Equal time for books

Rainbow bookshelf

Image by Craig Conley from Durham, NC, US (Rainbow Bookshelf) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A few weeks ago I shared my favorite articles of 2014.  Now I’ll give equal time to books.  I did not restrict my list to books published in 2014, only to books I read in 2014:

Buchanan, H. E., & McDonough, B. A. (2014). The one-shot library instruction survival guide. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions.

I learned about this book in an online course (The instructors were the book’s authors.).  As did the course, the book offers ways to make the most of a single visit.

Calkins, K., & Kvenild, C. (2014). The embedded librarian’s cookbook. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

The contributors format their respective activities as recipes.  As with any cookbook you can refer back to it for many occasions.

Cook, D., & Farmer, L. S. J. (Eds.). (2011). Using qualitative methods in action research: How librarians can get to the why of data. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

I still wish to do some research.  This book provides some inspiring examples.

Gawande, A. (2010). The checklist manifesto: How to get things right (1st ed.). New York, NY: Metropolitan Books.

You may remember this one from my 9/11/14 post.  It deserves a second mention.

Wiggins, G. P. (2005). Understanding by design (Expanded 2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Cook and Farmer (2011) cited this one.   I cite it because it explains backward design in a useful way.