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Reference Skills for the School Librarian: Tools and Tips
     

Reference Skills for the School Librarian: Tools and Tips

by Ann Marlow Riedling Ph.D., Loretta Shake Ph.D., Cynthia Houston
 

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This book is a user-friendly guide for K–12 librarians, teachers, and school library media specialists that covers all major areas in reference, from the reference interview to encyclopedias and dictionaries.

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This book is a user-friendly guide for K–12 librarians, teachers, and school library media specialists that covers all major areas in reference, from the reference interview to encyclopedias and dictionaries.

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"This essential resource addresses a broad range of topics. . . . Regardless of how many years you have been a school librarian, this is an invaluable resource that should be on every school librarian's shelf." - Library Media Connection

"Well organized, cleanly written, and thorough, this manual is well worth the cost." - VOYA

VOYA - Beth E. Andersen
This resource for school librarians evaluating their reference collection in the face of shrinking budgets and increasing tech-based demands also serves as a mini-course in school reference services for new school librarians/media specialists. In Part 1, an overview, the authors consider the growing focus on Common Core curriculum standards, information literacy (younger students do better with print references until they learn how to hone their online research skills), and the need for skilled reference interviewing. This section guides school librarians through the evaluation and selection of sources using a checklist of criteria, such as scope, accuracy, timeliness, and cost. These topics are given individual attention in subsequent chapters. One curious omission: page 33 makes reference to "following examples of bibliographies [that] may also be thought of as selection tools," but there is no list. Also, here is one request for future editions: in the section on weeding, a more planet-friendly option to destruction or Dumpsters would be the recycling bin. Part 2, "Nuts and Bolts," addresses the specific kinds of reference sources, both print and online, that should be part of school collections. Chapters discuss print versus online bibliographies, dictionaries, geographical sources, and databases that should be given consideration. As with Part 1, each chapter includes useful websites or webliographies. Part 3 delves more deeply into the reference interview, which sets up the reader for Part 5, practice scenarios and exercises for library staffers. Part 4 analyzes reference services using the Web and lays out the positives and pitfalls of searching online for vetted answers to research questions. Well organized, cleanly written, and thorough, this manual is well worth the cost. Reviewer: Beth E. Andersen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586835286
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/14/2013
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
384,810
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ann M. Riedling, MEd, MLS, PhD, is associate professor at San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.

Loretta Shake, EdD, is library media specialist and school technology coordinator for North Oldham Middle School in Goshen, KY.

Cynthia Houston, PhD, is associate professor in the Library Media Education program at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY.

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