[Library Media] book purchases

Heather Novotny hnovotny at mcgillisschool.org
Mon Oct 15 11:14:32 MDT 2018


Regarding the EBSCO situation, it's pretty clearly a censorship attempt.


Hope to see a lot of you at the UEN board meeting on Friday.


Heather Novotny

Librarian
The McGillis School
668 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84102
801-583-0094





 From:   "Whiting, Joshua" <jwhiting at graniteschools.org> 
 To:   sharyl smith <sharylsmith at att.net>, Cindy Mitchell <cindy.mitchell at jordandistrict.org> 
 Cc:   "library-media at lists.uen.org" <library-media at lists.uen.org> 
 Sent:   10/15/2018 9:26 AM 
 Subject:   Re: [Library Media] book purchases 


 
 
For professional review sources, Booklist, Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews and Publisher’s Weekly are all available in EBSCO, which despite UEN censorship (yes, I’m going there) is still available via the Utah State Library (https://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/)  and hopefully your local public library’s website. 
  
Something like this “Starred Reviews” spreadsheet is a good hack to find great books if you don’t have the funds to subscribe to professional journals or the time to pore through them all: https://booksheets.wordpress.com/starred-reviews/. Then you can look up the interesting titles on NoveList (again, thanks Utah State library: https://onlinelibrary.utah.gov/research/databases/novelist.html) or possibly a library vendor web site to see the actual reviews. 
  
Thanks, 
  
Josh Whiting 
Library Media | Educational Technology Dept. | Granite School District 
Phone: 385-646-7128 | Email:  jwhiting at graniteschools.org | Twitter: @jdwhiting 
Web: http://granitemedia.org | http://graniteschools.org/edtech 
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From: library-media <library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org> On Behalf Of sharyl smith
 Sent: Saturday, October 13, 2018 12:12 PM
 To: Cindy Mitchell <cindy.mitchell at jordandistrict.org>
 Cc: library-media at lists.uen.org
 Subject: Re: [Library Media] book purchases 
  

 
 
 
 
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From: sharyl smith <sharylsmith at att.net>
 Date: October 13, 2018 at 12:07:35 PM MDT
 To: sharylsmith03 at gmail.com
 Subject: Re: [Library Media] book purchases
 
 
 
 
You might want to invest in one of the reviewing journals. “Invest” is used purposely because using these tools is an investment in a stronger collection.  
 

 
 
 
In the past, it was recommended that a journal like School Library Journal be purchased for its reviews from experienced teacher librarians, along with a subscription to a professional reviewing journal, e.g.,  Booklist or Booklinks.  This balance between opinions from people working daily with students and from those who see the entire gamut of books for young people and review for a living, is beneficial. In these days, rather than purchasing two reviewing journals,  it might be possible to pair with another school and share. At the very least, these resources should be available from the district office.  
 

 
 
 
Dr Sharyl Smith 
 
University of Washington Information School Faculty, retired 
 
Former State Specialist for Library Media, USBE 
  
 
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 On Oct 12, 2018, at 2:45 PM, Cindy Mitchell <cindy.mitchell at jordandistrict.org> wrote: 
 
 
 
Brian Rollins (801-232-6531 
 
Randy Barron (801) 623 8038 
 
  
 
They both represent a wide variety of publishers.  They can bring their collection out to your school for you to look through - like a short book preview, but with many more books.  It definitely helps to get  a feel for the look and size of a series. 
 
  
 
I agree about the books being too short!  I find pretty good sized ones through Lerner - their Twenty First Century imprint is well sized.  The than that, the other non-fiction publishers are hit and miss. 
 
  
 
Maybe we should take a survey and send out the results to the non-fiction publishers to express our dissatisfaction! 
 
  
 
Cindy Mitchell 
 
South Jordan Middle 
 
  
 
On Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 10:05 AM, Tom Alleman <allemant at carbonschools.org> wrote: 
 
What are your thoughts on the various book providers out there? I am trying to update our collection but teachers are too busy and don't have the time to offer any suggestions. So it is up to me to find books. I've looked through many preview  boxes and have found many titles and subjects that would be great for our library. But I'm not impressed with the meager content and price. Paying at least $25.00 for a book that is maybe 50 pages with 3/4 of those pages covered with photos is not a good way  to spend my limited budget. What are your thoughts and suggestions? My focus is on updating our nonfiction section.  
 
Tom Alleman
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 allemant at carbonschools.org
 Librarian
 Carbon High School
 750 E. 400 N. 
 Price, Ut 84501
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 fax 435.637.4127 

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