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January 6, 2015

4 New Books Available from State Library: History, Science, Graphics & Primary Sources

I don’t usually post to OSLIST about new State Library materials, but since a few of the books relate specifically to information literacy, and because OSLIS is an information literacy website, I am making an exception.

Four new books are available for interlibrary loan (ILL) from the Oregon State Library. If you work in a school library, follow the borrowing instructions at the end of this email. Anyone else interested in borrowing one of these books, please contact your school library staff or me.

Lamb, A., & Callison, D. (2012). Graphic Inquiry. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-59158-745-3

This full-color book provides a practical approach to incorporating graphic inquiry across the curriculum for school library media specialists, technology coordinators, and classroom teachers...Designed to bridge theory and actual practice, Graphic Inquiry contains applications for new and practicing educators and librarians that can truly bring classroom learning into the 21st century. This visually rich book provides numerous, standards-based inquiry activities and projects that incorporate traditional materials as well... [read more]

Bernadowski, C., Del Greco, R., & Kolencik, P. (2013). Beyond the Textbook: Using Trade Books and Databases to Teach Our Nation's History, Grades 7–12. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-037-9

This collection of standards-based lessons will guide middle and high school teachers while teaching the nation's history in a user-friendly, ready-made fashion. During a time of standards-based instruction, [this book] will fill the gap in today's middle and high school classrooms to simultaneously engage students in effective literacy skill exercises and teach our nation's history. Authored by three experienced former public school teachers, these ready-made lesson plans for classroom teachers and school librarians make planning easy for implementation in a social studies, history, or English classroom. The book covers topics from...[read more]

Schmidt, R. K., Smyth, M. M., & Kowalski, V. K. (2014). Teaching the Scientific Literature Review: Collaborative Lessons for Guided Inquiry (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-739-2

An essential resource for teachers and librarians who work with students in the later high school years through college and graduate school levels, this book explains and simplifies the scholarly task of researching and writing a scientific literature review. This thoroughly updated and revised follow-up to the popular text…is designed for pre-collegiate and early collegiate educators in the sciences, high school and college librarians, curriculum directors and common core supervisors, school district leaders, and principals. The book provides step-by-step guidance on instructing students how to perform the necessary research and successfully integrate newly…[read more]

Bahde, A., Smedberg, H., & Taormina, M. (Eds.). (2014). Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. ISBN: 978-1-61069-434-6

Special collections librarians and archivists in academic settings are often confronted with the challenge of teaching classes outside their personal area of expertise, with very little notice or guidance—as the authors of this book can attest. [The book] features 30 adaptable, hands-on exercises that special collections librarians, archivists, museum professionals, and teaching faculty can use in a multitude of instructional situations with K–12, undergraduate, graduate, and library school students. The exercises teach lessons in both…[read more]


If you would like to request these or other materials from the Oregon State Library, please use your library's established interlibrary loan process (e.g. OCLC or ALA request form). Otherwise, 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 @ 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 purchased and 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.

Most library staff are able to use their library’s interlibrary loan service to borrow professional development material. However, if you do not have access to these services or are not currently affiliated with a library, please contact me to discuss alternative options for borrowing the material. 

Be sure to check out our Library and Information Science (LIS) blog to discover the most recent additions to our LIS collection and search our catalog for our complete holdings. The library science collection is meant to support the whole Oregon library community. The Library Support Division welcomes your suggestions for acquisitions. See the blog for an input form or email us.

This collection is supported in whole by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library