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Managing metadata in web-scale discovery systems

CHICAGO — Libraries are increasingly using web-scale discovery systems to help clients find a wide assortment of library materials, including books, journal articles, special collections, archival collections, videos, music and open access collections. Depending on the library material cataloged, the discovery system might need to negotiate different metadata standards, such as AACR, RDA, RAD, FOAF, VRA Core, METS, MODS, RDF, and more.

A practical guide to altmetrics

CHICAGO —  Alternative metrics for measuring scholarly impact from social networks such as Twitter and blogs to online platforms such as Mendeley, ResearchGate and Altmetrics.org, altmetrics are having a huge impact on how academics and researchers build profiles and share research.

Developing, managing, and sustaining unique digital collections

CHICAGO — Planning and managing a self-contained digitization project is one thing, but how do you transition to a digital library program? Or better yet, how do you start a program from scratch? In “Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Aaron D. Purcell combines theory and best practices with practical application, showing how to approach digital projects as an ongoing effort.

The innovative school librarian

CHICAGO —  Raising important questions about the functions of the school librarian, the new second edition of “The Innovative School Librarian,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, takes a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries.

Christopher Murphy named Publisher for ALA Editions

Christopher Murphy has joined ALA as the Publisher for ALA Editions. Chris will be responsible for managing the acquisitions, production, marketing and sales functions of the book publishing imprint of ALA’s Publishing Department. ALA Editions includes the MLIS textbook line, ALA Neal-Schuman. He will report to Don Chatham, Associate Executive Director and Head of the Publishing Department.

Library improvement through data analytics

CHICAGO — More than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs for customer satisfaction.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in Orlando

Located just inside the Shuttle Bus Entrance at the Orange County Convention Center, 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. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule during the conference to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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Forging the future of special collections

CHICAGO— Once treated as exclusive spaces for valuable but hidden and under-utilized material, over the past few decades special collections departments have been transformed by increased digitization and educational outreach efforts into unique and highly visible major institutional assets. What libraries must now contemplate is how to continue this momentum by articulating and implementing a dynamic strategic vision for their special collections.

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