Publications

Making archives come alive for public libraries and their communities

CHICAGO — Librarians and archivists across the country are developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections departments are demonstrating their value not only for preservation but also for outreach, education and public service.

Julie Todaro’s A-Z guide to mentoring

CHICAGO — A library’s future is as good as the talent it develops. Too many mentorship programs are cursory; without structure and expectations, accomplishing little beyond a procedural orientation. But a solid, sustainable mentorship program can be a game changer for libraries, with long-term results that include career development, organization-wide professionalism and retention.

Moorman’s how-to-do-it manual for running a small library

CHICAGO— Since running a small library—public, academic, school, or special—often means making do with little or no staff, this challenging task calls for its own set of skills and expertise. That’s where the second edition of editor John A. Moorman’s “Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, comes in. Inside its pages a crack team of contributors offers guidance on every essential aspect of what it takes to run a small library.

Improving library security through better communication

CHICAGO—Library work is really all about people. And the inclusive, welcoming nature of the library means that all kinds of people pass through its doors. Not all difficult patrons are dangerous, but some frighten staff and other library users, which can lead to situations that are distracting, troubling, and fraught with liability. For more than a decade, Steve Albrecht, a 15-year police veteran, has presented workshops for libraries on dealing with challenging patrons.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in San Francisco

Located just outside the Exhibits, the ALA Store at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

ALA Store hours:

Friday, June 26            12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Vnuk’s shelf-by-shelf guide to weeding

CHICAGO —“No! We can’t rid of that!” Rebecca Vnuk, author of the popular “Weeding Tips” column on Booklist Online, is here to show you that yes, you can. A library is an ever-changing organism; when done the right way, weeding helps a library thrive by focusing its resources on those parts of the collection that are the most useful to its users.

Effective service quality assessment

CHICAGO — Academic and public libraries are continuing to transform as the information landscape changes, expanding their missions into new service roles that call for improved organizational performance and accountability. Since “Assessing Service Quality” premiered in 1998, receiving the prestigious Highsmith Library Literature Award, scores of library managers and administrators have trusted its guidance for applying a customer-centered approach to service quality and performance evaluation.

New ACRL publication focuses on Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the publication of “Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians.” Edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure and Gayle Schaub,” Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts” is an essential resource for instruction librarians interested in promoting critical thinking and engaged learning.

ALA Store warehouse is moving

CHICAGO — Effective May 22, 2015, the ALA Store is moving to a new physical warehouse and fulfillment center. Our new vendor offers highly rated customer service and support, and our goal is to improve your overall experience when purchasing from the ALA Store. Effective May 22:

Leading libraries by creating a service culture

CHICAGO — Quality leadership is integral to the very future of the profession. And, as authors Wyoma vanDuinkerken and Wendi Arant Kaspar, persuasively demonstrate in their new book “Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture,” published by ALA Editions, effective leadership is customer-focused and collaborative, fostering a service culture that invites the involvement of individuals in every part and at every level of the organization.

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