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Forging the future of special collections

CHICAGO— Once treated as exclusive spaces for valuable but hidden and under-utilized material, over the past few decades special collections departments have been transformed by increased digitization and educational outreach efforts into unique and highly visible major institutional assets. What libraries must now contemplate is how to continue this momentum by articulating and implementing a dynamic strategic vision for their special collections.

Early literacy techniques for supercharged storytimes

CHICAGO— Based on the groundbreaking research of VIEWS2—the first systematic study of storytimes done to date— the new book “Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide,” published by ALA Editions, recommends simple interactive ways to emphasize early literacy techniques and encourage children to use and practice their pre-reading skills while preserving the delight inherent in storytime.

Dynamic research support for academic libraries

CHICAGO— Higher education and academic libraries are in a period of rapid evolution. Technology, pedagogical shifts, and programmatic changes in education mean that libraries must continually evaluate and adjust their services to meet new needs. “Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides illustrative examples of emerging models of research support.

The 2016 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO—Updated to include the 2016 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2016 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

The wiki way of learning

CHICAGO — Given the limited budgets of schools, educators, and school librarians, free and open source tools for learning are more important than ever. Essentially, wikis are easily accessible webpages for creating, browsing, and searching through information, making them ideal vehicles for teaching and collaboration.

Emerging strategies for supporting student learning

CHICAGO — The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving due to changes in the student population (millenials, increasing diversity, changing work habits), technology (the rise in the use of social media), and learning spaces (the increase in physical and virtual social learning spaces).  In “Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians and Educators,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the

Solomon’s nitty-gritty guide to content marketing

CHICAGO— When you deliver content that library users find useful and relevant, you give a compelling answer to their question, “What’s in it for me?”  Simply put, content marketing is the most effective way to increase your value to customers. “The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Content Marketing,” published by ALA Editions, makes content marketing concepts bite-sized and easily digestible.

A comprehensive examination of discovery services

CHICAGO — We’re in a new age of Discovery. Not of the physical world but rather one that serves up appropriate resources for your library’s researchers, thanks to advancements in handling metadata, natural language processing, and keyword searching. In “Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library's Licensed and Digitized Content,” published by ALA Editions, editor Kenneth J.

American Libraries launches Dewey Decibel podcast

CHICAGO—American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, just launched the Dewey Decibel podcast. Hosted by AL Associate Editor Phil Morehart, this new monthly podcast series will feature conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, scholars, and other experts, on a variety of topics from the library world and beyond.

The new edition of ALA Neal-Schuman’s in-depth examination of digital curation

CHICAGO— As an in-depth explanation of the entire digital curation lifecycle, from creation to appraisal to preservation to organization/access to transformation, the first edition of “Digital Curation,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, set a benchmark for both thoroughness and clarity.

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