The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa about Libraries and Library Services

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The Whole Library Handbook, now in its fifth edition, is an encyclopedia filled with facts, tips, lists, and resources essential for library professionals and information workers of all kinds, all carefully handpicked to reflect the most informative, practical, up-to-date, and entertaining examples of library literature. Organized in easy-to-find categories, this unique compendium covers all areas of librarianship from academic libraries to teen services, from cataloging to copyright, and from gaming to social media. Selections include

  • Facts and figures on library workers
  • Bookmobile guidelines
  • 100 great libraries of the world
  • Job search and recruitment techniques, and advice on how to deal with tough economic times
  • Tips on writing articles and book reviews
  • Fun with cataloging rules
  • Famous librarians' favorite books

Covering a huge spectrum of librariana, this one-of-a-kind volume is both educational and entertaining.



  PREFACE  1 LIBRARIESBasic Information Academic Libraries Public Libraries School Libraries Special Libraries National Libraries State Libraries Mobile Libraries Facilities Digital Libraries  2 PEOPLERecruitment Job Search Librarians Managers Consultants Trustees Friends Support Staff Volunteers  3 THE PROFESSIONEvents Grants and Awards Library Education Writing  4 MATERIALSBooks Government Information Special Collections Children's Materials Young Adult Materials Games  5 OPERATIONSBibliography Acquisitions Scholarly Communication Cataloging Classification Reference Usage Interlibrary Loan Preservation and Disasters Security Budgeting  6 USERSUser Experience Job Seekers Ethnic Groups Users with Disabilities Older Adults Young Adults Incarcerated Persons Poor Persons  7 ADVOCACYMarketing Advocacy  8 TECHNOLOGYLow Technology Internet Services Ebooks Digital Resources Social Media Other  9 ISSUESCore Values Copyright Intellectual Freedom Privacy Patron Behavior Ethics Information Literacy  10 LIBRARIANAWords Books Media Collections Image Whimsy  INDEX

George M. Eberhart

George M. Eberhart is senior editor of American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association. He served for ten years (1980-1990) as editor of College & Research Libraries News, the news magazine of ALA's Association of College & Research Libraries, and still writes the "New Publications" column for it. He has compiled three book-length bibliographies on UFOs and other scientific anomalies, and is a frequent contributor to Postcard Collector magazine. Eberhart holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and an M.L.S. from the University of Chicago.

"This title is a jewel of a ready-reference guide for busy librarians, i.e., all of us ... highly recommended as a quick starting point and pathfinder to more information for library- and librarian-related subjects. For both the newly minted and the well-experienced librarian."
— Library Journal

"It is almost impossible to open this work to a section that fails to be entertaining, inspiring, and instructional ... a strong update to this series that will not disappoint readers familiar with the earlier volumes."
— Booklist


"Rarely does a reference book have such a user-friendly feel as Eberhart's tome. Even if earlier editions are on your office shelf, this new edition is clearly worth the investment for its updated ideas and enjoyable, practical approach to valuable information—a must-have for media specialists."

"A remarkable introduction to the field of librarianship … Highly recommended."

"It will be of tremendous use for people with an interest in the topics of librarianship, but not necessarily with detailed training in librarianship ... It seems immediately obvious that this book could serve as a textbook for an introductory course in librarianship, perhaps in high school or undergraduate classes, and seems like a perfectly useful handbook to make available to reference staff who receive a lot of questions about libraries themselves, perhaps in academic libraries that support programmes and classes in library, information, document, archives, and museum studies. It also makes a great coffee-table or waiting-room book."
— Reference Reviews