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Why do librarians need to know about ontologies?

CHICAGO — More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today's information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge.

New Workshop: Build a Great Team

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Build a Great Team with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

Better library conversations

CHICAGO — The importance of being “fully present” in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today’s libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and productive and those that are unfocused, awkward, or even threatening.  From the reference desk and the community meeting to the board room, the human resource office, and the conference table, effective interpersonal communication lies at the center of the profession.

The core concepts and practices of acquisitions

CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Jesse Holden boils acquisitions down to its essentials while providing a strategic framework that introduces and integrates all aspects of the practice.

Incorporating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot library instruction

CHICAGO — The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you’re freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough’s new edition of “The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide,” published by ALA Editions, will help you stay organized and use your limited time wisely.

Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers with Suzanne Walker. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Making Your Library Work for Homeschoolers Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Increasing Your Reach to Spanish-speaking Populations Workshop

CHICAGO—ALA Editions announces an exciting new workshop, Increasing Your Reach to Spanish-speaking Populations with Loida Garcia-Febo. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Michael Cart’s updated guide to YA lit

CHICAGO — Already a go-to text for students of literary studies, teachers, and YA staff, Michael Cart’s newly revised edition of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” published by ALA Editions, is now even more relevant and comprehensive. Thoroughly updated to survey the landscape of YA lit both past and present, this book:

American Libraries Live updates format

CHICAGO — ALA eLearning Solutions and American Libraries are adding some exciting updates to the popular monthly webcast American Libraries Live. AL Live has been helping to keep the library community up on the latest trends and discussions in our profession for more than three years, and to better serve our viewers, they are making some adjustments to the format.

Carnegie-Whitney Grant awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

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