Professional Resources

Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs is the sixth installment in the Association’s “Quick Reads for Busy Librarians” series.

An ALCTS guide to streaming video acquisitions

CHICAGO — Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing can break your budget. Serving the needs of both students and faculty requires a balanced, strategic approach.

New Technology Planning LITA Guide is Out Now

Chicago -- There's a new title in the LITA Guide series, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, by Diana Silveira. Technology is a crucial part of libraries today. But when it comes to figuring out the most effective technologies for their library or to planning for future technology needs, many librarians don’t know where to begin.

Designing, planning, and implementing career programming for teens

CHICAGO — Enrollment in vocational programs is on the rise and many high schools are introducing or restarting vocational preparedness components as part of their curricula. You already know that programming events for young adults can draw a big crowd, which means that right now is the right time to make sure your library’s lineup includes offerings that will help youth transition into successful adults.

An updated how-to-do-it manual for building digital libraries

CHICAGO — Whether you’re embarking on the challenge of building a digital collection from scratch or simply need to understand the conceptual and technical challenges of constructing a digital library, the new second edition of “Building Digital Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is the ideal guidebook to keep at your side. This thoroughly updated and reworked How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Kyle Banerjee and Terry Reese, Jr.

A handbook for on time, on budget project management

CHICAGO — A recent study showed that only 53 percent of projects come in on budget and only 49 percent on schedule. So what does it take to be an on-budget, on-time finisher? Successful project management may seem like a quixotic pursuit. But, as demonstrated in the new book “Project Management in Libraries: On Time, On Budget, On Target,” published by ALA Editions, it doesn't have to be.

Using positive stories about Muslims to foster multicultural understanding

CHICAGO — Islamophobia, a long standing, deeply entrenched global issue, disrupts civil society at many levels, from anti-Muslim policies to heightened tensions and hate crimes, including the increased bullying of Muslim children. One of the root causes of Islamophobia is ignorance, often fueled by stereotyped and negative portrayals of Muslims in media and popular culture.

Patricia C. Franks updates her go-to reference text for RIM students and professionals

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “Records and Information Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, cements this work’s status as an up-to-date classic, its content updated and expanded to address emerging technologies, most notably blockchain, and evolving standards and practices. Inside, Patricia C.

Ethics for records and information management

CHICAGO — The scope and reach of information, driven by the explosive growth of information technologies and content types, has expanded dramatically over the past 30 years. The consequences of these changes to records and information management (RIM) professionals are profound, necessitating not only specialized knowledge but added responsibilities. RIM professionals require a professional ethics to guide them in their daily practice and to form a basis for developing and implementing organizational policies, and Norman A.