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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.

Measuring, analyzing and improving library services

CHICAGO — A library’s infrastructure of programs and personnel is its most valuable asset, providing the foundation for everything it does and aspires to do, which is why assessment is so vitally important.

Reinventing the library for online education

CHICAGO— Have changes such as cloud computing, search engines, the Semantic Web, and mobile applications rendered such long-standing academic library services and functions as special collections, interlibrary loans, physical processing, and even library buildings unnecessary? Can the academic library effectively reconceive itself as a virtual institution? Frederick Stielow, who led the library program of the online university American Public University System, argues most emphatically that it can.

New digital journal eContent Quarterly launches

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the premiere issue of eContent Quarterly, a new digital journal offering practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly changing digital library environments. Subscriptions are available for purchase at the ALA Store. Among the topics covered in Volume 1, Issue 1:

Tablets and mobile applications, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Personal electronic devices like tablets, smartphones and digital cameras are everywhere. How can libraries effectively incorporate these devices into both library services and institutional staff activity? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 14 for this 60-minute discussion.

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