Publications

Looking beyond avatars, trolls and puppets in digital communities

CHICAGO — Making the argument that community is not an inevitable result of communication, “Digital Dialogues and Community 2.0: After Avatars, Trolls and Puppets” explores the communities that use digital platforms, portals and applications from daily life to build relationships beyond geographical locality and family links.

The 2012 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott awards guide

CHICAGO — What book was honored with a Newbery Award in 1931? Or awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1957? In 1974? Last year? Updated to include the 2012 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2012 Edition” gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

First releases from Huron Street Press share ALA content and message with general readers

CHICAGO — Huron Street Press, a new publishing imprint of the American Library Association (ALA), has released its first three titles. In line with ALA’s mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all, they harness the expertise of the association and encourage library use among the public.

Free webinar on using mobile services to bridge digital divide

CHICAGO — The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users are much more diverse than this, and the potential for mobile library services is correspondingly broad.

Managing intellectual capital in libraries

CHICAGO — In the knowledge economy, professionals have to make decisions about non-tangible, non-monetary, and largely invisible resources.

Records management for museums and galleries

CHICAGO — The systematic management of records is an important activity for “information organizations” such as museums and galleries but is not always recognized as a core function. Record-keeping activities are often concentrated on small groups of records, and staff charged with managing them may have limited experience.

Welcome ALA International Direct!

CHICAGO — The ALA International Relations Office (IRO) announces the launch of the international version of AL Direct, ALA’s popular and informative electronic newsletter sent weekly to ALA members and other subscribers.   IRO’s ALA International Direct will be sent electronically bimonthly to ALA's 2,000 plus international members in over 115 countries and anyone interested in subscribing.

Hot off the presses from ACRL and Choice: Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles 2007-2011

Middletown, Conn. Honoring the best in scholarly publishing, Choice’s annual “Outstanding Academic Titles” list is widely recognized in the academic community for its sweeping coverage of the most significant scholarly titles published each year.  Now available is a comprehensive print collection of reviews representing excellence in a five-year period, “Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles 2007-2011,” edited by Choice Humanities Editor Rebecca Ann Bartlett.

The fundamentals of library instruction

CHICAGO—Being a great teacher is part and parcel of being a great librarian. In his new guide “Fundamentals of Library Instruction,” published by ALA Editions, veteran instruction services librarian Monty L. McAdoo helps librarians connect with students as effectively as possible. McAdoo lays out the basics of the discipline in straightforward, accessible language with expert guidance for putting theory into practice. Succinctly covering the topic from top to bottom, his book:

Thought leaders examine school libraries and the whole child in new AASL podcasts

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents the newest set of podcasts in its 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community series.

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