Book Reviews


Book Reviews

Review: True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries

Nye, Valerie and Kathy Barco, eds. True Stories of Censorship Battles in America’s Libraries.  Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2012. 176p. Softcover, $50.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1130-3)

Reviewed by: 
Rosanna Ensley
Circulation and Web Services Librarian
Adams State University

This edited volume provides concise, real-world examples of censorship challenges librarians have encountered in a variety of settings, and the methods they employed to face these challenges.

Review: Cybrarian Extraordinaire: Compelling Information Literacy Instruction

Smith, Felicia A. Cybrarian Extraordinaire: Compelling Information Literacy Instruction. Santa Barbara, CA:  Libraries Unlimited, 2011. 112p. Paperback, $40.00 (ISBN:  978-1-59884-605-8)
 

Reviewed by: 
Chrissy Taylor
Penrose Library
University of Denver

Cybrarian Extraordinaire is an account of author Felicia A. Smith’s experiments in and experiences with creating methods to educate students about library services. Smith uses many tactics, and gives a fresh perspective on teaching information literacy to undergraduates as well as creating a literacy program for juvenile inmates. She describes using Second Life, an interactive virtual world, in library instruction to engage students and have them learn in an interactive format.

Review: Free Voluntary Reading

Krashen, Stephen. Free Voluntary Reading. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. 90p. Softcover, $25.00 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-844-1)

Reviewed by: 
Megan E. Welsh
MLIS Graduate
University of Denver

From S. R. Ranganathan’s Five Laws of Library Science to the ALA Code of Ethics, access is embedded as a foundational principle in our understanding of what it means to be a librarian. Access is the basis of the profession, and it is also the basis of Stephen Krashen’s book Free Voluntary Reading. Krashen emphasizes that young people need access to a large amount of reading materials to foster language and literacy development.

Review: Library Management Tips That Work

Smallwood, Carol (Editor).  Library Management Tips That Work. Chicago IL:  American Library Association 2011. 190p Paperback, $55.00 (ISBN: 978-8389-1121-1)

Reviewed by: 
Naioma Walberg
Adult Services Department Head
Douglas County Libraries

This small volume contains forty eight tips that touch on many of the issues facing managers today.  Sectioned into five parts -- The Manager’s Role; Running a Library; Information Technology; Staff and Public Relations -- the book offers a variety of helpful advice for academic, K-12, and public libraries.

Review: Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children & Teens

Nelson, Jennifer and Keith Braafladt. Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children & Teens. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2012. 144p. Paperback, $50.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1108-2)

Reviewed by: 
Lisa Cole
Librarian
Denver Public Library

Technology and Literacy: 21st Century Library Programming for Children & Teens is a vague title, which may lead the reader might to expect an overview of various types of technology-based programs for youth.  However, the book focuses specifically on one type of library programming in particular, Scratch, which is a software suite for creating rich, interactive multimedia projects.

Review: “Leading from the Middle,” and Other Contrarian Essays on Library Leadership

Lubans, John, Jr. "Leading from the Middle," and Other Contrarian Essays on Library Leadership. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO, 2010. 298p. Paperback, $50.00 (ISBN: 978-1598845778)

Reviewed by: 
Joyce Deming
Adult Information Services Librarian
Golden Public Library

If, like me, you find the typical library management text a little on the dry side, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with “Leading from the Middle,” and Other Contrarian Essays on Library Leadership by John Lubans Jr.

Review: ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference

ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference. Chicago, IL:  American Library Association, 2011. 742p.  Softcover, $75.00 (ISBN:  978-0-8389-1023-8)

Reviewed by: 
Molly J. Mulligan
Graduate Student, Texas Woman’s University
Acquisitions Technician, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

While many health care consumers elect to turn to the Internet for health and medical information, the ALA provides a reliable, comprehensive alternative. The ALA Guide to Medical & Health Sciences Reference, published in 2011, is a valuable reference tool for consumers, health professionals, and researchers.  Daunting, at 742 pages, the resource presents thirteen sections covering various health topics including traditional medicine, nursing, dentistry, nutrition, and health care.

Review: The Librarian’s Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age

Ashmore, Beth, Jill E. Grogg, and Jeff Weddle. The Librarian's Guide to Negotiation: Winning Strategies for the Digital Age. Medford, NJ: Information Today, Inc., 2012. 260p. Softcover, $49.50 (ISBN: 978-1-57387-428-1)

Reviewed by: 
Jean Marie Heilig
Fiscal Officer, LSTA Grant Coordinator
Colorado State Library

I’m filing this book under the “things I didn’t learn in library school” category.  Because negotiating skills weren’t offered in our curriculum, most of us have failed to realize that negotiating is a big part of our everyday lives. We negotiate with ourselves, our family, and our co-workers.

Review: ALA Book of Library Grant Money

Ann Kepler, ed. ALA Book of Library Grant Money. 8th ed. Chicago, IL: American Library Association, 2011. 448p. Softcover, $175.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1058-0)

Reviewed by: 
Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis
Associate Professor
University of Denver

Fiscal challenges continue for all libraries across the United States. Administrators, managers, and library staff can use this updated volume to identify potential grant funding from private and corporate foundations that have recently supported libraries and library services. Veteran editor Ann Kepler provides a detailed descriptive profile of philanthropic programs across the county, arranging them alphabetically by foundation name, corporation, or family of private charitable organizations. Library associations are listed alphabetically by state.
 

Review: From Boardbook to Facebook: Children’s Services in an Interactive Age

Fasick, Adele M. From Boardbook to Facebook: Children's Services in an Interactive Age. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2011. 157p. Softcover, $30.00 (ISBN: 978-1-59884-468-9)

Reviewed by: 
Deb Ehret
Children’s Librarian
Manitou Springs Public Library

Once children learn to read, do they still need libraries? Today, more than ever, the world of libraries is changing rapidly, and the impact on children’s services cannot be denied. From Boardbook to Facebook, which has a great title, researches and discusses the needs of our youngest patrons, those who are often without a voice, confirming that these services are crucial, both to the patrons and to libraries themselves.