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Readers’ advisory for historical fiction

CHICAGO — Whether set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. Jennifer S. Baker’s new book, “The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction,” published by ALA Editions, emphasizes an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focuses on what fans enjoy.

Libraries and the Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO — Ever since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, staff from public libraries throughout the country have been working hard to provide access to information about the law while educating their communities about how implementation affects them. But defining the expectations and limitations of libraries’ roles regarding support of the new law remains a challenge.

New edition of Weisburg and Toor’s best-selling guide for school librarians now available

CHICAGO — As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and how to thrive, and since its publication in 2006 Hilda K.

New guide celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — Marking the 45th anniversary of the prestigious awards that honor the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience, the fifth edition of “The Coretta Scott King Awards,” published by ALA Editions, is an excellent tool for collection development,  readers’ advisory and classroom use. More than just a bibliography, this resource, edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, includes:

RDA and cartographic resources

CHICAGO — As the cataloging universe moves ever deeper into the era of RDA: Resource Description and Access, specialist catalogers need information on managing the materials in their areas of responsibility. Designed for both practicing map catalogers and catalogers new to cartographic resources, “RDA and Cartographic Resources,” published by ALA Editions, offers a summary and overview of how to catalog cartographic resources using the new standard. Experts Paige G. Andrew, Susan M.

Web design basics for librarians

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new new iteration of its popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Please note that this is a four-week course that has been extended an additional two weeks to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Researching prospective donors: Get more funding for your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library. Susan Summerfield Hammerman will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is a four-week course that has been extended an additional week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Social media basics: Engaging your library users

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Social Media Basics: Engaging Your Library Users. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is a four-week course that has been extended an additional week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Getting babies into books with early literacy programs

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Getting Babies into Books with Early Literacy Programs. Kathy Kirchoefer will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is a four-week course that has been extended an additional week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Readers' advisory for genre blends

CHICAGO — Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory. “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends,” published by ALA Editions, gets library staff up to speed on these engaging titles, showing how such crossover fiction appeals to fan bases of multiple genres.

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