ALA Editions

Teaching and collaborating for change as an academic librarian

CHICAGO — Traditionally, academic librarians have delivered “beck and call” service to educators both in and out of the classroom. However, far from being merely auxiliary to the learning cycle, academic librarians are educators in their own right. If the primary challenge before them is to change how they’re perceived within their institutions, as Michelle Reale proposes in her new book, the key lies in becoming a proactive teacher and collaborator.

New coloring book for library lovers supports the mission of ALA

CHICAGO — “Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions, will have both children and adults casting aside the day’s stress in favor of pens, crayons, and colored pencils. Inside this book readers will find a variety of delightful coloring pages arranged according to Dewey Decimal numbers.

A definitive handbook of library architecture

CHICAGO — Distilling hard fought wisdom gleaned from hundreds of successful library construction projects they've supervised or coordinated, Fred Schlipf and John A. Moorman present “The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work,” published by ALA Editions. With a special emphasis on avoiding common problems in library design, in a down-to-earth manner they address a range of issues applicable to any undertaking.

How libraries can promote individual and community health

CHICAGO — Though today’s consumers have unprecedented access to health information, its quality and veracity varies widely. Public libraries can play an important role in supporting library users in their health information seeking efforts. In “Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library,” published by ALA Editions, Mary Grace Flaherty shows how to guide library users to high quality health information by relying on up to date, authoritative sources.

A new edition of Peggy Johnson’s essential collection development and management text

CHICAGO — Expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson has revised and freshened “Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management,” published by ALA Editions, for its new fourth edition to ensure its timeliness and continued excellence. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. Thorough consideration is given to: