April 2011, Volume 3, Issue 4
Check Your Calendars!!
School Library Month
National Poetry Month
School Library Survey
April 1- May 18
Money Smart Week
South Dakota Library Week
National Library Week
National Preservation Week
El día de los niños / El día de los libros
Children's Day/ Book Day
Children's Book Week
Featured e-Resources of the Month
Ancestry releases new interface and other genealogy news
What is Library Development reading?
What They Don’t Teach You at Library School
Reviewed by Jane Healy
Remember being new on the job and realizing that school did not prepare you for the everyday challenges of work? Elisabeth Dousett had you in mind when she wrote this book. The author, who earned her MLS in mid-life after a career in business, states her goal as providing "some very basic, down to earth help and training that help the reader move smoothly into a new profession and be successful" (p. viii).
What They Don't Teach You… is one of the ALA Guides for the Busy Librarian series and contains valuable information for those new to librarianship. Divided into three parts—before you get a library job, when you are brand new and when you have a little experience — this book can steer new librarians toward success.
Each chapter follows an easy-to-digest format with headings "What This Chapter is About," "Why You Should Care," The Heart of the Matter" and "Other Resources."
The first third of the book covers things to know before you get your first job as a librarian, including determining which job is right for you, how to plan your career, network and brand yourself.
The next third covers things to help you navigate your new work environment, including learning the workplace culture, understanding your new environment, managing problem patrons and coworker conflict, developing public speaking abilities and being a team player.
The final third of the book covers things for the somewhat more experienced librarian. These are career and responsibility developing items, including marketing, facilities management, strategic planning, trend tracking and budgeting.
Throughout the book, gray insets provide more detail or information. The book contains an index so that topics can be easily accessed. This is helpful, because as a whole, this book touches on a broad range of topics. It’s available for check out at the State Library.
Additional resources in the news
FDIC "Top 10" List of Online Resources for Consumers
The FDIC home page is www.fdic.gov, but the Top 10 list is featured on a special page within the National Consumer Protection Week pages.
Guidance for digital copyright issues
Free Children's Book Week 2011 posters by Peter Brown for cost of postage