Reference Skills for the School Librarian
Tools and Tips, 4th Edition
by Ann Marlow Riedling and Cynthia Houston
October 2019, 127pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6709-5
$50, £38, 42€, A72
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This basic text is designed to teach reference skills to school librarians.

Designed for courses that prepare LIS students for school librarianship, this title teaches basic reference processes, sources, services, and skills and provides authentic school library reference scenarios and exercises.

This fourth edition of Reference Skills for the School Librarian: Tools and Tips acknowledges the vital importance of reference skills in school libraries. It focuses on new reference skills for school librarians and includes more online materials such as Webliographies and a glossary.

Teaching reference skills and providing reference services to students and staff in schools are extremely important tasks and are required of librarians on a regular basis. Aimed at pre-service and in-service school librarians, this book covers all types of reference materials including almanacs, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and other standard information sources, giving extra emphasis to the online sources to which students increasingly turn. This edition addresses more online reference resources than previous editions and offers practical suggestions for use in K–12 student instruction.


  • Includes updated content in every chapter
  • Expands on online reference skills and resources
  • Explains how to combine online reference skills with student questioning skills
  • Offers librarians the chance to practice their skills with scenarios and exercises
Ann Marlow Riedling, PhD, served as a professor at numerous universities for over 30 years. She has served four Fulbrights and has written 18 books. She has also received numerous awards and taught numerous times overseas.

Cynthia Houston, PhD, is professor in the Libraries, Informatics, and Technology in Education program at Western Kentucky University, where she teaches informatics, cataloging, and children's literature courses and is author of numerous articles and books on library media education.
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