Guide to Collective Biographies for Children and Young Adults by Sue Barancik


Guide to Collective Biographies for Children and Young Adults by Sue Barancik

Help middle and high school students find the books they need for school reports quickly and easily. The author has indexed the lives and accomplishments of more than 5,700 notable men and women from ancient through modern times in this tool that will aid librarians, media specialists, and teachers with a student's search to find biographies written especially for their age group.


From the brief description given of the contents of this work, any teacher or librarian who has worked with young people seeking biographical information can readily see its value as a guide to the literature in the field. It can also be an invaluable reference book for library collection development. American Reference Books Annual Collective biographies are an excellent resource for gathering information on both historical and contemporary figures; the contents of such resources may not, however, show up in a search of the library catalog or a quick skim of the 920s. This extremely useful guide offers a practical means of locating entries in collective biographies; designed with the patron in need of information on either an obscure (in which case it might be hard to find) or popular (in which case all materials may already be checked out) personage in mind, Barancik's volume maps the contents of 721 collective biographies published between 1988 and 2002...This valuable resource offers a tremendous means of putting biographical materials already on the library shelves to better and more efficient use. The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books As a youth services librarian for 20 years Sue Barancik is well aware of what makes a good reference book-meeting researchers

...incredibly useful for collective biographies that are already available in many libraries... Reference Reviews This book would be helpful for students doing biography reports and useful for both school and public libraries, as there is little else that provides access to information in collective biographies. Booklist, 6/1/2005 Written for librarians, teachers, and students, this reference indexes some 700 collective biography titles. Barancik, a retired public librarian and coordinator of youth services, divides her guide into two alphabetically arranged sections. The first third of the book comprises a list of individuals and the works in which they appear; the volume's remainder is dedicated to an extensive subject guide, which lists biographees by occupation, nationality, ethnicity, distinguishing characteristics (such as disabilities), and major awards. Reference and Research Book News

About the Author

Sue Barancik, now retired, served as Coordinator of Youth Services in the Somerset County Library System in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She earned her MLS from Western Michigan University.

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456 pages


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Publication date

23rd December 2004



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