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Reinventing the library for online education

CHICAGO— Have changes such as cloud computing, search engines, the Semantic Web, and mobile applications rendered such long-standing academic library services and functions as special collections, interlibrary loans, physical processing, and even library buildings unnecessary? Can the academic library effectively reconceive itself as a virtual institution? Frederick Stielow, who led the library program of the online university American Public University System, argues most emphatically that it can.

New digital journal eContent Quarterly launches

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the premiere issue of eContent Quarterly, a new digital journal offering practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly changing digital library environments. Subscriptions are available for purchase at the ALA Store. Among the topics covered in Volume 1, Issue 1:

Getting started with evaluation

CHICAGO — Everyone agrees that evaluation of library services is essential, but without a background in research it can be a challenge to apply abstract concepts such as strategic planning, evidence-based decision making and accountability to real-world situations.

Using data to make your case and get results

CHICAGO — Administrators, policymakers, legislators and the public demand concrete, measurable evidence of library use and why they are needed. The collection and dissemination of data about library service in a straightforward, convincing manner are integral components of library advocacy in the current economic climate.

Bringing the arts into the library

CHICAGO — Using a library’s facilities to bring arts to the community is not only a valuable service, but also a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support.

An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries

CHICAGO — Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.  Now Walt Crawford’s “Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, completes the picture, offering for the first time an in-depth look at how a large variety of public libraries are conducting digital outreach and marketing through social networking.

Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Being Indispensable: A School Librarian’s Guide to Proving Your Value and Keeping Your Job. Hilda Weisburg will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Nov. 4, 2013.

Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Rethinking Readers’ Advisory: An Interactive Approach. Rebecca Howard and Laura Raphael will serve as instructors for a six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Nov. 4, 2013.

Multiethnic books for the middle-school curriculum

CHICAGO— Focusing on titles dealing with ethnic and religious groups both in the U.S. and around the world, “Multiethnic Books for the Middle-School Curriculum,” published by ALA Editions, makes it easy for teachers and librarians working with children in grades 5-8 to infuse their curricular area with multicultural literature. Carefully vetted and annotated by authors Cherri Jones and J. B.

Getting babies into books with early literacy programs

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Getting Babies into Books with Early Literacy Programs. Kathy Kirchoefer will serve as instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Nov. 4, 2013 (note that this is a four week course, but the final week is being stretched to two weeks to accommodate the Thanksgiving Holiday).

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