Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond [NOOK Book]


Subdivide and conquer! Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond showcases how to increase the power of Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) subdivisions to produce astonishing results from your searches. Rebecca S. Kornegay and Heidi E. Buchanan, experienced reference librarians, and Hildegard B. Morgan, an expert cataloger, explain how, when used wisely, LCSH subdivisions can save time and provide a new level ...
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Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond

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Subdivide and conquer! Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond showcases how to increase the power of Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) subdivisions to produce astonishing results from your searches. Rebecca S. Kornegay and Heidi E. Buchanan, experienced reference librarians, and Hildegard B. Morgan, an expert cataloger, explain how, when used wisely, LCSH subdivisions can save time and provide a new level of precision in information retrieval for patrons of the library.

Magic Search presents the 467 best-performing LCSH subdivisions that speak to the kinds of research questions librarians handle every day. This handy reference format and index offers a useful tool to keep for quick reference rather than a cumbersome tome to be read from cover to cover. In addition, this book provides

A thematic arrangement of LC subdivisions that yield the most successful search
Chapters on discipline-specific subdivisions to hone effective search terms
Precise, professional vocabulary useful in searches and explained in easy-to-understand language

Grasping the importance and having command of LC subdivisions, now appearing in unexpected places beyond the library catalog, is key in this rapidly evolving, 21st-century information environment. No other work explores the LCSH subdivisions is such detail or with such commitment, making this book vital to every Reference Desk.
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Editorial Reviews

Sullivan, a public library director in New Hampshire, addresses the special needs of boys and outlines how libraries can best serve them. Boys read less than girls, as every librarian knows, and most children's librarians are female. Library programming therefore tends to be directed at girls, as Sullivan points out. His suggestions for reaching boys include making a special effort to welcome them by programming for boys as well; promoting male readers as role models; storytelling; booktalking with appropriate titles (fantasy, nonfiction, and humor are especially appealing to boys); using genres such as sports to develop displays and programs and promote reading; offering chess, games, and other challenges to engage boys; and encouraging physical responses to books. There are some excellent examples of programs, booktalks, sample stories to tell, and lists of recommended reading (unfortunately, age levels are not indicated). Sullivan makes a good case for the different reading preferences of boys; as he puts it, "Boys prefer the external struggle and the heroic quest." Recreational reading that they truly enjoy (gross can be good!) is one key to promoting a lifelong interest in books, while the need for structure, Sullivan notes, is a hallmark of boys' learning style. The focus here is mainly on elementary and middle school-age boys, and while the emphasis is more on public libraries, school libraries aren't slighted. Indeed, cooperation between the two is encouraged. As a librarian at an all-boys school, I read this with great interest. Sullivan has thought long and hard about how libraries can reach boys, and his ideas are well worth listening to and implementing. KLIATT Codes: P;Recommended. 2003, American Library Association, 122p. bibliog. index.,
— Paula Rohrlick
Library Journal
Sullivan, a children's specialist and director of the Weeks Public Library (Greenland, NH), has written an important book for children's and young adult librarians to help them reach the often underserved population of boys. His early chapters outline just how and why the needs of boys are often unrecognized in public libraries and then go on to demonstrate how library programs and policies can redress that imbalance. The author draws heavily on his own successful programs, devoting a chapter each to chess clubs, storytelling workshops, and book talks. Sullivan refers back to the foundational material in the earlier chapters when discussing how to make these programs work, thus providing solid ground for creative librarians to experiment with their own programming ideas. Some librarians may take issue with many of the sweeping generalizations Sullivan makes about the differences between boys and girls, such as "boys read for information; girls read for methods of communication and cooperation." His recommendations, however, can only strengthen public library programs and services by helping librarians to draw in kids of both genders whose interests and temperaments may fall outside a library's usual scope of service.-Rachel Quenk, Thomas Memorial Lib., Cape Elizabeth, ME Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
This title accomplishes what it sets out to do, with ideas and perspectives on why boys aren't as involved in reading as girls, and what we as professionals can do to help change the trend. Sullivan begins by giving background information, statistics, and external influences that perpetuate the view that reading is somehow just for girls. He then gives some program ideas, but more importantly he suggests ways to change librarians' perspective in order to appeal to boys. The setting is more focused on the public library, but the ideas are important and useful in any situation. The writing is engaging and well researched, with footnotes at the end of each chapter. We've all read articles and studies lamenting the loss of boys in the library, and this book is a practical look at ways to try and change that.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838999417
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 236 KB

Meet the Author

Virginia A. Walter holds a BA in world literature, an MLIS from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD in public administration from the University of Southern California. Before joining the faculty in what is now the Information Studies Department at UCLA in 1990, she had worked for more than twenty years in public libraries, most recently as children’s services coordinator at Los Angeles Public Library. She retired in June 2008 with the rank of professor emerita. She is the author of two books for young people, nine monographs, and more than thirty-five articles in scholarly and professional journals.

Heidi Buchanan is a reference librarian at Hunter Library. Her MSLS is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000).

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Table of Contents

Introduction v
Using the Book xi
1. Finding Basic Treatments and Background Reading 1
2. Finding How-To Guides 4
3. Finding Images 9
4. Words, Words, . . . and Numbers 14
5. Finding Out about People: Individuals and Groups 22
6. Finding Out about Places 36
7. Finding Creative Treatments: Stories, Poems,
Songs, etc. 40
8. Finding True Stories: Memoirs, Observations,
and Confessions 43
9. Finding Primary Sources 45
10. It’s about Time: Time Periods and Chronological
Subdivisions 48
11. T ools for Scholars and Other Professionals 52
12. Subdivisions That Give Perspective, Put You
in Control, and Amaze Others! 55
13. Useful for the Humanities 59
14. Useful for the Social Sciences 73
15. Useful for Historical Research 82
16. Useful for Business Topics 89
17. Useful for Education Topics 95
18. Useful for Natural and Physical Sciences 98
19. Useful for Medicine and Health Topics 109
20. Useful for Technology Topics 115
21. T he Baby and the Bathwater: Recommendations 118
Acknowledgments 123
Works Cited 125
Index 127
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