Frequently Asked Questions for Library and Information Science
WHERE CAN I FIND REVIEWS:
FOR SPECIFIC BOOKS?
Book Review Index (Midl. Ref., Z 1035 Z1 B6)
Bookwire (www.bookwire.com) is an outstanding Internet site which has a searchable index of book reviews.
Book Review Digest (Mid. Ref., Z 1219 C 96) indexes books by author, subject and title.
FOR CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULTS' BOOKS PUBLISHED IN A CERTAIN YEAR?To locate a specific review of a book, see:
Children s Literature Review (ER Juvenile Ref., PN 1009 A1 C5139)
Children's Book Review Index (ER Juvenile Ref., Z 1037 Al C475)
Book Review Digest (Mid. Ref., Z 1219 C 96)Also see various journals, such as:
Booklist (Z 1035 A49)
Horn Book (Z 1037 Al A15)
Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books (Z 1037 Al C4)
Appraisal (Z 7401 A63)
Science Books and Films (Q 181 Al A68)
VOYA (Z 1037 A1 V16)
FOR ONLINE DATABASES, CD ROMS, WORLD WIDE WEB SITES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC SOURCES?The following serials frequently have reviews of these types of information sources:
Computers in Libraries
Reference & User Services Quarterly
FOR AUDIO-BOOKS, EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE?Check:
School Library Journal
FOR POPULAR BOOKS?Look in:
The New York Times Book Review
FOR BOOKS APPROPRIATE TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES?
Reference & User Services Quarterly
And other sources mentioned above
FOR REFERENCE BOOKS?Check in:
Reference & User Services QuarterlyLook for Core Lists in:
RSR: Reference Services Review (Z 1035.1 R43)
American Reference Books Annual (Mid. Ref. Lis. Sec. 1 Z 1035 .1 A55 1996)
Guide to Reference Books (Mid. Ref. Desk, Z 1035 .1 S43)
Walford's Guide to Reference Material (Mid. Ref. Desk, Z 1035 W252)
HOW CAN I FIND CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOKS DEALING WITH A CERTAIN SUBJECT OR CONCEPT?See:
Lima and Lima. A to Zoo: Subject Access to Children's Picture Books (ER Juvenile Ref Z 1037 L715)
A Guide to Subjects and Concepts in Picture Book Format (ER Juvenile Ref, Z 1037 Y65)
Thomas, James L. Play, Learn and Grow. (ER Juvenile Ref Z 1037 T46 1992)
WHERE CAN I FIND SOURCES FOR FREE OR INEXPENSIVE LIBRARY MATERIALS?There are several resources which index free or inexpensive publications by subject area. Here are a few:
Bottom Line- Personal. New York, NY: Bottom Line Information, 1979-.
Langston, Diane Jones. Free Magazines for Libraries. 4th edition. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1994
Smallwood, Carol. Current Issues Resource Builder : Free and inexpensive materials for Librarians or Teachers. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1989.
Smallwood, Carol. Exceptional Free Library Resource Materials. Littleton,CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1984.
Smallwood, Carol. Free Resource Builder for Librarians and Teachers.Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1986.
Spencer, Michael. Free publications from U.S. Government Agencies. Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1989.
Vertical File Index: A guide to pamphlets and references to current topics. Bronx, NY: H.W. Wilson, 1955-.
You can also look in local and national newspapers for clippings which may be useful in vertical files. Popular magazines are another option for free or inexpensive resources for all subject area.
IS THERE A RESOURCE THAT COVERS LIBRARY FACTS AND INFORMATION?
The Whole Library Handbook and The Whole Library Handbook 2 (Z 665.2 U6 E24, in stacks; and Z 665.2 U6 E23, Mid. Ref. LIS, Sect. 1) cover current data, professional advice and curiosities about libraries--a source for unusual information.
The Bowker Annual (Mid. Ref. Index Table 14, Z731 A47 1996) gives information about the various library organizations, salaries and placement, statistics, and library education.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT FOUNDATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO HAVE GRANT MONEYS FOR LIBRARIES?
The Big Book of Library Grant Money (Mid. Ref. Index Table 3, Z 683.2 U6 B54) is a directory of foundations who have money for libraries. It has several indices including geographic, organizational, and others to help you in your search.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THE ALA'S VARIOUS COMMITTEES AND MEMBERS?
The ALA Handbook of Organization and Membership Directory (Mid. Ref. Index Table 14, Z673 A5 H 37), contains all pertinent information concerning the American Library Association.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE MEANING FOR IFLA, RUSD, ASIS AND ALL THESE OTHER LIBRARY ACRONYMS?
New International Dictionary of Acronyms in Library & Information Science and Related Fields (Z1006 S344)
Acronyms & Abbreviations in Library & Information Work (Z 1006 M55 Reference) and Harrod's Librarians' Glossary and Ref. LIS, Section 1
WHERE CAN I FIND JOB ADS FOR LIBRARY POSITIONS?
The small table in the SLIS Office area holds numerous notebooks which contain job notices for a variety of libraries including public, academic, special and others.
Job ads can also be found in the Career Opportunities link of the School of Library and Information Science Homepage.
Listservs are another good source of job notices. A list of listservs and directions for subscription may be found in "Job Opportunities Glitter for Librarians Who Surf the Net". American Libraries, 27, 8 (September 1996,) 66- 69.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE AVERAGE PRICES OF MATERIALS FOR THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LIBRARIES?
The Bowker Annual (Mid. Ref. Index Table 14, Z 731 A 47) publishes a list of price indexes for Public, College and School Libraries. This should help you.
WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT A SPECIFIC LIBRARY?
The American Library Directory (Z731 A53), a two volume set located behind the Reference Desk in Middleton Library, provides information on Academic, Governmental, Public and Special Libraries. Arranged geographically, the information includes the location, circulation, holdings, automation, collections and other information on approximately 38,000 libraries.