Greetings and happy December!  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 building 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:

Children’s Core Collection 22nd Edition, Volume 1, Nonfiction and Easy Books and Volume 2, Fiction, Story Collections and Index
Edited by Julie Corsaro, Kendal Spires, and Gabriela Toth
Grey House, 2015
011.62 CHI 2015
For years, the Children’s Core Collection has been a
librarian’s must-have guide to the best fiction and non-fiction works, story
collections, and picture books for students in preschool through sixth grade.
This new twenty-second edition highlights more than 17,000 recommended books and
resources available, over 6,000 more than the previous edition. 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 collection development and
maintenance, reader’s advisory and curriculum support for the middle and junior
high school library.

Detailed entries in Children’s 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. Coverage of graphic novels
  6. Organized for easy use by Dewey Decimal Classification with a detailed
    Author, Title & Subject Index

Of the 17,000 recommended titles featured in this edition, over 4,000 are new
since the twenty-first 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 to find titles that
can be weeded out.
Every entry has been carefully selected by experienced librarians from public
library systems and academic libraries across the United States. These
specialists represent a diversity of backgrounds in librarianship for young
people and possess a wealth of experience on national juries and American
Library Association committees.

Cataloging for School Librarians
Marie Kelsey
Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
025.3 KEL 2014

Cataloging for School Librarians presents the theory and practice of cataloging and classification to students and practitioners needing a clear sequential process to help them overcome cataloging anxiety.  With the instructions in this book, the new cataloger will become proficient at creating bibliographic records that meet current national standards and at making library materials accessible to students and faculty.  The text covers AACR2, RDA, FRBR, Sears, and Dewey Decimal, along with examples of other cataloging techniques. This book guides new and seasoned catalogers in order to meet current national library standards.

The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security
Warren Graham
ALA Editions, 2012
027.82 GRA 2012
Sharing expertise gleaned from more than two decades as a library security manager, Graham demonstrates that libraries can maintain their best traditions of openness and public access by creating an unobtrusive yet effective security plan. In straightforward language, the author

  • Shows how to easily set clear expectations for visitors’ behavior
  • Presents guidelines for when and how to intervene when someone violates the code of conduct, including tips for approaching an unruly patron
  • Offers instruction on keeping persistent troublemakers under control or permanently barred from the library
  • Gives library staff tools for communicating effectively with its security professionals, including examples of basic documentation

The Black Belt Librarian arms librarians with the confidence and know-how they need to maintain a comfortable, productive, and safe environment for everyone in the library.

Children’s Services Today:  A Practical Guide for Librarians

Jeanette Larson
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
027.62 LAR 2015
Here, one of America’s foremost experts in public library services to children cover the basics of library services for children. Jeanette Larson highlights best practices and “toolkits” that provide tools and resources to quickly implement programs and services. She includes model programs, checklists and forms, and ready-to-use examples of programs, with an emphasis on programs that are inexpensive to implement and simple to replicate.

From start to finish, learn how to plan, implement, and manage public library programs and services for children, ages birth to twelve years old. Children’s services are a critical part of today’s library services and staff need basic background information, practical advice, and specific examples of how to perform the fundamental duties required of them. Special features of the book include:

  • Basic information on how to implement the fundamental services and programs of library services to children
  • Background and rationale for the provision of these services and programs
  • Enhancements for children’s programs and services that support literacy and learning
  • Templates for successful programs
  • Examples of inexpensive and ready-to-use programs ranging from simple to on-going and more elaborate programs

Children’s Services Today: A Practical Guide for Librarians offers basic background, practical experience, and best practices necessary for the successful provision of children’s services in today’s public library. Whether you are a part-time children’s librarian in a small, rural library, a generalist assigned to provide children’s programming in a medium-sized library, or a paraprofessional working in the children’s department in a large urban library, this practical guide will help you implement dynamic programs and services that meet the needs of today’s children and families.

Genealogy:  A Practical Guide for Librarians

Katherine Pennavaria
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
929.1 PEN 2015
Commercials for the largest subscription database indicate that the process of genealogy is simple—you just “plug in” what you know, and the database does the rest! Those ads might sell subscriptions, but they are misleading. Getting beyond that “low-hanging fruit” is not so easy; collecting the records and data needed to delineate a family tree accurately requires time, organization, and informed searching. Records are available from many places, and finding them is never a “one-stop shopping” experience. So how does the new researcher identify which resources meet his or her specific research needs? And how can libraries and librarians best help this new generation of genealogists?

Genealogy: A Practical Guide for Librarians offers help on several levels.  First, librarians can use this book to learn what resources, both print and online, their library should offer their patron base. This means not only what monographs to purchase and subscription databases to maintain, but what websites to highlight at the library’s webpage, what to include in their online tutorials, what adult education programming is appropriate. Critical assessments of print and online resources are given, including the strengths and weaknesses that librarians need to help patrons understand them.  Second, both librarians and researchers can find here an in-depth discussion of the research process itself, including the best steps for a beginning researcher and search strategies for the experienced one.  And third, anyone can use this book to become better informed about the phenomenon of genealogy itself and about the latest standards for online searching and research.

The book includes practical advice for every public-service librarian and offers all researchers, from novice level to experienced, a clearly delineated context for the popular subject of family history research.