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Popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff, returns

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff. Kathy MacMillan will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 7, 2016.

Returning eCourse: Putting the 'Pop' in Information Literacy

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Putting the "Pop" in Information Literacy. Dawn Stahura will serve as the instructor for this five-week facilitated eCourse starting on March 7, 2016.

Five steps of outcome-based planning and evaluation for public libraries

CHICAGO— Planning and assessment are both crucial elements of a public library that functions efficiently and flexibly. So why are they often treated separately? “Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, combines planning and evaluation in a holistic approach, helping public library managers and staff put library resources to work for the community.

Free webcast on introducing RDA: Resource Description and Access

CHICAGO — A new episode of American Libraries Live — a one-hour discussion on Introducing RDA — will air live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Feb. 11. This free streaming video broadcast is brought to you by American Libraries and can be viewed from your home, library or on the go.

Public libraries share their digitization success stories

CHICAGO— Digitizing your collection is not only a great way to increase access to your materials, it also engages patrons on a whole new level and helps communicate your library’s value. But with staff time and resources already spread thin, it can be a challenge to plan and undertake a digitization initiative. The good news is that public libraries across the country have done just that.

Build community-business partnerships through embedded librarianship, new workshop

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Building Community-Business Partnerships through Embedded Librarianship, with Barbara Alvarez. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 1:00 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, March 3,2016.

Guiding early and eager readers to excellent books

CHICAGO— For children, reading level and experience level are not always the same. Eager readers are often interested in ideas and topics that seem advanced, but situations and subjects that sixth graders can handle with aplomb may be emotionally confusing for a younger child. Early and eager readers deserve stories they can get into, information that’s challenging and up to date, and ideas that are new and stimulating, all while remaining age appropriate.

More storytime magic

CHICAGO— Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker’s knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they’re back with “More Storytime Magic,” published by ALA Editions, an all-new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up.

Seeing libraries as social learning centers: Rethinking library instruction

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Rethinking Library Instruction: Libraries as Social Learning Centers. Paul Signorelli will serve as the instructor for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Feb. 8, 2016.

Step into 2016 ready to warm readers’ hearts with new products from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ new catalog is here and filled with products to remind patrons and students the importance of learning and reading all year long. Love Monster makes his debut appearance on the cover of the spring catalog. He is a slightly hairy, googly-eyed monster looking for someone to love him just the way he is. Display this poster in your spaces to warm young readers’ hearts to open a book.


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