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LITA guide spotlights the top technologies every librarian needs to know

CHICAGO — While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what editor Kenneth J. Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done in “The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits.

The 2014 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2014 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2014 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

Medical Library Association guide to reference sources in the health sciences

CHICAGO — Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, the new sixth edition of “Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, lists classic and up-to-the-minute print and electronic resources in the health sciences, helping librarians find the answers that library users seek.

Mind-bending mysteries and thrillers for teens

CHICAGO— There are plenty of mysteries in teens' lives, including physical and emotional changes, uncertainty about the future, and feelings between people. Seen in this light, the appeal of mystery stories and thrillers for this age group makes perfect sense: through a progression of plot and clues, the ending of a teen mystery book provides expected conclusions after an entertaining escape from reality. Well known from her bestselling teen programming books, Amy J.

Marshall Breeding's 'Library Systems Report' to appear in May issue of American Libraries

CHICAGO — Marshall Breeding’s popular “Library Systems Report” will appear in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries. Marshall’s “2014 Library Systems Report” is an essential, comprehensive guide to the latest library systems trends and news, from company consolidations and sales numbers to technical advances and industry commentary.

Library security discussed on upcoming free American Libraries Live broadcast

CHICAGO — Regardless of the size or type of library, staff and patrons need to feel confident that their facility is welcoming and safe. Does your library have a clear plan for dealing with problem patrons and other security incidents? In the next broadcast of American Libraries Live, Dr. Steve Albrecht—a library security expert, consultant and author of several books on workplace violence—will lead our expert panel in a discussion on both preventative and reactive security strategies. Please tune in at 2 p.m.

A discussion guide for Coretta Scott King Award-winning books

CHICAGO — Spotlighting titles appropriate for grades K-12, “Coretta Scott King Award Books Discussion Guide: Pathways to Democracy,” published by ALA Editions, builds on the rich legacy of the Coretta Scott King award-winning books to offer an important educational resource for teachers, librarians, parents and other caregivers. This guide, written by Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps and Carole J.

A guide to picture books from around the world

CHICAGO — Picture books can be portals to far-flung corners of the globe, and the books in “Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World,” published by ALA Editions, will help children’s imaginations soar. Susan Stan identifies quality literature for children ages 3 to 8 that conveys a true sense of life outside America’s borders, making this book a valuable resource for librarians and educators to foster cross-cultural education.

Gadgets in the library

CHICAGO ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Gadgets in the Library: A Practical Guide to Personal Electronics for Librarians with Jason Griffey. This workshop will last consist of two 90-minute sessions and take place at 2:30 pm EST/1:30 pm CST on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24, 2014.

Supporting Digital Scholarship

CHICAGO ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Supporting Digital Scholarship with Karen Calhoun and Aaron Brenner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 pm EST/1:30 pm CST on Thursday, June 19, 2014.

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