Thursday, September 16, 2010

New Books

Woodward, Jeannette. Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. (Z 679.2 .U6 W66 2010 c.2).

Product description from publisher: “Writing from the perspective of a librarian who has been through numerous building projects, Jeannette Woodward walks you through the process of overseeing the planning and construction of a building project. Packed with helpful checklists and worksheets, this revised edition includes: updated references, standards, materials, and resources; tips for efficient HVAC systems and evolving rules for LEED certification; and, information on new technological issues. Using hands-on tools and real-life insider stories from librarians around the country, this is a must-have crash course in planning and building today's libraries.”

Johnson, Marilyn. This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2010. (Z 716.4 .J65 2010 c.3).

From Publishers Weekly - “In an information age full of Google-powered searches, free-by-Bittorrent media downloads and Wiki-powered knowledge databases, the librarian may seem like an antiquated concept. Author and editor Johnson (The Dead Beat) is here to reverse that notion with a topical, witty study of the vital ways modern librarians uphold their traditional roles as educators, archivists, and curators of a community legacy. Illuminating the state of the modern librarian with humor and authority, Johnson showcases librarians working on the cutting edge of virtual reality simulations, guarding the Constitution and redefining information services-as well as working hard to serve and satisfy readers, making this volume a bit guilty of long-form reader flattery. Johnson also makes the important case for libraries-the brick-and-mortar kind-as an irreplaceable bridge crossing economic community divides. Johnson's wry report is a must-read for anyone who's used a library in the past quarter century.”

Elliott, Alan C., Patricia K. Summey, and Gayla Brooks Kokel. Images of America: Oak Cliff. Charleston:Acadia Publishing, 2009. (F 394 .D216 0154 2009).

A collection of photographs tells the story of Oak Cliff’s people and places. Oak Cliff incorporated as a town in 1890. After a financial downturn in 1893, Oak Cliff voted to allow Dallas to annex it. Despite being a part of Dallas, Oak Cliff has retained a unique culture and heritage apart from “Dallas”. These photographs reflect the unique nature of Oak Cliff.

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