PLA develops early childhood literacy activity calendars

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has developed a new, paid product designed to boost early childhood literacy programming in libraries, schools and daycare centers.

Igniting a spirit of inquiry in students

CHICAGO — In our technology-saturated world, all the answers we seek are at our fingertips. Right? Though students might think so, educators know otherwise. But beyond merely helping students find answers to questions, information literacy instruction ought to ignite within students a spirit of inquiry: a discerning curiosity that will spur them to dig deeper when conducting research.

New from ACRL, “Motivating Students on a Time Budget”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Motivating Students on a Time Budget: Pedagogical Frames and Lesson Plans for In-Person and Online Information Literacy Instruction,” edited by Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby, a collection of lesson plans, activities, and techniques that utilize motivational strategies and pedagogies to help keep students engaged.   

An update to the classic Mother Goose on the Loose pre-literacy resource

CHICAGO — Named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, Betsy Diamant-Cohen’s Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) incorporates books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannelboards, music, dance, and child-parent interaction into dynamic programs that bring whole families into the library.

New books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting in Seattle

Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to shop and browse the ALA Store at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits for products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Located in the Atrium Lobby of the Washington State Convention Center, the ALA Store hours are:

A new edition of the classic RA guide to genre fiction by Wyatt and Saricks

CHICAGO — Everyone’s favorite guide to fiction that’s thrilling, mysterious, suspenseful, thought-provoking, romantic, and just plain fun is back—and better than ever in this completely revamped and revised edition. A must for every readers’ advisory desk, the new third edition of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction,” published by ALA Editions, is also a useful tool for collection development librarians and students in LIS programs.

Hider’s updated text on information resource description

CHICAGO — The new second edition of Philip Hider’s “Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a fully updated and expanded overview of the field of information organization, examining the description of information resources as both a product and process of the contemporary digital environment.

Metaliterate learning for the post-truth world

CHICAGO — Metaliteracy, Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson’s revolutionary framework for information literacy, is especially well suited as a tool for ensuring that learners can successfully navigate today’s information morass. Indeed, it is starkly evident that the competencies, knowledge, and personal attributes specific to metaliterate individuals are critical; digital literacy and traditional conceptions of information literacy are insufficient for the significant challenges we currently face.