Senior Services, How-To Archive & Guides to Privacy & Reference Practice | Professional Media Reviews

Adult service librarians will find practical ideas that can easily be adapted to fit their own community; essential for anyone establishing a community archive without previous archival experience; necessary reading for all librarians, particularly those with a concentration in reference and bibliographic instruction

Goodman, Phyllis. On the Go with Senior Services: Library Programs for Any Time and Any Place. Libraries Unlimited. Feb. 2020. 150p. ISBN 9781440872280. pap. $55. PRO MEDIA
The needs of adult library users vary greatly across age groups. Goodman, a retired adult services librarian, identifies a gap in services for users over 65, especially for those unable to come to the library. She gives a broad overview of the characteristics of the various generations, along with an outline of issues related to aging brains. The author recommends both a community and a library assessment in preparation for creating an action plan. She advocates taking programming into the community, partnering with other agencies serving the elderly. Part 2 provides detailed outlines for potential programs including discussion questions, suggested resources, and a list of references. The ideas proposed here are easily implemented and helpful. For a program on candy and chocolate, Goodman suggests creating a Powerpoint on the history of candy, recommending a mystery series featuring candy, showing a DVD of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and offering candy samples. She compiles a list of discussion questions to prompt patrons to recall their favorite candy growing up.
VERDICT Adult service librarians will find practical ideas that can easily be adapted to fit their own community.—Judy Solberg, Sacramento, CA

Hunter, Gregory S. Developing and Maintaining Practical Archives: A How-To-Do-It Manual. 3d ed. ALA Neal-Schuman. Feb. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780838912775. pap. $85. PRO MEDIA
The new edition of an archival classic will be somewhat familiar to those who have studied archival theory or practice whether in the classroom or independently. Hunter (Palmer Sch. of Library and Information Science, Long Island Univ.) has updated his educational resource and reference manual for the first time in more than a decade. The new version reflects some of the biggest issues and topics in archives today, including chapters on community archives (their creation and management) and the archival profession. Hunter more accurately represents archival work of today—in each chapter, he takes into account electronic records and collections, interweaving these topics with information on other record types, rather than covering these issues in separate sections. The result is an effective balance between the essential core tenets of classical archival methods and emerging areas in the field. Though the book takes an archival perspective, it will be accessible to those who have no prior experience in archives.
VERDICT A necessary title for those working in archives and essential reading for anyone establishing a community archive without previous archival experience.—Grace ­Romund, University of Manitoba

Pedley, Paul. A Practical Guide to Privacy in Libraries. Facet. Jan. 2020. 222p. ISBN 9781783304691. $157.08; pap. ISBN 9781783304684. $78.22. PRO MEDIA
Privacy has always been a concern of library professionals, particularly protecting users’ privacy; the increasing complexity of the digital realm has made keeping up with these issues especially challenging. Pedley ( Digital Copyright and Copyright Compliance) provides an overview of the topic, covering both the analog and the digital arenas. He discusses navigating legal regulations, writing policy statements, conducting audits, and developing data protection impact statements. He also provides many resources for further reading and learning. Examples and case studies from a variety of library types help illustrate particular points, and the author also offers practical steps that libraries can take to protect user privacy. Although the book is written from a UK perspective, there are also examples and legal cases provided from the United States.
VERDICT Pedley addresses salient points related to privacy in libraries and directs readers to helpful sources for more in-depth information. A strong text, especially for librarians whose institutions are considering creating a privacy policy statement or other formal documentation regarding policy.—Amanda Folk, Ohio State Univ. Libs., Columbus

redstarReference and Information Services: An Introduction. 6th ed. Libraries Unlimited. Apr. 2020. 648p. ed. by Melissa A. Wong & Laura Saunders. ISBN 9781440868832. $90. PRO MEDIA
While intended as a textbook for reference service students, this updated work from Wong (online instructor, Univ. of Illinois) and Saunders (Simmons Univ. Sch. of Library &Information Science) is useful reading for all librarians and a brilliant update on previous editions. Part 1, "Concepts and Processes," contains valuable information for library leadership on training and professional development, marketing and promotion, and evaluation and assessment. Some chapters are targeted more specifically toward reference services, including the reference interview, instructional strategies, ethics, and reference services for special groups such as children and young adults. Those involved in collection development should refer to Part 2, "Information Sources and Their Use." The chapters on selection and evaluation of reference sources and the licensing and management of electronic resources are incredibly thorough, and the principles apply to all information resources. Part 2 also provides a succinct overview of different types of resources, such as government information, data and statistical sources, geographical sources, and primary and archival sources, and readers’ advisory sources. Each chapter closes with references and an extensive list of sources.
VERDICT Essential reading for all librarians, particularly those with a concentration in reference and bibliographic instruction.—Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary’s Univ. Lib., San Antonio

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