Publications

Finding the library’s path to survival, success and growth

CHICAGO — In the years since John J. Huber’s trailblazing book “Lean Library Management” was published, budget pressures on libraries have only increased. Yet libraries that have adopted his strategies have turned conventional management thinking—that if budgets are reduced, customer service suffers—on its head. These libraries have proven that by streamlining and improving customer services, they can eliminate wasteful activities and bring down costs.

LITA guide to technology disaster response and recovery planning

CHICAGO— Most library disaster plans focus on response and recovery from collection and facilities disasters, such as fire and floods. But because technology is becoming ever more integral to libraries’ role in their communities, any interruption in service and resources is a serious matter.  A disaster’s effect on internet and social media sites, electronic resources, digital collections, and staff and public infrastructure of PCs, tablets, laptops and other peripherals requires special consideration.

Superheroes and more abound in the summer ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ 2015 summer catalog is filled with new items to decorate your space and inspire readers of all ages this summer and beyond.

ACRL releases Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information." Edited by Troy A Swanson and Heather Jagman, Not Just Where to Click explores how librarians and faculty work together to teach students about the nature of expertise, authority and credibility. It provides practical approaches for motivating students to explore their beliefs, biases and ways of interpreting the world.

New from ACRL: Digital Humanities in the Library

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists,” edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein and Liorah Golomb.

IFRT accepting nominations for 2016 Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award

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.

Michael Gorman reaffirms the enduring values of librarianship in new book

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.