Publications

Brad Hooper’s guide to book programs and author events

CHICAGO — From hosting authors to planning and coordinating book activities such as book signings and book clubs, libraries are perfect venues for readers to interact directly with authors and their books. And mounting literary programming can be easier than you might think. In “The Librarian’s Guide to Book Programs and Author Events,” published by ALA Editions, Booklist’s Brad Hooper inspires, encourages, and advises librarians in providing a wide range of programming that targets their communities of book lovers.

Developing, managing, and sustaining unique digital collections

CHICAGO — Planning and managing a self-contained digitization project is one thing, but how do you transition to a digital library program? Or better yet, how do you start a program from scratch? In “Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Aaron D. Purcell combines theory and best practices with practical application, showing how to approach digital projects as an ongoing effort.

The innovative school librarian

CHICAGO —  Raising important questions about the functions of the school librarian, the new second edition of “The Innovative School Librarian,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, takes a strategic approach to the leadership of school libraries.

ACRL releases Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice.” Edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson, the work provides advice and insight on data services for all types of academic libraries and library educators.

Rick Anderson on libraries, leadership, and scholarly communication

CHICAGO — A creative thinker on topics related to library collections and scholarly publishing, Rick Anderson does not back away from controversy. “Whenever we, as members of an organization like a library, are forced to choose between good things, we may start by trying to figure out some way to have both things,” he writes in the preface to “Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication: Essays by Rick Anderson,” his new book.

Marshall Breeding’s library technology buying strategies

CHICAGO — The prospect of a new automation system can be daunting. When do the benefits of moving to something new surpass the deficits of keeping the status quo? Can the products on the market deliver what libraries need to survive and prosper? Are those based on open source more flexible than proprietary systems? What about those deployed in the cloud? These and dozens more questions arise when libraries enter a selection process. Knowing the options is key to arriving at the best answers for your own organization.

Library improvement through data analytics

CHICAGO — More than ever, funding agencies are looking for cost effectiveness. Sound data analytics is the foundation for making an evidence-based case for library programs, in addition to guiding myriad organizational decisions, from optimizing operations for efficiency to responding to community needs for customer satisfaction.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store in Orlando

Located just inside the Shuttle Bus Entrance at the Orange County Convention Center, the ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule during the conference to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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