Greetings!  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:

Books in Motion:  Connecting Preschoolers with Books through Art, Games, Movement, Music, Playacting and Props
Julie Dietzler-Glair
Neal-Schuman, 2013
027.62 DIE 2013

Librarians and educators can shake up storytimes, help children stay healthy, and encourage a lifelong love of reading with Dietzel-Glair’s easy-to-use resource. Demonstrating exactly how to use children’s books to engage preschool-age children through movement, it’s loaded with storytimes that will have children standing up tall, balancing as they pretend to walk across a bridge, or even flying around the room like an airplane. Presenting hundreds of ideas, this all-in-one book is divided into five sections and each chapter includes as much instruction as possible for a wide range of motions. Pick and choose the amount of movement that is right for your storytime crowd, or do it all!


Library Consortia:  Models for Collaboration and Sustainability
Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz
ALA Editions, 2015
021.6 HOR 2015

No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent. With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services and products while growing ever more important to the library community. Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability covers the history, current landscape, management approaches, critical trends and key services that define today’s library consortia.


The Power of Play:  Designing Early Learning Spaces
Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner and James Bradberry
ALA Editions, 2015
027.62 STO 2015

Don’t simply accommodate families with young children—draw them in and make your library a destination! In this hands-on guide, an early childhood specialist, a designer, and an outreach librarian take you step-by-step through the process of designing an early learning space that fits your space limitations and budget. With a strong focus on making play spaces welcoming for parents, caregivers, and children while reducing stress for library staff, the authors
  • Use current research to explain the importance of play in regard to early literacy and learning
  • Show how underutilized spaces of any size can be transformed into play spaces, with planning secrets for small, mid-size, and large play environments
  • Offer tips for reinventing reading nooks as “playscapes” that encourage fun and play 
  • Present models of successful early learning spaces from across the country, with illustrations and floor plans
  • Suggest ways to motivate adults to help young children develop a sense of discovery, energizing adults and children alike to pursue the lifelong enjoyment of learning
  • Include sample guidelines, surveys, and plans to help you adapt your play spaces to the needs of your community
  • Present a vendor list, tips for cleaning toys, worksheets, and other tools for pulling it all together, from engaging library staff and community partners to hiring architects and contractors

With the help of this book, you can transform neglected spaces into joyful places that help parents inspire their children to learn.



Library as Safe Haven:  Disaster Planning, Response, and Recovery
Deborah D. Halsted, Shari Clifton, and Daniel T. Wilson
Neal-Schuman, 2014
025.84 HAL 2014

Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a Continuity of Operations Plan imperative for libraries. Peppered with informative first-person narratives from librarians recounting emergency situations, Halsted, Clifton, and Wilson cover such topics as:

  • An eight-step approach to developing a risk assessment plan
  • How to draft a one-page service continuity plan
  • Information on how to use mobile devices and social media effectively in times of disaster
  • Sample disaster plans, along with model exercises, manuals and customizable communications

Published in cooperation with the Medical Library Association (MLA), this nuts-and-bolts resource will enable libraries of all kinds to do their best while planning for the worst.


Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA — Resource Description & Access
Explaining and Illustrating RDA:  Resource Description and Access Using MARC 21
Robert L. Maxwell
ALA Editions, 2013
025.32 MAX 2013

In this clear and comprehensive resource, cataloging expert Robert Maxwell brings his trademark practical commentary to bear on the new, unified cataloging standard. Designed to interpret and explain RDA: Resource Description and Access, this handbook illustrates and applies the new cataloging rules in the MARC21 environment for every type of information format.