[R2R-OR] Resource to help with evaluation, family engagement, and literacy development

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Feb 21 12:25:11 PST 2014

Hi! A lot of you are using your R2R grant to increase family engagement and help students increase their reading comprehension, and all of you are improving the way you evaluate your R2R programs. Therefore, I thought you might be particularly interested in the following new books.

These books are available to check out via interlibrary loan from the Oregon State Library. If you would like to request these or other materials from the Oregon State Library please use your library's established interlibrary loan process or send your full name, the name of your library, complete title information, shipping address, and a phone number to the document delivery department at library.request at state.or.us<mailto:library.request at state.or.us> or (fax) 503-588-7119.  Items will be checked out to your library, not to you personally, for 4 weeks (print materials) or 2 weeks (videos).  Materials will be delivered via mail or Orbis Cascade Alliance Courier, and you may return them the same way.  Normally a single copy is purchases and it is loaned on a first-come-first-serve basis. You may be put on a hold list for several weeks.  Thank you for your patience.


Applegate, R. (2013). Practical Evaluation Techniques for Librarians. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Library professionals-regardless of whether they operate in a school, public, or academic library setting-need to have effective evaluation skills in order to be accountable to stakeholders and to effect informed improvement. Practical Evaluation Techniques for Librarians provides information and guidance that is highly useful and accessible for all librarians looking to intelligently manage the strengths and weaknesses of their library as well as communicate its value to its stakeholders.

Rather than focusing on data-gathering methods appropriate for researchers, the book concentrates on data collection at the local level that enables informed managerial decision-making. It describes and compares techniques that can be used with any level or type of resource-staffing, software, and expertise, for example-in any size library. Author Rachel Applegate makes it clear that accountability is everywhere and imperative, and any librarian can learn the simple techniques to benefit from evaluation.

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Maddigan, B. & Bloos, S. (2014). Community Library Programs That Work: Building Youth and Family Literacy. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

In a world where the Internet offers educational opportunities 24 hours a day ... where digital aids enrich and supplement printed materials ... and where online instruction is a viable option to classroom teaching, a fresh approach to learning can help libraries stay relevant and interesting to their technologically-savvy patrons. This book provides guidelines for creating dynamic and engaging library programs for children, teens, and families. Organized in thematic chapters, each chapter includes relevant topical research and three to eight community-focused approaches. Programs range from small, single-library initiatives in rural communities to multi-site, cross-border initiatives. This essential reference includes collaborative and locally-inspired programs, many of which can be scaled to the budget of any library, school, or community organization.

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Polette, N.J. (2013).Gateway to Reading: 250+ Author Games and Booktalks to Motivate Middle Readers. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

Getting students to want to read is one of the greatest challenges facing middle school teachers and librarians. Determining which are the "right books" that can spark a child's mental awakening is also difficult. This book from prolific author Nancy Polette furnishes interesting and fun games to pique students' interest in junior novels that are worth reading-carefully selected titles that will contribute to their educational and emotional growth.

Gateway to Reading: 250+ Author Games and Booktalks to Motivate Middle Readers is a powerful tool for luring middle-school students away from the distractions of 21st-century media and introducing them to junior or 'tween novels that they won't be able to put down. By presenting children with a challenge to engage their minds-racing to decode book titles, or using their creativity to come up with titles of their own, for example-students are naturally drawn towards reading these books from well-known children's authors.

Be sure to check out our Library and Information Science (LIS) blog (http://osl-lis.blogspot.com/) to discover the most recent additions to our LIS collection and search our catalog (http://oregon.gov/OSL/index.shtml) for our complete holdings. The library science collection is meant to support the whole Oregon library community.  The Library Development Division welcomes your suggestions for acquisitions - see the blog for an input form or email us!

This collection is funded with LSTA funds administered by the Oregon State Library.

Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

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