Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS Headquarters in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

Fiction Core Collection, Eighteenth Edition

Edited by Kendal Spires, Gabriela Toth, and Maria Hugger
Grey House Publishing, 2016
016.80883 FIC 2016
For years, the Fiction Core Collection has been a librarian’s must-have guide to the novels, novellas, and story collections for a general adult audience. This new eighteenth edition highlights more than 9,000 recommended books and resources available. It also features “short list” indicators to highlight the “most highly recommended” works in a given category or subject area.  The collection is a valuable tool for development and maintenance, reader’s advisory and curriculum support for the middle and junior high school library.  Detailed entries in Fiction Core Collection include:

  1. Complete bibliographic data
  2. Descriptive & Critical Annotations
  3. Subject Headings, Price, ISBN, Grade Level & Dewey Classification
  4. Quotations from Select Reviews
  5. Organized for easy use by Dewey Decimal Classification with a detailed Author, Title & Subject Index

Of the 9,000 recommended titles featured in this edition, over 2,500 are new since the seventeenth edition, the remainder representing classics and other standard works. This extensive update makes easy work of locating the best of the best titles to potentially add to your collection, or finding titles that can be weeded out.

Letting Go of Legacy Services:  Library Case Studies
Edited by Mary Evangeliste and Katherine Furlong
ALA Editions, 2014
025.1 LET 2014
The last few years have proven beyond any doubt that libraries cannot afford to coast along with the status quo. Just as important as proposing and adding new services is the sometimes unpleasant process of critically examining existing realities and letting go of obsolete or less useful programs. But instead of panicking about budgetary and staffing challenges, libraries can choose a measured, proactive response. The contributors in this practical guidebook take readers step-by-step through approaches they’ve used at their own institutions, offering models that can be adapted to a wide variety of settings. After reading this book library directors and administrators will have insights into

  • How planned abandonment strategies grounded in assessment-based decision making can allow libraries to focus on what they do best
  • Common sense solutions to “pressure points” common across many different libraries, such as difficulties in dealing with data, communicating to internal and external populations, and the ordinary day-to-day pressures of running a library
  • The first steps towards formulating a plan of action, and ways to make evaluation of services a regular part of organizational culture
  • Analysis of each case study, and suggestions for further exploration

Through examination of these case studies, librarians can develop a framework that helps lead to more structured thinking about what is vitally important for their own library’s future.

A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom:  A Supplement to the Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition
Edited by Trina Magi and Martin Garnar
ALA Editions, 2015
025.213 MAG 2015
Collecting several key documents and policy statements, this supplement to the ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual traces a history of ALA’s commitment to fighting censorship. An introductory essay by Judith Krug and Candace Morgan, updated by OIF Director Barbara Jones, sketches out an overview of ALA policy on intellectual freedom. An important resource, this volume includes documents which discuss such foundational issues as

  • The Library Bill of Rights
  • Protecting the freedom to read
  • ALA’s Code of Ethics
  • How to respond to challenges and concerns about library resources
  • Minors and internet activity
  • Meeting rooms, bulletin boards, and exhibits
  • Copyright
  • Privacy, including the retention of library usage records

Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries
Edited by Starr Hoffman
Neal-Schuman, 2016
025.5 DYN 2016
Higher education and academic libraries are in a period of rapid evolution. Technology, pedagogical shifts, and programmatic changes in education mean that libraries must continually evaluate and adjust their services to meet new needs. Research and learning across institutions is becoming more team-based, crossing disciplines and dependent on increasingly sophisticated and varied data. To provide valuable services in this shifting, diverse environment, libraries must think about new ways to support research on their campuses, including collaborating across library and departmental boundaries. This book is intended to enrich and expand your vision of research support in academic libraries by

  • inspiring you to think creatively about new services;
  • sparking ideas of potential collaborations within and outside the library, increasing awareness of functional areas that are potential key partners;
  • providing specific examples of new services, as well as the decision-making and implementation process; and
  • encouraging you to take a broad view of research support rather than thinking of research and instruction services, metadata creation and data services etc as separate initiatives.

