chapters with numerous headings for easy scanning.

MLA’s Educational Webcast – Partnering to Prevent Diagnostic Error: Librarians on the Inside Track
(DVD)
Program Goal: The goal of this program is to raise awareness and encourage participation by medical librarians in diagnostic error (Dx) prevention and mitigation.

Use the online form to request any of our Lending Library books today.

NN/LM SCR Lending Library New Additions

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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The NN/LM SCR has added several titles to the Lending Library this quarter. The materials are available for loan to any of our Network members.

  • 10 Steps to Successful Presentations
    Author: ASTD
    Connect with your audience and become a think-on-your- feet presenter with 10 strategies for communicating with authority. 10 Steps to Successful Presentations presents strategies to conquer the phobia of public speaking and deliver dynamic, stress-free presentations. Create captivating content; simplify complex ideas; design impactful visual aids; and contrast the characteristics of effective, dynamic presentations against those of awkward, unsuccessful presentations.
  • ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer
    Author: Elaine Biech
    ASTD’s Ultimate Train the Trainer is a complete, customizable, template-driven train the trainer resource that allow users to quickly design and deploy programs that produce new classroom ready trainers. Interactive CD included.
  • Evidence Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM, 3rd Edition
    Author: Sharon E. Straus, W. Scott Richardson, Paul Glasziou, and R. Brian Haynes
    Evidence Based Medicine provides a clear explanation of the central questions of EBM – how to ask answerable clinical questions, how to translate them into effective searches for the best evidence, how to critically appraise that evidence for its validity and importance, and how to integrate it with patients’ values and preferences. This book focuses on the major challenge of practicing EBM in real time, providing tips and tools to help. Includes interactive and user-friendly CD and list of downloadable EBM resources for handhelds.
  • The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media
    Author: Laura Solomon
    The vast array of social media options presents a challenge to today’s busy librarians: it’s tough to keep current, let alone formulate a plan for using these tools effectively. Solomon, a librarian with extensive experience in web development, design, and technology, cuts to the chase with this invaluable guide to using social media in any kind of library. With a straightforward and pragmatic approach, she enlarges her best-selling ALA Editions Special Report on the topic and presents an overview of the social media world, providing context for services like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and analyzes how adults and teens use of social media impacts the library. The author offers advice on easy ways to use these tools on a daily basis, with planning strategies for posting and scheduling. The book addresses the fine points of Facebook, comparing the various types of profiles and accounts. Solomon guides readers in the basics of crafting eye-catching status updates, and other social media best practices and shows how to manage and monitor accounts, including pointers on dealing with negative feedback. The book includes a bibliography of additional resources. Solomon’s guide will empower libraries to use social media as a powerful tool for marketing, outreach, and advocacy.
  • Pathways to Teaching Nursing: Keeping It Real!
    Author: Sylvia Rayfield and Loretta Manning
    Like a compass that guides adventurers through wilderness territory, the “teach the teacher” insights in this book have as their dual purpose to both focus and empower the work of nurse educators. Authors Sylvia Rayfield and Loretta Manning have brought alive the message that our highest calling as nursing teachers is to develop teaching strategies and relationships with nursing students that foster in them a sense of worth and of identity as caring professional nurses.
  • Web Service APIs and Libraries
    Author: Jason Paul Michel
    This book shows how to enhance an institution’s presence on the web with tools that integrate a variety of handy, popular programs. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services.

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