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A guide to providing legal reference

CHICAGO — In recent years the number of Americans who have decided to handle their own legal affairs without the help of a lawyer has skyrocketed. Ranging from people writing their own wills or drafting a contract to those trying to represent themselves in court, they’re going to public and academic libraries for answers.

Winter, spring, summer and fall in the story room

CHICAGO — Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through a multitude of resources to gather suitable programming materials? Dawn R.

Sharing poetry with children

CHICAGO — Since “Poetry Aloud Here!” was published, acclaimed by Booklist as “required reading for all children’s librarians,” poetry written for young people has continued to gain interest as an educational tool. Now, Sylvia M.Vardell has revamped and expanded her guide into “Poetry Aloud Here 2: Sharing Poetry with Children,” published by ALA Editions.

Programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder

CHICAGO — Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users.

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

CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access near Registration make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store in the Grand Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  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.

A LITA guide to WordPress for libraries

CHICAGO — More than just an easy-to-use blogging platform, WordPress is in fact a flexible, open source content management system, making it ideal for many libraries’ websites. “The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, introduces the basic principles of WordPress and then shows how to implement them. User Experience (UX) librarian and seasoned WordPress instructor Amanda L.

Robert L. Maxwell’s handbook for RDA

CHICAGO — A guided tour of the new, unified cataloging standard from respected authority Robert L. Maxwell, “Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21,” published by ALA Editions, is a clear and comprehensive resource that will help catalogers, LIS students, cataloging instructors and other information professionals navigate RDA smoothly and find the information they need efficiently.

'Creating Successful Adult Programs'

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Creating Successful Adult Programs, with Brett W. Lear. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.

'Introducing RDA'

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Introducing RDA, with Chris Oliver. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

Music programming for primary grades

CHICAGO — Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. “Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades,” published by ALA Editions, is a collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3. Amy Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read.

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