May 01 2006
Sullivan, Michael. The Fundamentals of Children’s Services. ALA Fundamentals Series, ALA Editions 2005. ISBN 0838909078. $45.00.
Sullivan’s book is an enjoyable and informative read; a comprehensive overview of children’s services, but with a fresh, inspiring presentation. Sullivan’s concise and fluent style allows him to discuss theoretical issues such as “how children’s services fit into a library’s mission” and “who do children’s librarians serve?” in a single chapter, yet he suggests commonsense solutions for even the most esoteric challenges. He delves into practical programming tips and gives powerful suggestions for keeping even the most jaded librarian motivated to meet any challenge. Sullivan’s knowledge of the field is extensive, and not limited to guidance for new librarians. He includes options for those seeking professional development challenges in their careers with helpful resource lists in every chapter. An excellent text for study and reference in the field.
Phillippa Brown is a Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Bruce Hutchison Branch. She is also editor of YAACING, the newsletter for the British Columbia Library Association’s Young Adult and Children’s Services division.