Librarian's Library

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Dana on Museums

Many librarians associate John Cotton Dana with library public relations, in part because of the LAMA Public Relations Award that shares his name. A public librarian, ALA president, organizer of the Special Libraries Association, and advocate of children's library services, Dana (1856--1929) was also cofounder of the Newark (NJ.) Museum. Editor William A. Peniston shares Dana's nonlibrary in sights in The New Museum: Selected Writings by John Cotton Dana.

The book contains Dana's persuasive essays on the need for collaboration among museums, schools, and libraries. The selections cover museums and the community, education, art, and his experiences at the Newark Museum.

With bibliography and index, 262 p., paperback, $28 from the American Association of Museums, 1575 Eye St., N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005 (0-931201-64-0).

Build a Better Library

If the architectural showcase of new and renovated libraries in this issue (see p. 50-63) inspires you to plan a new building, here are two new titles to help you get started.

* Richard C. McCarthy offers straightforward advice in the second edition of Designing Better Libraries: Selecting and Working with Building Professionals. McCarthy explains how to collaborate with an architect and covers site selection, remodeling, interior design, and accessibility improvements. He updates the 1995 edition with recent changes in standards and procedures in the building professions and offers handy checklists to help keep your project on target.

With bibliography and index, 124 p., paperback, $19 from Highsmith Press, POB 800, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 (157950-044-7).

* Building Libraries for the 21st Century: The Shape of Information, edited by T. D. Webb, is not a "how-to" book. Rather, it examines the directions libraries are likely to take in the future. Webb's contributors discuss 13 libraries from around the globe and examine how philosophical, social, or political issues influenced each one's design.

With index, 270 p., $55 from McFarland Publishers, POB 611, Jefferson, NC 28640 (0-7864-0665-8).

Virtual Transformations

Editor Laverna M. Saunders explores the key trends and issues in the digitalization of libraries in The Evolving Virtual Library II: Practical and Philosophical Perspectives.

Together with nine other experts, Saunders describes developments in networking, creative digital delivery systems, and promising applications in K-12, public, academic, and special libraries. Among the contributors are Tore Brattli, who looks at library-generated databases; Vicky York, who discusses services to remote learners; and Joyce Kasman Valenza, who looks at school reform vis a vis the Web.

With index, 198 p., $39.50 from Information Today, Inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055 (1-57387-070-6).

Researchers Rejoice

Helping high school students learn the research process can be a challenge. Deborah B. Stanley simplifies the process in Practical Steps to the Research Process for High School.

Stanley shares tips on how to plan and prepare for teaching research and gives detailed instructions for each step of the research process. Included are dozens of successful research lessons together with camera-ready handouts and graphics for students.

With index, 230 p., paperback, $29 from Libraries Unlimited, POB 6633, Englewood, CO 80155 (1-56308-762-6).

Tempered Response

At some point, every librarian will be confronted by an angry patron. Be prepared to turn that complainer into a library booster with help from Rhea Joyce Rubin's Defusing the Angry Patron: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians and Paraprofessionals. …