Dynamic Research Support in Academic Libraries provides illustrative examples of emerging models of research support and is contributed to by library practitioners from across the world.

The Innovative School Librarian, Second Edition
Edited by Sharon Markless
Facet Publishing, 2016
027.80941 INN 2016
Taking a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries, this book raises important questions about the functions of the school librarian and sets out to encourage the reader to think outside the box for new approaches to traditional challenges. It aims to inspire and enable school librarians to think creatively about their work and the community in which they operate. Written by current leaders in the field, each chapter addresses the practical issues facing school librarians. This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate curriculum revisions, resource changes, developments in the use and integration of technology and new routes into the profession. Key topics covered include:

  • the librarian’s vision and values;
  • bridging the gap between different visions for the school library;
  • identifying and understanding your community;
  • making a positive response to change;
  • keeping inspired and inspiring others in the library; and
  • integrating the library into teaching and learning.

This is an essential, thought-provoking book for all school librarians, practitioners in schools library services, and students of librarianship. It has plenty to interest school leadership, headteachers, educational thinkers, public library managers and local government officers and also has an international audience.

Rainbow Family Collections:  Selecting and Using Children’s Books with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Content
Jamie Campbell Naidoo
Libraries Unlimited, 2012
028.1624 NAI 2012
Highlighting titles for children from infancy to age 11, Rainbow Family Collections examines over 250 children’s picture books, informational books, and chapter books with LGBTQ content from around the world. Each entry in Rainbow Family Collections supplies a synopsis of the title’s content, lists awards it has received, cites professional reviews, and provides suggestions for librarians considering acquisition.

The book also provides a brief historical overview of LGBTQ children’s literature along with the major book awards for this genre, tips on planning welcoming spaces and offering effective library service to this population, and a list of criteria for selecting the best books with this content. Interviews with authors and key individuals in LGBTQ children’s book publishing are also featured.

Copyright and E-learning:  A Guide for Practitioners, Second Edition
Jane Secker with Chris Morrison
Facet Publishing, 2016
346.4104 SEC 2016
Jane Secker and Chris Morrison have completely revised and updated this highly successful text to take into account recent developments in the field and changes to the law in the UK and elsewhere in the world. Through its practically based overview of current and emerging copyright issues facing those working in e-learning, this book will help equip professionals with the tools, skills and understanding they need to work confidently and effectively in the virtual learning environment with the knowledge that they are doing so legally.

New and developing services, software and other technologies are being adapted for online learning environments to engage students and academic staff.  These technologies present increasing challenges to IPR and legal issues and this book will help librarians and educators to meet them.

Key topics addressed include:

  • digitizing published content for delivery in the VLE
  • using digital media in e-learning
  • copyright issues and ‘born’ digital resources
  • The copyright issues associated with using social media
  • copyright training for staff
  • Who owns the rights in works that are the product of collaboration?
  • What do you do if you can’t find the rights holders?

Readership: This book is essential reading for anyone working in education including learning support staff and teachers using e-learning, learning technologists, librarians, educational developers, instructional designers, IT staff and trainers. It is also relevant for anyone working in the education sector from school level to higher education, and those developing learning resources in commercial organizations and the public sector including libraries, museums and archives, and government departments.

Formative Assessment in the New Balanced Literacy Classroom
Margaret Mary Policastro, Becky McTague, and Diane Mazeski
Maupin House, 2016
372.6044 POL 2016
Now there’s a way to blend balanced literacy and formative assessment. This book infuses research-based best practices of formative assessment through the lens of Common Core, with assessment support in these areas: read-alouds, guided language into reading, language and literacy centers, word walls to language walls, in-school libraries, and independent reading and writing. It also includes the HOW for novice and veteran K-8 teachers, administrators, and school literacy teams. Resources are included to help educators collect information and provide feedback to students.