CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) is seeking nominations for its 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award. The biennial award is presented for the best published work in the area of intellectual freedom and consists of $500 and a citation. Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 1, 2015.
CHICAGO — In the almost 15 years since public intellectual, librarian and philosopher Michael Gorman published “Our Enduring Values,” there has been a sea change in the way much of the world thinks about and uses libraries. Young librarians and seasoned LIS professionals alike are experiencing increasing pressure to adjust to new economic, societal and technological demands amidst the often dire rhetoric currently surrounding the future of our institutions.
CHICAGO — ALA Publishing, in collaboration with the Guide to Reference Editorial Review Board, is discontinuing Guide to Reference. The subscription website will continue to operate and be updated through Jan. 31, 2016 but will immediately cease accepting new subscriptions; renewals will be accepted on a prorated basis. The Guide will be freely accessible beginning February 2016 but at some future date will cease to be available online.
CHICAGO — Featuring contributions by 17 leading academics from around the world, “Cultural Heritage Information: Access and Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides an overview of the various challenges and contemporary research activities in cultural heritage information. Starting with an introductory chapter by editors Ian Ruthven and G. G.
CHICAGO — Instilling a love of reading in a child pays dividends long after early literacy skills have been mastered. As Tim Wadham demonstrates in “Wordplay for Kids: A Sourcebook of Poems, Rhymes, and Read-Alouds,” published by ALA Editions, the key to successful programming is to make children become participants, encouraging a “literary ear” and love of the beauty of language itself.
CHICAGO— Thousands of e-books are published each year; and rather than holding steady, e-book prices are rising—some 3.5 percent this year alone. With so many titles out there, how do you know which ones will actually circulate? Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) may be the answer for your library.