An updated study of the information society’s continuity and change

CHICAGO — What is information? Who are the information rich and who are the information poor? How can there be equality of access for users in the light of the political, economic and cultural pressures that are placed upon information creators, gatherers and keepers?

Fourth edition of ALA glossary includes latest technology-related terms

CHICAGO— The only things librarians seem to encounter more often than acronyms are strings of jargon and arcane technical phrases—and there are so many floating around that even just reading an article in a professional journal can bewilder experienced librarians, to say nothing of those new to the profession!

Archival preservation—a seminal work now fully updated

CHICAGO — Access to archival material, the documentary heritage of people all over the world that gives them their identity and ensures their rights, is dependent on the survival of fragile materials: paper, parchment, photographic materials, audiovisual materials and, most recently, magnetic, optical and increasingly digital formats. Archivists in all types of organizations face questions on how to plan a preservation strategy in less than perfect circumstances, or deal with a sudden emergency.

A LITA guide to technology for small and one-person libraries

CHICAGO —  For those working in a small library, particularly one that may have little technical support, a foundational knowledge of technology is crucial. Written for librarians, library staff and administrators at libraries serving populations of 15,000 or less, “Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, shows how to successfully develop, implement, sustain and grow technology initiatives. Editors Rene J. Erlandson, Rachel A.

Using diversity in YA literature to open the doors of reading

CHICAGO—The full spectrum of diversity extends far beyond race, ethnicity, and celebrations of cultural pride. Surveying the landscape, “Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors through Reading,” published by ALA Editions, shows how YA lit now includes the wide range of our increasingly diverse society.

Library services for youth with autism spectrum disorders

CHICAGO — Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. “Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders,” published by ALA Editions, introduces what autism spectrum disorders are and identifies the great need to build and manage programs for autistic youth. Lesley S.J.

YALSA seeks member manager for The Hub literature blog

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks a member manager for The Hub, its teen literature-focused blog. The Hub provides a one-stop-shop for teens and librarians to help them locate high quality audio, video and text content related to young adult literature. Applications for the member manager position are due July 1, 2013.

Eberhart’s bestselling library handbook packed with essential data, professional advice, curiosa

CHICAGO — Now in its fifth edition, AL Direct Senior Editor George M. Eberhart’s “The Whole Library Handbook 5: Current Data, Professional Advice, and Curiosa,” published by ALA Editions, is an encyclopedia filled with facts, tips, lists and resources essential for library professionals and information workers of all kinds, all carefully handpicked to reflect the most informative, practical, up-to-date and entertaining examples of library literature.


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