Publications

New ACRL Occasional Report examines Building with Purpose

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, "Building with Purpose: A Quantitative Overview of U.S. Academic Library Construction 2000-2014" presents a rich set of data on, and analysis of, new library construction over the past 14 years.

Social media for creative libraries

CHICAGO — “Social Media for Creative Libraries,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explains how librarians and information professionals can use online tools to communicate more efficiently, teach new skills and market and promote their services faster, cheaper and more effectively. Based on his popular book “How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library,” Phil Bradley has r

Information needs analysis

CHICAGO—Analyzing and assessing the information needs of library users is key to the provision of effective service and appropriate collections in both face-to-face and virtual library services. The importance of information needs analysis is widely recognized by information professionals, but currently there is little substantive, detailed work in the professional literature devoted to this important topic.

AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Knowledge Quest can be viewed at knowledgequest.aasl.org.

ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda (pdf) for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift.