Publications

Open licensing for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Digging into the concept of “open” in relation to intellectual property, “Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides context through the development of different fields, including open education, open source, open data, and open government.

Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history.

ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

CHICAGO — Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college or university, there are many academic libraries who are selectively adding textbooks to their collections. And the practice seems to be gaining momentum.

ACRL releases The Library Assessment Cookbook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Assessment Cookbook,” edited by Aaron W. Dobbs. This new addition to the ACRL Cookbook series compiles lessons and techniques for academic librarians to adapt, repurpose, and implement in their libraries.

Communicating the value of the academic library

CHICAGO —  It’s up to you to measure the value of your academic library and how it delivers on your institution’s goals. The question is how to do it efficiently and effectively. Megan Oakleaf, who wrote a benchmark 2010 ACRL report on library value, shows how in her new book “Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit,” published by ALA Editions.

No-nonsense guidance on project management

CHICAGO — Barbara Allan’s new book “The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, will enable library and information professionals to lead or take part in a wide range of projects, from large-scale multi-organization complex projects through to relatively simple local ones.

ACRL releases Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition” by Jason Puckett. Functioning as a thorough introduction to Zotero—from setting up to saving, organizing, and citing items, and ending with more advanced topics—as well as a guide to teaching Zotero, this is both a user’s guide to the tool and a handbook for understanding how different groups use it.    

Becoming an expert internet searcher

CHICAGO — In an environment where increasing amounts of information (and fake news) flood the internet on websites and social media, the information professional’s job is getting harder. It is important that they are skilled at finding and using the appropriate information and assisting users in working out what information they need and the best way of getting it.