Publications

The ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — Since it was established in 1967, ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has championed the rights of library users to seek and receive information on all subjects from all points of view without restriction and without having the subject of one's interest examined or scrutinized by others.

Finding the library’s path to survival, success and growth

CHICAGO — In the years since John J. Huber’s trailblazing book “Lean Library Management” was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries that have adopted his strategies have turned conventional management thinking—that if budgets are reduced, customer service suffers—on its head. These libraries have proven that by streamlining and improving customer services, they can eliminate wasteful activities and bring down costs.

LITA guide to technology disaster response and recovery planning

CHICAGO— Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A disaster’s effect on internet and social media sites, electronic resources, digital collections, and staff and public infrastructure of PCs, tablets, laptops and other peripherals requires special consideration.

The 2015 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2015 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2015 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

ACRL releases Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information." Edited by Troy A Swanson and Heather Jagman, Not Just Where to Click explores how librarians and faculty work together to teach students about the nature of expertise, authority and credibility. It provides practical approaches for motivating students to explore their beliefs, biases and ways of interpreting the world.

New from ACRL: Digital Humanities in the Library

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists,” edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein and Liorah Golomb.

Library services from birth to five

CHICAGO — In “Library Services from Birth to Five: Delivering the Best Start,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, editors Carolynn Rankin and Avril Brock build on their groundbreaking book “Delivering the Best Start” to return to the subject of how libraries can be a pathway of opportunity for young children and their caregivers.

IFRT accepting nominations for 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2015.

Michael Gorman reaffirms the enduring values of librarianship in new book

CHICAGO — In the almost 15 years since public intellectual, librarian and philosopher Michael Gorman published “Our Enduring Values,” there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal and technological demands amidst the often dire rhetoric currently surrounding the future of our institutions.

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