Best Library & Information Science Books

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1. Better Data Visualizations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks

Author: by Jonathan Schwabish
464 pages

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Now more than ever, content must be visual if it is to travel far. Readers everywhere are overwhelmed with a flow of data, news, and text. Visuals can cut through the noise and make it easier for readers to recognize and recall information.

Yet many researchers were never taught how to present their work visually. This book details essential strategies to create more effective data visualizations. Jonathan Schwabish walks readers through the steps of creating better graphs and how to move beyond simple line, bar, and pie charts.

Through more than five hundred examples, he demonstrates the do’s and don’ts of data visualization, the principles of visual perception, and how to make subjective style decisions around a chart’s design. Schwabish surveys more than eighty visualization types, from histograms to horizon charts, ridgeline plots to choropleth maps, and explains how each has its place in the visual toolkit.

It might seem intimidating, but everyone can learn how to create compelling, effective data visualizations. This book will guide you as you define your audience and goals, choose the graph that best fits for your data, and clearly communicate your message.

2. Leading from the Library: Help Your School Community Thrive in the Digital Age (Digital Age Librarian's Series)

Author: by McClintock Miller Shannon
124 pages

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Written by a seasoned librarian and an education leader, this book guides librarians in becoming leaders in their school communities, with strategies on developing partnerships, empowering students and more. The modern school library supports education in a variety of ways.

One essential role librarians play is that of a leader who works collaboratively to build relationships, mold culture and climate, and advocate for the needs of students and the community. In this book, a librarian and an education leader team up to reflect on the librarian’s ability to build connections in two ways.

First, they discuss the benefits of bringing the outside world into the library through the use of social media, videoconferencing and other tools that allow librarians to partner with others. Then they expand upon these connections by addressing how librarians can lead in the greater educational community by sharing resources and strategies, and partnering with school leaders to tell the story of the school community.

3. New on the Job: A School Librarian's Guide to Success

Author: by Hilda K. Weisburg
ALA Editions
240 pages

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As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and how thrive, and since its publication in 2006 this guide has served as an invaluable resource for the new school librarian.

From job search strategies and discovering work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, this revised and updated edition, which includes a new foreword from Sarah Kelly Johns, shares the joys and perils of the profession along with a wealth of practical advice from decades of experience in school library programs.

With this guide as a roadmap, new school librarians canTackle the job search with confidence, with tips on everything from polishing a rsum and acing a job interview to ways of handling any potentially negative Google results and other digital footprintsLearn the secrets to successfully collaborate with teachersNavigate new roles and responsibilities through orientation and organizationCreate dynamic interactions with students to deepen their learning experiencesMaster the art of communicating with the principal, IT experts, and vendorsBecome familiar with school library technology, including e-book collections, online databases, and library management systemsReceive field-tested guidance on daily matters from budgeting and purchasing to advocacy and programmingThe AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and Common Core State Standards are also thoroughly discussed.

4. Reference and Information Services: An Introduction (Library and Information Science Text)

Author: by Melissa A. Wong
Libraries Unlimited
748 pages

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Reference and Information Services is the go-to textbook for MSLIS and i-School courses on reference services and related topics. It is also a helpful handbook for practitioners. Authors include LIS faculty and professionals who have relevant degrees in their areas and who have published extensively on their topics.

The first half of the book provides an overview of reference services and techniques for service provision, including the reference interview, ethics, instruction, reader’s advisory, and services to diverse populations including children. This part of the book establishes a foundation of knowledge on reference service and frames each topic with ethical and social justice perspectives.

The second part of the book offers an overview of the information life cycle and dissemination of information, followed by an in-depth examination of information sources by typeincluding dictionaries, encyclopedias, indexes, and abstractsas well as by broad subject areas including government, statistics and data, health, and legal information.

5. The Chief Data Officer's Playbook, Second Edition

Author: by Caroline Carruthers
Facet Publishing
224 pages

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This fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling Chief Data Officer’s Playbook offers new insights into the role of the CDO and the data environment. Written by two of the world’s leading experts in data driven transformation, it addresses the changes that have taken place in “data” in the role of the CDO, and the expectations and ambitions of organizations.

Most importantly, it will place the role of the CDO into the context of a c-suite player for organizations that wish to recover quickly and with long-term stability from the current global economic downturn. New coverage includes the evolution of the CDO role, what those changes mean for organizations and individuals, and what the future might hold; a focus on ethics, the data revolution and all the areas that help readers take their first steps on the data journey; new conversations and experiences from an alumni of data leaders compiled over the past three years; and new chapters and reflections on being a third generation CDO and on working across a broad spectrum of organizations who are all on different parts of their data journey.

6. Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion: A Basic Guide for Library Staff

Author: by John J. Burke
ALA Neal-Schuman
208 pages

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Carrying over the reorganization that made the fifth edition such a convenient learning resource for students and working professionals alike, the newest edition of this comprehensive library technology primer is timelier and more compelling than ever. Burke’s guide should be at the top of the reading list for any current or future library professional looking to stay at the forefront of technological advancement.

Updated with new case studies to illuminate key areas, its incisive coverage includescomplete analysis of the librarian’s technological toolbox for teaching, security, databases, and more;expert advice on how to compare and evaluate competing technology solutions;social media, streaming media, and educating patrons about digital privacy;makerspaces and other technology programing, including virtual and augmented reality technologies;technology lending programs;open source catalog systems, discovery layers, and related library management systems;websites, web-based services, and free information resources;copyright and licensing as they pertain to the use of digital materials;new technology predictions for the future, with tips on how to stay up to date with the latest developments; anda refreshed glossary of useful terms.

7. Foundations of Library and Information Science: Fifth Edition

Author: by Richard E. Rubin
ALA Neal-Schuman
648 pages

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Richard E.Rubin’s book has served as the authoritative introductory text for generations of library and information science practitioners, with each new edition taking in its stride the myriad societal, technological, political, and economic changes affecting our users and institutions and transforming our discipline.

Rubin teams up with his daughter, Rachel G. Rubin, a rising star in the library field in her own right, for the fifth edition. Spanning all types of libraries, from public to academic, school, and special, it illuminates the major facets of LIS for students as well as current professionals.

Continuing its tradition of excellence, this text addressesthe history and mission of libraries from past to present, including the history of service to African Americans;critical contemporary social issues such as services to marginalized communities, tribal libraries, and immigrants; the rise of e-government and the crucial role of political advocacy; digital devices, social networking, digital publishing, e-books, virtual reality, and other technology;forces shaping the future of libraries, including Future Ready libraries, and sustainability as a core value of librarianship;the values and ethics of the profession, with new coverage of civic engagement, combatting fake news, the importance of social justice, and the role of critical librarianship;knowledge infrastructure and organization, including Resource Description and Access (RDA), linked data, and the Library Research Model;the significance of the digital divide and policy issues related to broadband access and net neutrality;intellectual freedom, legal issues, and copyright-related topics;contemporary issues in LIS education such as the ongoing tensions between information science and library science; andthe changing character of collections and services including the role of digital libraries, preservation, and the digital humanities.

8. The Accidental Taxonomist, Second Edition

Author: by Heather Hedden
Information Today, Inc.
472 pages

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The Accidental Taxonomist is the most comprehensive guide available to the art and science of building information taxonomies. Heather Hedden a leading taxonomy consultant and instructor walks readers through the process, displaying her trademark ability to present highly technical information in straightforward, comprehensible English.

In this fully revised second edition, Hedden provides updates on taxonomy standards, development techniques, and career opportunities for taxonomists. She presents fresh survey data and offers new and expanded coverage of such critical topics as taxonomy testing, metadata, linked data, and SharePoint.

Drawing on numerous real-world examples, she explains how to create terms and relationships, select taxonomy management software, design taxonomies for human versus automated indexing, manage enterprise taxonomy projects, adapt taxonomies to various user interfaces, and more.

9. Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism, Third Edition

Author: by Michael Cart
Neal-Schuman Publishers
328 pages

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Cart’s authoritative survey is already a go-to text for students of literary studies, teachers, and YA staff. In this new edition he gives it a thorough update to make it even more relevant and comprehensive. Surveying the landscape of YA lit both past and present, this booksketches in the origins of literature targeted at young adults;shows how the best of the genre has evolved to deal with subjects every bit as complex as its audience;closely examines teen demographics, literacy, audiobooks, the future of print, and other key topics;includes updated treatment of best-selling authors like John Green, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth, plus interviews with leaders in the field;presents new and expanded coverage of perennially popular genre fiction, including horror, sci fi, and dystopian fiction;offers an updated overview of LGBTQ literature for young adults, including Intersex;covers such commercial trends as adult purchasers of YA books and the New Adult phenomenon; andfeatures abundant bibliographic material to aid in readers’ advisory and collection development.

