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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.

Playful storytelling through folktales

CHICAGO — A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In “Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling,” published by ALA Editions, teacher and storyteller Janice M. Del Negro gives librarians, teachers and parents the keys to storytelling success.

Planning our future libraries: blueprints for 2025

CHICAGO — In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed. “Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025,” published by ALA Editions, envisions the future of libraries by bringing together library leaders with some of the brightest new minds in the profession.

Measuring, analyzing and improving library services

CHICAGO — A library’s infrastructure of programs and personnel is its most valuable asset, providing the foundation for everything it does and aspires to do, which is why assessment is so vitally important.

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.

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