ALA Editions

Using digital analytics to track the library user’s journey

CHICAGO — Tracking the library user's journey is no simple task in the digital world; users can often navigate through a series of different websites, including library websites, discovery tools, link resolvers, and more just to view a single journal article. Your library collects massive amounts of data related to this journey—probably more than you realize, and almost certainly more than you analyze.

Easy graphic design for librarians

CHICAGO — From the layout of a library’s web banner to its printed newsletter to the swag handed out during summer reading programs, libraries make their visual identities known through the many forms of communication they produce and share. And even if “graphic designer” isn’t technically in your job description, chances are you’re still doing it. Wouldn’t you like to do it better? In “Easy Graphic Design for Librarians: From Color to Kerning,” published by ALA Editions, Diana K. Wakimoto speaks directly to library staff.

A sourcebook of 63 ready-to-use maker projects

CHICAGO — A new compilation from editor and maker Ellyssa Kroski, “63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and makers from across the country present projects as fun as an upcycled fashion show, as practical as Bluetooth speakers, and as mischievous as a catapult. Included are projects for artists, sewers, videographers, coders, and engineers.

Free webinar: How to Create New Revenue Streams for Your Library

CHICAGO — Ed Rossman’s book 40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits is more than a book, it’s a treasure map! In this fast-paced, free webinar, the author will be getting right into the key considerations for methods to generate revenue.

New workshop: Developing Effective Community Partnerships

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Developing Effective Community Partnerships with Paul Signorelli and Andrew Sanderbeck. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

Essentials for the government information librarian

CHICAGO — Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work effectively with federal, state, and international resources.

Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history.

ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

CHICAGO — Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college or university, there are many academic libraries who are selectively adding textbooks to their collections. And the practice seems to be gaining momentum.

New Session–How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces a new session of our popular workshop, How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes with Sarah Steiner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.