Publications

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:

New Issue of the ‘Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy’ Now Available Online

CHICAGO — The new issue of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy (JIFP), Vol. 2, No.3-4, is now live and available to subscribers online. Subscribers can view it on the JIFP homepage or on its contents page.

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Teaching and collaborating for change as an academic librarian

CHICAGO — Traditionally, academic librarians have delivered “beck and call” service to educators both in and out of the classroom. However, far from being merely auxiliary to the learning cycle, academic librarians are educators in their own right. If the primary challenge before them is to change how they’re perceived within their institutions, as Michelle Reale proposes in her new book, the key lies in becoming a proactive teacher and collaborator.