Publications

How library consortia remain models for collaboration and sustainability

CHICAGO — No library stands alone. A long-standing tenet of the discipline, library cooperation predates the founding of ALA. Although these are times of crisis and uncertainty for library consortia (by one count, more than 65 consortia have closed since 2008), the collaboration that consortia offer helps libraries extend the value of every dollar spent.

A multimedia guide to Lapsit programming

CHICAGO — Not just a sourcebook or a reference, but a complete multimedia guide, Linda L. Ernst’s “The Essential Lapsit Guide: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual and Programming Guide for Stimulating Literacy Development from 12 to 24 Months,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is an innovative, comprehensive resource that will help you stimulate the minds of your youngest patrons with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and other creative activities.

Readers’ advisory for historical fiction

CHICAGO — Whether set in ancient Egypt, Feudal Japan, the Victorian Age or Civil War-era America, historical fiction places readers squarely at the center of fascinating times and places, making it one of the most popular genres in contemporary publishing. Jennifer S. Baker’s new book, “The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction,” published by ALA Editions, emphasizes an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focuses on what fans enjoy.

Libraries and the Affordable Care Act

CHICAGO — Ever since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, staff from public libraries throughout the country have been working hard to provide access to information about the law while educating their communities about how implementation affects them. But defining the expectations and limitations of libraries’ roles regarding support of the new law remains a challenge.

New edition of Weisburg and Toor’s best-selling guide for school librarians now available

CHICAGO — As if transitioning from library school or a different type of library job into the role of a school librarian wasn’t challenging enough, just factor in today’s straitened funding environment for the position itself. Librarians new on the job need expert advice on what to expect and how to thrive, and since its publication in 2006 Hilda K.

New guide celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

CHICAGO — Marking the 45th anniversary of the prestigious awards that honor the best in children’s and young adult literature representing the African American experience, the fifth edition of “The Coretta Scott King Awards,” published by ALA Editions, is an excellent tool for collection development,  readers’ advisory and classroom use. More than just a bibliography, this resource, edited by Carole J. McCollough and Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps, includes:

Two new SLR articles explore school librarian instructional partner role and school library impact on students

CHICAGO – Two new research articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research. The articles cover the topics of how preparation programs prepare pre-service school librarians to fill the role of instructional partner and an examination of how school libraries support students based on the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment. Articles can be found on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

RDA and cartographic resources

CHICAGO — As the cataloging universe moves ever deeper into the era of RDA: Resource Description and Access, specialist catalogers need information on managing the materials in their areas of responsibility. Designed for both practicing map catalogers and catalogers new to cartographic resources, “RDA and Cartographic Resources,” published by ALA Editions, offers a summary and overview of how to catalog cartographic resources using the new standard. Experts Paige G. Andrew, Susan M.

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.

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