Professional Resources

Keys to managing organizational knowledge

CHICAGO — Sharing organizational knowledge supports onboarding, coaching, mentoring, and the day-to-day smooth functioning of the workplace. So why are the procedures, policies, and best practices for your organization often so hard to find? Although the term “knowledge management” might conjure up images of a bureaucratic labyrinth, essentially it means getting the right information to the right people at the right time.

An updated introduction to collection development for school librarians

CHICAGO — Applying an informal and practical approach, Mona Kerby’s new second edition of “An Introduction to Collection Development for School Librarians,” published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, provides beginning librarians with the essential steps to effectively manage a vibrant school library collection.

ACRL releases 'Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future'

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the release of "Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future," prepared for ACRL by Nancy Maron and Rebecca Kennison with Paul Bracke, Nathan Hall, Isaac Gilman, Kara Malenfant, Charlotte Roh, and Yasmeen Shorish.

New books, products, special events from ALA Publishing at Annual Conference in Washington DC

Shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition for products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Located near the main entrance to the Exhibit Hall on the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the ALA Store hours are:

Step-by-step guidance on strategic planning for academic libraries

CHICAGO — No doubt about it: strategic planning is a serious commitment. But when carried out skillfully, thoughtfully, and with sensitivity to the impacts on all those involved, it’s an undertaking that can pay large dividends for the library and its users. A strong strategic plan gives shape and clarity to the library’s intentions and, when carefully written, can make a powerful case for the library’s indispensability to its sponsoring institution. Written by Gregory C. Thompson, Harish Maringanti, Rick Anderson, Catherine B.

Michael Stephens encourages wholehearted librarianship

CHICAGO — Of his earlier book, Against the Grain raved, “Reading this book brings a sense of hope, inspiration, and excitement for what the future holds for the new generation of hyperlinked librarians entering our profession.” Now Michael Stephens is back with a newly curated collection of succinct writings that will refresh your view of the profession and invigorate your work: “Wholehearted Librarianship: Finding Hope, Inspiration, a

How media consumption and technology impact the learning of K–12 students: an updated text

CHICAGO — Though media literacy and information literacy are intertwined, there are important differences; and there has never been a more urgent need for an incisive examination of the crucial role librarians and other educators can play in teaching the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. Media literate youth and adults are better able to understand the complex messages emanating from television, movies, radio, the internet, news outlets, magazines, books, billboards, video games, music, and all other forms of media.

Anonymity is examined in new book from the Center for the Future of Libraries

CHICAGO — "Anonymity,” by Alison Macrina and Talya Cooper, is the newest volume in a series from ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries. The Library Futures Series is edited by Miguel A. Figueroa, Director of the Center for the Future of Libraries, and produced in collaboration with ALA Neal-Schuman.

ALA President Loida Garcia – Febo shares insights on sustainable thinking during United Nations event

CHICAGO – Today American Library Association President (ALA) Loida Garcia – Febo joined international library leaders for a knowledge-sharing event entitled "Sustainable Development Goals in Libraries Today: the role of libraries in strengthening our communities." The event was hosted by the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library and provided an international platform to discuss how libraries around the world are creating and cultivating new relationships to help communities learn, understand and support sustainable professional development.