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New Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries from ACRL

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Board of Directors has approved new “Diversity Standards: Cultural Competency for Academic Libraries.” Developed by the ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee, the standards emphasize the need and obligation for academic and research libraries to serve, and advocate for, racial and ethnically diverse constituencies.

How public libraries contribute to vital communities

CHICAGO — Public libraries are keystone public institutions for any thriving community and, as such, can be leaders in making cities better places to work, play and live.

The Hobbit, Hugh Jackman, and more featured in new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO —An exclusive Hobbit poster, bookmark and button grace the cover of the ALA Graphics winter 2012 catalog, landing in mailboxes this week. Schools and libraries can prepare for the Dec. 14 release of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Hobbit" promotional materials only available from ALA Graphics.

New book from Huron Street Press offers guidance for working from home

CHICAGO— Written from firsthand experience and supported by interviews with successful work-from-home people in a variety of circumstances, “Working from Home: Earn a Living Where You Live,” by Jane Jerrard, is a thorough and thoughtful resource on generating an income outside the traditional office environment.

Explore a post-literate future with 'Beyond Literacy'

CHICAGO; TORONTO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Ontario Library Association (OLA) announce the online publication of “Beyond Literacy” by Michael Ridley of the University of Guelph. “Beyond Literacy” is an interactive, serialized online thought experiment exploring the demise of literacy and the rise of other capabilities, capacities or tools that will effectively and advantageously displace reading and writing.

Introducing American Libraries Live

CHICAGO — American Libraries knows how essential it is to stay up to date on new developments in our industry. American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library, or on the go, is a new program that allows you to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with our hosts via a live chat, giving you immediate answers to all of your pressing questions.

An authoritative guide for licensing information resources and services in libraries

CHICAGO — In “The Librarian's Legal Companion for Licensing Information Resources and Services,” published by Neal-Schuman Publishers, legal expert Tomas A. Lipinski offers a definitive sourcebook for information licensing in libraries, including copyright and contract matters, general contract law concepts, developments in online and information contracting and the advantages and disadvantages of licensing.

Where Web 2.0 and Science 2.0 meet Pharma 3.0

CHICAGO — Science 2.0 uses the resources of Web 2.0 to communicate among scientists and with the general public. At the same time, technologies such as semantic search, cloud computing and mobile applications have already had an impact on the future relationships between drug makers and doctors, a development described by the term Pharma 3.0.

Puzzled by PDA? New ALCTS publication will help

CHICAGO — Many librarians feel that patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), involving patrons in selecting books for libraries, has sprung out of nowhere. This rapidly evolving practice of involving patrons in selecting books for the library has some librarians wondering where it came from, what it is, why it is growing in importance as a collection development strategy, whether it might be right for their own libraries and, most importantly, how to plan, implement, manage and evaluate a patron-driven acquisitions program.

Insight and innovation in academic and professional publishing

CHICAGO — Bringing together expert publishing professionals to provide insight into industry developments, “Academic and Professional Publishing,” published by Chandos Publishing and available through Neal-Schuman Publishers, details the challenges content providers face and the cutting-edge processes and procedures used to meet them.  Edited by Robert Campbell, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Ed Pentz, CrossRef, and Ian Borthwick, IET Stand

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