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Next American Libraries Live covers the present and future of e-books

CHICAGO — Sue Polanka, e-book expert and co-editor of the new journal eContent Quarterly, leads “The Present and Future of E-books,” an interactive discussion featuring an all-star panel. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 13 for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.

A LITA guide to makerspaces

CHICAGO — Spaces that have been designed to allow users to create, build and learn new projects and technologies, makerspaces employ a variety of tools such as 3-D printers, AutoCAD design software and even open-source hardware like Arduino Kits. Developing a community around shared use of space and equipment, a tenet of the makerspace movement, fits squarely into libraries’ mission.

Making the most of your library career

CHICAGO— An MLIS can provide the skills you need to get a library job, but building a library career means knowing how to maximize your potential every step of the way. Benefiting those fresh out of library school as well as experienced professionals, “Making the Most of Your Library Career,” published by ALA Editions, is filled with valuable insights into how to better launch and manage a library career.

Mastering digital librarianship in academic libraries

CHICAGO— Edited by Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin, “Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in Academic Libraries,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, examines the changing roles of the librarian and how working within a rich digital environment has impacted the ability of professionals to develop the appropriate "know how," skills, knowledge and behaviors required i

How to build a great team

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, How to Build a Great Team: One Year to Success with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place from 2:30 p.m. Eastern/1:30 p.m. Central on Wednesdays, April 16 and 23, 2014.

A guide to starting and managing a small business

CHICAGO — A concise, practical guide to entrepreneurship written by a business expert with several decades of success to share, “Your Small Business Adventure,” by James W. Halloran, includes real-life examples, case studies, tips from small business owners and detailed advice from experts. This step-by-step, interactive guide gives entrepreneurs the tools to start and manage a small business.

Access and identity management for libraries

CHICAGO — With the rapid increase in the use of electronic resources in libraries, managing access to online information is a constant challenge for librarians.

A guide to providing legal reference

CHICAGO — In recent years the number of Americans who have decided to handle their own legal affairs without the help of a lawyer has skyrocketed. Ranging from people writing their own wills or drafting a contract to those trying to represent themselves in court, they’re going to public and academic libraries for answers.

Winter, spring, summer and fall in the story room

CHICAGO — Preparing storytime programs can devour the time of even the most experienced children’s librarians, especially when several different age groups must be taken into account. Infants and toddlers, pre-readers and emergent readers all have different needs, and who has time to dig through a multitude of resources to gather suitable programming materials? Dawn R.

Sharing poetry with children

CHICAGO — Since “Poetry Aloud Here!” was published, acclaimed by Booklist as “required reading for all children’s librarians,” poetry written for young people has continued to gain interest as an educational tool. Now, Sylvia M.Vardell has revamped and expanded her guide into “Poetry Aloud Here 2: Sharing Poetry with Children,” published by ALA Editions.

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