Greetings and happy 2016!  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:

Middle & Junior High Core Collection 12th Edition
Edited by Julie Corsaro, Kendal Spires, and Gabriela Toth
Grey House, 2015
011.625 MID 2015

Since 1965, the Middle & Junior High Core Collection has been a librarian’s must-have guide to the best fiction and non-fiction books for students in grades five to nine. This new twelfth edition highlights more than 10,000 recommended books and resources available, 2,000 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 Middle & Junior Core Collection include:
  • Complete bibliographic data
  • Descriptive & Critical Annotations
  • Subject Headings, Price, ISBN, Grade Level & Dewey Classification
  • Quotations from select reviews
  • Organized for easy use by Dewey Decimal Classification with a detailed Author, Title & Subject Index
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.  Not only does this core collection serve as an aid in the selection/ordering of titles, but also as an aid in curriculum support, collection maintenance, and the verification of information. 


Infographics:  A Practical Guide for Librarians

Beverley E. Crane
Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
020.222 CRA 2016

In today’s fast-paced environment, you must communicate your message in a concise and engaging way that sets it apart from the noise. Visual content—such as infographics and data visualization—can accomplish this. With DIY functionality, Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling will teach you how to find stories in your data, and how to visually communicate and share them with your audience for maximum impact.  This book will show you the vast potential to using the communication medium as a marketing tool by creating informative and shareable infographic content.

Marketing Moxie for Librarians:  Fresh Ideas, Proven Techniques, and Innovative Approaches
Paula Watson-Lakamp
Libraries Unlimited, 2015
021.7 WAT 2015
Fun and easy to read, this marketing and promotion guide offers you the “big picture” of how best to spend your limited funds and energy to create a successful marketing strategy—from traditional promotions such as advertising and posters to social media marketing.  Robust, resilient, and flexible marketing is an absolute necessity for today’s libraries. Fortunately, marketing can be fun. Through this savvy guide, you’ll discover a wealth of fresh, actionable ideas and approaches that can be combined with tried-and-true marketing techniques to serve any library. Focusing on building platforms rather than chasing trends, the book offers low- and no-budget ideas for those in small libraries as well as information that can be used by libraries that have a staff of professionals.

The guide opens with an overview of the basics of marketing and continues through the numerous channels that should be incorporated into a modern-day marketing strategy mix. Branding, merchandising, and media relations are covered, as are social media, new technologies, fundraising, and advocacy. You’ll also learn how to use tools such as data-driven information gathering and email segmentation to help your library compete and stay relevant. Perfect for beginners, the book will be equally useful to seasoned communicators who are looking for creative ideas, new techniques, and innovative approaches to boost the effectiveness of their existing marketing efforts.

Special features of the book:
  • Takes you through a step-by-step process of creating a marketing campaign that meets the needs of your patrons and your library
  • Covers conventional marketing strategies such as print and broadcast media along with new social media venues
  • Includes a guide to marketing plans and content calendars
  • Offers chapter-by-chapter” Moxie Tips and Tricks” to help you get started and succeed in marketing your library
  • Presents ways to bolster your creativity toolkit when the ideas just won’t come

Library Security:  Better Communication, Safer Facilities

Steve Albrecht
ALA Editions, 2015
025.82 ALB 2015
Library work is really all about people. And the inclusive, welcoming nature of the library means that all kinds of people pass through its doors. Not all difficult patrons are dangerous, but some frighten staff and other library users, which can lead to situations that are distracting, troubling, and fraught with liability. For more than a decade, Albrecht, a 15-year police veteran, has presented workshops for libraries on dealing with challenging patrons. His no-nonsense advice will empower library staff in their personal security and give them the tools to confidently communicate with their colleagues, patrons, and members of law enforcement regarding inappropriate behavior. In this book he addresses security issues important to all libraries, including

  • Specific guidance for common situations, such as unruly teens, unwanted sexual advances, chronically homeless substance abusers, and more
  • The elements of an effective Code of Conduct and how to enforce it
  • Tips on how to manage internet usage to minimize potential problems
  • How to align with patrons and use language that defuses the conflict
  • Forming partnerships with service organizations, homeless shelters, mental health advocacy groups, and other community resources
  • How to know when it’s time to call the police, plus ideas for increasing law enforcement support
  • Ways to make the library more secure through changes to facilities

Through the methods outlined in this book, Albrecht demonstrates that effective communication not only makes library users feel more comfortable but also increases staff morale, ensuring the library is place where everyone feels welcome.

Improbable Libraries:  A Visual Journey into the World’s Most Unusual Libraries

Alex Johnson
University of Chicago Press, 2015
027 JOH 2015
How do you use your local library? Does it arrive at your door on the back of an elephant? Can it float down the river to you? Or does it occupy a phone booth by the side of the road?

Public libraries are a cornerstone of modern civilization, yet like the books in them, libraries face an uncertain future in an increasingly digital world. Undaunted, librarians around the globe are thinking up astonishing ways of reaching those in reading need, whether by bike in Chicago, boat in Laos, or donkey in Colombia. Improbable Libraries showcases a wide range of unforgettable, never-before-seen images and interviews with librarians who are overcoming geographic, economic, and political difficulties to bring the written word to an eager audience. Alex Johnson charts the changing face of library architecture, as temporary pop-ups rub shoulders with monumental brick-and-mortar structures, and many libraries expand their mission to function as true community centers. To take just one example: the open-air Garden Library in Tel Aviv, located in a park near the city’s main bus station, supports asylum seekers and migrant workers with a stock of 3,500 volumes in sixteen different languages.

Beautifully illustrated with two hundred and fifty color photographs, Improbable Libraries offers a breathtaking tour of the places that bring us together and provide education, entertainment, culture, and so much more. From the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement to the growth in luxury hotel libraries, the communal book revolution means you’ll never be far from the perfect next read.

STEP into Storytime:  Using StoryTime Effective Practice to Strengthen the Development of Newborns to Five-Year-Olds

Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Kathy Fling Klatt
ALA Editions, 2014
027.62 GHO 2014
Story Time Effective Practice (STEP), developed by the authors, is an approach that articulates the link between child development theory and storytimes. This important resource shows how presenters can use STEP to craft a storytime that is effective for mixed-age groups and adheres to best practices for emotional, social, physical, and cognitive support. In this book, Ghoting and Klatt, both early literacy experts,

  • Offer more than 30 complete ready-to-use storytimes appropriate for newborns to children age 5, along with extension activities
  • Show how STEP relates to emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development
  • Explain how storytime materials and activities directly connect to language and literacy development
  • Include preparation, planning, and performance tips, plus guidance for interacting with parents and caregivers
  • Provide lists of recommended additional resources, including organizations, websites, and sources for storytime time activity ideas

This book is a must-have guide for storytime presenters, preschool teachers, child care providers, and parents of young children.