Professional Resources

ACRL releases Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition” by Jason Puckett. Functioning as a thorough introduction to Zotero—from setting up to saving, organizing, and citing items, and ending with more advanced topics—as well as a guide to teaching Zotero, this is both a user’s guide to the tool and a handbook for understanding how different groups use it.    

Becoming an expert internet searcher

CHICAGO — In an environment where increasing amounts of information (and fake news) flood the internet on websites and social media, the information professional’s job is getting harder. It is important that they are skilled at finding and using the appropriate information and assisting users in working out what information they need and the best way of getting it.

ALCTS surveys electronic textbooks and other affordable course materials

CHICAGO — A recent survey reports that a student’s average costs of textbooks for a year at a public four-year university is nearly $1,300. Equally worrisome is another study’s finding that two-thirds of students will skip using a textbook because of the cost. By offering and spotlighting affordable course materials, academic libraries can prove their value while helping to create a more equitable learning experience for students.

New ALA Connect launches Aug. 31, current site ‘Gray-Out’ begins Aug. 10

CHICAGO – ALA Connect http://connect.ala.org/, the online space where ALA groups collaborate, is being upgraded to a new and more flexible system that will be powered by Higher Logic. The launch is scheduled for Aug. 31.

ALA Connect gives communities of interest within the library profession the opportunity to connect, learn, express and engage on a variety of topics.

Valuing objects in cultural collections

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.

Announcing ‘Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change for Academic Libraries’ free webinar series

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite academic library professionals to attend a free learning series that teaches several dialogue facilitation approaches and helps librarians position themselves to foster conversation and lead change on their campuses and beyond.

So you want to be an academic library director

CHICAGO — Whether you’re a new academic library director or a goal-minded manager, you can take concrete steps to gain and strengthen the leadership skills necessary for the job. That’s the empowering message of “So You Want to Be an Academic Library Director,” published by ALA Editions, a new collection edited by Colleen S. Harris which offers critical reflection to illuminate the path ahead.

July webinar looks at past and future of PLA's performance measurement program

CHICAGO – Project Outcome, the Public Library Association’s performance-measurement program for public libraries, has been in existence for two years, and PLA is offering a free webinar to help libraries understand where the program has been and where it is headed.

Free webinar seeks to help libraries launch services for immigrants

The Public Library Association (PLA) and the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) are partnering to offer a webinar for library professionals who are interested in offering services to immigrants.

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