Publications

New From ACRL: Designing Training

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Designing Training" by Melanie Hawks, the fifth entry in the ACRL Active Guides series.

Getting started with evaluation

CHICAGO — Everyone agrees that evaluation of library services is essential, but without a background in research it can be a challenge to apply abstract concepts such as strategic planning, evidence-based decision making and accountability to real-world situations.

Using data to make your case and get results

CHICAGO — Administrators, policymakers, legislators and the public demand concrete, measurable evidence of library use and why they are needed. The collection and dissemination of data about library service in a straightforward, convincing manner are integral components of library advocacy in the current economic climate.

Bringing the arts into the library

CHICAGO — Using a library’s facilities to bring arts to the community is not only a valuable service, but also a wonderful marketing and outreach opportunity, a tangible way to show the public that libraries offer value, thus shoring up grassroots support.

How to include families of children with special needs

CHICAGO — More than 6.5 million children in the US receive special education services; in any given community, approximately one child out of every six will get speech therapy, go to counseling, attend classes exclusively with other children with disabilities or receive some other service that allows him or her to learn.

National Reading Group Month 2013 chooses Booklist again

CHICAGO - Booklist, the American Library Association's (ALA) review source, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM), including the special Great Group Reads initiative that highlights selected titles.

Find your roots through easy-to-do genealogy

CHICAGO — A guide to the joys and rewards of preserving family history for posterity, “Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-Do Genealogy and Family History,” by Janice Schultz, offers advice and encouragement to anyone eager to uncover their family roots. Getting started, research techniques, interviewing tips and effective use of the library and Internet are all discussed in detail in this book that is ideal for beginners.  

An in-depth look at successful social networking in public libraries

CHICAGO — Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees.  Now Walt Crawford’s “Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, completes the picture, offering for the first time an in-depth look at how a large variety of public libraries are conducting digital outreach and marketing through social networking.

The third edition of “Management Basics for Information Professionals”

CHICAGO — Reflecting the rapidly changing  information services environment, the new third edition of the bestselling “Management Basics for Information Professionals,” by G. Edward Evans and Camila A. Alire, offers updates and a broader scope to make it an even more comprehensive introduction to library management. Addressing the basic skills good library managers must exercise throughout their careers, this edition includes a completely new chapter on management ethics.

Multiethnic books for the middle-school curriculum

CHICAGO— Focusing on titles dealing with ethnic and religious groups both in the U.S. and around the world, “Multiethnic Books for the Middle-School Curriculum,” published by ALA Editions, makes it easy for teachers and librarians working with children in grades 5-8 to infuse their curricular area with multicultural literature. Carefully vetted and annotated by authors Cherri Jones and J. B.

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