ALA Neal-Schuman

Collecting, curating, and crunching data

CHICAGO — Many librarians and information professionals are finding their working life is pulling them toward data support or research data management but lack the skills required. Written by Robin Rice and John Southall, two data librarians with over 30 years’ combined experience, “The Data Librarian’s Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, unpicks the everyday role of the data librarian.

Breaking down barriers to collaboration by facilitating workshops

CHICAGO — “Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, leads readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm. Interaction with strangers cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends.

Fundamentals of electronic resources management

CHICAGO — It’s a real challenge to get up to speed with the continually evolving field of electronic resources management (ERM). Alana Verminski and Kelly Marie Blanchat were once new on the job themselves, crossing over from research instruction and the vendor side of scholarly publishing. They share what they've learned along the way in “Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman.

Including individuals and community groups in cultural heritage preservation

CHICAGO — The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how to manage copyright, ownership, orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artefacts, crowdsourcing, cultural heritage amateurs, information as a commodity or information as public domain, sustainable preservation, and attitudes towards openness.

Why school librarians must lead: there is no other option

CHICAGO — With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), school libraries are poised for a potential turnaround. But there’s only one way forward: school librarians must become leaders, fully interwoven into the fabric of the educational community. And to become a truly effective leader you’ve got to have a plan. In “Leading for School Librarians: There Is No Other Option,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Hilda K.

An updated special collections handbook

CHICAGO — Working with special collections can vary dramatically from preserving a single rare book to managing and digitizing vast mixed-media archives, yet the role of the information professional is always critical in tapping into the potential of these collections, protecting their legacy, and bringing them to the attention of the wider public.

Emerging practices in digital scholarship

CHICAGO — Spanning a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights, and case studies, “Developing Digital Scholarship: Emerging Practices in Academic Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, explores the relationships between digital scholarship, contemporary academic libraries, and professional practice.

A practical guide for developing your staff

CHICAGO — Continuous professional development is a crucial component of a successful and satisfying career. “Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, offers a wide range of ideas and methods for all library and information professionals to manage the development of those who work for and with them.

Managing the successful school library

CHICAGO — To ensure their libraries survive and thrive, school library managers need to be both responsive and proactive. Looking past the day-to-day operations of a school library, “Managing the Successful School Library: Strategic Planning and Reflective Practice,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, serves as a reality check: school libraries must align with school mission statements and policies, while simultaneously negotiating for proper budgets and resources alongside other departments.

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