Reference Skills for the School Library Media Specialist: Tools and Tips / Edition 1

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Written for college graduate level students, this work addresses reference issues and concepts as applied to school library situations. The objectives are to provide teach reference processes, sources, skills, and services, and to provide school library media scenarios for reflection and application. Communication between student and librarian is addressed, as well as new technological issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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This practical volume provides an overview of reference services and sources in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Riedling addresses current issues such as the impact of technology and refers to the most recent AASL guidelines, Information Power. The meat of the book is the "Nuts and Bolts" section on a wide range of reference tools. The lists of basic print and electronic sources are quite complete, as are the comments on evaluation and selection. Professionals new to the field and library-school students will find the succinct information on evaluation in boxed, bulleted lists to be helpful, if somewhat redundant. An extensive appendix of publisher information is included, and scenarios of fairly typical reference situations are offered. A much slimmer and more reader-friendly volume than Richard Bopp and Linda Smith's often-used Reference and Information Services (Libraries Unlimited, 1995), Riedling's work has a more specific audience and is a good supplement to the aforementioned.-Peg Glisson, Mendon Center Elementary School, Pittsford, NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586830007
  • Publisher: Linworth Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.95 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface VI
Acknowledgments VIII
About the Author IX
Part I What Is Reference All About?
Chapter 1 Processes, Sources, and Services
Introduction 3
Reference Services 3
The Reference Process 5
Reference and Information Literacy 5
Research and Problem-Solving Processes and Models 6
Reference and the Technology Connection 8
Conclusion 8
Figure 1.1 The Reference Process: Five Basic Steps 9
Figure 1.2 The Information Literacy Process as It Relates to Student Learning 10
Figure 1.3 Overview of Three Problem-Solving or Research Models or Processes 11
Figure 1.4 Information-Seeking Process: Affective, Cognitive, and Sensorimotor Learning 11
Figure 1.5 The Big6 Information Problem-Solving Model 12
Chapter 2 Selection, Evaluation, and Maintenance of the Reference Collection
Introduction 13
What Do You Need? The Selection Process 14
How Do You Know If It's Good? The Evaluation Process 18
Collection Organization and Maintenance 19
Conclusion 20
Part II Nuts and Bolts
Chapter 3 Bibliographies
Introduction 25
Evaluation and Selection 27
Basic Sources 28
Chapter 4 Directories, Almanacs, Yearbooks, and Handbooks
Introduction 33
Evaluation and Selection 35
Basic Sources 36
Directories 37
Almanacs 38
Yearbooks 40
Handbooks 41
Chapter 5 Biographical Sources
Introduction 45
Types of Biographical Sources 45
Evaluation and Selection 46
Basic Sources 48
Who's Whos 48
Current Biographical Dictionaries 48
Author Sources and Literary Criticism 49
Retrospective Biographical Dictionaries 53
Conclusion 54
Chapter 6 Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Dictionaries 55
Introduction 55
Evaluation and Selection 56
Basic Sources 58
English Language Dictionaries 58
Foreign Language Dictionaries 60
Historical Dictionaries 60
Slang and Dialect Dictionaries 60
Thesauri 60
Subject Dictionaries 61
Encyclopedias 62
Introduction 62
Evaluation and Selection 62
Basic Sources 65
Traditional General Encyclopedias 65
Single-Volume Encyclopedias 66
Subject Encyclopedias 66
Chapter 7 Geographical Sources
Introduction 69
Evaluation and Selection 70
Basic Sources 72
Current World Atlases 72
Historical Atlases 73
Thematic Atlases 74
Maps 74
Gazetteers and Other Geographical Sources 75
Chapter 8 Indexes and Abstracts
Introduction 77
Evaluation and Selection 77
Basic Sources 80
Magazines and Newspapers 80
Specialized Indexes 83
Part III The Art of Questioning
Chapter 9 The Reference Interview 89
Introduction 89
Your Patron--the Student 90
The Setting 91
You--the School Library Media Specialist 91
Questions and Questioning 93
Types of Reference Interviews 94
Conclusion 95
Part IV Reference for the New Millennium
Chapter 10 Reference Skills in the Age of Technology 99
Introduction 99
Electronic Resources and Information Delivery Systems 100
The Internet 102
School Library Media Reference Services: Looking Beyond 103
Part V Scenarios: Situations for School Library Media Specialists
Introduction 107
Special Notes to Instructors 108
Chapter 11 Reference Scenarios for Elementary School Librarians 111
Scenario 1 How Much Is Enough? 111
Scenario 2 Picture Problems 112
Scenario 3 Too Much Technology? 113
Scenario 4 Who Decides? 114
Chapter 12 Reference Scenarios for Middle School Librarians 115
Scenario 1 The Point of PowerPoint 115
Scenario 2 Reading Is Reading 116
Scenario 3 Social Information Science 117
Scenario 4 Evaluation of Electronic Information 118
Chapter 13 Reference Scenarios for High School Librarians 119
Scenario 1 Is This a Language Problem? 119
Scenario 2 Does Technology Spell Success? 120
Scenario 3 Does Sex Belong in the School Library? 121
Scenario 4 Talent Talks 122
Appendix Publisher Information 125
References 132
Glossary 133
Index 136
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