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Guide to Reference to cease publication

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing, in collaboration with the Guide to Reference Editorial Review Board, is discontinuing Guide to Reference. The subscription website will continue to operate and be updated through Jan. 31, 2016 but will immediately cease accepting new subscriptions; renewals will be accepted on a prorated basis.  The Guide will be freely accessible beginning February 2016 but at some future date will cease to be available online.

ACRL releases New Roles for the Road Ahead

CHICAGO — As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven J. Bell, associate university librarian at Temple University, Lorcan Dempsey, vice-president of OCLC research and chief strategist, and Barbara Fister, academic librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Cultural heritage information

CHICAGO — Featuring contributions by 17 leading academics from around the world, “Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides an overview of the various challenges and contemporary research activities in cultural heritage information. Starting with an introductory chapter by editors Ian Ruthven and G. G.

Wordplay for kids

CHICAGO — Instilling a love of reading in a child pays dividends long after early literacy skills have been mastered.  As Tim Wadham demonstrates in “Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds,” published by ALA Editions, the key to successful programming is to make children become participants, encouraging a “literary ear” and love of the beauty of language itself.

LITA guide shows how to get started with demand-driven acquisitions for e-books

CHICAGO— Thousands of e-books are published each year; and rather than holding steady, e-book prices are rising—some 3.5 percent this year alone. With so many titles out there, how do you know which ones will actually circulate? Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) may be the answer for your library. “Getting Started with Demand-Driven Acquisitions for E-books: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, includes more than 200 criteria questions to help you develop a DDA e-book program that’s right for your library.

Cataloging and managing film & video collections using RDA and MARC21

CHICAGO — We now catalog in a post-AACR2 world.  RDA: Resource Description and Access is designed to cover all types of content and media, but communities of practice are still evolving for motion picture and video materials.  “Cataloging and Managing Film & Video Collections: A Guide to using RDA and MARC21,” published by ALA Editions, clarifies the protocol for DVDs and Blu-ray discs, expanding upon established guidelines for AACR2 and integrating them into the new standard.

Freeman and Bauer’s handbook for storytellers

CHICAGO — Ideal for both beginners and more experienced storytellers, “The Handbook for Storytellers,” published by ALA Editions, is an exhaustive primer including everything adults need to start sharing the wonder of stories with children, from babies to tweens. Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer impart easy-to-follow guidelines and practical advice on how, when, where and why to tell stories.

A handbook for corporate information professionals

CHICAGO — Corporate information professionals who serve the workplace rather than learning communities or the general public face specific challenges and demands, from providing competitive intelligence to managing information in a global environment.

Ideas, strategies and programs for the innovative library

CHICAGO — Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future.  Edited by Anthony Molaro and Leah L. White, “The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs,” published by ALA Editions, offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries.

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