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RDA and cartographic resources

CHICAGO — As the cataloging universe moves ever deeper into the era of RDA: Resource Description and Access, specialist catalogers need information on managing the materials in their areas of responsibility. Designed for both practicing map catalogers and catalogers new to cartographic resources, “RDA and Cartographic Resources,” published by ALA Editions, offers a summary and overview of how to catalog cartographic resources using the new standard. Experts Paige G. Andrew, Susan M.

Web design basics for librarians

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new new iteration of its popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Please note that this is a four-week course that has been extended an additional two weeks to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Researching prospective donors: Get more funding for your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new facilitated eCourse, Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library. Susan Summerfield Hammerman will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is a four-week course that has been extended an additional week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Social media basics: Engaging your library users

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Social Media Basics: Engaging Your Library Users. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is a four-week course that has been extended an additional week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Getting babies into books with early literacy programs

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Getting Babies into Books with Early Literacy Programs. Kathy Kirchoefer will serve as the instructor for a five-week facilitated eCourse starting on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. This is a four-week course that has been extended an additional week to accommodate the Thanksgiving holiday.

The sustainability of scholarly information

CHICAGO — Written by G.G. Chowdhury, “Sustainability of Scholarly Information,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is the first attempt to discuss the sustainable development of scholarly information. Examining economic, social and environmental sustainability, this landmark text is illustrated with case studies and informed by the latest research and policies.

Digitization examined in free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Digitization is not the future of libraries, it’s the present. Whether your institution is a community repository or you need to digitize old materials to save space, the ability to start a digitization project is becoming an essential skill for today’s librarian.  “Digitization and Libraries,” the next broadcast of American Libraries Live, will examine this rapidly growing area of librarianship.  Please tune in Thursday, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Oct.

Using extensible processing to reduce backlogs

CHICAGO — A 2010 OCLC report found that an Internet-accessible finding aid existed for only 44 percent of archival collections. Undescribed collections are essentially hidden from users, and much of the blame can be assigned to the strain of processing backlogs. Extensible processing offers an alternative, allowing collection managers to first establish a baseline level of access to all holdings, then conduct additional processing based on user demand and ongoing assessment.  Daniel A.

Using Twitter for marketing and outreach

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces a new session of the popular workshop, Using Twitter for Marketing and Outreach with Andy Burkhardt. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.

Readers' advisory for genre blends

CHICAGO — Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory. “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends,” published by ALA Editions, gets library staff up to speed on these engaging titles, showing how such crossover fiction appeals to fan bases of multiple genres.

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