Resources: The Importance of Diversity

There is a wonderful white paper published by ALA called, The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children by Dr. Jamie Naidoo. It has a wealth of resources at the end of the article showcasing diversity references and resources. Check it out here.     Advertisements

Book Reviews for Children’s Literature

Here are the best sites for children’s literature reviews: The Horn Book Booklist Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books Kirkus School Library Journal BookPage

Resources & Reference: Kid Lit

BookHooks – Write a review, browse reviews, play games. ePals – Connect with students around the world! International Children’s Digital Library –  A library for the world’s children. United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) – The United States arm of the International Board on Books for Young People, which promotes understanding and…

Resources & Reference: Graphic Kid Lit

Graphic novels are an wonderful genre of literature that stand on their own, but they also help reluctant readers to get into literature. Want to know more? Check out these sites: Interested in discussing graphic novels and how to incorporate them into the youth department in public libraries? Check out PUBYAC. Get Graphic: The world…

Resources & Reference: Youth Librarians & Teachers

Preschool teachers! Have dual language learners? Have you tried the Language Castle website? It has expertise from diverse fields of study on how to work with preschool children with multiple languages. Are you a member of the NAEYC? They promote high quality learning for all young children. Youth Librarians! Have you seen Little eLit? This…

Free Encylopedia Websites

If you are interested in using free encyclopedias online, here is a great list for you: Britannica –  The good ol’ Encyclopedia Britannica is available online, instead of weighing down your childhood home’s shelf. Encyclopedia.com – “Reference information you can trust.” Fact Monster – From Information Please, an online almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia. Info Please…

Free Database Websites

Here are a few recommended free database websites for your home use: Directory of Open Access Journals – A online database of peer-reviewed journals. Institute of Education Resources (ERIC) – Peer-reviewed education resources. Google Scholar – Google’s answer to the free online database search. Highwire Press – Online, free full-text articles. Library, Information Science and…

Open Access Journals

Free access to full-text articles available in online databases, mainly in the sciences: HighWire Press – The largest collection of free, online science articles. Directory of Open Access Journals – An index of free, online journals available to the public. arXiv.org – Cornell University’s online database to science journals and articles. Information Bridge – Your…

Reference Interview Guidelines

I find that I fancy  myself an extrovert until I start speaking to someone I do not know. All of a sudden I am rushed, talk too much about myself in a bubbling, insecure haze, then realize I have forgotten to ask the pertinent questions that would give me value in a face-to-face interaction. It…

Free Bibliographic Websites

Doing research at home? Here are free bibliographies available online for your own personal use: British National Bibliography – All the works published in the United Kingdom since 1950. Canadiana – Library and Archives Canada. Internet Movie Database (IMDB) – Information on all aspects of film. Library of Congress Catalog – The LOC’s holdings online….

Social Bookmarking for Professionals

Social bookmarking is a way for librarians, or professionals of any kind, to save and organize their websites or articles for future use. It allows for simplifying the storing and sharing aspect of information on the web. CiteULike – A free service for sharing and saving scholarly websites. Diigo – Organize links, collect sites, annotate…

Finding Tools and Websites

In my LS 507 class, User Centered Information Services, I am finding out amazing resources to help with answering reference questions in the library. I found these sites noteworthy and plan to earmark them for future use: Internet Public Library – Although no longer updated, this is a wonderful resource allows you to search by…