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A guide to using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics

CHICAGO — Both the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) provide important data services. For library managers and administrators, the key to the data’s usefulness is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information to managing a library and improving accountability. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan and Joseph R.

Connecting patrons to quality information: next free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — There’s a huge demand for full-text, credible research that’s easy to find, unbiased and not hiding behind a paywall.  In-depth information on issues like product research, health issues, hobbies, career advice and personal finance are within the reach of your library’s users. But do you know how to help them find it? In the next broadcast of American Libraries Live we’ll discuss how discovery services can work for you and your library.

Olaf, Percy Jackson and other pals help readers chill with a book this winter

CHICAGO – Temperatures have turned chilly, but the new catalog from ALA Graphics is red hot, filled with new products to keep library patrons excited about reading and learning no matter the weather.  Disney’s “Frozen” was a huge hit in theaters, and the new poster and bookmark with Olaf are sure to be blockbusters in libraries. His message that “Reading Is Cool!” will resonate with patrons of all ages. 

How library consortia remain models for collaboration and sustainability

CHICAGO — No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent.

How to teach online: A beginner’s guide

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new iteration of the popular workshop, How to Teach Online: A Beginner’s Guide with Paul Signorelli and Dan Freeman. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm Eastern on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

Applying copyright in online learning environments

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments with Gretchen McCord. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014.

The power of play: An introduction to designing early learning spaces

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, The Power of Play: An Introduction to Designing Early Learning Spaces with Dorothy Stoltz, Marisa Conner and James Bradberry. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place at 2:30 Eastern on Monday, Dec. 1 and Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

Daniel Kraus named new Booklist Books for Youth Editor

CHICAGO -- Daniel Kraus has been named new Books for Youth Editor at Booklist Publications, following the resignation of current director Gillian Engberg. Kraus joined Booklist in 2008 after two years as an associate editor at American Libraries magazine, where he created over 100 popular “AL Focus” videos.

A multimedia guide to Lapsit programming

CHICAGO — Not just a sourcebook or a reference, but a complete multimedia guide, Linda L. Ernst’s “The Essential Lapsit Guide: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual and Programming Guide for Stimulating Literacy Development from 12 to 24 Months,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is an innovative, comprehensive resource that will help you stimulate the minds of your youngest patrons with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and other creative activities.

Open Access discussed in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Scholarly journals are increasingly becoming digital, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition, the process of research continues to evolve because of mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. For a candid discussion of what OA is (and isn’t), join us for “Open Access and Libraries,” the next broadcast of American Libraries Live. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov.

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