CHICAGO — The basics of day-to-day service to teens in the library setting, a discipline requiring specific skills, is all too often glossed over in professional literature. As a result, many LIS grads begin serving teens armed with an incomplete understanding of why their job is both important and unique and what they need to know from day one.
CHICAGO —The brand new installment of the highly successful M-Libraries series published by Facet Publishing, “M-Libraries 5: From Devices to People,” is now available through the ALA Store. Edited by Gill Needham and Mohamed Ally, this collection brings together cutting-edge international contributions from the leading experts, practitioners and researchers in the field.
CHICAGO — Needless to say, programming for teens can be a dubious fit for library users in their 20s; and what appeals to Baby Boomers isn't necessarily ideal for those in their 30s and 40s. Millennials deserve their own programs. “A Year of Programs for Millennials and More,” published by ALA Editions, specifically targets those on the cusp of the born-digital generation and their peers. In this handy book Amy J.
CHICAGO — Librarians and archivists across the country are developing innovative ways to bring library users into new relationships with archival professionals and research collections. From social archives and citizen cartography to artist-curators and photovoice projects, special collections departments are demonstrating their value not only for preservation but also for outreach, education and public service.
CHICAGO — A library’s future is as good as the talent it develops. Too many mentorship programs are cursory; without structure and expectations, accomplishing little beyond a procedural orientation. But a solid, sustainable mentorship program can be a game changer for libraries, with long-term results that include career development, organization-wide professionalism and retention.
CHICAGO— Since running a small library—public, academic, school, or special—often means making do with little or no staff, this challenging task calls for its own set of skills and expertise. That’s where the second edition of editor John A. Moorman’s “Running a Small Library: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, comes in. Inside its pages a crack team of contributors offers guidance on every essential aspect of what it takes to run a small library.
CHICAGO—Library work is really all about people. And the inclusive, welcoming nature of the library means that all kinds of people pass through its doors. Not all difficult patrons are dangerous, but some frighten staff and other library users, which can lead to situations that are distracting, troubling, and fraught with liability. For more than a decade, Steve Albrecht, a 15-year police veteran, has presented workshops for libraries on dealing with challenging patrons.
Located just outside the Exhibits, the ALA Store at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!