This brand new edition of Wolf’s acclaimed work provides a self-contained, short course in essential library skills for patrons of college, high school and public libraries. The intent is to provide a quick and easy way to learn to do library research. The exercises contained herein give students hands-on experience by applying rules stated in the text to situations that approach real “research problems.” Subjects addressed include a brief tour of the library; card catalogs and cataloging systems; filing rules; online public access catalogs; subject searching; bibliographies; book reviews and parts of a book; dictionaries; encyclopedias; handbooks; atlases; gazetteers; periodicals; newspapers; online database searching and reference sources; literature and criticism; e-books; government information and government documents; biographies; business, career and consumer information; non-print materials and special services; online computer use in libraries and schools; and hints for writing term papers. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.
This provocative new book will help you design and implement the most effective library user education possible--one that builds on basic library use skills through a progressively sophisticated program that is fully integrated into course curriculum at all levels, from the freshman year to graduation and beyond. By exploring major issues underlying the integration of library use skills and research methodologies into the general education curriculum, contributors raise important questions, offer creative ideas, and provide insight into the many improvements made in library instruction in the past few years. Following an introduction by Patricia Breivik, a recognized national authority on libraries and general education, contributors representing two- and four-year institutions and research universities discuss such issues as the relationship between high school and college programs, research skills instruction in a remote access environment, the use of microcomputers and end user searching programs to promote critical thinking, and the improved relationship between librarians and faculty. In addition to articles on library instruction geared towards question analysis, information generation by field, structure of published knowledge and dissemination of a discipline’s literature, chapters identify cooperative efforts needed among school, public, special, academic libraries and other information agencies, computer center personnel, and online database vendors. Bibliographic instruction librarians who are active participants in planning and administering library user education programs will find this volume to be essential for building and developing stronger, more integrated programs.
This book reviews the quality and evolution of academic library services. It revises service trends offered by academic libraries and the challenge of enhancing traditional ones such as: catalogues, repositories and digital collections, learning resources centres, virtual reference services, information literacy and 2.0 tools. Studies the role of the university library in the new educational environment of higher education Rethinks libraries in academic context Redefines roles for academic libraries
Learn Basic Library Skills Second North American Edition A Practical Study Guide for Beginning Work in a Library or Other Information Agency This combination text and workbook describes skills needed by anyone beginning work in a library or other information agency, whether at a professional or paraprofessional level. It explains tasks performed by library trainees; aspiring library technicians; librarians starting their training; clerical, temporary, and volunteer staff; and others with no relevant education or experience. Written by a team of international librarians and library educators, it covers all areas of library work, including the types of materials collected by libraries; bibliographic records and tools; cataloging; acquisition and processing of materials; circulation systems; collection maintenance; shelving; damage; and inventory. Plentiful, clear examples and practice exercises help the reader master the basic skills needed for working in public, school, college, corporate, government, and special libraries. Learn Basic Library Skills is one of nine study guides in the Library Education Series. Please see the back of this book for a complete listing, or visit www.totalrecallpress.com for more information. Elaine Andersen has taught library studies at Canberra Institute of Technology in Canberra, Australia. She has worked in several special and public libraries, especially in acquisitions and reference work, and has taught a wide variety of subjects, including client services, acquisitions, and loan services. Mary Gosling is a reference librarian and library educator who has taught reference and basic library skills for many years. She has been coordinator of the Library Studies Program at the Canberra Institute of Technology and is now a senior reference librarian and manager at the National Library of Australia. Mary Mortimer has worked in libraries in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Britain in many capacities. She has taught library skills in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam, Brunei and Malaysia. Mary McConnell is Associate Director of Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. Trina Grover is a catalog librarian at Ryerson University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She has taught cataloging workshops and courses. TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface 1. Basic Library Skills 2. Bibliographic Records 3. Assets and Access 4. The Catalog 5. Other Bibliographic Tools 6. Circulation Systems 7. Collection Maintenance 8. Shelving 9. Damage 10. Inventory Answers Glossary Bibliography Index