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Books and Resources

Math Anxiety

Math anxiety is often passed on from parents to their children. Even if you don’t have children, you might find this book an interesting way to think and work through your own math anxiety. Part 1 (“Empowering You”) addresses the issue head on.

Tobias, Shelia. Overcoming Math Anxiety. Revised and expanded. W. W. Norton and Company, 1993.

One of the first to write about “math anxiety”, Tobias defines and explores the phenomenon and addresses several key math concepts. Many readers have found in her book a key to removing their math block.

“Coping With Math Anxiety.” Platonic Realms Minitexts. Available: http://www.mathacademy.com/pr/minitext/anxiety/index.asp. 19 September 2004.

This is an essay designed to help the struggling math student or the person who wants to deal with his math anxiety. The Platonic Realms website also has a math encyclopedia, math quotations, and other math-related links.

Basic Information

Carman, Robert A. and Marilyn J. Carman. Quick Arithmetic: A Self-Teaching Guide. Third edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2001.

Well written, easy to follow review of basic concepts: whole numbers, fractions, d ecimals, and percentages. Lots of practice material.

Designed as a brief compendium of tips and tricks to solve basic math problems and situations using basic arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Written in a supportive way for those who may face math with fear or frustration.

Slavin, Steve. All the Math You’ll Ever Need: A Self-Teaching Guide. Revised Edition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1999.

Easy to read, with good explanations and easy to follow examples. Lots of exercises provide practice and answers are provided. The answers show the steps taken to arrive at the final answer to a problem. Practical, real world situations are presented.

Zaccaro, Edward. Real World Algebra: Understanding the Power of Mathematics. Hickory Grove Press, 2001.

The author takes the approach that algebra is a powerful problem solving tool, rather than a set of abstract concepts that many can’t relate to the real world. He provides numerous examples of how problems can be “translated” into the language of algebra, then easily solved.

Statistics

Alreck, Pamela L. and Robert B. Settle. The Survey Research Handbook: Gudelines and Strategies for Conductin a Survey. Irwin Professional Publishing, 1995.

This book provides basic guidelines for planning, conducting, and evaluating a survey. While you may hire professionals to do this for you, this book provides a good background to understanding the options available and why they matter.

Hafner, Arthur W. Descriptive Statistical Techniques for Librarians. 2d. ed. American Library Association, 1998.

Written by a man who is both a university library director and a mathematician, this book is both a textbook and a reference manual on descriptive statistics—the basis of statistical analysis for data summary. Hafner provides library examples and real words to explain his statistical notations.

Library Research Service (http://www.lrs.org/)

The Library Research Service, a unit of the Colorado State Library, generates research and statistics to inform decision-making in library and information management. The website provides a cornucopia of valuable links to information and methods. Check out the Library Tools section to find various calculators, including a sample size calculator.

Paulos, John Allen. A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. BasicBooks, 1995.

Another very readable book that will help you understand and avoid the statistical mistakes that even seasoned reports have made. News examples are used to illustrate his points.

Rumsey, Deborah. Statistics for Dummies. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2003.

This is the most readable book on statistics that I’ve found to date. Very clear explanations of basic statistical concepts coupled with real world examples and a good sense of humor make this book actually fun to read.

Smith, Mark. Collecting and Using Public Library Statistics. Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 1996.

The how-to-do-it manual on this topic. Very clearly written explanation of why to keep statistics, how to keep them, how to analyze them and how to present the product of your analyses effectively.

Zweizig, Douglas and others. The TELL IT! Manual: The Complete Program for Evaluating Library Performance. American Library Association, 1996.

Detailed explanation of a variety of evaluation methods and measurements methodologies. Designed to be used by all types of libraries.

Presentation

Brassard, Michael and Ritter, Diane. The Memory Jogger II. Methuen, MA: GOAL/QPC, 1994.

A pocket guide to TQM/CQI tools. Includes handy charts to help you select the right tool for your situation: working with numbers, teams, or ideas. Each tool is briefly but clearly explained. A great way to jog your memory if you can’t quite remember what a tools is or what it does.

Tufte, Edward R. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, 1983.

Tufte’s books are phenomenal! He is both a statistician and an expert in the graphic display of information. A teacher at Yale (statistics and political science), he has studies this topic from the beginning of visual depictions to the present. He shows how visual displays can both lie and enlighten. His two other books on the topic: Visual Explanations and Envisioning Information.

Financial Analysis

The Economist. The Economist Numbers Guide: The Essentials of Business Numeracy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997.

This book is a guide to understanding and using numerical techniques to assure business success. A number of key concepts are offered, including an interesting section on queuing theory and how that could be applied to determining the number of needed service points. A glossary of terms is included.

Smith, G. Stevenson. Managerial Accounting for Libraries & Other Not-for-Profit Organizations. Second edition. American Library Association, 2002.

Explains accounting methods that fit the library and non-profit world. Clearly written, with numerous examples and exercises to walk you through various sorts of analyses, evaluation methods, and accounting processes.

Management Math for Libraries, Winter 2004-05 - This material has been created by Jeanne Goodrich for the Infopeople Project [infopeople.org], supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian. Any use of this material should credit the author and funding source.

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