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The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa
Edited by George M. Eberhart
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1090-0
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $50.00
 
 
 
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536 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1090-0
Year Published: 2013
AP Categories: A, C, E, G, I
The Whole Library Handbook, now in its fifth edition, is an encyclopedia filled with facts, tips, lists, and resources essential for library professionals and information workers of all kinds, all carefully handpicked to reflect the most informative, practical, up-to-date, and entertaining examples of library literature. Organized in easy-to-find categories, this unique compendium covers all areas of librarianship from academic libraries to teen services, from cataloging to copyright, and from gaming to social media. Selections include
  • Facts and figures on library workers
  • Bookmobile guidelines
  • 100 great libraries of the world
  • Job search and recruitment techniques, and advice on how to deal with tough economic times
  • Tips on writing articles and book reviews
  • Fun with cataloging rules
  • Famous librarians’ favorite books
Covering a huge spectrum of librariana, this one-of-a-kind volume is both educational and entertaining.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE 

1 LIBRARIES
Basic Information 
Academic Libraries 
Public Libraries 
School Libraries 
Special Libraries 
National Libraries 
State Libraries 
Mobile Libraries 
Facilities 
Digital Libraries 

2 PEOPLE
Recruitment 
Job Search 
Librarians 
Managers 
Consultants 
Trustees 
Friends 
Support Staff 
Volunteers 

3 THE PROFESSION
Events 
Grants and Awards 
Library Education 
Writing 

4 MATERIALS
Books 
Government Information 
Special Collections 
Children’s Materials 
Young Adult Materials 
Games 

5 OPERATIONS
Bibliography 
Acquisitions 
Scholarly Communication 
Cataloging 
Classification 
Reference 
Usage 
Interlibrary Loan 
Preservation and Disasters 
Security 
Budgeting 

6 USERS
User Experience 
Job Seekers 
Ethnic Groups 
Users with Disabilities 
Older Adults 
Young Adults 
Incarcerated Persons 
Poor Persons 

7 ADVOCACY
Marketing 
Advocacy 

8 TECHNOLOGY
Low Technology 
Internet Services 
Ebooks 
Digital Resources 
Social Media 
Other 

9 ISSUES
Core Values 
Copyright 
Intellectual Freedom 
Privacy 
Patron Behavior 
Ethics 
Information Literacy 

10 LIBRARIANA
Words 
Books 
Media 
Collections 
Image 
Whimsy 

INDEX

About the Editor

George M. Eberhart is a senior editor of American Libraries magazine for the American Library Association. Since 2006 he has been the editor of American Libraries Direct, ALA’s weekly e-newsletter. From 1980 to 1990 he was editor of College & Research Libraries News, the news magazine of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division. Author of The Librarian's Book of Lists, he has also written on the subjects of UFOs, cryptozoology, and postcard collecting.
Reviews

"This title is a jewel of a ready-reference guide for busy librarians, i.e., all of us ... highly recommended as a quick starting point and pathfinder to more information for library- and librarian-related subjects. For both the newly minted and the well-experienced librarian."
—Library Journal

"It is almost impossible to open this work to a section that fails to be entertaining, inspiring, and instructional ... a strong update to this series that will not disappoint readers familiar with the earlier volumes."
—Booklist

"Rarely does a reference book have such a user-friendly feel as Eberhart’s tome. Even if earlier editions are on your office shelf, this new edition is clearly worth the investment for its updated ideas and enjoyable, practical approach to valuable information—a must-have for media specialists."
--VOYA

"A remarkable introduction to the field of librarianship … Highly recommended."
--CHOICE

"This title is a jewel of a ready-reference guide for busy librarians, i.e., all of us. First published in 1991, this digest of many articles and essays on a librarian’s world of subjects is here revised and updated, building solidly on the earlier editions while keeping the flavor and usefulness of the previous incarnations. Seekers now can also find here brief introductions and starting points for trends and new developments. The major sections are about libraries as institutions (included here is statistical information), the people of the library, e.g., staff, trustees, and supporters; the library profession; library materials; operations; library users; advocacy; technology; hot-button issues; and trivia. Sources are cited for each article, essay, and list. While the focus is primarily on the latest and greatest, acknowledgment of historical libraries and legacy library services is not forgotten. 

"With a wide variety of contributors, the results are mixed, but overall the content is balanced between practical and whimsical. Despite some statistical currency issues, this is highly recommended as a quick starting point and pathfinder to more information for library- and librarian-related subjects. For both the newly minted and the well-experienced librarian."
—J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA for School Library Journal


Praise for the previous edition

“Timely, humorous, and informative. Everyone who plans to enter this profession would do well to own a copy.”
--Public Libraries
 
 

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