Professional Resources

McCook and Bossaller's updated, comprehensive text on public librarianship

CHICAGO — Put simply, there is no text about public librarianship more rigorous or comprehensive than “Introduction to Public Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. For its new third edition, REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author Kathleen de la Peña McCook has teamed up with noted public library scholar and advocate Jenny S. Bossaller to update and expand her work to incorporate the field's renewed emphasis on outcomes and transformation.

Pat Scales’ compendium of essays, articles, and interviews from the pages of Book Links

CHICAGO — A past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and longtime spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults, for several decades Pat R. Scales has been a tireless champion for children’s reading in all its richness and diversity.

Michael Cart’s Booklist confessions

CHICAGO — For more than 20 years, Michael Cart’s column for Booklist has delighted YA literature enthusiasts and bibliophiles in general with an engaging mixture of wit, insight, and good old fashioned publishing industry gossip.

Oboler Award Deadline Extended

The Deadline for the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award has been extended until December 15, 2017. Works that have been published in 2016-2017 are eligible to be nominated.

The complete guide to personal digital archiving

CHICAGO — Scholars and scrapbookers alike need your help with saving their most important digital content.  But how do you translate your professional knowledge as a librarian or archivist into practical skills that novices can apply to their own projects? “The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving,” published by ALA Editions, will show you the way. Editor Brianna H. Marshall and a team of expert contributors break down archival concepts and best practices into teachable solutions for your patrons’ projects.

A comprehensive resource to help public libraries create and manage homework centers

CHICAGO — Despite the proliferation of online homework websites and tutoring services, public libraries still have an important role to play when it comes to supporting young people’s educational needs. Public libraries that take a proactive approach—by setting up organized homework centers—have the potential to become catalysts for better performance in school, improved self-esteem, and engaged learning.

Using digital analytics to track the library user’s journey

CHICAGO — Tracking the library user's journey is no simple task in the digital world; users can often navigate through a series of different websites, including library websites, discovery tools, link resolvers, and more just to view a single journal article. Your library collects massive amounts of data related to this journey—probably more than you realize, and almost certainly more than you analyze.

"Collective Leadership: Activating the Gifts of You and Your Team" Institute at Midwinter 2018

CHICAGO - Change the way you think about leadership from something you do alone, to or for others to something you do with others. Join the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting for the institute "Collective Leadership: Activating the Gifts of You and Your Team."

"Conversational Intelligence" Institute at Midwinter 2018

CHICAGO - Want to increase trust and authenticity in conversations? Join the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the 2018 Midwinter Meeting for the institute: "Conversational Intelligence: What it is, Why it's important and How to increase it."  

Participants will learn: