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ALA Publishing’s programs at ALA Annual Conference discuss fake news, community outreach, other key topics

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:

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A splendid array of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Annual

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!

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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.

Chicago Public Library and Museum of Science and Industry present a STEAM-inspired approach to summer learning

CHICAGO — Summer reading for children is a long standing and cherished tradition in public libraries across America, but today’s kids need to master new skills and competencies. Today’s summer programming needs to move beyond reading to engage children with hands-on activities, thus keeping their brains active even when school’s out. In “Summer Matters: Making All Learning Count,” published by ALA Editions, Elizabeth M. McChesney from Chicago Public Library (CPL) and Bryan W.

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.

Fandom programs, festivals, and events at your public library

CHICAGO — The new book “50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” published by ALA Editions, will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Fandom programming can require planning across departments, tie-ins to collections and community partnerships, and targeted marketing.

Quick, low-cost ways to make big changes? Absolutely.

CHICAGO — Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their users while also solving immediate problems. Best of all, these projects can be lightweight, inexpensive, and quick to realize.

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