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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.

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.

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