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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).

Using WebDewey™ and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification

CHICAGO - ALA Editions announces a new session of its popular facilitated eCourse, Using WebDewey™ and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification. Expert catalogging instructor Cheryl Tarsala will serve as the instructor for this five-week facilitated eCourse, which will begin on Nov. 4, 2013.

Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces Serving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Dr. Lesley Farmer, a new two-part workshop that will take place on Wednesdays, November 13 and 20, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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