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ALA Graphics Fall 2013 Catalog now available

CHICAGO—ALA Graphics has released its Fall 2013 catalog featuring 48 pages of exciting new products that are bound to inspire and excite readers in schools and libraries across the nation.  Gracing the cover of the catalog is the ensemble cast of the hit CBS show, "The Big Bang Theory" on a Celebrity READ poster. A coordinating bookmark is also available.

Johnson’s essentials of developing and managing electronic collections

CHICAGO—The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence.

Mentoring and managing students in the academic library

CHICAGO— Most academic libraries could not operate without a host of part-time student workers.  But employing students is different from filling a professional position with an experienced worker; often their library employment will be their first job experience. Since many student positions make them the public face of the library, effective mentoring of such student employees is vital.

Exemplary picture books about tender topics

CHICAGO — A reading specialist, an outreach librarian and a children’s librarian combine their considerable expertise in “Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges,” an essential guide for parents that brings reading, early literacy, child development issues and picture books together.

A provocative call to transform YA services

CHICAGO — A vigorous call to action that encourages LIS students, researchers and practitioners to question some of the underlying assumptions of their discipline, “Transforming Young Adult Services” initiates an open discussion about how YA professionals perceive young adults.

Ragains’ updated guide to teaching information literacy

CHICAGO — Information literacy and library instruction are at the heart of the academic library’s mission. But how do you bring that instruction to an increasingly diverse student body and an increasingly varied spectrum of majors?

An updated how-to-do-it manual for communicating professionally

CHICAGO — An updated and expanded version of the training guide Booklist called "one of the most valuable professional publications to come off the presses in a long time," the new third edition of “Communicating Professionally, Third Edition: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” by Catherine Sheldrick Ross and Kirsti Nilsen, is completely revised with new sections outlining the opportunities offered by contemporary communication media.

Library Management 101

CHICAGO — Knowing the principles of general management is both useful and necessary for LIS students, but learning management techniques specific to the world of libraries is no less important. Created to fill a surprising educational void, “Library Management 101: A Practical Guide,” published by ALA Editions, focuses on best practices from library management experts teaching in LIS programs across the country. Edited by Diane L.

Introduction to Web Service APIs using PHP and HTML

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of our first-of-its-kind facilitated eCourse, Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML with Jason Paul Michel. This four-week eCourse will begin on Oct. 15, 2013.

Marshall Breeding examines discovery services in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Discovery services have the power to revolutionize library systems, offering ways to find and retrieve information that were never before possible. But what does this really mean for the average librarian? How do discovery services work? What changes are in store as a result of these innovations and when can we expect them to take place?

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