LM 511 Selection Tools

Kathy Frizzelle

What are selection tools?

Selection tools are used by librarians/media specialists to make informed decisions about growing and maintaining their collection. Today we will be looking at six of the most popular ranging from a tool that deals strictly with academia and scholarly works to a free parent friendly website.
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School Library Journal



Author or responsible party

Media Source Inc.


Format (Journal/website/book

Digital and Print


Publisher/price/ frequency

(if print)

A one year subscription (12 issues) to both the digital and print issues plus Book Verdict School Library Journal is $136.99 but is currently at a discounted price of $88.99.


Annotations/ Reviews

(By whom, Length/Thorough?)

Reviews are produced by a series of writers including editors of SLJ. The reviews are fairly short and to the point. The reviews and introductions of new technology or multimedia resources are more in depth therefore the articles are longer.


Purpose

The purpose of SLJ is to bring 21st Century Learning to school libraries and public libraries. Its focus is the literacy, the newest technology, and information pertaining to your library services.


History

It started in print format in 1954 under the name Junior Libraries with 9 publications a year in the months September through May. They were released on the 15th of each month. It eventually became School Library Journal and expanded its printings to 12 issues a year. It has been sold several times to different publishing/media outlets. It is currently under the helm of Media Source Inc.


Intended user

Librarians/Media Specialists in the school setting or in the public library setting.


Content

It contains articles featuring the newest in technology and multimedia practices and equipment and software. A variety of books including fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, and professional texts for media specialist are reviewed as well as technology and multimedia resources.


Arrangement

The website is easy to navigate with bright colorful headers. It is broken down into specific categories so that it is easy to find what you are looking for.


Indexes or search mechanism

There is an easy to use search engine for the site or you may search for what you looking for by browsing through one of the many headings at the top of the website. It is broken down into 9 heading with several subheadings under each topic.


Bibliographic information provided

Not on the website.


Any special features?

The website featured a “job zone” for open positions for media specialists.


Where was this tool located?

(library, URL, database)

http://jobs.libraryjournal.com/


Recommended for purchase

I would recommend this for purchase. It is a relatively cheap resource that seems to cover all of the bases of the media specialists needs. Especially, when you factor in the reviews of professional reading and reference materials.

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Booklist



Author or responsible party

American Library Association

Format (Journal/website/book

Magazine and Website

Publisher/price/ frequency

(if print)

A 1 year subscription is 22 issues of the print magazine, 4 print issues of Book Link, and single license login for website for $147.50. It is published twice monthly September through June and once a month in July and August.

Annotations/ Reviews

(By whom, Length/Thorough?)

Booklist is home to several on staff reviewers and journalists but it also welcomes reviews and articles from free-lance writers.

Purpose

The purpose of Booklist, is to serve as a reference point for librarians, media specialists, and the general public on quality literature. The website also features webinars on a variety of subjects from how to approach reluctant readers to the art of narrating a romance novel for audiobooks.

History

Booklist started in print in 1905. It is now available on a website.

Intended user

The intended user is media specialists as well as the general public. Writers are also welcomed and encouraged to send in works for review but are asked to make sure that their work is submitted 15 weeks in advance of the on sale date.

Content

There are a variety of award lists, reviews, webinars, as well as a section titled Great Reads in which a specific reviewer gives you book recommendations on a particular subject matter.

Arrangement

It was arranged in an easy to follow website.

Indexes or search mechanism

The home page featured a search engine that was easy to use with multiple filters to narrow your choices down to your specific needs.

Bibliographic information provided

No

Any special features?

I thought the webinars were a neat resource to have added to the site.

Where was this tool located?

(library, URL, database)

http://www.booklistonline.com/webinars

Recommended for purchase

It was reasonably priced and if you had the money to purchase multiple subscriptions this would probably be one purchased. That being said, even though there are viewer editions of the LSJ, I felt like it provided more content on its website for a media specialist.

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Library Media Connection

Author or responsible party

Linworth Books/Library Media Connection


Format (Journal/website/book

Print Journal/Website


Publisher/price/ frequency

(if print)

Unable to get a response from ABC-Clio.


Annotations/ Reviews

(By whom, Length/Thorough?)

There is a very lengthy list of reviewed material on their website. I was unable to read any samples. The reviews are completed by a staff of writers and top authorities in their field.


Purpose

To serve the needs of media specialists through professional development and recommendations for collection development.


History

Created in 1981


Intended user

Librarians/Media Specialists


Content

Professional Development resources, reviews in both English and Spanish, book awards, and articles on how to connect various genres to curriculum.


Arrangement

Website arranged in easy to maneuver manner. Clearly marked tabs to help you find what might be of interest to you.


Indexes or search mechanism

The one search bar takes you to ABC-CLIO which is a bit overwhelming for a novice media specialist. Hopefully if you had access to the website the search bar would be much more user friendly.


Bibliographic information provided

No


Any special features?

Contains professional development webinars and this fall Library Media Connection will combine with School Library Monthly to become School Library Connection. It will over the best content from both websites.


Where was this tool located?

(library, URL, database)

http://www.edweb.net/lmcforefront


Recommended for purchase

If it was an affordable resource I would strongly consider this material but without the pricing I could not make a concrete decision.

