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A guide to data sources for reference

CHICAGO — “The Reference Guide to Data Sources,” published by ALA Editions, takes the guesswork out of locating the best sources of data, a process more important than ever as the data landscape grows increasingly cluttered. Much of the most frequently used data can be found free online, and this book shows readers how to look for it with the assistance of user-friendly tools.

What you need to know about graphic novels

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, What You Need to Know About Graphic Novels with David Serchay. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm EST/1:30 pm CST on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014.

Using the Library of Congress as a teaching resource

CHICAGO — With nearly 142 million items and one of the largest bodies of high-quality, digitized content available, the Library of Congress (LOC) is an enormously useful resource for librarians and teachers. Yet it remains a mystery to many. “Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources,” published by ALA Editions, explores the wealth of materials freely available for free from LOC.

Building a core print collection for preschoolers

CHICAGO — Since children develop the critical language and early reading skills necessary to enter kindergarten between birth and age 5, reading aloud is one of the most influential steps librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can take to foster preschoolers’ literacy skills. Early exposure to books heavily influences vocabulary knowledge, which in turn improves later reading skills and helps foster lifelong literacy.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store

CHICAGO Longer hours and easy access in the Grand Concourse of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store. The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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STEP into storytime for newborns to 5-year-olds

CHICAGO — Story Time Effective Practice (STEP), developed by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Kathy Fling Klatt, is an approach that articulates the link between child development theory and storytimes.

Tablet computers in school libraries and classrooms discussed in new e-book

CHICAGO — According to Pew Research, nearly a quarter of teens already own a tablet computer, with younger children not far behind. With the use of these handheld devices continuing to grow by leaps and bounds each year, tablets are coming to your school district soon, if they haven't already.

Using WebDewey® and understanding Dewey Decimal Classification®

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Using WebDewey® and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification®. Cheryl Tarsala will serve as the instructor for this four-week facilitated eCourse, starting on July 7, 2014.

The Whole Library Handbook for teen services

CHICAGO — ALA's popular and respected Whole Library Handbook series continues with “The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services,” published by ALA Editions. Specifically geared towards those who serve young adults, in this volume editors Heather Booth and Karen Jensen gather stellar articles and commentary from some of the country's most innovative and successful teen services librarians.

Rethinking readers' advisory

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Rebecca Howard and Laura Raphael will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated eCourse, starting on July 7, 2014.

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