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Undertaking research projects in the workplace

CHICAGO —  Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse selection of libraries throughout the world, “Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides library and information professionals with the guidance they need to undertake research projects in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and improve service deli

A LITA guide to marketing with social media

CHICAGO - Eschewing mere theory in favor of real-world examples, “Marketing with Social Media: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, offers to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media.

Raising boy readers

CHICAGO — Michael Sullivan, bestselling author of numerous children’s services titles, uses stories and anecdotes to humanize his research into boys’ reading habits and preferences in his new book “Raising Boy Readers.” Building on his expertise and previous publications such as the recent second edition of “Fundamentals of Children's Services” and “Serving Boys throu

What are the most important things a 21st-century library should do with its space?

CHICAGO — A cutting-edge text capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators and designers, “Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, addresses the critical question of how libraries can maximize spaces through design.

Becoming an Internet search expert

CHICAGO — Formerly titled “The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook,” the new fourth edition of the bestselling “Expert Internet Searching” is Phil Bradley’s no-nonsense guide to the tools for finding the right information more quickly and effectively than ever before.

Music programming for primary grades

CHICAGO — Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. “Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades,” published by ALA Editions, is a collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3. Amy Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read.

Playful storytelling through folktales

CHICAGO — A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In “Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling,” published by ALA Editions, teacher and storyteller Janice M. Del Negro gives librarians, teachers and parents the keys to storytelling success.

Web scale discovery services examined in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive interface that today’s information seekers expect.

A LITA guide to data management for libraries

CHICAGO — Since the National Science Foundation joined the National Institutes of Health in requiring that grant proposals include a data management plan, academic librarians have been inundated with related requests from faculty and campus-based grant consulting offices. Data management is a new service area for many library staff, requiring careful planning and implementation.

Planning our future libraries: blueprints for 2025

CHICAGO — In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed. “Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025,” published by ALA Editions, envisions the future of libraries by bringing together library leaders with some of the brightest new minds in the profession.

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