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The Horn Book

Author or responsible party

Media Source Inc.

Format (Journal/website/book

There are various ways to engage with Horn Books, they feature The Horn Book Magazine (print), The Horn Book Guide, and The Horn Book Guide Online.

Publisher/price/ frequency

(if print)

They are currently running a special for new subscribers for the Horn Book Magazine. A one year subscription (6 magazines) for $49.The Horn Book Guide is $39 for a one year subscription(2 books) there is a free demo for the online version but only utilizes the years 2012 and 2013.

Annotations/ Reviews

(By whom, Length/Thorough?)

Reviews are done by staff, guest reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and teachers.

Purpose

To find quality children’s and young adult literature for mainly media specialist now but also bookstore owners.

History

Started in 1924, it was dedicated to finding and suggesting to librarians and book store owners quality children’s and young adult literature.

Intended user

Librarian/Media Specialist concerned with children’s and young adult literature.

Content

It contains opinions, reviews, and reporting of the latest news in children and young adult reading.

Arrangement

The Horn Book Magazine is known for being a stylish well laid out magazine that is easy to follow from opinion pieces to reviews

Indexes or search mechanism

Yes. In the book and online they have a printable index to reviews for The Horn Book Guide.

Bibliographic information provided

Not online.

Any special features?

They have a sample of reviews from 1924 to current editions, so that you may see the quality work that goes into The Horn Book Magazine. There is also a demo for The Horn Book Guide.

Where was this tool located?

(library, URL, database)

http://www.hbook.com/horn-book-magazine-2/

Recommended for purchase

Yes. At a low introductory price, I would recommend purchasing The Horn Book Guide to have available in the library.

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Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

Author or responsible party

ALA

Format (Journal/website/book

Magazine/Website

Publisher/price/ frequency

(if print)

Choices Magazine for 1 year is $445(12 issues)

The price varies for Choices online depending on the number of licenses that is required and the institution that it is being purchased for.

Annotations/ Reviews

(By whom, Length/Thorough?)

The reviews are very thorough and are conducted by reviewers who are considered to be experts in their particular field. Choices strives to present works from authors with diverse backgrounds and opinions.

Purpose

To help media specialists working at the undergraduate level develop a collection of scholarly works and electronic resources.

History

Choices was founded in 1964, it is a division of the American Library Association.

Intended user

The intended user is a media specialist working at the undergraduate level to develop a collection of scholarly works for students. It is also geared towards students working at higher education levels.

Content

Contains reviews of scholarly publishing by experts in the field. Reviews are thorough but brief.

Arrangement

It is described as a “logical” arrangement including ordering information for works reviewed.

Indexes or search mechanism

Yes in the magazine an index is included. The online version does have the usual search bar with the option of an advanced search.

Bibliographic information provided

Yes

Any special features?

Choices online does feature a “My Saved Searches” tab. I felt this would be convenient way to keep up with materials you may have been interested in but unable to review at that moment.

Where was this tool located?

(library, URL, database)

http://www.cro3.org/savedsearch

Recommended for purchase

This would be a wonderful resource to have in a high school library for advanced students or at a college level but I teach in an elementary school so I wouldn’t recommend this purchase. Also, it stated on the website that most colleges/community colleges have access to this resource, so I would recommend that high school students use their local college library or see if I could borrow some materials if I worked in a high school setting.

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PBS Parents Bookfinder




Author or responsible party

PBS


Format (Journal/website/book

Website


Publisher/price/ frequency

(if print)

Free Website


Annotations/ Reviews

(By whom, Length/Thorough?)

Articles/reviews appear to be written by PBS staff writers. They a clear and simple to read. They are written with the parent or child in mind and not to be used as a scholarly work.


Purpose

The purpose is to advise parents and even children (preschool – 3rd) on books they may be interested in reading. There several articles on how to help your struggling reader but most do not appear to be current based on the comments at the bottom.


History

The only information that I could find gave 2003 as the starting date for bookfinder but I’m not sure if that was for this particular branch of the website or just PBSkids in general.


Intended user

Parents of young children.


Content

A search engine to help find books of interest for young readers, articles dealing with literacy problems, and book reviews.


Arrangement

It is a very easy to use website. I’m sure it was designed with the thoughts of kids using it as well as adults.


Indexes or search mechanism

A nice search engine that allows you to search for books based on age range, interests, read aloud or to, and keywords.


Bibliographic information provided

No


Any special features?

A reading milestones guide to make sure your reader is on track.


Where was this tool located?

(library, URL, database)

http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/bookfinder/


Recommended for purchase

Yes because it is a free, easy to use resource.

References

Miller, R. (Ed.). (2015). Library school journal. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://www.slj.com


Ott, B. (Ed.). (2015). Booklist. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://www.booklistonline.com


Library media connection. (2015). Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://www.librarymediaconnection.com


Sutton, R. (Ed.). (2015). The horn book guide. Retrieved September 20, 2015 from www.hbook.com


Seidon, P. (Ed.). (2015). Choice: Current reviews for academic libraries. Retrieved September 19, 2015, from http://www.ala.org/acrl/choice/


Bookfinder. (2015). Retrieved September 20, 2015, from http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/bookfinder/