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Engaging babies in the public library

CHICAGO — Public libraries across the nation continue to transform themselves into learning centers for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. There are many resources available to help librarians create baby-friendly play spaces and enhanced storytimes, but until now there has been gap in the literature addressing the developmental needs and changing behaviors of babies and toddlers.  Parents and caregivers can also present unique service challenges. Debra J.

Share a cuento through storytimes in English and Spanish

CHICAGO— It is imperative that library programs reflect the rich diversity of the entire community. That includes Spanish-speaking children, who need opportunities to hear their home and school languages spoken, and to see their lives validated through engaging cuentos (stories) that reflect their cultural experiences. Additionally, when combined with other forms of targeted outreach, offering bilingual storytimes in English and Spanish is an effective strategy to attract Latino and Spanish-speaking families to your library.

The purposeful change at the heart of librarianship

CHICAGO— Adaptation to change that’s based on thoughtful planning and grounded in the mission of libraries: it’s a model that respected LIS thinker and educator Michael Stephens terms “hyperlinked librarianship.” And the result, for librarians in leadership positions as well as those working on the front lines, is flexible librarianship that’s able to stay closely aligned with the needs and wants of library users.

Early literacy techniques for supercharged storytimes

CHICAGO— Based on the groundbreaking research of VIEWS2—the first systematic study of storytimes done to date— the new book “Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide,” published by ALA Editions, recommends simple interactive ways to emphasize early literacy techniques and encourage children to use and practice their pre-reading skills while preserving the delight inherent in storytime.

The 2016 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO—Updated to include the 2016 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2016 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

Critical literacy for information professionals

CHICAGO — With critical literacy there is no single “correct” way to read and respond to a text; its use involves a commitment to equity and social justice through the explicit inclusion of those marginalized on the basis of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, or other forms of difference.

The wiki way of learning

CHICAGO — Given the limited budgets of schools, educators, and school librarians, free and open source tools for learning are more important than ever. Essentially, wikis are easily accessible webpages for creating, browsing, and searching through information, making them ideal vehicles for teaching and collaboration.

Solomon’s nitty-gritty guide to content marketing

CHICAGO— When you deliver content that library users find useful and relevant, you give a compelling answer to their question, “What’s in it for me?”  Simply put, content marketing is the most effective way to increase your value to customers. “The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Content Marketing,” published by ALA Editions, makes content marketing concepts bite-sized and easily digestible.

A comprehensive examination of discovery services

CHICAGO — We’re in a new age of Discovery. Not of the physical world but rather one that serves up appropriate resources for your library’s researchers, thanks to advancements in handling metadata, natural language processing, and keyword searching. In “Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library's Licensed and Digitized Content,” published by ALA Editions, editor Kenneth J.

New ALCTS monograph spotlights collaborative stewardship of collections

CHICAGO — Libraries and the organizations that provide services to them are devoting more attention to system-wide organization of collections—whether the "system" is a consortium, a region or a country.  As a strategy for saving space and money while expanding access to additional materials and resources, the value of shared collections is indubitable.  “Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights the histories and experiences of several collaborations at academic libraries.


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