Author Archives: Cathy Hatterman

New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Spans in Time: A History of Nebraska Bridges, edited by James E. Potter, L. Robert Puschendorf (third title down on linked page.)

Teaching the Works of Willa Cather, ed. by Steven B. Shively & Virgil Albertini

Railroad 1869; Along the Historic Union Pacific, by Eugene Arundel Miller

Nebraska Quilts & Quiltmakers, edited by Patricia Cox Crews & Ronald C. Naugle

Law & Order in Buffalo Bill’s Country; Legal Culture & Community of the Great Plains, 1867-1910, by Mark R. Ellis

These Nebraska themed titles have been added and will be in the Library of Congress collection.

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Spotlight on Keep It Simple;

Keep It Simple; a Guide to Assistive Technologies, by Ravonne A. Green and Vera Blair, Z711.92.H3 G74 2011. 

“Among computer users, about 25 percent have been reported as having difficulty with vision, 24 percent have mobility impairments, and 29 percent of computer users have problems with hearing. “ from Keep It Simple, p. 4. Most of them are unaware of the free assistive technologies built right into the Microsoft software in the library computer that they are using. Keep It Simple  will show you how to find and use that and other free software assistive technology (AT) to help patrons use computers, maybe even your catalogues.

First the authors convince you, and give you facts and figures useful for making a case for turning over computers to AT or writing  a grant for extra computers. They also bring you up to date about the technology available for libraries. But what impressed me most, was that there was so much freeware already built into Microsoft that could be used right now. Here are some examples of other freeware:  Emacspeak which speaks aloud specific printed information, such as a date. FATBITS is a screen magnifier for Windows XP free for downloading which enlarges the screen area abound the pointer. There’s WordTalk, which is a free text-to-speech software for use with Word 97 and later. Free Cursor enlarges the cursor.  SUITEKeys 1.0 for Microsoft Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0, and 2000/XP is a speech recognition system to operate a Windows environment computer, for hands free operation. And then there’s hardware. Scanners can be turned into reading machines with the right software (p.24.)

It might be easy to let the amount of information overwhelm, but there is enough at the basic, free level, to make access to everyday computers for seeing and hearing challenged patrons more accessable.

Please email me, Cathy, with any topics you’d like to see in a blog.

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

A Visit to Hartington, by Denny Miller

Nebraska Voices: Telling the Stories of Our State, edited, from the Nebraska Humanities Council

What Hath God Wrought? Tour Guide of Nebraska’s Great Capitol, by Elinor L. Baade Brown

The Ceremony & other Stories, by Weldon Kees

The Roads That Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System, by Dan McNichol

These Nebraska themed titles have been added, and will be in the Library of Congress collection.

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Adult Readers Advisory Guides

We’ve received a lot of different readers advisory guides from different series on different topics, it’s hard to only select a few. I’ll stay with adult titles this time.

This last one is a little different, but I’ve added it, since it gives information about the author, how he or she writes, as well as his life.

Please email me, Cathy, with any topics you’d like to see in a blog.

As always,–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

The Repurposed Library; 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life, by Lisa Occhipinti

Lao Folktales, by Lajuppa Tossa with Kongdeuane Nettavong, ed. by Margaret Read MacDonald

Engaging in Evaluation and Assessment Research, by Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and Danuta A. Nitecki

Contemporary World Fiction; A Guide to Literature in Translation, by Juris Dilevko, Keren Dali, and Glenda Garbutt

More Technology for the Rest of Us; A Second Primer on Computing for the Non-IT Librarian, ed. by Nancy Courtney

Make Mine a Mystery II, A Reader’s Guide to Mystery & Detective Fiction, by Gary Warren Niebuhr

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Technology in Libraries with Challenges

I noticed at the Big Talk from Small Libraries Conference many libraries with challenges where finding ways to offer technology to their patrons. Here are some titles that may inspire projects of your own.

The supplement to American Libraries Jan/Feb 2012, v. 43, n.1/2, focuses on EBooks, entitled, EBooks Making New Connections.

One of a series of DVDs from College of DuPage, Library futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve: Technology Trends in Libraries: Tools, Skills, Staffing and Training, offers various views on technology, the library, and the future. Other titles in the series can be searched for by using the series title, Library Futures: Staying Ahead of the Curve.

Please email me at cathy.hatterman@nebraska.gov with any topics you’d like to see in a blog.

As always,–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

The Cybrarian’s Web; An A-Z Guide to 101 FREE Web 2.0 Tools and Other Resources, by Cheryl Ann Peltier-Davis

Essential Library of Congress Subject Headings, by Vanda Broughton

How to Fix Copyright, by William Patry

A Book Sale How-To Guide; More Money, Less Stress by Pat Ditzler & Joann Dumas

Graphic Novels In Your School Library, by Jesse Karp, Illus. by Rush Kress

The Information Diet; A Case for Conscious Consumption, by Clay A. Johnson

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Survey of Use of RFID in Libraries, from Primary Research Group, Inc.

Teens, Libraries, and Social Networking; What Librarians Need to Know, ed. by Denise E. Agosto and Junde Abbas

Ready-Made Book Displays, by Nancy M. Henkel

Read on…Horror Fiction, by June Michelle Pulliam and Anthony J. Fonseca

The Customer-Focused Library; Re-Inventing the Public Library from the Outside-In, by Joseph R. Mathews

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Books to Help Stretch the Library Budget

If you need help stretching the library budget, there are a few things in our collection that may help.

I just entered “shoestring” in our catalog in the “Search” blank, with the button set to “Anywhere”, and discovered an interesting selection of titles. Here’s a sample:

Here are some new titles we’ve received you might find helpful:

I found this DVD by searching library finance with the button set to “Anywhere”, and “Sorted” by copyright date:  NLC DVD Library futures. Staying ahead of the curve. Making the best of a shrinking budget : creative practices in a new economy, recorded from a College of DuPage Teleconference broadcast.

