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Five steps of outcome-based planning and evaluation for public libraries

CHICAGO— Planning and assessment are both crucial elements of a public library that functions efficiently and flexibly. So why are they often treated separately? “Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, combines planning and evaluation in a holistic approach, helping public library managers and staff put library resources to work for the community.

Public libraries share their digitization success stories

CHICAGO— Digitizing your collection is not only a great way to increase access to your materials, it also engages patrons on a whole new level and helps communicate your library’s value. But with staff time and resources already spread thin, it can be a challenge to plan and undertake a digitization initiative. The good news is that public libraries across the country have done just that.

ACRL releases 'Putting Assessment into Action'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant,” edited by Eric Ackermann.

Guiding early and eager readers to excellent books

CHICAGO— For children, reading level and experience level are not always the same. Eager readers are often interested in ideas and topics that seem advanced, but situations and subjects that sixth graders can handle with aplomb may be emotionally confusing for a younger child. Early and eager readers deserve stories they can get into, information that’s challenging and up to date, and ideas that are new and stimulating, all while remaining age appropriate.

More storytime magic

CHICAGO— Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker’s knack for creating storytimes that engage and delight young ones have made their previous books bestsellers. Now they’re back with “More Storytime Magic,” published by ALA Editions, an all-new assortment of original fingerplays, transitional rhymes, movement songs, flannelboards, sign language rhymes and other activities to spice up storytimes for ages two and up.

Step into 2016 ready to warm readers’ hearts with new products from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ new catalog is here and filled with products to remind patrons and students the importance of learning and reading all year long. Love Monster makes his debut appearance on the cover of the spring catalog. He is a slightly hairy, googly-eyed monster looking for someone to love him just the way he is. Display this poster in your spaces to warm young readers’ hearts to open a book.

A new edition of Richard E. Rubin’s benchmark LIS text

CHICAGO— Spanning all types of libraries, from public to academic, school, and special, the new fourth edition of Richard E. Rubin’s “Foundations of Library and Information Science,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a firm foundation of knowledge and guidance for LIS students and professionals alike. Responding to the many changes occurring both in the field and in society at large, this text includes comprehensive coverage of

A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

Longer hours and easy access near the ALA Lounge and Networking Uncommons in the North Lobby, Level 1 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting.  The ALA Store 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!

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Metaliteracy in practice

CHICAGO— In their earlier book “Metaliteracy,” Trudi E. Jacobson and Thomas P. Mackey offered an original framework for engaging learners as reflective and collaborative participants in today's complex information environments.

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