ALA Publishing

Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Grant

The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Applications for the Carnegie-Whitney Grant must be received by Nov. 6, 2016. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2017.

Diversity in Libraries: An American Libraries Live Interactive Webcast

CHICAGO — Diversity is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the professional world these days, and the library world is no exception. What does diversity mean when it comes to libraries—how do we build a diverse staff? How do we serve diverse communities? How do we make sure our collections and services are diverse? In this month’s episode of American Libraries Live, you and our expert panel will engage in an interactive discussion.

New Workshop: Supporting Patrons' College Planning Information Needs

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Supporting Patrons' College Planning Information Needs with Africa Hands. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, December 8, 2016.

Supporting Patrons' College Planning Information Needs Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, December 8, 2016, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

New Workshop: Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language with Kathy MacMillan. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Being an evidence based librarian

CHICAGO — Bringing together recent theory, research, and case studies, “Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, takes an open and encompassing approach to exploring evidence based library and information practice (EBLIP) and the ways it can improve the practice of librarianship.

Why do librarians need to know about ontologies?

CHICAGO — More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today's information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge.

New Workshop: Build a Great Team

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Better library conversations

CHICAGO — The importance of being “fully present” in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today’s libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and productive and those that are unfocused, awkward, or even threatening.  From the reference desk and the community meeting to the board room, the human resource office, and the conference table, effective interpersonal communication lies at the center of the profession.

The core concepts and practices of acquisitions

CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Jesse Holden boils acquisitions down to its essentials while providing a strategic framework that introduces and integrates all aspects of the practice.