NLS Professional Materials Collection


The materials below that were purchased with NLS funds may be borrowed from the Sonoma County Library collection via interlibrary loan.

Library Use of eBooks, 2011 Edition

Primary Research Group | 2011

The report presents 145 pages of data and commentary on a broad range of eBook issues, including: spending on eBooks in 2010 and anticipated spending for 2011; usage levels of various kinds of eBooks; market penetration by various specific eBook publishers; extent of use of aggregators vs offering by specific publishers; purchasing of individual titles; use of various channels of distribution such as traditional book jobbers and leading retail/Internet-based booksellers; use of eBooks in course reserves and interlibrary loan; impact of eBooks on print book spending; use of eBooks in integrated search; price increases for eBooks; contract renewal rates for eBooks; use of special eBook platforms for smartphones and tablet computers; spending plans and current use of eBook readers such as Nook, Reader and Kindle; and the role played by library consortia in eBooks.

Data are broken out separately for public, academic and special libraries. The data in the report are based on a sample of academic, public and special libraries in the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.


The Tech Set 

Ten practical, concise field guides to today’s best technologies to help enhance the library-user connection.  Plus ten wikis and ten author podcasts with regular updates and a forum to ask questions, interact and share advice. There’s also Ellyssa Kroski’s Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals.  

Volume 1:  Next-Gen Library Catalogs by Marshall Breeding

Volume 2:  Mobile Technology and Libraries by Jason Griffey

Volume 3:  Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries by Robin M. Hastings

Volume 4:  Library Videos and Webcasts by Sean Robinson

Volume 5:  Wikis for Libraries by Lauren Pressley

Volume 6:  Technology Training in Libraries by Sarah Houghton-Jan

Volume 7:  A Social Networking Primer for Librarians by Cliff Landis

Volume 8:  Library Camps and Unconferences by Steve Lawson

Volume 9:  Gaming in Libraries by Kelly Czarnecki

Volume 10:  Effective Blogging for Libraries by Connie Crosby

Wikis and podcasts:

Web 2.0 for Librarians & Information Professionals
by Ellyssa Kroski

All titles use a 5-step approach to make implementing these concepts easy.

  1. How to integrate these social networking technologies with library services
  2. Plans for implementing them today
  3. How to market your new service/capability
  4. Best practices
  5. Effective methods to measure success

Crash Course in Library Services to People with Disabilities
by Ann Roberts & Richard J. Smith, 2010

Persons with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the United States, and with the aging of the baby boomers, their numbers will continue to grow.  It is an audience that relies on the public library and libraries that do not reach out to disabled persons are missing an important opportunity. This book helps librarians understand what they can do to make library premises and holdings more accessible to people with disabilities, provides basic information on the different types of mental and physical disabilities a librarian might encounter, and offers a range of exemplary policies, services, and programs to serve this population.


Crash Course in Children’s Services
by Penny Peck, 2006

Even in small rural libraries managed by small staffs, children’s services are critical.  This handbook gives practical advice on performing essential duties in the Children’s Room of the public library.  The tone is “how to” with little theory, as the book provides a simple overview of child development and the fundamentals of day-to-day services.

Topics covered:

  • reference service
  • assisting parents and teachers
  • managing children
  • helping children find recreational reading
  • providing fun-filled storytimes
  • marketing the library
  • collection development
  • programming
  • working with children with disabilities


Crash Course in Storytime Fundamentals
by Penny Peck, 2008  

A vital and essential “how to” perfect for anyone who is asked to do storytime, but has never been trained or for anyone who simply needs a new idea.  Based on materials designed for and used during veteran children’s librarian Penny Peck’s all-day workshop, “Storytime Fundamentals.”

Crash Course in Library Services to Preschool Children
by Betsy Diamant-Cohen, 2010

 Tailoring a portion of your library towards the needs of toddlers, preschoolers, and parents of infants is a complicated undertaking.  Children’s librarianship involves much more than simply providing a good selection of books for children:  creating an effective program for this user group requires specific experience and knowledge.  This book helps the reader gain that specific experience and knowledge.

All available for loan to libraries in NLS.  E-mail to borrow one today.