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Going beyond Google again

CHICAGO — The Invisible Web, also known as the Deep Web, is a huge repository of underutilized resources that can be richly rewarding to searchers who make the effort to find them. Since Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider explored the educational potentials of this realm in “Going Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching,” the information world has grown even more complex, with more participants, more content, more formats and more means of access.

Getting started with evaluation

CHICAGO — Everyone agrees that evaluation of library services is essential, but without a background in research it can be a challenge to apply abstract concepts such as strategic planning, evidence-based decision making and accountability to real-world situations.

Using data to make your case and get results

CHICAGO — Administrators, policymakers, legislators and the public demand concrete, measurable evidence of library use and why they are needed. The collection and dissemination of data about library service in a straightforward, convincing manner are integral components of library advocacy in the current economic climate.

Bringing the arts into the library

CHICAGO — Using a library’s facilities to bring arts to the community is not only a valuable service, but also a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support.

How to include families of children with special needs

CHICAGO — More than 6.5 million children in the US receive special education services; in any given community, approximately one child out of every six will get speech therapy, go to counseling, attend classes exclusively with other children with disabilities or receive some other service that allows him or her to learn.

Find your roots through easy-to-do genealogy

CHICAGO — A guide to the joys and rewards of preserving family history for posterity, “Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History,” by Janice Schultz, offers advice and encouragement to anyone eager to uncover their family roots. Getting started, research techniques, interviewing tips and effective use of the library and Internet are all discussed in detail in this book that is ideal for beginners.  

An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries

CHICAGO — Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.  Now Walt Crawford’s “Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, completes the picture, offering for the first time an in-depth look at how a large variety of public libraries are conducting digital outreach and marketing through social networking.

Carnegie-Whitney awards up to $5,000

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides 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.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

American Libraries Live digs into databases in new episode

CHICAGO — Databases are everywhere, a crucial element of libraries of all shapes, sizes and types. Library technology expert Marshall Breeding leads a panel discussion of how databases are changing and shaping the present and future of libraries in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please join us at 2 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, Sept. 12 for this 60-minute discussion.

The third edition of “Management Basics for Information Professionals”

CHICAGO — Reflecting the rapidly changing  information services environment, the new third edition of the bestselling “Management Basics for Information Professionals,” by G. Edward Evans and Camila A. Alire, offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics.

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