Publications

The sustainability of scholarly information

CHICAGO — Written by G.G. Chowdhury, “Sustainability of Scholarly Information,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is the first attempt to discuss the sustainable development of scholarly information. Examining economic, social and environmental sustainability, this landmark text is illustrated with case studies and informed by the latest research and policies.

Using extensible processing to reduce backlogs

CHICAGO — A 2010 OCLC report found that an Internet-accessible finding aid existed for only 44 percent of archival collections. Undescribed collections are essentially hidden from users, and much of the blame can be assigned to the strain of processing backlogs. Extensible processing offers an alternative, allowing collection managers to first establish a baseline level of access to all holdings, then conduct additional processing based on user demand and ongoing assessment.  Daniel A.

Booklist chosen again for 2014 National Reading Group Month and Great Group Reads

CHICAGO — Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM), including the special Great Group Reads initiative that highlights selected titles.

Readers' advisory for genre blends

CHICAGO — Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory. “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends,” published by ALA Editions, gets library staff up to speed on these engaging titles, showing how such crossover fiction appeals to fan bases of multiple genres.

Serving college students by being a Personal Librarian

CHICAGO — The incredible shift in the provision of library services resulting from innovations such as online resources, mobile technologies, tablet computers and MOOCs and hybrid courses makes it more challenging than ever for academic librarians to connect students with the information they need.

Lorcan Dempsey on libraries, services and networks

CHICAGO — Since he began posting in 2003, Lorcan Dempsey has used his blog to explore nearly every important facet of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale library management systems. As well as providing a commentary on the issue of the moment, the more than 1,800 posts have offered thousands of readers valuable perspectives and insight as well as a visionary approach to libraries’ future.

Guide to Reference for essential general reference and LIS sources

CHICAGO — Ideal for public, school and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, “Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources,” edited by Jo Bell Whitlatch and Susan E. Searing, collects the cream of the crop sources of general reference and library science information.

A library how-to-do-it manual for disaster planning, response and recovery

CHICAGO — Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a Continuity of Operations Plan imperative for libraries.

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