As always,–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

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Customer Service Books For Before the Patron Says…

After reading about the experiences of public librarians at the service desk I was amazed at the situations they were put through and how well they handled the patrons. I thought maybe some of the following might be helpful as refreshers as well as sources of new ideas for handling situations.

Coming up this month is the free Big Talk from Small Libraries Conference, offered online  February 28, 2012.  It’s about big things from small libraries, such as the following programs:”Gaming and Game Collection Development”, “Community Partnerships”, and “Training the Public” This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Small & Rural Libraries and Library Renewal.

As always,–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Best Practices for Corporate Libraries, ed. by Sigrid E. Kelsey & Marjorie J. Porter

Reading Julia Alvarez, by Alice L. Trupe

Reference Reborn; Breathing New Life into Public Services Librarianship, ed. by Diane Zabel

Reality is Broken; Why Games Make Us Better & How They Can Change the World, by Jane McGonigal

Pre- & Post- Retirement Tips for Librarians, ed. by Carol Smallwood

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New Books on Grants And Grant Writing

They say current economic trends are improving, however, grants are always a welcome addition to a library budget, and we’ve just received The ALA Book of Library Grant Money, 2012, the latest edition of the Big Book of Library Grant Money.

You’ll also find the following new titles in our catalog helpful:

There is also a free webinar, from the Foundation Center, entitled Grantseeking Basics that was shown 1/11/12, the page linked to here has this one and other recorded webinars you may be interested in.

As always, –please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Starting from Scratch; Building a Teen Library Program, by Sarah Ludwig

Cost Control for Nonprofits in Crisis, by G. Stevenson Smith

100 Most Popular Contemporary Mystery Authors; Biographical Sketches & Bibliographies, by Bernard A. Drew

Library Management Tips That Work, edited by Carol Smallwood

Small Public Library Management, by Jane Pearlmutter & Paul Nelson

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Helping Those Experiencing Loss; A Guide to Grieving Resources, by Robert J. Grover & Susan G. Fowler

Humor & Information Literacy; Practical Techniques for Library Instruction, by Joshua Vossler & Scott Sheidlower

Make Mine a Mystery II; A Reader’s Guide to Mystery & Detective Fiction, by Gary Warren Niebuhr

Independent School Libraries; Perspectives on Excellence, edited by Dorcas Hand

Writing a Winning Technology Plan; A LITA Guide, # 17, by Jean V. Morrison

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

How to Thrive as a Solo Librarian, by Carol Smallwood & Melissa J. Clapp

Crash Course in Genealogy, by David R. Dowell

Life Stories; A Guide to Reading Interests in Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Diaries, by Maureen O’Connor

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Teen Literature; A Guide to Reading Interests, by Carlisle K. Webber

The Shoestring Library, by Sheryl Kindle Fullner

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Historical Fiction for Teens; a Genre Guide,  by Melissa Rabey

Middle Management in Academic & Public Libraries, edited by Tom Diamond

Instructional Technology Past, Present & Future, 3rd edition, edited by Fary J. Anglin

Practical Strategies for Cataloging Departments, edited by Rebecca L. Lubas

The Flying Dutchman & Other Folktales from the Netherlands, by Theo Meder, illustrations by Minke Priester

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team  if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Working in the Virtual Stacks; The New Library & Information Science, by Laura Townsend Kane

Every Child a Reader,  2nd ed., Kit, ALSC and PLA

Book Repair; A How-To-Do-It Manual, 2nd edition, revised, by Kenneth Lavender, revised by Artemis BonaDea

Let the Games Begin! Engaging Students with Field-Tested Interactive Information Literacy Instruction, edited by Theresa R. McDevitt

Shifting Winds; Nebraska’s Weather Story, by Betty Stevens

 

 

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team  if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Metadata for Digital Collections, by Steven J. Miller

Information Literacy & Information Skills Instruction; Applying Research to Practice in the 21st Century School Library, 3rd edition, by Nancy Pickering Thomas, Sherry R. Crow, & Lori L. Franklin

Assistive Technologies in the Library, by Barbara T. Mates

Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success, by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Building a Buzz: Libraries & Word-of-Mouth Marketing, by Peggy Barber & Linda Wallace

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New Books Added to the Library Commission Collection

The following books have been added to the collection–please contact the Information Services Team  if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks.

Far North Tales; Stories From the Peoples from the Arctic Circle, translated & told by Bonnie C. Marshall, ed, bt Kra Van Deusen

Keep it Simple; a Guide to Assistive Technologies, by Ravonne A Green & Vera Blair

Listening to the Customer, by Peter Hernon & Joseph R. Matthews

Parents of Invention; the Development of Library Automation Systems in the Late 20th Century, by Christopher Brown-Syed

Primary Genreflecting; a Guide to Picture Books & Easy Readers, by Susan Fichtelberg & Bridget Dealy Volz

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New Books added to the Collection

The following books have been added to the collection – please contact the Information Services Team
if you’d like to check out any of these titles. Thanks!

Alone Together; Why We Expect More From Technology & Less from Each Other, by Shery Turkle

Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company that is Connecting the World, by David Kirkpatrick

The Filter Bubble; What the Internet is Hiding From You, by Eli Pariser

In the Plex; How Google Thinks, Works, & Shapes Our Lives, Steven Levy

Lean Library Management: Eleven Strategies for Reducing Costs & Improving Sevices, by John Huber

Practical Stratigies for Cataloging Departments, edited by Rebecca L Lubas

Quiet, Please; Dispatches From a Public Librarian, by Scott Douglas

Workplace Learning & Leadership, by  Lori Reed & Paul Signorelli

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