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Eberhart, George M., Ed.: The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa.

Eberhart, George M., Ed. The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa. American Library Association, 2013. 536p. $50. Oversize pb. 978-0-8389-1090-0.

Any professional reference that opens with an excerpt from an Amy Lowell poem is bound to be terrific, and WLH5 does not disappoint. Updated dramatically (98 percent of the content is advertised as "new or substantially revised"), the book's preface acknowledges that social media and tablets have transformed the way we access information but that high-quality texts are still vital. The editor explains that his goal is to provide "informative, practical, and entertaining tips, lists, and guidelines," which is exactly what he achieved. This handbook, claiming to be useful for the "whole library," is exactly as advertised, with logical and useful divisions of such topics as people and operations. The book is well researched, well organized, and fun to peruse, as well as full of good reminders for media specialists.

Rarely does a reference book have such a user-friendly feel as Eberhart's tome. Even if earlier editions are on your office shelf, this new edition is clearly worth the investment for its updated ideas and enjoyable, practical approach to valuable information--a must-have for media specialists. --Mary Ann Darby.

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Author:Darby, Mary Ann
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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