Publications

Applying user experience (UX) design to your library

CHICAGO — Every decision you make affects how people experience your library. “Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library,” published by ALA TechSource, points the way toward ensuring that your library is a welcoming space for everyone. In this useful primer, user experience (UX) librarians Aaron Schmidt and Amanda Etches identify 19 crucial touchpoints, such as the library website, email, furniture, parking lot, events and newsletters.

PLA’s guide to film programming for public libraries

CHICAGO — Screening movies is a fun, engaging way to bring people of all ages into the library, and “Film Programming for Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, offers the tools to make movie programming a reality at any public library. Kati Irons, a public librarian who has overseen a county-wide movie program, offers a complete guide to creating, mounting, running and evaluating a successful program. This all-in-one resource from the Public Library Association (PLA) includes:

A handbook for organizing exhibitions

CHICAGO — Drawing on international museum practice but applicable to any exhibition or display, “Organizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives and Museums,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, offers practical guidance for creating and organizing successful exhibitions.

A landmark examination of rare books and special collections

CHICAGO — From cuneiform, coins and codices to prints, drawings, photographs and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artifacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history and culture, these institutions enable access to millions of source materials. “Rare Books and Special Collections,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a landmark examination of this field. Sidney E.

New from ACRL – 'The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook,” edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild.

A guide to data sources for reference

CHICAGO — “The Reference Guide to Data Sources,” published by ALA Editions, takes the guesswork out of locating the best sources of data, a process more important than ever as the data landscape grows increasingly cluttered. Much of the most frequently used data can be found free online, and this book shows readers how to look for it with the assistance of user-friendly tools.

Guide to reference in medicine and health

CHICAGO — Drawn from the extensive database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012, “Guide to Reference in Medicine and Health” is an up-to-date resource providing an annotated list of print and electronic biomedical and health-related reference sources, including internet resources and digital image collections.

Using the Library of Congress as a teaching resource

CHICAGO — With nearly 142 million items and one of the largest bodies of high-quality, digitized content available, the Library of Congress (LOC) is an enormously useful resource for librarians and teachers. Yet it remains a mystery to many. “Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources,” published by ALA Editions, explores the wealth of materials freely available for free from LOC.

Over-filtering in schools and libraries harms education, new ALA report finds

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires, according to “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later (pdf),” a report released today by the American Library Association (ALA). CIPA requires public libraries and K-12 schools to employ internet filtering software to receive certain federal funding.

Pages

Subscribe to Publications