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Vnuk’s shelf-by-shelf guide to weeding

CHICAGO —“No! We can’t rid of that!” Rebecca Vnuk, author of the popular “Weeding Tips” column on Booklist Online, is here to show you that yes, you can. A library is an ever-changing organism; when done the right way, weeding helps a library thrive by focusing its resources on those parts of the collection that are the most useful to its users.

Effective service quality assessment

CHICAGO — Academic and public libraries are continuing to transform as the information landscape changes, expanding their missions into new service roles that call for improved organizational performance and accountability. Since “Assessing Service Quality” premiered in 1998, receiving the prestigious Highsmith Library Literature Award, scores of library managers and administrators have trusted its guidance for applying a customer-centered approach to service quality and performance evaluation.

New workshop examines legal issues impacting makerspaces

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new workshop, Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers, with Mary Minow, Tomas Lipinski, and Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, June 18, 2015.

ALA Store warehouse is moving

CHICAGO — Effective May 22, 2015, the ALA Store is moving to a new physical warehouse and fulfillment center. Our new vendor offers highly rated customer service and support, and our goal is to improve your overall experience when purchasing from the ALA Store. Effective May 22:

Leading libraries by creating a service culture

CHICAGO — Quality leadership is integral to the very future of the profession. And, as authors Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Wendi Arant Kaspar, persuasively demonstrate in their new book “Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture,” published by ALA Editions, effective leadership is customer-focused and collaborative, fostering a service culture that invites the involvement of individuals in every part and at every level of the organization.

Returning eCourse: Teaching early literacy skills to babies

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 this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on June 8, 2015.

VMM15: Your historic opportunity to vote on a VMM resolution

CHICAGO — Be one of more than 500 members who will have the first-time ever opportunity to vote on a resolution submitted via the Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM15). American Library Association (ALA) members can make their voices heard regarding the organization’s strategic direction and budget priorities by sharing their ideas and experiences and offering their suggestions during the annual Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM).

100+ ideas for library success from outside the stacks

CHICAGO — Whether in person or electronically, users come to the public library from outside the library realm. And that’s exactly where genuinely transformational ideas lie. In “New Routes to Library Success: 100+ Ideas from Outside the Stacks,” published by ALA Editions, Elisabeth Doucett mines new territory by exploring how successful organizations "outside the stacks" conduct their business.

A returning advanced eCourse: Cataloging for non-catalogers

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing, in collaboration with the San Jose State University School of Information (SJSU iSchool), is offering the returning popular 12-week Advanced eCourse: Cataloging for Non-Catalogers, facilitated by Dr. Sylvia Hall-Ellis, beginning on June 1, 2015.

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