CHICAGO — A recent study showed that only 53 percent of projects come in on budget and only 49 percent on schedule. So what does it take to be an on-budget, on-time finisher? Successful project management may seem like a quixotic pursuit. But, as demonstrated in the new book “Project Management in Libraries: On Time, On Budget, On Target,” published by ALA Editions, it doesn't have to be.
CHICAGO — Islamophobia, a long standing, deeply entrenched global issue, disrupts civil society at many levels, from anti-Muslim policies to heightened tensions and hate crimes, including the increased bullying of Muslim children. One of the root causes of Islamophobia is ignorance, often fueled by stereotyped and negative portrayals of Muslims in media and popular culture.
CHICAGO — “200+ Original and Adapted Story Program Activities,” published by ALA Editions, is a delightful new resource ready for use by children’s librarians, elementary-level media specialists, and early childhood instructors. Master storyteller and storytimes creator Rob Reid’s bountiful compendium of his “greatest hits” includes original and adapted fingerplays, poems, activities involving movement and music, participation stories, felt stories, imagination exercises, spoonerism stories, and library raps.
CHICAGO — Whether you’re a library professional with decades of experience or a recent graduate in your first position, career enrichment can mean so much more than simply watching a webinar, taking a class, or even attending a conference. There’s a different kind of professional development out there, one that involves travel, experiencing different cultures and new languages, and learning the kinds of interpersonal skills you can’t get sitting behind a desk.
CHICAGO — Talking about why collaboration is so important is one thing—but taking an in-depth look at the ways it works (and sometimes doesn’t work) in real-world design projects is both more revealing and instructive. Award-winning architect Peter Gisolfi does exactly that in “Collaborative Library Design: From Planning to Impact,” published by ALA Editions.
CHICAGO — Teen literature expert Angela Carstensen, creator of School Library Journal‘s Adult Books 4 Teens blog, presents “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Teen Literature.” Published by ALA Editions, this comprehensive resource will help readers’ advisors understand what teens appreciate about their favorite genres while also serving as a helpful collection development tool.
CHICAGO — How do school librarians best serve students, classroom teachers, and principals simultaneously? The key, argues Judi Moreillon, is to lead. By embracing a leadership role, school librarians can work collaboratively to positively impact school cultures, curricula, and teaching practices.
Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition for products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Located in the lobby outside Hall I1 of the Morial Convention Center, the ALA Store hours are:
CHICAGO — With schools emphasizing STEM activities for children to meet curriculum goals for standardized testing, nurturing children’s artistic creativity is often given short shrift. Christine Kirker’s “25 Projects for Art Explorers,” published by ALA Editions, aims to restore the balance. This fun resource offers more than two dozen projects that will spark children’s interest in art and encourage creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking.
CHICAGO — Let’s have a Pac-Man Party! Or perhaps you’d rather make your own lava lamp or love beads, or just chow down on some nifty ‘50s snacks? “Pop Culture-Inspired Programs for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” published by ALA Editions, is the newest book from the unbeatable team of best-selling authors Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci. Here, they trawl the decades for a super, fabulous, groovy, awesome, and totally rad assortment of programs for patrons of all ages.