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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. 

YALSA’s new Teens @ the Library books address answering teens’ tough questions, advocacy, evaluation

CHICAGO — Three new titles in the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens @ the Library Series, from Neal-Schuman Publishers, help YA librarians hone their skills and improve their programs to serve teens more effectively.  

A one-stop tech wrap-up of ALA Annual in this free ALA TechSource Webinar

CHICAGO —ALA TechSource will continue its series of ALA Conference Webinars with the ALA TechSource 2012 Annual Tech Wrap-Up. At 2:30 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 29, an expert panel will provide an overview of the ALA Annual Conference from a technology perspective. Register today for this free event.

Multicultural storytime magic all year long

CHICAGO — Storytime audiences grow ever more diverse, and it’s important that the materials used in programs reflect that richness of experience. Multiculturalism should not be an occasional initiative attached to particular holidays. In “Multicultural Storytime Magic,” published by ALA Editions, best-selling authors Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker offer a new paradigm for multicultural programs.

Best-selling posters and gifts, free shipping on book purchases at ALA Store at Annual Conference

CHICAGO —Find the ALA Store at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim at Booth # 1728 on the main aisle in the Exhibit Hall, ideal for easy access and convenient browsing. With plenty of new and best-selling items available, you’ll want to make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by! The ALA Store hours are:

Friday, June 22                  5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 23            9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Information literacy beyond Library 2.0

CHICAGO — In the three years since the publication of the best-selling “Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0,” the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social and the mobile.

The new book “Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0” picks up the conversation, asking the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going.

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