ALA Neal-Schuman

The core concepts and practices of acquisitions

CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Jesse Holden boils acquisitions down to its essentials while providing a strategic framework that introduces and integrates all aspects of the practice.

Michael Cart’s updated guide to YA lit

CHICAGO — Already a go-to text for students of literary studies, teachers, and YA staff, Michael Cart’s newly revised edition of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” published by ALA Editions, is now even more relevant and comprehensive. Thoroughly updated to survey the landscape of YA lit both past and present, this book:

Managing digital cultural objects

CHICAGO — Bringing together chapters written by leading experts in the field, “Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery and Retrieval,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides an overview of the theoretical and academic aspects of digital cultural documentation and the state of the art. Editors Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty include case studies of digitization projects drawn from practitioners within libraries and information organizations.

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.

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