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Ideas, strategies and programs for the innovative library

CHICAGO — Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future.  Edited by Anthony Molaro and Leah L. White, “The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs,” published by ALA Editions, offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries.

New ACRL Occasional Report examines Building with Purpose

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, "Building with Purpose: A Quantitative Overview of U.S. Academic Library Construction 2000-2014" presents a rich set of data on, and analysis of, new library construction over the past 14 years.

Social media for creative libraries

CHICAGO — “Social Media for Creative Libraries,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explains how librarians and information professionals can use online tools to communicate more efficiently, teach new skills and market and promote their services faster, cheaper and more effectively. Based on his popular book “How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library,” Phil Bradley has restructured and comprehensively upd

Information needs analysis

CHICAGO—Analyzing and assessing the information needs of library users is key to the provision of effective service and appropriate collections in both face-to-face and virtual library services. The importance of information needs analysis is widely recognized by information professionals, but currently there is little substantive, detailed work in the professional literature devoted to this important topic.

New ACRL publication focuses on The Living Library

CHICAGO  The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem" by Patricia Steele, David Cronrath, Sandra Parsons Vicchio and Nancy Fried Foster.

Top 250 LGBTQ books for teens

CHICAGO — Written by experts on the subject and addressed to teen book buyers, “Top 250 LGBTQ Books for Teens,” identifies titles that address the sensitive and important topics of coming out, being out and the search for community. Spotlighting the best gay, lesbian, bi, transgender and questioning books written for teens, Michael Cart and Christine A.

LITA guide explores usability and the mobile web

CHICAGO — Mobile technology has changed the way we interact with one another and our communities. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the constant availability of information access, it is more important than ever for libraries to meet users on their phones and tablets.

AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Knowledge Quest can be viewed at knowledgequest.aasl.org.

ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda (pdf) for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift.

Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix, Fred Burchsted and Jo Bell Whitlatch, is drawn from the authoritative database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012.

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