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12 Must Read Books for Librarians

June  3, 2016
In this week's Books for Teachers series, we are sharing with you this collection of some of the most popular books for librarians. These works cover some state of the art topics in library science including: insights on the rapidly changing environments of information retrieval services, library research techniques and management methods, library 2.0, developing scholarly writing projects in library science, the ins and outs of working with online database, learning about the best tactics in doing online research, learning the art of successful grant writing for libraries and many more.

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1- Collection Management Basics, 6th Edition,  by G. Edward Evans  (Author), Margaret Zarnosky Saponaro (Author)
‘Now thoroughly revised for today's 21st-century library environment, this title provides a complete update of the classic Developing Library and Information Center Collections―the standard text and authority on collection development for all types of libraries and library school students since 1979.’

2- Management Basics for Information Professionals, 3rd Editionby G. Edward Evans  (Author), Camila Alire (Author)
‘Reflecting the rapidly changing information services environment, the third edition of this bestselling title offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics. Evans and Alire also pay close attention to management in "new normal" straitened economic conditions and offer updates on technological topics like social media’.

3- Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians , by Christopher V. Hollister (Author)
‘The Handbook of Academic Writing for Librarians is the most complete reference source available for librarians who need or desire to publish in the professional literature. The Handbook addresses issues and requirements of scholarly writing and publishing in a start-to-finish manner. Standard formats of scholarly writing are addressed: research papers, articles, and books. Sections and chapters include topics such as developing scholarly writing projects in library science, the improvement of academic writing, understanding and managing the peer review process including submission, revision, and how to handle rejection and acceptance, assessing appropriateness of publishing outlets, and copyright.’

4- Library Management 101: A Practical Guide, by Diane L. Velasquez (Author, Editor)
‘Knowing the principles of general management is both useful and necessary for LIS students, but it s no less important to learn management techniques specific to the world of libraries. Created to fill a surprising educational void, this edited volume focuses on best practices from library management experts teaching in LIS programs across the country. Among the many topics discussed are: Classic and modern theories of management, and how they apply to the library, human resource planning, marketing and public relations, negotiations, mediation, and financial management of the library, facilities management’.

5- Librarian's Guide to Online Searching: Cultivating Database Skills for Research and Instruction,  4th Edition, by Suzanne S. Bell  (Author)
‘This groundbreaking textbook and guide for library school students and librarians will help you―regardless of experience level or environment―learn the ins and outs of working with online databases, the best tactics for effective research online, and the methods for conveying these search skills to others.’

6- Foundations of Library and Information Science, Third Edition , by Richard Rubin  (Author)
‘Rubin explores the ever-growing impact of the World Wide Web, the impact of blogs, wikis, and social networks on services, electronic publication including e-books, digital libraries, digital preservation, mass digitization, and digital repositories, and Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). His unique insights into these technologies and their impact on library services, policies, and legal standards are all part of why this book forms the essential foundation one needs to succeed as an information professional.’

7- Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, by AASL (Creator)
‘Guiding principles for school library media programs must focus on building a flexible learning environment with the goal of producing successful learners skilled in multiple literacies. Defining the future direction of school library media programs is the purpose of the newest set of guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), entitled Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.’

8- Collection Development and Management for 21st Century Library Collections: An Introduction 1st Edition, by Vicki L. Gregory  (Author)
‘Practical and to the point, here's an authoritative guide to collection development and management that covers the entire gamut: Chapter 1: The Impact of New Technologies on Trends in Collection Development and Management; Chapter 2: Needs Assessment in Collection Development; Chapter 3: Collection Development Policies; Chapter 4: Selection Sources and Processes; Chapter 5: Acquisitions; Chapter 6: Budgeting and Fiscal Management; Chapter 7: Assessment and Evaluation of the Collection, including Deselection (Weeding); Chapter 8: Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing; Chapter 9: Marketing the Collection and Outreach to the Community; Chapter 10: Legal Issues in Collection Development; Chapter 11: Diversity and ADA Issues; Chapter 12: Gifts and Exchanges; Chapter 13: Professional Ethics and Intellectual Freedom; Chapter 14: Preservation; Chapter 15: Future of Collection Development and Management.’

9- Basic Research Methods for Librarians, 5th Edition , by Lynn Silipigni Connaway  (Author), Ronald R. Powell (Author)
‘This thoroughly updated introduction covers the major issues involved in designing and conducting original research relevant to the fields of library and information science. Library and information science examples to explain research methodologies and techniques,explanations and examples of sampling procedures, a table for determining sample sizes and a random number table, notes at the end of each chapter, plus a list of more than 400 research-related references at the end of the book.’

10- Grants for Libraries: A How-To-Do-It Manual (How-to-Do-It Manuals for Librarians) , by Stephanie K. Gerding  (Author), Pamela H. Mackellar (Author)
‘Expert grant writers Gerding and MacKellar have created a "do-it-yourself" book and CD-ROM for fundraisers. They carefully outline the grant-writing process and provide a proven step-by-step strategy for getting your grant. More than 15 success stories from a variety of institutions and for various funding purposes are provided on the CD for you to model, adapt, or incorporate into your own winning proposals.’

11- Library: An Unquiet History 1st Edition, by Matthew Battles  (Author)
‘Through the ages, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, inspired, and obliterated knowledge. Now they are in crisis. Former rare books librarian and Harvard MetaLAB visionary Matthew Battles takes us from Boston to Baghdad, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries and on to the Information Age, to explore how libraries are built and how they are destroyed: from the scroll burnings in ancient China to the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia to the latest revolutionary upheavals of the digital age.’

12- Introduction to Modern Information Retrieval, 3rd Edition , by G. G. Chowdhurry (Author)
‘The recently revised third edition of this highly regarded text blends traditional theories, techniques and tools with coverage of cutting-edge advancements and sophisticated new technologies in information retrieval (IR). Unique in its scope, author G.G. Chowdhury s exhaustive guide spans the whole spectrum of this rapidly expanding field’.