Technology-based outreach for libraries

CHICAGO — From straightforward internet access to elaborate makerspaces, libraries have taken center stage when it comes to providing free access to technology to those who visit their physical spaces. But how about people who don’t walk into a library? How do we ensure those members of the community are also being reached by technology programming?

Kroski’s guide to escape rooms and other immersive experiences

CHICAGO — By one count, there are more than 7,200 escape room environments in 1,445 cities in 105 countries. So why not in libraries? Sharpening participants’ problem solving and collaboration skills by mashing up real-time adventure, immersive theater, gaming, and old-fashioned entertainment, they’re a natural for libraries.

ACRL releases The Library Outreach Casebook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Outreach Casebook,” edited by Ryan L. Sittler and Terra J. Rogerson. This casebook is designed as a tool for librarians working in all types of libraries to start or further their current outreach efforts, and provides readers with many different approaches, formats, and solutions that lead to successful outreach.

ACRL releases Institutional Repositories: CLIPP #44

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Institutional Repositories,” compiled and edited by Brighid M. Gonzales, book number 44 in ACRL’s CLIPP series (formerly called “CLIP Notes”).

Latest 'Quick Reads' publication highlights essential programs from PLA 2018 Conference

CHICAGO -- The Public Library Association (PLA) has added a new publication to its collection of resources that are available free of charge to all PLA personal members in good standing. PLA 2018: Ten Essential Programs is the sixth installment in the Association’s “Quick Reads for Busy Librarians” series.

An ALCTS guide to streaming video acquisitions

CHICAGO — Streaming video at academic libraries is here to stay. In fact, a recent study shows about two-thirds of students use video as part of their academic study and three-quarters use it to supplement their reading. But as many libraries already know, video licensing can break your budget. Serving the needs of both students and faculty requires a balanced, strategic approach.

New Technology Planning LITA Guide is Out Now

Chicago -- There's a new title in the LITA Guide series, Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow, by Diana Silveira. Technology is a crucial part of libraries today. But when it comes to figuring out the most effective technologies for their library or to planning for future technology needs, many librarians don’t know where to begin.

Designing, planning, and implementing career programming for teens

CHICAGO — Enrollment in vocational programs is on the rise and many high schools are introducing or restarting vocational preparedness components as part of their curricula. You already know that programming events for young adults can draw a big crowd, which means that right now is the right time to make sure your library’s lineup includes offerings that will help youth transition into successful adults.

An updated how-to-do-it manual for building digital libraries

CHICAGO — Whether you’re embarking on the challenge of building a digital collection from scratch or simply need to understand the conceptual and technical challenges of constructing a digital library, the new second edition of “Building Digital Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is the ideal guidebook to keep at your side. This thoroughly updated and reworked How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Kyle Banerjee and Terry Reese, Jr.