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Guide to Reference for essential general reference and LIS sources

CHICAGO — Ideal for public, school and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, “Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources,” edited by Jo Bell Whitlatch and Susan E. Searing, collects the cream of the crop sources of general reference and library science information.

A library how-to-do-it manual for disaster planning, response and recovery

CHICAGO — Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a Continuity of Operations Plan imperative for libraries.

Researching prospective donors to get more funding

CHICAGO — Individuals, not government sources or foundations, are the largest source of giving in the United States. Right now there are individuals ready to become enthusiastic donors to your library. But how do you find the most likely prospective donors? “Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library,” published by ALA Editions, outlines strategies for focusing your time and attention on the best donors and potential donors in your community.

From Taylor Swift to Ninjas and Big Nate, the ALA Graphics Fall catalog is bursting with delightful new materials

CHICAGO – Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster, spotlighted on the cover of the ALA Graphics Fall 2014 catalog. Holding Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal-winning YA novel “The Giver,” Taylor’s poster encourages patrons and students to read the novel before they see the film adaptation in theaters Aug. 15. It’s only one of many hot new materials included in the catalog (PDF).

Guide to Reference in business and economics

CHICAGO — Guide to Reference is used internationally as the “source of first resort” for identifying information and training reference professionals. Focusing on key print and electronic sources, “Guide to Reference in Business and Economics,” edited by Steven W. Sowards and Elisabeth Leonard, is a must-have for every reference desk.

American historical novels for grades 7-12

CHICAGO — Historical fiction helps young adults imagine the past through the lives and relationships of its protagonists, putting them at the center of fascinating times and places — and the new Common Core Standards allow for use of novels alongside textbooks for teaching history.

A LITA guide to using massive digital libraries

CHICAGO — Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Andrew Weiss, recognizing the concept of the library as a "big idea" that has been implemented in many ways over thousands of years, is not so gloomy.

Customer-based collection development

CHICAGO — The traditional “top down” approach to collection development definitely has its drawbacks: even after spending a good deal of time, energy and resources, librarians are sometimes frustrated to find that their library’s collection is not being used as they anticipated. But there’s another strategy that’s gaining momentum.

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