A no-nonsense guide to born-digital content

CHICAGO — Collecting and managing content that has been created and has often existed solely in digital form requires a very specific approach. And, particularly because of the broad and highly technical skills needed to build and sustain born-digital content management workflows, providing continued, sustainable access to a wide array of born-digital content is a challenge for libraries and archives.

Fostering wellness through physical literacy programs

CHICAGO — By helping patrons view the library in a new way, movement-based programs bring new people into libraries, help promote community health, and stimulate literacy for children and adults alike. And the data show that they work: nearly 90% of public libraries said their movement-based programs had brought new users into their libraries, according to a recent study, while 80% said the programs contributed to community building.

The 2018 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated with the 2018 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” 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. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory.

A new ALA Editions Special Report on fake news and alternative facts

CHICAGO — Talk of so-called fake news, what it is and what it isn’t, is front and center across the media landscape, with new calls for the public to acquire appropriate research and evaluation skills and become more information savvy. But none of this is new for librarians and information professionals, particularly for those who teach information literacy.

Transform and thrive

CHICAGO — Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. That may sound airy and abstract.

New ALCTS monograph discusses issues in electronic resources management

CHICAGO — In terms of both overall spending and usage, library collections are now primarily electronic. The previously solitary electronic resources librarian has now been joined by other personnel in reorganized technical services departments and units who increasingly share more complex and diverse types of work related to managing electronic resources.

ACRL releases Framing Information Literacy six-volume set

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the six-volume “Framing Information Literacy: Teaching Grounded in Theory, Pedagogy, and Practice,” book number 73 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. Edited by Mary K. Oberlies and Janna Mattson, these books are collections of lesson plans grounded in learning theory, each volume devoted to one of the six frames of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

A comprehensive guidebook for library financial management

CHICAGO — Presenting financial management principles and best practices applicable to both public and academic libraries, William W. Sannwald’s “Financial Management for Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, elucidates a broad array of issues crucial for those entering a managerial position. Both thorough and straightforward, Sannwald's treatment: