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The ALA guide to researching modern China

CHICAGO — As China has evolved into an economic superpower, interest in its culture and current place in the world has skyrocketed; China Studies are now taught in almost every college or university in the U.S., as well as in many junior high and high schools. Covering modern China, not just Chinese culture from an historical perspective, “The ALA Guide to Researching Modern China,” published by ALA Editions, fills a sizeable gap in the literature.

Using metaliteracy to empower learners

CHICAGO — Today’s learners communicate, create and share information using a range of information technologies such as social media, blogs, microblogs, wikis, mobile devices and apps, virtual worlds and MOOCs. In “Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, respected information literacy experts Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E.

A guide to biographies to read aloud with kids

CHICAGO — The right biography can be as enthralling as any work of fiction, blending facts with gripping storytelling. “Biographies to Read Aloud with Kids: From Alvin Ailey to Zishe the Strongman” is a guide to the best ones for adults to read to kids. Noted children's book authority Rob Reid offers a choice selection of exemplary biographies that will entertain and educate children about a variety of fascinating people and their places in history.

A LITA guide to responsive Web design

CHICAGO — Tablets, desktops, smartphones, laptops, minis: we live in a world of screens, all of different sizes. Library websites need to work on all of them, but maintaining separate sites or content management systems is resource intensive and still unlikely to address all the variations. By using responsive Web design, libraries can build one site for all devices—now and in the future.

Word-of-mouth marketing

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop,Word-of-Mouth Marketing: The Most Powerful Marketing Strategy and You Can Afford It! with Peggy Barber. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm EST/1:30 pm CST on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

Ask an RDA expert: Bibliographic description

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Ask an RDA Expert: Bibliographic Description with Adam Baron, May Chan and Marcia Salmon. This workshop is formatted as an open forum that will last three hours and take place at 2 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Central on Friday, April 25, 2014.

Join colleagues across the world for a unique opportunity to engage informally with a group of RDA: Resource Description and Access experts to ask questions and get answers based on others' experience and knowledge.

The one-shot library instruction survival guide

CHICAGO — Faced with planning a one-shot library instruction session, librarians can feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all their library has to offer along with tips on the research process. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable in only an hour. But it’s not.

Fundamentals for the academic liaison

CHICAGO — The changing higher education environment requires a new kind of relationship among faculty, academic liaisons and students. Written in a straightforward way that lends itself to easy application, “Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a core resource for any LIS student or academic librarian serving as a liaison.

ALSC selects popular books for young readers

CHICAGO — Featuring contributions by active librarians from around the country, “Popular Picks for Young Readers,” published by ALA Editions for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), offers a goldmine of quality books for children. Edited by Diane Foote, this guide spotlights more than 500 titles published within the last four years.

Tackling the culture of records management and information

CHICAGO — Exploring how an understanding of organizational information culture provides the insight necessary for the development and promotion of sound recordkeeping practices, “Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, details an innovative framework for analyzing and assessing information culture that can be aligned with the speci

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