CHICAGO — The subject of valuation has always been challenging for museums and public collections and is becoming more urgent as monetary values of many items continue to break records. There is an increase in lending, with more loans requiring a value for insurance. Cultural collections and exhibitions are expanding to all corners of the world while, at the same time, lenders are becoming more risk-averse.
CHICAGO — Service design is a holistic, collaborative methodology that puts the user at the center of the service delivery model. Because this approach prioritizes users and their overall experience, it’s a valuable framework that librarians and administrators can use as a group to assess, revise, and create library services, spaces, and workflows. In “Getting Started in Service Design: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, authors Joe J.
CHICAGO — Literacy has now been recognized as a human right for over 50 years in several international declarations and initiatives. Every child has a right to read and we have a social responsibility, as parents, teachers, librarians, publishers, booksellers, campaigners and policy makers to ensure that they are able to exercise that right.
CHICAGO — Drawn from books published by ALA Editions and ALA Neal-Schuman, four programs sponsored by ALA Publishing at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition will provide firsthand perspectives on some of today’s most important issues. Ranging from fake news and library programming to community outreach and library instruction, the programs are:
Longer hours and easy access near the onsite Registration area make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. 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 to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.