Publications

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The occasional paper was written by Kara J. Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, and Karen Brown, professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, Illinois.

Using digital analytics to track the library user’s journey

CHICAGO — Tracking the library user's journey is no simple task in the digital world; users can often navigate through a series of different websites, including library websites, discovery tools, link resolvers, and more just to view a single journal article. Your library collects massive amounts of data related to this journey—probably more than you realize, and almost certainly more than you analyze.

ACRL releases Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices” edited by Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl.

Easy graphic design for librarians

CHICAGO — From the layout of a library’s web banner to its printed newsletter to the swag handed out during summer reading programs, libraries make their visual identities known through the many forms of communication they produce and share. And even if “graphic designer” isn’t technically in your job description, chances are you’re still doing it. Wouldn’t you like to do it better? In “Easy Graphic Design for Librarians: From Color to Kerning,” published by ALA Editions, Diana K. Wakimoto speaks directly to library staff.

An updated handbook of art and design librarianship

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design environments who need to support and anticipate the information needs of artists, designers, architects, and the historians who study those disciplines.

A sourcebook of 63 ready-to-use maker projects

CHICAGO — A new compilation from editor and maker Ellyssa Kroski, “63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and makers from across the country present projects as fun as an upcycled fashion show, as practical as Bluetooth speakers, and as mischievous as a catapult. Included are projects for artists, sewers, videographers, coders, and engineers.

An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for marketing electronic resources

CHICAGO — When front line librarians improve awareness of under-utilized resources, thereby increasing demand for more of the same, it can also encourage increased funding for the library. Newly expanded and updated, the second edition of “Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, shows library marketing staff how to get the job done from beginning to end and in a variety of library settings. Marie R.