LITA Guide Series

The LITA Guide Series books from Rowman and Littlefield publishers contain practical, up to date, how-to information. Proposals can be submitted to the Acquisitions editor using this link.

LITA members receive a 20% discount on all the titles.  To get that discount, use promotion code RLLITA20 when ordering from the Rowman and Littlefield LITA Guide Series web site.

LITA publications help to fulfill it's mission to educate, serve and reach out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

Here are the current LITA Guide Series titles:

 


Marketing with Social Media: A LITA Guide, Second Edition
Edited by Beth C. Thomsett-Scott (Winter 2017)

This all-new edition gathers a range of contributors to explore real-world uses of library marketing technology, perfect for novices ready to dive in as well as practitioners on the lookout for ways to improve existing efforts. Inside, librarians share insights on how they use their favorite social media tools to promote their library and build community. With the valuable information contained in this guide, libraries can reach their users and create connections that resonate with them.
 
LITA members received a 10% discount on this ALA Neal-Schuman publication at the ALA Store.
 


Using Social Media to Build Library Communities
Edited by Scott W.H. Young and Doralyn Rossman (September 2017)

Using Social Media to Build Communities: A LITA Guide is a community building action manual for practitioners across the profession. By bringing together an array of perspectives to explore community building through social media, Using Social Media to Build Communities can serve as the go-to resource for professionals who want to take social media beyond marketing and promotion to build an inclusive and engaged community of library users. 

 


Managing Library Technology
Carson Block (August 2017)

This commonsense guide will help library managers understand the underpinnings of technology and how to powerfully manage tech to serve patrons and staff alike. Learn how libraries fit into the overall technology market and strategies to future-proof library technology efforts.
 
 
 

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The LITA Leadership Guide: The Librarian as Entrepreneur, Leader, and Technologist
Edited by Carl Antonucci and Sharon Clapp (May 2017)

The LITA Leadership Guide from the American Library Association division charged with information technology brings together three important professional development topics -- leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology -- in one volume, uniting theory, practice, and case studies from experienced colleagues in the field. Topics include: cultivating creativity, career pivots, forecasting and planning for change, keeping tech and leadership skills ahead of the curve, and incorporating lessons and knowledge from across sectors.
 

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Protecting Patron Privacy
Edited by Bobbi Newman and Bonnie Tijerina (May 2017)

Although privacy is one of the core tenets of librarianship, technology changes have made it increasingly difficult for libraries to ensure the privacy of their patrons in the 21st century library. This authoritative LITA Guide offers readers guidance on a wide range of privacy topics.
 
 
 

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Managing the Digital You: Where and How to Keep and Organize Your Digital Life
Melody Condron (February 2017)

Managing the Digital You: Where and How to Keep and Organize Your Digital Life is a much-needed guide for those struggling with how to manage and preserve their digital items. Starting with a values assessment, this book helps readers identify what items are important to them personally so that they can effectively prioritize their time and effort. Covering multimedia, correspondence, legacy planning, password protection, photos, non-digital documents, financial and legal documents, and even social media archiving, this comprehensive text addresses how to get started and how to develop a plan for managing existing and future items. 
 
Edited by Aaron W. Dobbs and Ryan L. Sittler (October 2016)
 
Integrating LibGuides into Library Websites introduces ideas and options for both newer users and administrators. This book covers responsive, mobile-first web design, and provides overviews and in-depth information for LibGuides authors and administrators. 
 
 
 
 
Edited by Aaron W. Dobbs and Ryan L. Sittler (October 2016)
 
Innovative LibGuides Applications: Real World Examples shows both new and experienced users methods to utilize the platform in ways that they may not have previously considered. This includes topics such as website and learning management system integration, digital collections, data-drive decision-making, information literacy instruction, library administration, and a system-wide case study. Each chapter features ideas that you can implement immediately, or over time, as is appropriate to your own needs. Further, they are adaptable—tweak as you see fit!
 
 
Edited by Lauren Magnuson (September 2016)
 
Data Visualization: A Guide to Visual Storytelling for Libraries is a practical guide to the skills and tools needed to create beautiful and meaningful visual stories through data visualization. Learn how to sift through complex datasets to better understand a variety of metrics, such as trends in user behavior and electronic resource usage, return on investment (ROI) and impact metrics, and data about library collections and repositories.
 
 
 
Ben Rawlins (September 2016)
 
The ever expanding usage of mobile technologies has dramatically changed how we access information and how we as a society expect to access information. With mobile technologies becoming available to an increasing majority of the population, users are constantly connected to information. 
 
 
 
 
Joe J. Marquez and Annie Downey (July 2016)
 
Service design is a holistic, co-creative, and user-centered approach to understanding user behavior for creating or refining services. 
 
 
 
 
 
Edited by Beth Thomsett-Scott (June 2016)
 
The Librarian’s Introduction to Programming Languages presents case studies and practical
applications for using the top programming languages in library and information settings. While
there are books and Web sites devoted to teaching programming, there are few works that
address multiple programming languages or address the specific reasons why programming is a
critical area of learning for library and information science professionals.
 
Joy M. Perrin (December 2015)
 
Here is a concise guide to the nuts and bolts of converting flat media (books, papers, maps, posters, slides, micro formats, etc) into digital files. It provides librarians and archivists with the practical knowledge to understand the process and decision making in the digitization of flat media. Instead of having to learn by trial and error, they will get a well-rounded education of the practical aspects of digitization and have a better understanding of their options. This is the stuff they don’t teach you in school.