Constructing library buildings that work

CHICAGO — When it’s time to start planning for a renovation or construction project, you don’t need a book that covers everything from A to Z. Instead you need a concentrated set of tools and techniques that will guide you and your team to find the best solutions for your specific project. That’s exactly what library building expert Fred Schlipf provides in his new book “Constructing Library Buildings That Work,” published by ALA Editions.

New from ACRL - “Sharing Spaces and Students: Employing Students in Collaborative Partnerships”

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Sharing Spaces and Students: Employing Students in Collaborative Partnerships” by Holly A. Jackson. The book is full of plans, ideas, and case studies on how to effectively employ student workers across campus departments located within or partnering with the library. 

25 projects for eco explorers

CHICAGO — Though the daily news is filled with reports of climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, children’s librarians and educators might be uncertain how to incorporate these topics into their current curriculum. Christine M.

Recruiting and retaining younger generations for library boards, Friends groups, and Foundations

CHICAGO — According to 2016 Pew Research Center survey data, Millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult demographic. But despite being core library users, millennials and other younger generations are often underrepresented on library boards and library advocacy groups, including Friends groups and Foundations.

New from ACRL - “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Hidden Architectures of Information Literacy Programs: Structures, Practices, and Contexts,” edited by Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, Elizabeth Galoozis, and Rebecca Halpern.

ALCTS Publishing explores geography and GIS library materials with its latest Sudden Selector’s Guide

CHICAGO— ALCTS Publishing has released its latest publication in the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Geography and GIS. Authored by Carl Olson and Kim Ricker and edited by Helene Williams, this new guide provides the resources and information needed to successfully acquire and manage geography and geographic information systems (GIS) materials in libraries.

Celebrating how library workers are making a difference for their communities

CHICAGO — Libraries are community connectors, places where people come together, think together, and learn together. Libraries support and nurture strong, resilient communities. Day in and day out, the library workers at these institutions are doing much more than ensuring equal and equitable access to information; and their impact stretches far beyond the books, programs, and services they facilitate.

Choice launches Patron Driven podcast

MIDDLETOWN, CT - This week Choice launches a new five-episode podcast called Patron Driven. The series combines interviews and storytelling to spotlight the breakthrough programs, hard-won advocacy, and community connections—including the personalities behind them—that are achieved in academic libraries across academe.

Pairing STEAM with stories

CHICAGO — Laying the groundwork for building children’s curiosity, openness to learning, ability to persist in the face of failure, and interest in connecting learning from one subject to the other are important objectives for today’s libraries. Partnering with cultural institutions, such as the Chicago Public Library (CPL) does with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), libraries can forge powerful connections between literacy and science.

Information literacy and democracy

CHICAGO — We are all deluged with information. Much of it is useful, valuable, or enriching. But a lot of it is of dubious quality and provenance, if not downright dangerous. Misinformation forms part of the mix. The ability to get the most out of the information flow, finding, interpreting and using it, and particularly developing a critical mindset towards it, requires skills, know-how, judgement and confidence – such is the premise of information literacy. This is true for many aspects of human endeavor, including education, work, health and self-enrichment.