Monday, August 19, 2013

The Birders Kit: A Display for Integrated Advisory Service

On Thursday, August 22, I will be part of an Adult Reading Round Table panel discussing integrated advisory service in public libraries at the Deerfield (IL) Public Library. The concept is that librarian know more than books and are ready to help clients with DVDs, music, magazines, or whatever else may give them pleasure.

To illustrate how a librarian could help a client with a specific interest get a variety of items in various forms, I have created a slideshow called The Birder's Kit. The aspect ratios for a couple images are a bit distorted, but you can see the slideshow via Google Drive.

The following is a long list of items related to birds from which I made the slideshow. The list has a bit more than the slideshow for some topics.

Field Guides
Peterson's Field Guide to Birds of North America by Roger Tory Peterson
The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Allen Sibley
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer
The Crossley ID Guide by Richard Crossley
Birds of Illinois by Sheryl DeVore, Steven D. Bailey, and Gregory Kennedy
Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species by S. David Scott and Casey McFarland

Travel Guides
Illinois Bird Watching: A Year Long Guide
Birds of Heaven: Travels with Cranes by Peter Matthiessen

Atlas of Rare Birds by Dominic Couzens
Earth Flight: Breathtaking Photographs from a Bird's-eye View of the World by John Downer
Egg & Nest by Rosamund Purcell, Lennea S. Hall, and Rene Corado
Owls by Marianne Taylor

Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds edited by Billy Collins
Owls and Other Fantasies: Poems and Essays by Mary Oliver

John James Audubon: The Making of an American by Richard Rhodes
Life List: A Woman's Quest for the World's Most Amazing Birds by Olivia Gentile
Roger Tory Peterson: A Biography by Douglas Carlson

The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds with Common Birds by Julie Zickefoose
Corvus: A Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson
A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birders and Their Quest to See It All by Luke Dempsey
Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Story of an Owl and His Girl by Stacey O'Brien

Children's Books
Mythical Birds and Beasts from Many Lands by Margaret Mayo
Pale Male: Citizen Hawk of New York City by Janet Schulman
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

Beware the Butcher Bird by Lydia Adamson
The Bird Catcher by Laura Jacobs
Bird's Eye View by J. F. Freedman
High Island Blues by Ann Cleeves
Snapper by Brian Kimberling

Songs to Birds: Essays by Jake Page
Farther Away by Jonathan Franzen (Not all of the essays are about birds, but a birder wouldn't want to miss the ones that are.)

Bird Talk
Birds & Blooms

The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature, and Fowl Obsession by Mark Obmascik
Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip M. Hoose
NPR Sound Treks: Birds

Bird Guides on CD
Birding by Ear: Eastern Central (Peterson Field Guide)

Music CDs
Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky
Flute Concerto in D, RV 428 "The Goldfinch" by Antonio Vivaldi
Organ Concerto "Cuckoo and the Nightingale" by George Frideric Handel
Songbirdsongs by John Luther Adams

Movies on DVDs
The Big Year (Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson)
Fly Away Home (Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin)
Hoot (Luke Wilson)
The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)

Documentaries on DVD
March of the Penguins
Wings of Life

Extraordinary Birds (PBS Nature)
John James Audubon Drawn from Nature
Life of Birds (BBC series by David Attenborough)
My Life as a Turkey (PBS Nature)
Secret Life of Birds (BBC)

Audubon Birds $9.99
Audubon Birds of Central Park (free)
iBird Yard $2.99
Peterson Birds $14.95
Peterson Backyard Birds (free)
Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America LITE (free)

Birdnotes with Dwight Davis (free)
BirdTalk Radio by Wild Birds Unlimited (free)
Laura Erickson's For the Birds (free)
Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds (free)
This Birding Life/Bird Watchers Digest (free)


Triple Play: items in three formats by the same authors
"Birds of Paradise" National Geographic (December 2012)
Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise (National Geographic Channel DVD)

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