SILS Shelf-Awareness 2017

December 13, 2017

Check out these recently published titles authored or edited by UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumni and faculty.

Mary Grace Flaherty, SILS Assistant Professor
The Library Staff Development Handbook: How to Maximize Your Library’s Most Important Resource.
“Librarians and library supervisors who have the responsibility for empowering and nurturing their staffs will find real gems of practical advice, templates, tips, and personal connections in this staff development handbook. In this guide, Flaherty has captured the positive, supportive, and nurturing tone that libraries must create within their organizations to recruit, hire, train, and maintain effective and engaged staffs. Supervisors will want to keep this book handy and refer to it often." - Barbara Stripling, Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Practice at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies

Kevin Michael Klipfel (MSLS ’13) and Dani Brecher Cook (MSLS ’13)
Learner Centered Pedagogy: Principles and Practice.
“Current librarians who take the time to read through the extensive research provided in this text will give more consideration to what it is like to be a learner today, and perhaps will find new approaches to integrate into their work with patrons of all ages.“ - Voice of Youth Advocates

Sarah Kalikman Lippincott (MSLS ’12)
Library as Publisher: New Models of Scholarly Communication for a New Era
“Sarah Lippincott has been one of the driving forces behind the expansion of library publishing programs in North America. This is a thoughtful and well-informed overview of why libraries are becoming publishers, the distinctive characteristics of the publishing operations they are forming, and prospects for the future. Emerging fields need some foundational texts to define them and articulate a relevant body of theory. This concise and pithy volume delivers that service for library publishing."  - Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian of Publishing at the University of Michigan Library

Charles Lowry (MSLS ’74), PhD
ClimateQUAL: Advancing Organizational Health, Leadership, and Diversity in the Service of Libraries.
“This edited volume is a superb application of the thinking and measurement of organizational climate, in this case to libraries as organizational systems. The book provides insights into how leadership and diversity (among other issues) in libraries get played out in both a library’s internal world and in the way it relates to its customers. ClimateQUAL is essential reading for any organization willing to learn how to do the hard work necessary to improve—and it is especially essential reading for libraries who know they can be better.” - Professor Emeritus Benjamin Schneider at the University of Maryland

Rebecca Miller (MSLS ’07) and Candice Benjes-Small
The New Instruction Librarian: A Workbook for Trainers and Learners.
“Many librarians find that their initial teaching experience is 'trial by fire' rather than a structured training program. With that in mind, the authors have written a solid overview of academic instruction librarianship for both supervisors and novices ... New instruction librarians, particularly recent graduates, will likely find the chapters related to roles to be helpful in understanding expectations in their new workplace. Even experienced managers should find this work to be helpful in thinking about how to welcome librarians into the instruction programs." -The Library Journal

SILS Professor Emeritus Barbara Moran with Claudia J. Morner
Library and Information Center Management, 9th Edition 
This 9th edition of a best-selling textbook line is designed to offer an introduction to library management. It offers a wide range of discussion topics, case studies, and management challenges, specifically focused on the "ever-evolving modern library environment."

Chirag Shah (PhD ’10)
Social Information Seeking: Leveraging the Wisdom of the Crowd
This volume summarizes Shah's work on social information seeking (SIS), and at the same time serves as an introduction to the topic. SIS involves studying situations, motivations, and methods involved in seeking and sharing of information in participatory online social sites, such as Yahoo! Answers, WikiAnswers, and Twitter, as well as building systems for supporting such activities. The book is intended mainly for researchers and graduate students looking for an introduction to this new field, as well as developers and system designers interested in building interactive information retrieval systems or social/community-driven interfaces.

Zeynep Tufekci, SILS Associate Professor
Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
If new technologies are so empowering, why are so many movements failing to curb authoritarianism’s rise? Is a glut of misinformation more effective censorship than directly forbidding speech? Why are so many of today’s movements leaderless? Zeynep Tufekci answers these questions and more, speaking from direct experience and combining on-the-ground observations with insightful analysis. The Washington Post named the book one of the top nonfiction reads of 2017 and said it “has the feel of a work that will be long cited — and deservedly so — by activists, technologists and others grasping at the relationship between our causes and our screens.”

Heather Wolf (MSLS ’01)
Birding at the Bridge: In Search of Every Bird on the Brooklyn Waterfront.
The New York Times
said, “Where you may see only pigeons, sparrows and the occasional sea gull, [Heather Wolf] has recorded 130 species, many of which she has beautifully photographed.” Publishers Weekly said “this beginner’s guide is as entertaining as it is informative.”

Coming soon in 2018 . . .

Mary Grace Flaherty 
Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library
Though today’s consumers have unprecedented access to health information, its quality and veracity varies widely. Public libraries can play an important role in supporting library users in their health information seeking efforts. In this book, Flaherty shows how to guide library users to high quality health information by relying on up to date, authoritative sources. She also demonstrates why taking the initiative to offer health promotion programming can be a valuable form of community outreach, serving community needs while increasing visibility.

Misinformation and Mass Audiences
Edited by Brian G. Southwell, Emily A. Thorson, and Laura Sheble (PhD '14), and featuring a chapter by SILS doctoral candidate Sami Kaplan, this book considers both the perils of misinformation and the possibilities for remedying its detrimental effects. Kaplan's chapter is titled “Encouraging information search to counteract information: Providing ‘balanced’ information about vaccines.”

Are you a SILS alumni who had a book published in 2017? Send the info to and we’ll add you to the list.