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The role of faculty in teaching research processes

CHICAGO — Successful information literacy requires a multi-pronged effort by everyone coming into contact with students, including faculty.

Looking beyond avatars, trolls and puppets in digital communities

CHICAGO — Making the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication, “Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets” explores the communities that use digital platforms, portals and applications from daily life to build relationships beyond geographical locality and family links.

The 2012 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott awards guide

CHICAGO — What book was honored with a Newbery Award in 1931? Or awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1957? In 1974? Last year? Updated to include the 2012 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2012 Edition” gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

First releases from Huron Street Press share ALA content and message with general readers

CHICAGO — Huron Street Press, a new publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), has released its first three titles. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all, they harness the expertise of the association and encourage library use among the public.

Free webinar on using mobile services to bridge digital divide

CHICAGO — The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users are much more diverse than this, and the potential for mobile library services is correspondingly broad.

Managing intellectual capital in libraries

CHICAGO — In the knowledge economy, professionals have to make decisions about non-tangible, non-monetary, and largely invisible resources.

Records management for museums and galleries

CHICAGO — The systematic management of records is an important activity for “information organizations” such as museums and galleries but is not always recognized as a core function. Record-keeping activities are often concentrated on small groups of records, and staff charged with managing them may have limited experience.

Anne Enright, Robert K. Massie, first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The American Library Association (ALA) is proud to announce the first recipients of the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction, funded through a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Anne Enright’s "The Forgotten Waltz" received the medal for fiction and Robert K. Massie’s "Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman" received the nonfiction prize. The medals recognize the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published the previous year in the United States.

The fundamentals of library instruction

CHICAGO—Being a great teacher is part and parcel of being a great librarian. In his new guide “Fundamentals of Library Instruction,” published by ALA Editions, veteran instruction services librarian Monty L. McAdoo helps librarians connect with students as effectively as possible. McAdoo lays out the basics of the discipline in straightforward, accessible language with expert guidance for putting theory into practice. Succinctly covering the topic from top to bottom, his book:

Debunking popular perceptions of librarians

CHICAGO — Librarians have long struggled to combat some of the negative stereotypes about their image and profession, but to do so effectively it’s necessary to look at these perceptions in a historical context. 

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