CHICAGO — Whether for self-representation, to be an informed consumer of legal services, or to learn the U.S. legal system, more people than ever are using the library to obtain legal information and legal research advice. The new second edition of “Finding the Answers to Legal Questions,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a comprehensive guide to help librarians confidently assist users in finding the legal information they need.
CHICAGO — From its earliest days, the American experience has encompassed immigrants. But in our current atmosphere of political polarization, is it any wonder that many immigrant children feel excluded and isolated? In fact, research shows first- and second- generation immigrant children and teens can be at risk of experiencing identity crisis, self-depreciation, and low self-esteem due to intergenerational and intercultural conflicts.
CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Financial Management in Academic Libraries: Data-Driven Planning and Budgeting” by Robert E. Dugan and Peter Hernon, which explores the connection between financial management and accountability, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability, and demonstrates how to capture them in a realistic, data-supported budget.
CHICAGO — Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group.
CHICAGO — Changes in public libraries, the communities they serve, children’s lives, and educational research all demonstrate that traditional summer reading programs need to be reimagined. Working groups of librarians, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California State Library, have done just that, creating and implementing outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading programs that speak directly to diverse and changing communities.
CHICAGO — Of the second edition of “Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians,” American Reference Books Annual declared, “Lesley Ellen Harris’s book has become the standard for libraries and has yet to have an equal published that is either as useful or as clear.” Covering the basics of digital licensing for librarians, the new third edition, published by ALA Editions, provides a freshened look at all the key issues as well as updated sample agre
CHICAGO — There is an unfortunate stigma to acknowledging workplace dysfunction, let alone trying to grapple with the problem. But negative behaviors such as incivility, toxicity, deviant behavior, workplace politics, and team and leadership dysfunction not only make the library a stressful workplace, they also run counter to the core values of librarianship.
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CHICAGO - It is Christmas Eve here as I write the introduction to RUSQ 57:2; view now. I hope that the holiday season offers a time for RUSA members to catch their breath after a busy fall, and that the new year offers time for reflection and thinking about librarianship.
CHICAGO — Public libraries have many valuable resources for diving into a patron’s lineage and family history, yet librarians themselves are sometimes not fully acquainted with all the tools available. The good news is that you don’t have to be a genealogist to help patrons find the research information they need to get in touch with their roots.