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Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds: Building a Library of Things

ROBISON, Mark & 271p. index. photos. Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas. May 2017. pap. $65. ISBN 9781440850196.
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With this well-written, insightful work, editors Robison (library services, Valparaiso University) and Shedd (research & writing consultant, New Media Consortium) examine one of the newest trends in librarianship: the things collection. Libraries have responded to the needs of their communities by curating items such as bicycles, guitars, tools, umbrellas, video game consoles, and seeds. According to Robison and Shedd, unlike print and electronic resources, which meet users' informational or educational needs, these collections address patrons' practical needs. They have increased in popularity owing to a rising interest in DIY and in collaborative consumption. Fourteen case studies from public and academic libraries will inspire librarians. In addition, this volume offers best practices for promotion, funding, and maintenance.
VERDICT A valuable resource for public or academic librarians. Could also be useful for LIS students.

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