TL's Best Professional Books of 2010 and Book Reviews for the Librarian

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School Learning Commons

LEARNING COMMONS TREASURY

David V. Loertscher and Elizabeth "Betty" Marcoux, eds.

Teacher Librarians Press, 2010. 146 pp. $25.00. 978-1-61751-000-7.

Bottom line: This work is a two-year collection of articles about the school learning commons from the pages of Teacher Librarian.

ASSESSING FOR LEARNING: LIBRARIANS AND TEACHERS AS PARTNERS, 2ND ED.

Violet H. Harada and Joan H. Yoshima

Librarians Unlimited, 2010. 242 pp. $45.00. 978-1-59884-470-2.

Bottom line: Simply the best book of the teacher-librarian's perspective on the world of assessment and how to do it in the framework of teaching and learning in the learning commons.

HOW TO ASSESS HIGHER-ORDER THINKING SKILLS IN YOUR CLASSROOM

Susan M. Brookhart

ASCD, 2010. 159 pp, $24.95. 978-1-4166-1048-9.

Bottom line: Higher order thinking is rarely assessed because so much attention is given to recall. This book provides sound strategies for measuring what we all value.

THE MANY FACES OF SCHOOL LIBRARY LEADERSHIP

Sharon Coatney, ed.

Libraires Unlimited, 2010. 147pp. $40.00. 978-1-59158-893-1.

Bottom line: Coatney presents a collection of thoughtful issue papers by school library greats.

COPYRIGHT FOR SCHOOLS: A PRACTICAL GUIDE, 5TH ED.

Carol Simpson

Linworth, 2010. 251 pp. $45.00. 978-1-58683-393-0.

Bottom line: Trust Carol Simpson on this topic because she has degrees in both library science and law. This title keeps up with the changes that happen regularly.

THE RESILIENT SCHOOL LIBRARY

Carol Doll and Beth Doll

Libraries Unlimited, 2010. 123 pp. $40.00. 978-1-59158-639-5.

Bottom line: So many young people are growing up in such dysfunctional families they are seeking ways to cope with the world and its problems. These two authors bring their considerable experience together to help adults help their students be resilient. Worth a careful read.--Elizabeth "Betty" Marcoux

Technology

CYBER KIDS, CYBER BULLYING, CYBER BALANCE

Barbara C. Trolley and Constance Hanel

Corwin Press, 2010. 184 pp. $31.95. 978-1-4129-7292-5.

Bottom line: Herein and available are lots of sensible advice on how to handle this seemingly perennial problem.

BLOGS, WIKIS, PODCASTS, AND OTHER POWERFUL WEB TOOLS FOR CLASSROOMS, 3RED ED.

Will Richardson

Corwin Press, 2010. 171 pp. $31.95. 978-1-4129-7747-0.

Bottom line: This popular title by a very popular speaker about education and technology is worth your time.

NO SHELF REQUIRED: E-BOOKS IN LIBRARIES

Sue Polanka, ed.

ALA, 2011. 181 pp. $65.00. 978-0-8389-1054-2.)

Bottom line: Essays about one of the hottest topics in libraries in a fast changing world of publishing and library experimentation.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIGITAL GENERATION: TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE NEW DIGITAL LANDSCAPE

(The 21st Century Fluency Series)

Ian Jukes

Corwin Press, 2010. 150 pp. 978-1-4129-3844-0.

Bottom line: Excellent essays discussing a wide range of issues in the use of technology with the current generation of social networkers.

TEACHING DIGITAL NATIVES: PARTNERING FOR REAL LEARNING

Marc Prensky

Corwin Press, 2010. 203 pp. $33.95. 978-1-4129-7541-4.

Bottom line: A popular author and lecturer, Prensky provides solid ideas and visionary plans for use with the social networking crowd. …