Michael Sullivan is the author of Connecting Boys With Books (American Library Association, 2003), The Fundamentals of Children's Service (American Library Association, 2005), Connecting Boys With Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap (American Library Association, 2009), the Escapade Johnson series of children's books and the juvenile fantasy The Sapphire Knight (PublishingWorks, 2009). He has spoken widely on the topics of boys and reading, library administration, and the future of public libraries. He is currently an adjunct faculty member at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA. He has won a U.S. Conference of Mayors City Livability Award, the Mom's Choice Award for juvenile fiction, and was the 1998 New Hampshire Librarian of the Year. Sullivan earned his master's degree in library and information science from Simmons College.
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Children's services are the heart of the library; in fact, more than one-third of U.S. library users are under the age of 12. Sullivan has updated and expanded his comprehensive reference, covering both innovative and standard practices in children's services. Fundamentals such as collection development and management, programming, homework support, and reference and readers' advisory are all thoroughly updated. In response to pervasive changes in the field, he also
- Offers an expansive view of what it means to ensure that children are well-served in light of ongoing budgetary challenges
- Shows how to collaborate effectively with parents, teachers, and administrators, and how to cooperate with schools
- Gives techniques for using tools such as social media for marketing, outreach, and advocacy
- Addresses the subject of children and e-books
- Helps readers understand the importance of new cataloging trends, such as RDA: Resource Description and Access and RFID, and reference work in the digital age
Those studying to become children's librarians, experienced and new children's librarians, library administrators, and trustees alike will find Sullivan's book a definitive guide to the fundamentals of children's services.
Appendix A Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public LibrariesAppendix B Library Bill of RightsAppendix C Code of Ethics of the American Library Association