Publications

The innovative school librarian

CHICAGO —  Raising important questions about the functions of the school librarian, the new second edition of “The Innovative School Librarian,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, takes a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries.

ACRL releases Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice.” Edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson, the work provides advice and insight on data services for all types of academic libraries and library educators.

Marshall Breeding’s library technology buying strategies

CHICAGO — The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than proprietary systems? What about those deployed in the cloud? These and dozens more questions arise when libraries enter a selection process. Knowing the options is key to arriving at the best answers for your own organization.

Library improvement through data analytics

CHICAGO — More than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs for customer satisfaction.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in Orlando

Located just inside the Shuttle Bus Entrance at the Orange County Convention Center, the ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule during the conference to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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Engaging babies in the public library

CHICAGO — Public libraries across the nation continue to transform themselves into learning centers for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. There are many resources available to help librarians create baby-friendly play spaces and enhanced storytimes, but until now there has been gap in the literature addressing the developmental needs and changing behaviors of babies and toddlers.  Parents and caregivers can also present unique service challenges. Debra J.

Introducing Choice Reviews

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT -  Choice has announced the launch of a new service called Choice Reviews, a completely redesigned Choice Reviews Online built to respond directly to the many suggestions received from subscribers.

Share a cuento through storytimes in English and Spanish

CHICAGO— It is imperative that library programs reflect the rich diversity of the entire community. That includes Spanish-speaking children, who need opportunities to hear their home and school languages spoken, and to see their lives validated through engaging cuentos (stories) that reflect their cultural experiences. Additionally, when combined with other forms of targeted outreach, offering bilingual storytimes in English and Spanish is an effective strategy to attract Latino and Spanish-speaking families to your library.

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