CHICAGO — More data and information is being created than ever before. Ontologies, formal representations of knowledge with rich semantic relationships, have become increasingly important in the context of today's information overload and data deluge. The publishing and sharing of explicit explanations for a wide variety of concepts, in a machine readable format, has the power to both improve information retrieval and discover new knowledge.
CHICAGO — The importance of being “fully present” in face-to-face as well as virtual interactions in the complex, challenging, and rapidly changing work environment of today’s libraries cannot be overstated. It means the difference between conversations that are clear, non-confrontational, and productive and those that are unfocused, awkward, or even threatening. From the reference desk and the community meeting to the board room, the human resource office, and the conference table, effective interpersonal communication lies at the center of the profession.
CHICAGO — As a discipline, acquisitions encompasses everything from purchasing and budgeting to enabling access to materials; and every format from books, monographs, and serials to e-books, subscription-based electronic resources, and beyond. In the new second edition of “Acquisitions: Core Concepts and Practices,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Jesse Holden boils acquisitions down to its essentials while providing a strategic framework that introduces and integrates all aspects of the practice.
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the two-volume “Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook.” Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, these books provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and lesson plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries.
CHICAGO — The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is good news for one-shot instructors. With its six frames and conceptual approach you’re freed from a long list of outcomes and can instead focus on big ideas. Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough’s new edition of “The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide,” published by ALA Editions, will help you stay organized and use your limited time wisely.
CHICAGO — Already a go-to text for students of literary studies, teachers, and YA staff, Michael Cart’s newly revised edition of “Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism,” published by ALA Editions, is now even more relevant and comprehensive. Thoroughly updated to survey the landscape of YA lit both past and present, this book:
CHICAGO — The team of Mary Minow, Tomas A. Lipinski and Gretchen McCord offer legal answers to potentially thorny situations in two new e-books published by ALA Editions. Library makerspaces are truly transformative, inviting library users to create, innovate, and collaborate. But like any cutting-edge initiative, makerspaces also bring up a host of new and unique legal questions.
CHICAGO — An underutilized source for storytime programs, quality nonfiction books can help bridge the reading gap between preschool boys and girls; boys enjoy facts and “true stuff,” and including these books in storytime helps boys see that reading can be fun.