ALA Editions

RDA and serials cataloging

CHICAGO — Serials and continuing resources present a variety of unique challenges in bibliographic management, from special issues and unnumbered supplements to recording the changes that a long-running periodical can experience over time. “RDA and Serials Cataloging,” published by ALA Editions, eases occasional serials catalogers and specialists alike through the transition to RDA: Resource Description and Access.

Weisburg’s career planner for school librarians

CHICAGO — In theory if not in practice, traditional school library career planning went something like this: get a degree, find a job, work towards tenure, then remain in the same district until retirement. If that was ever actually the case, it certainly isn’t any longer. School librarians know that making smart choices and planning strategically are the best ways to create a career that is both within their control and professionally fulfilling.

Lear’s top-to-bottom handbook for adult programs in the library

CHICAGO — Programming is an important means of not only drawing new people to the library, but also better serving existing patrons. Brett W. Lear’s invaluable guide “Adult Programs in the Library,” published by ALA Editions, is back—and the new second edition is better than ever, with refreshed, expanded content and new ideas to reinvigorate programs and give them a 21st-century spin.

Award-winning products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

CHICAGO—Find the ALA Store in the Exhibit Hall again at booth #1224, an ideal location for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! 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.

ALA Store hours:

Friday, June 28—5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Learn to integrate iPads and tablets into your library in new eCourse

CHICAGO —ALA Editions announces a first-of-its-kind new facilitated eCourse that will show students how they can integrate iPads and other high-tech devices into their libraries for both staff and patron use. The course, iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation, will begin on July 2 and be taught by Virginia Tech Librarians Carolyn Meier, Rebecca Miller and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

A practical approach to the basics of cataloging in AACR2, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and MARC21

CHICAGO—The launch of RDA:  Resource Description and Access has already transformed cataloging standards. Written at a time of transition in international cataloging, “Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC21,” from Neal-Schuman Publishers, offers guidance to help catalogers make a smooth transition to RDA.

Protecting intellectual freedom in public libraries

CHICAGO — There is arguably no arena more contentious in the battle over intellectual freedom (IF) than the public library. Published by ALA Editions, “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library,” by June Pinnell-Stephens, offers reliable how-to guidance for public librarians and paraprofessionals when confronted with challenges like censorship and policy disputes.

A new edition of an essential guide to copyright law for librarians and educators

CHICAGO — Copyright in the world of digital information is changing at a fevered pace, even as educators and librarians digitize, upload, download, draw on databases and incorporate materials into Web-based instruction. Drawing on cutting-edge case law in 18 discrete areas of copyright, including specialized and controversial music and sound recording issues, “Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions” by Kenneth D.