The 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 borrower’s card from the Duluth Public Library). If you have questions about borrowing ALS materials, please feel free to contact me here at ALS. 

New additions to the collection:

* Russell, Carrie. COMPLETE COPYRIGHT FOR K-12 LIBRARIANS AND EDUCATORS. American Library Association, 2012.
346.7304 CAR 2012

“School librarians and educators have specific copyright questions that are often glossed over in larger books on the subject. Now, thanks to best-selling copyright authority Carrie Russell, there’s a resource just for them, offering clear guidance for providing materials to students while carefully observing copyright law.” This book can be used as a companion piece to Russell’s 2004 title COMPLETE COPYRIGHT: AN EVERYDAY GUIDE FOR LIBRARIANS (346.7304 COM).

* Zvirin, Stephanie. READ WITH ME: BEST BOOKS FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS. Huron Street Press (American Library Association), 2012
028.533 ZVI 2012

“This authoritative guide—with a core focus on reading readiness and helping position children to succeed in school—offers more than 300 age-appropriate and subject-specific book selections from librarians for reading time with children. From board and picture books to hot new books, these recommendations reflect family, community, play, and the environment. Mirroring a child’s world as they grow and mature, chapters include segments on reading together, friendship, places near and far, and making believe. These titles have been culled from the American Library Association’s “best” lists and professional review journals.”

* EMPOWERING LEARNERS: GUIDELINES FOR SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAMS. American Association of School Librarians, 2009
027.8 EMP 2009

“As we approach the second decade of the twenty-first century, school library programs continue to undergo momentous changes that have heightened the importance of technology and evidence-based learning. The focus has moved from the library as a confined place to one with fluid boundaries that is layered by diverse needs and influenced by an interactive global community. Guiding principles for school library 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 programs is the purpose of the newest set of guidelines from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).”

* Hipes, Deborah. WHAT’S NEW IN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE AND HOW TO USE IT IN YOUR PROGRAM (GRADES 6-12), 2012. Bureau of Education & Research, 2012   [4 compact discs]
028.5 HIP 2012

“In this NEW seminar, Debby Hipes presents the best NEW young adult books, both hardbacks and paperbacks.  You’ll learn a variety of easy-to-implement strategies for incorporating new titles across the curriculum and motivating your students to read more extensively. Debby introduces books across literary genres and shares strategies for using them in both traditional and nontraditional ways.”

* Roche, Rick. READ ON — BIOGRAPHY: READING LISTS FOR EVERY TASTE. Libraries Unlimited, 2012
016.92 ROC 2012

“Categorizing hundreds of popular biographies according to their primary appeal—character, story, setting, language, and mood—and organizing them into thematic lists, this guide will help readers’ advisors more effectively recommend titles.[This is a] go-to readers’ advisory guide, filling a gap in the growing readers’ advisory literature with information about 450 biography titles, most published within the last decade, but also including some classic titles as well.”