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An updated special collections handbook

CHICAGO — Working with special collections can vary dramatically from preserving a single rare book to managing and digitizing vast mixed-media archives, yet the role of the information professional is always critical in tapping into the potential of these collections, protecting their legacy, and bringing them to the attention of the wider public.

New eCourse: Cataloging with RDA

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Cataloging with RDA. Magda El-Sherbini will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 3, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:

New eCourse: Web Design Basics for Librarians

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Web Design Basics for Librarians. Diane Kovacs will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 3, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning Outcomes:

New eCourse: Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Using WebDewey and Understanding Dewey Decimal Classification. Violet Fox will serve as the instructor for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on April 3, 2017.

Estimated Hours of Learning: 20
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

Makerspaces: An American Libraries Live Interactive Webcast

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces are transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate and collaborate. But like any new initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of unique challenges. How do you get started? How can you work within your library’s staff and budget constraints? In the next episode of American Libraries Live, our expert panel will discuss these and other issues surrounding makerspaces in the library.

Emerging practices in digital scholarship

CHICAGO — Spanning a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights, and case studies, “Developing Digital Scholarship: Emerging Practices in Academic Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, explores the relationships between digital scholarship, contemporary academic libraries, and professional practice.

A six-step plan for avoiding an unplanned career

CHICAGO — Unplanned careers affect everything and everyone. They can lead to frustration, negativity, and apathy at a time when we need to be focused, energized and motivated. Though your library career might have started “accidentally,” you can overcome organizational restructuring, changing job titles, and shifting responsibilities by cultivating a mindful existence in the library workplace.

A practical guide for developing your staff

CHICAGO — Continuous professional development is a crucial component of a successful and satisfying career. “Practical Tips for Developing Your Staff,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, offers a wide range of ideas and methods for all library and information professionals to manage the development of those who work for and with them.

New Workshop: Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Hosting Your Own Comic Con: The Ultimate All-Ages Program with Katie LaMantia and Emily Vinci. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

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