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Finding the library’s path to survival, success and growth

CHICAGO — In the years since John J. Huber’s trailblazing book “Lean Library Management” was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries that have adopted his strategies have turned conventional management thinking—that if budgets are reduced, customer service suffers—on its head. These libraries have proven that by streamlining and improving customer services, they can eliminate wasteful activities and bring down costs.

LITA guide to technology disaster response and recovery planning

CHICAGO— Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A disaster’s effect on internet and social media sites, electronic resources, digital collections, and staff and public infrastructure of PCs, tablets, laptops and other peripherals requires special consideration.

The 2015 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2015 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2015 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

Use Facebook in the library to engage users

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource has brought back the popular workshop Facebook in the Library: Enhancing Services and Engaging Users, with David Lee King. This is a 90-minute workshop and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

Workshop: How to respond to a security incident in your library

CHICAGO — ALA Editions has brought back the popular workshop, How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library with Dr. Steve Albrecht. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Financial management for librarians—a new eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Financial Management and Budgeting for Librarians, facilitated by Sean Gaffney. This four-week eCourse starts Monday, May 11, 2015.

Gamification in the library, an ALA Editions eCourse

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new workshop, Transforming the Library through Gamification with expert on library systems management Bohyun Kim. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.

New eCourse: Cataloging music resources in RDA

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Cataloging Music Resources in RDA, facilitated by Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo. This four-week eCourse starts Monday, May 11, 2015.

Library services from birth to five

CHICAGO — In “Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, editors Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock build on their groundbreaking book “Delivering the Best Start” to return to the subject of how libraries can be a pathway of opportunity for young children and their caregivers.

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