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.
CHICAGO — We now catalog in a post-AACR2 world. RDA: Resource Description and Access is designed to cover all types of content and media, but communities of practice are still evolving for motion picture and video materials.
CHICAGO — Ideal for both beginners and more experienced storytellers, “The Handbook for Storytellers,” published by ALA Editions, is an exhaustive primer including everything adults need to start sharing the wonder of stories with children, from babies to tweens. Judy Freeman and Caroline Feller Bauer impart easy-to-follow guidelines and practical advice on how, when, where and why to tell stories.
CHICAGO — Corporate information professionals who serve the workplace rather than learning communities or the general public face specific challenges and demands, from providing competitive intelligence to managing information in a global environment.