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Researching prospective donors to get more funding

CHICAGO — Individuals, not government sources or foundations, are the largest source of giving in the United States. Right now there are individuals ready to become enthusiastic donors to your library. But how do you find the most likely prospective donors? “Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library,” published by ALA Editions, outlines strategies for focusing your time and attention on the best donors and potential donors in your community.

From Taylor Swift to Ninjas and Big Nate, the ALA Graphics Fall catalog is bursting with delightful new materials

CHICAGO – Seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster, spotlighted on the cover of the ALA Graphics Fall 2014 catalog. Holding Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newbery Medal-winning YA novel “The Giver,” Taylor’s poster encourages patrons and students to read the novel before they see the film adaptation in theaters Aug. 15. It’s only one of many hot new materials included in the catalog (PDF).

Guide to Reference in business and economics

CHICAGO — Guide to Reference is used internationally as the “source of first resort” for identifying information and training reference professionals. Focusing on key print and electronic sources, “Guide to Reference in Business and Economics,” edited by Steven W. Sowards and Elisabeth Leonard, is a must-have for every reference desk.

American historical novels for grades 7-12

CHICAGO — Historical fiction helps young adults imagine the past through the lives and relationships of its protagonists, putting them at the center of fascinating times and places — and the new Common Core Standards allow for use of novels alongside textbooks for teaching history.

A LITA guide to using massive digital libraries

CHICAGO — Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Andrew Weiss, recognizing the concept of the library as a "big idea" that has been implemented in many ways over thousands of years, is not so gloomy.

Customer-based collection development

CHICAGO — The traditional “top down” approach to collection development definitely has its drawbacks: even after spending a good deal of time, energy and resources, librarians are sometimes frustrated to find that their library’s collection is not being used as they anticipated. But there’s another strategy that’s gaining momentum.

Information governance and security

CHICAGO — Written by Alan MacLennan, “Information Governance and Assurance: Reducing Risk, Promoting Policy,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive textbook that discusses the legal, organizational and ethical aspects of information governance and information security and their relevance to all aspects of information work.

Letting go of legacy services

CHICAGO — The last few years have proven beyond any doubt that libraries cannot afford to coast along with the status quo. Just as important as proposing and adding new services is the sometimes unpleasant process of critically examining existing realities and letting go of obsolete or less useful programs. But instead of panicking about budgetary and staffing challenges, libraries can choose a measured, proactive response.

Preserving complex digital objects

CHICAGO — “Preserving Complex Digital Objects,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a groundbreaking edited collection exploring the challenges of preserving complex digital objects such as simulations, visualizations, digital art and video games.

The path to a carbon-neutral library

CHICAGO — The first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, “Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library,” published by ALA Editions, convincingly argues that building a carbon-neutral future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical.

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