Publications

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.

No-nonsense guidance on training in libraries

CHICAGO — In order to make an impact with users, library staff must be well trained and up-to-date. Training is often delivered by library managers, development officers and trainers who may have limited budgets with access to few resources. “The No-Nonsense Guide to Training in Libraries,” by Barbara Allan, uses case studies and examples of best practice from public, school, academic, special and government libraries to help library and information workers deliver excellent training.

Landgraf’s citizen science guide for families

CHICAGO — People of all ages and backgrounds can discover how to contribute to real scientific research with “Citizen Science Guide for Families: Taking Part in Real Science,” by Greg Landgraf. Defining citizen science and providing an overview of the social and community aspects behind the idea, the book is organized by topic and features links to library resources and descriptions of books appropriate to the subject.

The future of the library catalogue

CHICAGO— New digital technologies, the Internet, and user expectations have changed the role of the catalogue in libraries considerably in recent years.

Johnson’s essentials of developing and managing electronic collections

CHICAGO—The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence.

Mentoring and managing students in the academic library

CHICAGO— Most academic libraries could not operate without a host of part-time student workers.  But employing students is different from filling a professional position with an experienced worker; often their library employment will be their first job experience. Since many student positions make them the public face of the library, effective mentoring of such student employees is vital.

Exemplary picture books about tender topics

CHICAGO — A reading specialist, an outreach librarian and a children’s librarian combine their considerable expertise in “Tender Topics: Picture Books About Childhood Challenges,” an essential guide for parents that brings reading, early literacy, child development issues and picture books together.

A provocative call to transform YA services

CHICAGO — A vigorous call to action that encourages LIS students, researchers and practitioners to question some of the underlying assumptions of their discipline, “Transforming Young Adult Services” initiates an open discussion about how YA professionals perceive young adults.

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