Publications

Guide to Reference in business and economics

CHICAGO — Guide to Reference is used internationally as the “source of first resort” for identifying information and training reference professionals. Focusing on key print and electronic sources, “Guide to Reference in Business and Economics,” edited by Steven W. Sowards and Elisabeth Leonard, is a must-have for every reference desk.

American historical novels for grades 7-12

CHICAGO — Historical fiction helps young adults imagine the past through the lives and relationships of its protagonists, putting them at the center of fascinating times and places — and the new Common Core Standards allow for use of novels alongside textbooks for teaching history.

A LITA guide to using massive digital libraries

CHICAGO — Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Andrew Weiss, recognizing the concept of the library as a "big idea" that has been implemented in many ways over thousands of years, is not so gloomy.

Customer-based collection development

CHICAGO — The traditional “top down” approach to collection development definitely has its drawbacks: even after spending a good deal of time, energy and resources, librarians are sometimes frustrated to find that their library’s collection is not being used as they anticipated. But there’s another strategy that’s gaining momentum.

Information governance and security

CHICAGO — Written by Alan MacLennan, “Information Governance and Assurance: Reducing Risk, Promoting Policy,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive textbook that discusses the legal, organizational and ethical aspects of information governance and information security and their relevance to all aspects of information work.

Letting go of legacy services

CHICAGO — The last few years have proven beyond any doubt that libraries cannot afford to coast along with the status quo. Just as important as proposing and adding new services is the sometimes unpleasant process of critically examining existing realities and letting go of obsolete or less useful programs. But instead of panicking about budgetary and staffing challenges, libraries can choose a measured, proactive response.

Preserving complex digital objects

CHICAGO — “Preserving Complex Digital Objects,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a groundbreaking edited collection exploring the challenges of preserving complex digital objects such as simulations, visualizations, digital art and video games.

The path to a carbon-neutral library

CHICAGO — The first book to seriously examine the future of libraries in a climate reality-based context, “Ecology, Economy, Equity: The Path to a Carbon-Neutral Library,” published by ALA Editions, convincingly argues that building a carbon-neutral future for libraries is not only essential but eminently practical.

Rebecca P. Butler’s guidebook to copyright for academic librarians and professionals

CHICAGO — In “Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals,” published by ALA Editions, seasoned copyright expert Rebecca P. Butler turns her attention to the unique and complex environment of higher education. This practical guidebook will show readers how to make informed decisions regarding the use and availability of print, non-print and online resources.

The academic library administrator's field guide

CHICAGO — The daily administration of an academic library often leaves you needing quick advice on the topic at hand. Bryce Nelson, an experienced administrator writing from first-hand knowledge, delivers such advice in “The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide,” published by ALA Editions. Each of its 30 topical chapters begins with an “Assertion,” a one-sentence summary allowing you to rapidly scan the book and find what you need.

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