Category Archives: Books

New book covering collaboration in STEM librarianship

This new book, How to STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries, is edited by Carol Smallwood and Vera Gubnitskaia.

The book contains eight parts, each emphasizing a different aspect of how to succeed with STEM. Part 1 emphasizes how hands-on activities that are both fun and educational can be used to further STEM awareness. Parts 2 and 3 contain chapters on the uniting of STEM with Information Literacy. Innovative collection development ideas are discussed in Part 4 and Part 5 focuses on research and publishing. Outreach is the theme of Part 6 and the programs described in these chapters offer an array of ways to connect with students of all ages. The final section of How to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Libraries addresses the funding of these programs.

Librarians of all types will be pleased to discover easy-to-implement suggestions for collaborative efforts, many rich and diverse programming ideas, strategies for improving reference services and library instruction to speakers of English as a second language, marketing and promotional tips designed to welcome multicultural patrons into the library, and much more.

Book on School Library-Public Library Collaborations

Libraries Unlimited published “Better Serving Teens through School Library-Public Library Collaborations” by┬áCherie Pandora and Stacey Hayman in August 2013. The main focus of the book is how school and public libraries can collaborate to better serve patron needs while minimizing costs. Much of the book is available to read on Google Books, and can be purchased from the link above or on Amazon.

WorldCat Record

Fiscal management, institutional change, and collaboration

The book, Leveraging library resources in a world of fiscal restraint and institutional change, has a number of chapters concerning collaboration.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction Kevin B. Gunn and Elizabeth D. Hammond 2. New Wine, New Wineskins Joseph McDonald 3. Other People’s Money: Adapting Entrepreneurial Techniques to Build Capital in Challenging Economic Times Robert Farrell 4. Library Staff Development: How Book Clubs Can Be More Effective (and Less Expensive) than Traditional Trainings Sara D. Smith and Quinn Galbraith 5. The NYU Survey Service: Promoting Value in Undergraduate Education Jason B. Phillips, Samantha A. Guss, and David M. McGarry 6. Engaging the Campus Community Through New Roles and New Relationships: The McMaster University Library Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Jeff Trzeciak, John MacLachlan, and Noah Shenker 7. Cool Collaborations: Designing a Better Library Experience Robert Fox, Cathy Carpenter, and Ameet Doshi 8. The Third Place: The Library as Collaborative and Community Space in a Time of Fiscal Restraint Susan E. Montgomery and Jonathan Miller 9. Strategically Leveraging Learning Space to Create Partnership Opportunities Tomalee Doan and Hal Kirkwood 10. Hitching Your Wagon to the Right Star: A Case Study in Collaboration Lea Susan Engle 11. Delivering Information Literacy Instruction for a Joint International Program: An Innovative Collaboration Between Two Libraries Jiselle Maria Alleyne and Denyse Rodrigues 12. Building a Shared Digital Collection: The Experience of the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium Dora Wagner and Kent Gerber

Collaboration to create student research journals

Here is another chapter from the Library Publishing Toolkit.

Adrian K. Ho. “Library Services for Creating and Publishing Student Research Journals” Library Publishing Toolkit (2013): 235-250.
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Theme: Planning and implementing student research journals

Highlighted Services: Journal consulting, publishing and technical support

Resources: Sample journal staff organization models, checklists to support planning, staffing, and production

From Facet Publishing – Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments

Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments
Edited by Maxine Melling and Margaret Weaver
Item Number: 978-1-85604-858-3

Publisher: Facet
Price: $95.00

224 pages
6″ x 9″
Year Published: 2012

With the constant changes in higher education, innovations such as outsourced shared services, the convergence of many different student-facing services, and the development of more active collaborative networks are more important than ever before. This collection recognizes and uncovers the innovations that leaders and practitioners are implementing to transform and develop the provision of sustainable and creative support services. A host of international contributors consider the foundational principles which affect library services, give case studies of changes that have already taken place, and show how various institutions are rising to the challenge. Their essays address a broad spectrum of contexts both inside and outside library and information services….