A groundbreaking text on information ethics

CHICAGO — As discussions about the roles played by information in economic, political, and social arenas continue to evolve, the need for an intellectual primer on information ethics that also functions as a solid working casebook for LIS students and professionals has never been more urgent. “Foundations of Information Ethics,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, expertly fills that need.

Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality in the library

CHICAGO — The current price of virtual reality headsets may seem out of economic reach for most libraries, but the potential of “assisted reality” tools goes well beyond merely inviting patrons to strap on a pair of goggles. Ranging from enhanced training to using third-party apps to enrich digital collections, there is a kaleidoscope of library uses for augmented, virtual, or mixed reality.

Pre-literacy programming—here, there, and everywhere

CHICAGO — Not only is Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL), which was named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, a fun-filled approach that nurtures early literacy and school readiness skills in young children, it’s also extremely flexible.

Conducting the reference interview

CHICAGO — Based on the latest research in communication theory but tailored specifically for real-world application, the newly updated third edition of “Conducting the Reference Interview,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, speaks equally to the needs of students preparing to enter the profession and those who are already fielding reference inquiries.

New from ACRL - “Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Critical Approaches to Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses,” edited by Angela Pashia and Jessica Critten. The collection examines how critical pedagogy and critical information literacy can be applied in specific lesson plans and throughout a credit-bearing course.   

Recipes for mindfulness in your library

CHICAGO — Mindfulness not only offers the possibility of a healthy life/career balance for librarians themselves, but in challenging times of rapid social change and uncertainty, it also represents a powerful way to build community resilience. In fact, mindfulness experiences can be structured to nurture the kind of civic engagement and discourse essential for library support.

How to sustain an ongoing, self-directed career growth plan

CHICAGO — If the proverbial career ladder feels more like a treadmill, it’s time for a different approach. Besides, who wants to climb a ladder anyway? Wouldn’t you rather learn how to explore, grow, and gain new skills that will lead you to new opportunities? “Be Opportunity-Minded: Start Growing Your Career Now,” published by ALA Editions, is your new toolbox.