Essential Reference Services For Today's School Media Specialists / Edition 2

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Essential Reference Services for Today's School Media Specialists: Second Edition is an overview of today's reference environment covering the essentials of reference services, from selecting resources to weeding the collection, from the advantages of chat reference to the types of library instruction. This book is the place to start for information on reference services. It begins with a discussion of information and information literacy and also covers using and evaluating print and electronic reference sources, providing and evaluating reference services, creating web resources, teaching the core curriculum, and more.

In this second edition, the authors focus on updating all of these areas. Core reference skills are updated with information on virtual reference services and library instruction. The resource section reflects new editions and changes in electronic resources and Web 2.0 tools, and the leadership section is expanded as well.

Grades K-12

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Editorial Reviews

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"This will work will be a good choice for the busy practitioner or student who needs updated material. It is recommended for professional collections." - ARBAonline

"Lanning (library media and reference, Southern Utah U.) and Bryner (teacher education, Brigham Young U.), a website developer, offer an overview of essential reference services for school library media specialists. Focusing on core reference skills, electronic resources, and leadership skills, they discuss information and information literacy, using and evaluating print and electronic resources, providing and evaluating reference services, creating web resources, catalogs, searching the web, teaching the core curriculum, and building a reference collection. This edition updates the core reference skills with information on virtual reference services and library instruction. The resource section has new editions and updates to electronic resources and Web 2.0 tools, and the leadership section has been expanded." - SciTech Book News

"This is quite a comprehensive and informative monograph in the area of reference services, through K–12 standards, in the U.S. The monograph is primarily intended for media specialists, who will find the text, contents and delineation useful and handy for needed orientation for reference services." - Library Times International

"For a simple introduction to reference services for teacher-librarians, this book does a satisfactory job." - Booklist

"Newbie librarians and teachers, as well as veterans in the field, will find useful information that can be applied to daily practice not only in the school library, but also in the classroom." - School Library Journal

"An invaluable resource for both new and experienced librarians. . . . Highly recommended." - Library Media Connection

"This title contains a detailed reference list with a range of book material, journals and many websites and an index. It is a place to start for an understanding of contemporary reference collection development and reference services. Core, established reference services as well as virtual reference services are part of the 2010 skills portfolio of the teacher librarian profession." - Australian Library Journal

School Library Journal
Newbie librarians and teachers, as well as veterans in the field, will find useful information that can be applied to daily practice not only in the school library, but also in the classroom. Chapters cover such topics as information literacy, print and electronic sources, library catalogs, searching the Web, library instruction, and building a collection. The authors help nontechie educators navigate online reference sources by recommending useful Web sites and virtual sources. Seasoned professionals will notice a paradigm shift in service; that is, a change from having the librarian find needed information to teaching students to find it themselves.—Angela Washington-Blair, Emmett J. Conrad High School, Dallas, TX
School Library Journal
Individuals who are considering a career in library science, veterans who are in need of a review of current practices, and library-school students would all benefit from this overview. Chapters address such topics as "Information Literacy," "Evaluating Reference Sources," "Library Catalogs," "Searching the Web," "Creating Electronic Library Resources," "Core Curriculum and Collaboration," and "Evaluation of Reference Service." The book is organized with clearly labeled headings and subheadings and has a clear and direct writing style that employs the effective use of analogy. The practical, basic information appeals to those who need a quick, "to-the-point" update on a variety of current topics, particularly in reference services.-Beth Jones, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591588832
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,538,164
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SCOTT LANNING is the Public Services Librarian at Southern Utah University.

JOHN BRYNER is the Director of the School Library Program at Southern Utah University.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Ch. 1 Information 1
Ch. 2 Information literacy 9
Ch. 3 Evaluating reference sources 17
Ch. 4 Print reference sources 29
Ch. 5 The reference interview 45
Ch. 6 Library catalogs 55
Ch. 7 Electronic reference sources 63
Ch. 8 Searching the web 77
Ch. 9 Creating electronic library resources 85
Ch. 10 Core curriculum and collaboration 91
Ch. 11 Building a reference collection 95
Ch. 12 Evaluation of reference service 103
Ch. 13 Sharing the reference collection with your school 115
References 119
Index 123
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