10. Practice Makes Perfect: English Verbs, Third Edition

Author: by Loretta Gray
McGraw-Hill Education
240 pages

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Build your English skills with this bestselling guide to English verbs! Knowing when and why to use certain verbs can be confusing. This easy-to-use book explains everything you need to know to develop a solid understanding of English verbs. There are plenty of clear examples and tons of practice exercises to help you build your English skills and gain the confidence to choose the right verb for every situation.

With this book to guide you, you’ll master English verbs in no time at all. Practice Makes Perfect: English Verbs, 3rd Edition will help you: Understand when and why to use different verb tenses Learn how verbs work with everyday examples from a wide range of topics Build your verb skills with more than 125 engaging exercises Gain the skills you need to write and speak English with confidence New to this edition: additional review questions in the book Plus fun quizzes for study on-the-go via the McGraw-Hill Education Language Lab app

11. Sears List of Subject Headings 2018

Author: by Hw Wilson
H.W. Wilson
277 pages

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Last published in 2014, this new update is filled with new subject headings created in the last four years. Delivering a core list of key headings, together with patterns and examples to guide the cataloger in creating further headings as required, Sears List of Subject Headings has been the standard thesaurus of subject terminology for small and medium-sized libraries since 1923.

12. STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners (AASL Standards-Based Learning)

Author: by Deborah Rinio

224 pages

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Using STEAM activities, this book places school librarians at the intersection with inquiry in an elementary school. Learners will think like a scientist and design like an engineer using an iterative process to make authentic learning connections and develop a growth mindset.

Designed to be completed in 30-minute class periods, 14 scaffolded STEAM activities allow school librarians to easily shift the same lesson between classes and grade levels. National School Library Standards alignments with STEAM content area standards promote instructional partnerships focused on teaching inquiry, collaboration, and learner-driven exploration, making STEAM a perfect approach for the elementary school library.

An invaluable timesaver, this resource providesactivities scaffolded for grade bands K-2, 3-4, and 5-6, engaging learners at greater levels of complexity or cognition;alignments to the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the National Core Arts Standards;science background for school librarians and other educators who may be unfamiliar with the STEAM concepts being explored;sample assessments, technology integration, collaboration and growth mindset tips, suggested picture books, and more.

13. Standard Cataloging for School and Public Libraries

Author: by Sheila S. Intner
Libraries Unlimited

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Library cataloging and classification tools are constantly improving, making this concise guide a necessity for any librarian or library student seeking improved understanding of the practical process of cataloging today. With the release of RDA, a new code for description, and a new edition of Dewey Classification, it’s time for every library to add this fifth edition of a classic reference to your resources.

Two Margaret Mann Citation winners update you on the five basic steps in standardized library cataloging: describing and adding access points for resources; assigning subject headings using Sears List or Library of Congress subject headings; classifying them using the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification systems; and digitizing the resulting records.

The book opens with a brief look at the environment in which cataloging now functions, especially in response to advances in digital access. It clarifies terminology, explores new and changed applications, and enhances understanding of basic principles for those responsible for creating cataloging data.

14. Kallimachos: The Alexandrian Library and the Origins of Bibliography (Wisconsin Studies in Classics)

Author: by Rudolf Blum
282 pages

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The famous library of Alexandria, founded around 295 BCE by Ptolemaios I, housed the greatest collection of texts in the ancient world and was a fertile site of Hellenistic scholarship. Rudolf Blum’s landmark study, originally published in German in 1977, argues that Kallimachos of Kyrene was not only the second director of the Alexandrian library but also the inventor of two essential scholarly tools still in use to this day: the library catalog and the biobibliographical reference work.

Kallimachos expanded the library’s inventory lists into volumes called the Pinakes, which extensively described and categorized each work and became in effect a Greek national bibliography and the source and paradigm for most later bibliographic lists of Greek literature. Though the Pinakes have not survived, Blum attempts a detailed reconstruction of Kallimachos’s inventories and catalogs based on a careful analysis of surviving sources, which are presented here in full translation.

15. Information Now, Second Edition: A Graphic Guide to Student Research and Web Literacy

Author: by Matt Upson

136 pages

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Today’s information environments are complex, and learning how to find relevant and reliable information online, as well as how to fact-check and evaluate that information, is essential. Enter Information Now, a graphic guide that uses humor and sequential art to teach students about information, research, and the web.

This second edition of the popular guide incorporates critical analysis of information systems, asking students to think about the biases and problems in how databases and search engines are designed and used. It also addresses how different populations of people are disproportionately affected by the algorithmic biases built into information systems.

And it includes revised critical thinking exercises in every chapter. Written and revised by library professionals, Information Now is a fun and insightful tool for high school and college students, writers, and anyone wanting to improve their research skills.