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Unlocking the educational potential of audiobooks for youth

CHICAGO — Audiobooks are now a staple in most public and school libraries, and with good reason, since they have a clear role in the education of today’s “born digital” generation. Mary Burkey, who has been following their rise in popularity for years, combines a fascinating history of the medium and practical tips for using them in “Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature,” published by ALA Editions.

Learn all about makerspaces in free webinar series

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource and Library Boing Boing are making available an exciting new series of free webinars, Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. In this series of four 60-minute webinars, registrants will have the opportunity to learn about a fast-growing library phenomenon from librarians who have been ahead of the pack. Registration for this free event is available at http://goo.gl/oZYUR.

Sustainable research data management

CHICAGO - More and more digital information is being created and stored, even while budgets shrink and funders of research demand evidence of value for money and demonstrable benefits for society. Data management has become an essential requirement for information professionals over the last decade, particularly for those supporting the higher education research community.

Real-world examples of collection development in the digital age

CHICAGO — Chronicling the recent rapid changes in library collection development and management, “Collection Development in the Digital Age,” edited by Audrey Marshall and Maggie Fieldhouse, is published by Facet Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers.

A toolkit for new library professionals

CHICAGO — Newcomers to the library and information field face an exciting future but also the challenge of distinguishing themselves professionally while keeping up with an ever-changing landscape.

Essential law for information professionals

CHICAGO — As the world of information law grows in complexity, it becomes increasingly difficult for librarians and information professionals to understand how courtroom decisions should guide day-to-day choices.

A survey of the best informational picture books for children

CHICAGO—An ideal tool for enriching library collections with outstanding books that children really want to read, “Picturing the World: Informational Picture Books for Children,” published by ALA Editions, is an invaluable aid to librarians and educators. This annotated resource by veteran children’s book reviewer Kathleen T. Isaacs surveys the best nonfiction/informational titles for ages 3 through 10, helping readers make informed collection development and purchasing decisions.

Landmark new textbook for studying the information society

CHICAGO — Covering every aspect of the new digital information environment from iPads and e-books to the future of information and how it will be controlled, “Information 2.0: New Models of Information Production, Distribution and Consumption,” published by Facet Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers,  is a landmark textbook for students studying the information society.  Author Mar

Making sense of business reference

CHICAGO—In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for people who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. Celia Ross, an “accidental business reference librarian by trade,” explains how to provide quality reference help in her new book “Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research Professionals,” published by ALA Editions.

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