Greetings and happy summer!  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: 

2018-2019 American Library Directory (71st Edition), Volumes 1 & 2
Information Today, Inc.
Information Today, Inc., 2018
020.3 AME 2018 Vol. 1
020.3 AME 2018 Vol.2

When you need to find anyone or anything in the library community, just turn to American Library Directory.  You’ll find detailed profiles for almost 36,000 public, academic, special, and government libraries and library-related organizations in the U.S. and Canada – including addresses, phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, network participation, expenditures, holdings and special collections, key personnel, special services, and more—more than 40 categories of library information in all.

This indispensable resource makes it easy to:

  • Contact colleagues, other libraries, or library organizations.
  • Locate special collections, rare book and document holdings, and manuscript collections.
  • Find consortium libraries or networks for interlibrary loans, information, or membership.
  • Compare other libraries’ facilities, services, and expenditures with yours.
  • Identify libraries equipped for the disabled and other specialized facilities.
  • Find out about seminars and in-service educational programs.

Libraries are listed alphabetically by state and city, and registries of library schools and library consortia are included as well.

Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages
Jenn Carson
ALA Editions, 2018
025.5 CAR 2018

By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike. And the data show that they work: nearly 90% of public libraries said their movement-based programs had brought new users into their libraries, according to a recent study, while 80% said the programs contributed to community building. Carson, a professional yoga teacher who has been leading movement-based programs in schools, libraries, and museums for over a decade, presents a guidebook for serving library patrons of all ages, both mind and the body together. Filled with detailed strategies, proven program models, and real-life case studies, her book

  • describes the concept of physical literacy and explains why it matters, using both research and library testimonials;
  • shares tips for building enthusiasm among library staff, training, marketing, partnering with community organizations, and handling patron feedback;
  • shows how to get started regardless of staffing or budget limitations, with hints for sneaking physical literacy into existing spaces and initiatives;
  • includes programs for children and families, such as ABC Boom!, storytime fun runs, and a healthy nutrition lecture and tasting;
  • outlines a Water Wars! party, a Quidditch match, an earth walk, and other programs that convert teens’ energy into healthy movement;
  • demonstrates ways that adults can also get moving, from gym passes and walk/run clubs to ballroom dancing;
  • guides libraries on involving special populations through outreach and inreach; and
  • provides checklists for prep, teardown, tie-ins, and followup.

This book is essential reading for any programming librarian, administrator, or community coordinator looking to boost circulation stats, program numbers, literacy rates, and foster joy and wellness in their community.

Digital Preservation for Libraries, Archives, and Museums – 2nd Edition
Edward M. Corrado & Heather Moulaison Sandy
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
025.84 COR 2017

This new edition of Digital Preservation in Libraries, Archives, and Museums is the most current, complete guide to digital preservation available today.  For administrators and practitioners alike, the information in this book is presented readably, focusing on management issues and best practices. Although this book addresses technology, it is not solely focused on technology. After all, technology changes and digital preservation is aimed for the long term. This is not a how-to book giving step-by-step processes for certain materials in a given kind of system. Instead, it addresses a broad group of resources that could be housed in any number of digital preservation systems. Finally, this book is about “things (not technology; not how-to; not theory) I wish I knew before I got started.”

Digital preservation is concerned with the life cycle of the digital object in a robust and all-inclusive way. Many Europeans and some North Americans may refer to digital curation to mean the same thing, taking digital preservation to be the very limited steps and processes needed to insure access over the long term. The authors take digital preservation in the broadest sense of the term: looking at all aspects of curating and preserving digital content for long term access.

The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations
Gail Dexter Lord & Kate Markert
Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
069.068 LOR 2017

The Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations adopts a holistic approach to the creative world of cultural institutions. By encompassing museums, art galleries, gardens, zoos, science centers, historic sites, cultural centers, festivals, and performing arts, this book responds to the reality that boundaries are being blurred among institutional types—with many gardens incorporating exhibitions, many museums part of multidisciplinary cultural centers and festivals.. As cultural leaders transform the arts in the twenty-first century, this “whole career” manual will prepare readers for every stage. Three key areas covered are:

  • Leadership change — This chapter explains the role of strategic planning when an institution is going through the process of hiring a new director. A question we are frequently asked is “Should the strategic plan precede the search process or should it wait until the new director takes up the position?”
  • Institutional change — Increasingly, cultural organizations are going through major change: from public-sector agencies to nonprofit corporations; from private ownership to non-profit status; from nonprofit status to a foundation, and many other variations. This book addresses the role of strategic planning during these transitions.
  • Staff empowerment — This manual addresses the opportunities for staff at all levels to grow by participating in strategic planning. This edition focuses on how to engage and empower staff.
    A Guide for Museums, Performing Arts, Science Centers, Public Gardens, Heritage Sites, Libraries, Archives, and Zoos is a game-changing book with broad reach into the cultural sector, while still serving the museum community.