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Alternatives to a four-year college degree

CHICAGO — As college tuitions soar and the job market tightens, many young adults are questioning whether or not they should go to college. For those interested in diving directly into the workplace, “I Don't Want to Go to College: Other Paths to Success” maps out the route to career success. Written by Heather Z.

The transformed library

CHICAGO — A wide-ranging survey that takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, “The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution,” published by ALA Editions, analyzes how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades.

Jump-starting a career as a digital librarian

CHICAGO — The skills of digital librarianship are more crucial than ever, and these same skills are in high demand outside the field, from tech startups undertaking digitization projects to digital humanities centers bringing together professors, computer scientists and information technologists.  “Jump-Start Your Career As a Digital Librarian: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, helps readers map out a career in this fast-growing field.  

New edition of Cassell and Hiremath’s keystone reference services text

CHICAGO — Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, the new third edition of “Reference and Information Services: An Introduction,” by Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is the ideal text for students and librarians looking to expand their reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format.

ALA Editions announces new online journal eContent Quarterly

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces eContent Quarterly, a new online journal. Launching in Fall 2013, eContent Quarterly will offer practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly-changing digital library environments.

Information services and digital literacy

CHICAGO — Presenting a new approach for understanding how information services help and hinder people in becoming informed, “Information Services and Digital Literacy: In Search of the Boundaries of Knowing,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, scrutinizes the role of information services and digital literacies in the age of the social Web.

Movies that answer the question 'What should I watch tonight?'

CHICAGO — Offering a smorgasbord of carefully cultivated lists, “Queue Tips: Discovering Your Next Great Movie” by Rob Christopher, is a new suggestion guide which incorporates classic films with more obscure selections for a full array of watch-worthy movies. This all-in-one recommendation source includes capsule reviews; director, cast and crew information; bits of trivia and quotable lines; and helpful tips on how to locate these and other intriguing movies.

A new technical services model for electronic resource management

CHICAGO — E-resources now account for the bulk of materials spending in many libraries.

Changes to online access to AACR2 coming April 2013

CHICAGO — Effective April, 1, 2013, online access to Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd ed.  will be available exclusively through RDA Toolkit. Access to AACR2 will no longer be included in the Cataloger’s Desktop subscription price.

Using social media to find collaboration, coordination and focus

CHICAGO — Web 2.0 jumpstarted librarians’ involvement with social media, and the use of Facebook, YouTube, blogs and other social media applications is now all but ubiquitous. But the turn is now toward management and consolidation.

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