ALA Neal-Schuman

Millar’s updated text on archival principles and practices

CHICAGO — Written in clear language with lively examples, the new second edition of Laura A. Millar’s “Archives, Second Edition: Principles and Practices,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, introduces core concepts and explains best practices to ensure that documentary materials are cared for as effectively as possible.

The silence of the archive

CHICAGO — “The Silence of the Archive,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides a groundbreaking discussion of a major but little considered issue: Why do archives, sometimes seen as the repositories of truth, often fail to satisfy users because they do not contain information which they expect to find?

Step-by-step guidance on migrating library data

CHICAGO — Most librarians and staff participate in at least one data migration during their careers. And since the new systems inevitably work differently than the old ones and require different data to function, it’s always a challenge to plan smooth migrations that position libraries to immediately leverage new system capabilities.

A manual for creating and sharing online library instruction

CHICAGO — Designed to be reused and shared, learning objects are digital content and assessments centered on student learning outcomes. The promise of sharing online instruction across libraries, campuses, or a consortium holds time-saving appeal. An easy to follow tutorial for creating online library instruction with learning objects, “Creating and Sharing Online Library Instruction: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is written by Joelle Pitts, Sara K.

Thinking your way from problem to solution at the reference desk

CHICAGO — When people want to satisfy their immediate curiosity they’re much more likely to use a search engine on their mobile device than ask their local library. But while the days of personal intervention in this kind of query are inevitably numbered, the professional skills that underpin them are not.

Information literacy in the workplace

CHICAGO — Through a mosaic of viewpoints from the personal to the organizational, “Information Literacy in the Workplace: New Perspectives,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, shows how information literacy (IL) is essential to the contemporary workplace and to an understanding of how the modern professional experiences, and could potentially experience, the contemporary information environ

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.

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.