Anthropology Librarians Tool Kit
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Attn: Anthropology Librarians and other interested parties: In celebration of ANSS's 40th anniversary, the Sociology and Anthropology Discussion Groups are teaming up to create and update our Librarian Tool Kits for both subject areas. Below, you will find the Anthropology Librarian Tool Kit. This is a working document, and we want to crowd-source its creation. Please add resources and edit the document, either by directly editing it and noting the changes you made. A Sociology Librarian Tool Kit was created at the same time. A new Criminal Justice and Criminology Librarian Tool Kit was created in July 2013.
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A Quick List of Collection Development Tools and Practices for Anthropology Librarians
Originally Compiled for Sociology by Stephen Fowlkes, 2007
Revised April 2012 by Christina Smith, Bonnie Crarey Ryan, Miriam Rigby, and Pauline Manaka, and then posted to Connect for crowd-sourcing
I. Best Practices in Networking to Enhance Presence with Department Liaison Work
Faculty Meetings: Make an effort to be invited; attend at least one each semester
Ask to be added to the department’s listserv; website, social media in all forms.
Ask to be included in research communication with graduate students
Participate in all welcoming services to new graduate students and new faculty
Send limited number of e-mails:
- At the start of each semester/quarter:
- (a) Reminders about instruction and Information literacy teaching sessions
- (b) Book requests/book order process
- (c) Availability for research consultations with students, etc.
- (d) New web tools/ tutorials to guide their library research, and more
- Announce whenever new databases or major reference tools are acquired
Maintain Faculty Research/teaching-interest profiles/vitae
- Solicit info from faculty
- Find info on departmental Web Site bios
- Do literature searches to identify previous publications, etc.
Know the Administrative Assistant(s) in the Anthropology Dept.
Hold office hours in the department
Attend campus or departmental lectures, special events or symposia to help stay abreast of research interests and trends.
Be aware of course syllabi for the department's classes (Check out the "required readings" in course syllabi).
Be aware of new courses introduced to the department.
Sit in on classes in your department, if possible, after asking permission of the faculty member, of course.
Offer to include a library tour for faculty/grad student candidates when they interview
Find out about new faculty arriving in the dept. and be sure and give them a library orientation tour.
Invite the dept. chair or library liaison to have coffee/lunch/cocktails regularly
Stay in touch with librarian-colleagues at similar institutions for ideas, suggestions, etc. (participation in ANSS, especially conference attendance, is great for this!!)
II. Collection Building Tools
Book Review Sources.
These items are listed in no order of importance.
- Library Journal
- Anthropology Review Database (ARD) http://wings.buffalo.edu/ARD/ OA!
- American Anthropologist
- American Ethnologist
- American Journal of Human Biology
- American Journal of Physical Anthropology
- Anthropology of Work Review
- Current Anthropology
- Journal of American Folklore
- Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
- Medical Anthropology Quarterly
- Reviews in Anthropology
- Social Sciences Abstracts
- eBook Packages?
Also, Magazines for Libraries (LaGuardia, 2012) lists many, many more
Journal Selection Sources:
Magazines for libraries, 21st ed. LaGuardia, Cheryl, and William A. Katz., 2012
“Anthropology” chapter (pgs. 55-58) and “Archaeology” chapter (pgs. 62-68) lists 65 journals, each with full publication and feature information, as well as a descriptive annotation. There are also chapters for Folklore," “Native Americans” and “Linguistics.”
Cultural Anthropology: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. 2nd ed. Jacoby, Joann, and Josephine Z. Kibbee, 2007.
Lists 59 anthropology journals with annotations.
Journal Citation Reports
Reference Tools Selection Sources:
- Cultural Anthropology: A Guide to Reference and Information Sources. 2nd ed. Jacoby, Joann, and Josephine Z. Kibbee, 2007.
- Resources for College Libraries (Bowker, continuously updated, http://www.bowker.com/en-US/products/rcl/
- ANSS-Web Subject Resources pages Go to: http://anssacrl.wordpress.com/
Tools for Selecting Videos
- Films for the Humanities and Sciences http://ffh.films.com/
- Women Make Movies http://www.wmm.com/
- Bullfrog Films http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/
- Video Project http://www.videoproject.com/
- National Film Board of Canada http://www.nfb.ca/[free streaming content; film channels about Aboriginal Peoples, Environment & Sustainability, World Issues, and Hot Topics]
- New Day Films
- Native American Public TV
- Archaeology Channel http://www.archaeologychannel.org/content/videoguide.asp - OA!
- Mediateca Audiovisuales UNED
- Forensic Archaeology Video Channel
- Anthropolgia Visual
Open Access Options?
Streaming Video options (key publishers)
- Alexander Street Press
- Evia Digital Archive - http://www.eviada.org/ OA!
Non-N. American Publishers?
Tools for selecting Databases
- See Subject Guide Links below
- Anthropology Plus
- Web of Science
- Abstracts in Anthropology
- International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
- Annual Review of Anthropology
- Sociological Abstracts
- Academic Search Premier
- America: History and Life
- Historical Abstracts
- Annual Reviews
- Soc Index
- British and Irish Archaeological Bibliography
- Numismatics Index (print)
- Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts
- Biological Abstracts
- Zoological Record
Tools for selecting _____ . [Not data and statistics but do we have other categories?]
Subject Guides for Anthropology (Libguides & More)
- Blogs (esp. Savage Minds)
- Key Tweets
- ANSS Facebook Page
- American Anthropological Association
- American Association of Physical Anthropologists
- American Folklore Society
- American Society for Ethnohistory
- American Society of Primatologists
- Human Biology Association
- Paleoanthropology Society
- Society for American Archaeology
[Need more Primates/Bio/Physical Anth, Linguistic Anth, Archaeology, Folklore resources]