Here are some of the latest and greatest in our Reference collection. Three of the four are available online, so you can access them from home without borrowing. If you are interested in these new books, please drop by the Dewey Library Reference Desk and a librarian will be happy to assist you!
Life After the Military: A Handbook for Transitioning Veterans by Janelle Hill. Lanham, MD: Government Institutes, 2011.Dewey Library/ UB 357 H55 2011 and online.
This text serves as a practical guide to those returning from enlistment. Topics covered in the text include developing a transition plan and new career advice as well as a broad range of living and financial strategies. The text also includes a useful appendix that covers outside resources and helpful checklists. Life After the Military would prove helpful to not only a returning enlistee but also family members or friends.
The American Public Library Handbook by Marco Guy. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2012. Online.
A reference text that describes the many roles the public library has played in the past and the way it functions in the present. These include looking at the public library through topical, biographical, institutional and bibliographical lenses. A handbook like this may not prove particularly valuable to your next door neighbor; however, its contents could prove invaluable to the future librarian interested in learning about things like bookmobiles and new technology trends. Important topics are broken down into helpful sections on terminology, historical summary, current trends complete with detailed references.
The United States Government Internet Directory by Shana Hertz Hattis, ed. Lanham, MD: Bernan Press, 2013. Online.
A digital reference text with information on the maze that is federal government-related information. As paradoxical as a physical text that indexes a portion of the World Wide Web sounds, the contents provide useful tools to help navigate the sea of virtual bureaucracy. Contents include a guide to available mobile apps, a quick guide for finding government websites and an appendix on how to reach members of the current congress. This reference text is useful to an information scientist in a government agency or a public librarian helping a patron who can’t speak English find helpful public resources.
Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions, by Leon Friedman and Fred Israel, ed. New York, NY: Facts On File, 2013. Dewey/KF 8744 F75 2013
The text is a comprehensive, four volume set looking at supreme court justices and their rulings. The extensive biographical look at each justice’s life includes details like religion, upbringing and every court ruling they have made. The volumes are written in an unbiased vernacular, making the text perfect for academic research as well as teaching a generation of students about the important SCOTUS rulings.
Blog post by Mark Seabury