Publications

Creating and managing metadata for information resource description

CHICAGO — A primer on information and knowledge organization, with particular reference to digital environments, “Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata,” published by ALA Editions, introduces the conventions and standards of contemporary document description and the principles and trends of professional practice.

Silly books to read aloud

CHICAGO — “Silly Books to Read Aloud” is the ultimate guide to choosing fun and funny stories to read with and to children. Acclaimed children’s book authority Rob Reid offers a concentrated look at the content and appeal of different books, helping adults make informed decisions about what children read.

The E-copyright handbook

CHICAGO —Providing library and information professionals with practical guidance to minimize the risk of copyright infringement, “The E-copyright Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through ALA Neal-Schuman, considers how copyright applies internationally to a wide range of electronic content types.

Professional development and school library collections research discussed in new SLR articles

CHICAGO — Two new research articles covering the topics of professional development offerings available to school librarians at state-level conferences and the  instructional role of the school library collection are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research.

Choice releases 2012 Outstanding Academic Titles lists

Middletown, Conn. Celebrating the best in scholarly publishing, Choice’s annual Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list is widely recognized in the academic community for its sweeping coverage of the most significant scholarly titles published each year. The full Outstanding Academic Titles 2012 list will appear in the January 2013 issue of Choice, featuring 644 exceptional titles. 

Alternatives to a four-year college degree

CHICAGO — As college tuitions soar and the job market tightens, many young adults are questioning whether or not they should go to college. For those interested in diving directly into the workplace, “I Don't Want to Go to College: Other Paths to Success” maps out the route to career success. Written by Heather Z.

The transformed library

CHICAGO — A wide-ranging survey that takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, “The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution,” published by ALA Editions, analyzes how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades.

Jump-starting a career as a digital librarian

CHICAGO — The skills of digital librarianship are more crucial than ever, and these same skills are in high demand outside the field, from tech startups undertaking digitization projects to digital humanities centers bringing together professors, computer scientists and information technologists.  “Jump-Start Your Career As a Digital Librarian: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, helps readers map out a career in this fast-growing field.  

New edition of Cassell and Hiremath’s keystone reference services text

CHICAGO — Designed to complement every introductory library reference course, the new third edition of “Reference and Information Services: An Introduction,” by Kay Ann Cassell and Uma Hiremath, published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is the ideal text for students and librarians looking to expand their reference knowledge, teaching failsafe methods for identifying important materials by matching specific types of questions to the best available sources, regardless of format.

PLA launches enhanced, interactive Public Libraries Online

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is pleased to announce the complete makeover of Public Libraries Online (PLOnline) at www.publiclibrariesonline.org, the online companion to the PLA printed journal Public Libraries.

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