Two examples of ARBA Book Reviews.
American Reference Book Annual Vol. 40, 2009. And Online
Pain Sourcebook. 3d ed. Joyce Brennfleck Shannon, ed. Detroit, Onmigaphics,2008. 671p. illus. index. (Health Reference Series). $78.00. ISBN 13:9780780810068.
Whether it is headaches or backaches or managing arthritis, pain is something that all of us are challenged with.The Pain Sourcebook, third edition, edited by Joyce Brennfleck Shannon, is a consumer healthcare and wellness handbook that describes many types of pain, causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatments and where to go for more in-depth information outside of this book. This book covers a large number of types of pain, descriptions, symptoms and treatments as well as caregivers’ pain and psychological well being. The Pain Sourcebook has had a different organization with each edition. This latest edition has chapters dedicated to specific types of pain.There is more information about managing chronic pain. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and gynecological pain are either new entries or more in-depth entries in this third edition. A glossary of pain related terminology and bibliographical information with web site addresses is included.
Although information in this book is taken from scholarly journals and professional web sites in the health and medical fields, this is a book that is excellent for ready reference uses and can be used for beginning students in the health fields. The Pain Sourcebook would be appropriate for consumer health library collections in both public and academic libraries.
American Reference Book Annual Vol. 42, 2011.And Online
Academic library Building in the Digital Age : A Study of Construction, Planning,, and Design of New Library Space. Chicago, Association of College and Research Libraries/American Library Association, 2010.
“The Library is a Growing Organism” is S.R. Ranganathan’s fifth law of library science. Viable libraries are always in a period of transformation.The data that is organized and collected in libraries changes and to meet the demands of modern universities the actual physical buildings themselves need to change.Academic Library Building in the Digital Age describes itself as the first comprehensive study of planning and building academic libraries in this new century.Every chapter deals with a different issue in planning and building a library in this digital age.Within the modern library building the physical collections are still collected but the digital virtual ones are growing faster and the use of the building as a collaborative academic space is important. Instead of stacks of paper periodicals, we need collaborative spaces, group study areas with computers.
Within this book are statistics, data represented in charts, lists and graphs and then the explanations of how this data was created.There are detailed chapters explaining the why and the how of academic libraries in the digital age and the strategies this study used to examine newer academic library buildings.In chapter 2 the characteristics of the new library space is explained and the library as place. Each chapter ends with a conclusion and the appendix of the library building survey and index is included. The fundamental laws of library science also ring true for library buildings.“Books are for Use” is S.R. Ranganathan’s first law of library science and most would agree that library buildings are for use as well in this modern age.
Collaborative Course Design: Using the Library Resources to Enhance Instruction” - Pat Keane, Amy Parsons, and Rares Piloiu
This presentation will talk about how faculty and librarians can collaborate to set common goals and outcomes so the students acquire simultaneously discipline-specific and library-specific skills that allow them to become better information searchers and users. Also, the presentation will introduce the faculty to a new instructional tool, called Libguides, which allows for a customization of library resources to the instructional needs of each course.