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LLAMA’s essential guide to staff development updated

CHICAGO — Since its original publication more than two decades ago, “Staff Development: A Practical Guide” from the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) has remained a respected handbook for supporting one of libraries’ most important assets: their human resources.

Getting children into books by getting them onstage

CHICAGO — How do you get children excited and engaged with books?  Get them onstage! Readers Theatre is a staged reading of literature with participants reading from scripts, conveying the book’s story using voice and facial expressions. Elizabeth A. Poe introduces and shows how to implement the concept in “From Children’s Literature to Readers Theatre,” published by ALA Editions.

How to answer any question at the reference desk

CHICAGO — The new sixth edition of “Successful Enquiry Answering Every Time,” published by Facet Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, is a one-stop guide to answering all types of inquiries at the reference desk. Tim Buckley Owen guides readers through every stage of research, from finding out what the user really wants, to providing a thorough response.

A How-To-Do-It Manual for marketing libraries’ electronic resources

CHICAGO — It’s often hard to juggle promoting a library’s e-resources effectively at the same time as building basic visibility within the community it serves. Useful for librarians at any type of institution, “Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, guides readers through every step of developing, implementing and evaluating plans to market e-resources in an approachable and user-friendly way. Marie R.

Henry Cavill Joins Celebrity READ Campaign

CHICAGO - ALA Graphics is pleased to announce actor Henry Cavill as the latest star to join the Celebrity READ campaign. Known for starring in films such as "Tristan & Isolde" and "The Count of Monte Cristo," as well as the Showtime series “The Tudors,” the U.K. actor will appear as Clark Kent in the June release of "Man of Steel." Look for Cavill’s poster on the cover of the new ALA Graphics summer catalog arriving in mailboxes beginning this week.

Children’s and YA library services in the digital age

CHICAGO — Outlining a vision for children’s and young adult library services in the next decade, “Library Services for Children and Young People: Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age,” published by Facet Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, carves out a strategy for engaging with the challenges and opportunities for children’s and YA librarians and policymakers in the Google environment.

Michael Cart’s top 200 adult books for young adults

CHICAGO — In “Cart’s Top 200 Adult Books for Young Adults: Two Decades in Review,” published by ALA Editions, Michael Cart, the former YALSA president and  best-selling author of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” applies his considerable expertise as one of the nation’s leading experts on YA literature to identify exceptional adult books that will satisfy a variety of young adults’ recreational reading tastes.

Proven strategies and programs for serving at-risk teens

CHICAGO — Working with at-risk teens, including those who are homeless, incarcerated or in foster care, is a rewarding but often challenging endeavor, especially with a growing number of at-risk teens in both urban and rural areas of the country. Based on best practices and personal experiences from many leaders in the field today, including authors Angela Craig and Chantell L.

Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new workshop, Copyright for K–12 Librarians and Educators with Carrie Russell. This 90-minute workshop will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time/1:30 p.m. Central time/12:30 p.m. Mountain time/11:30 a.m. Pacific time.

iPads and Gadgets eCourse returns!

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces new iteration of our first-of-its-kind facilitated eCourse, iPads, Tablets, and Gadgets in the Library: Planning, Budgeting, and Implementation. This course, which will begin on May 13 and last for six weeks, will show students how they can implement iPads and other high-tech devices into their libraries for both staff and patron use. Once again, students will be taught by Virginia Tech librarians Carolyn Meier, Rebecca Miller and Heather Moorefield-Lang.

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