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Going beyond book sales to raise real money for your library

CHICAGO — Like library users, library donors hail from all walks of life. Regardless of the scope or complexity of library fundraising, successful efforts are always about forging and strengthening relationships with the range of stakeholders throughout the community. In “Beyond Book Sales: The Complete Guide to Raising Real Money for Your Library,” editor Susan Dowd and her team from Library Strategies, a consulting group of the Friends of St.

“DIY @ your library” for Teen Tech Week, materials for National Library Week among gems in new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO — Dozens of exciting new products that are bound to inspire and excite readers in schools and libraries across the nation are spotlighted in the new ALA Graphics Winter 2013 catalog. Featured on the cover is YALSA’s 2014 Teen Tech Week™ theme — DIY @ your library®.

Deadline approaching for Carnegie-Whitney Awards

CHICAGO — The American Library Association Publishing Committee is offering 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.

Applications must be received by Nov. 1, 2013.  Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2014.

Little hands and big hands: American Sign Language for children and adults

CHICAGO — Appropriate for adults who are completely new to signing, “Little Hands & Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” by Kathy MacMillan, is an authoritative guide on sign language that helps readers engage with children up to age 5, regardless of their hearing ability.

The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Heart Disease

CHICAGO — Heart disease affects millions of people every year. Featuring nearly 1,000 annotated entries, “The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out About Heart Disease” organizes and offers evaluated print and online resources to help readers develop a collection of research specific medical options, incorporating important data and key concepts about risk factors and symptoms of heart disease.

How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, How to Discuss E-Books with Patrons with Phil Spirito.

It hasn’t taken long, but e-books are now an indispensable part of library collections. Patrons expect them to be there - and expect librarians to be able to assist them with e-books.

European libraries and how they see their roles, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — How do some of Europe's top libraries see the role of the library and the librarian? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Oct. 10 for this 60-minute discussion, when we’ll be joined by:

Going beyond Google again

CHICAGO — The Invisible Web, also known as the Deep Web, is a huge repository of underutilized resources that can be richly rewarding to searchers who make the effort to find them. Since Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider explored the educational potentials of this realm in “Going Beyond Google: The Invisible Web in Learning and Teaching,” the information world has grown even more complex, with more participants, more content, more formats and more means of access.

Getting started with evaluation

CHICAGO — Everyone agrees that evaluation of library services is essential, but without a background in research it can be a challenge to apply abstract concepts such as strategic planning, evidence-based decision making and accountability to real-world situations.

Using data to make your case and get results

CHICAGO — Administrators, policymakers, legislators and the public demand concrete, measurable evidence of library use and why they are needed. The collection and dissemination of data about library service in a straightforward, convincing manner are integral components of library advocacy in the current economic climate.

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