Publications

Rightsizing the academic library collection

CHICAGO — Is your institution’s library bursting at the seams with books that have not been touched for decades, microfilm that nobody uses and print journals that have been superseded by electronic access? Have you wondered how best to identify what physical material to retain and what to withdraw to maintain an inviting collection of relevant material for your users? Then it’s time to rightsize!

Encouraging play through early learning spaces

CHICAGO — Don’t simply accommodate families with young children—draw them in and make your library a destination! Written by an early childhood specialist, a designer and an outreach librarian, “The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces,” published by ALA Editions, is a hands-on guide that takes you step by step through the process of designing an early learning space that fits your space limitations and budget.

Rob Reid’s animal shenanigans

CHICAGO — Featuring our four-legged, no-legged, winged, scaled and feathered friends, “Animal Shenanigans: Twenty-four Creative, Interactive Story Programs for Preschoolers,” published by ALA Editions, is a new series of story program lesson plans from bestselling author Rob Reid that will help librarians and teachers unleash kids’ curiosity and learning.

ASCLA announces new editor for its quarterly newsletter, Interface

CHICAGO — The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) a division of the American Library Association, (ALA) announces its new editor for Interface, ASCLA’s newsletter, Christina C. Wray.  She is a librarian at the Center for Disability Information and Referral, a research center of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Indiana University Bloomington.

RUSA announces Carol Schuetz as the new editor for RUSA Update

CHICAGO — The Reference and User Services Association, (RUSA) a division of the American Library Association, (ALA) announces its new editor for RUSA Update, Carol Schuetz. Carol is the business resources specialist at the Jesse H. Jones Library at Baylor University.

A guide to using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics

CHICAGO — Both the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) provide important data services. For library managers and administrators, the key to the data’s usefulness is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information to managing a library and improving accountability. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan and Joseph R.

Olaf, Percy Jackson and other pals help readers chill with a book this winter

CHICAGO – Temperatures have turned chilly, but the new catalog from ALA Graphics is red hot, filled with new products to keep library patrons excited about reading and learning no matter the weather.  Disney’s “Frozen” was a huge hit in theaters, and the new poster and bookmark with Olaf are sure to be blockbusters in libraries. His message that “Reading Is Cool!” will resonate with patrons of all ages. 

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.

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