ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative moves forward with roadmap from national summits

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a white paper, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits (PDF 4971 KB),” which reports on two invitational summits supported by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The white paper is freely available from the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries website.

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app now available in the Apple App Store

CHICAGO — Teen lit fans, library staff, educators, parents and teen readers with Apple devices can now visit the Apple App Store and download the free Teen Book Finder, the first app created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Information literacy beyond Library 2.0

CHICAGO — In the three years since the publication of the best-selling “Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0,” the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social and the mobile.

The new book “Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0” picks up the conversation, asking the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going.

International case studies of public libraries' national policies

CHICAGO — One of the first books of its kind, “Public Libraries and their National Policies: International Case Studies,” by John Helling, offers an in-depth look at national public library policies at a time when public libraries are facing shrinking budgets and pressure to make structural changes. Exploring service models from a dozen countries around the world, Helling focuses on areas such as funding sources, standards, regulations and use.

New from ACRL: The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition: Operations, Cultures, and Environments” by John M. Budd. “The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition” is number 65 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) series.

A straightforward guide for library trainers and presenters

CHICAGO — Increasingly, library personnel are called upon to teach classes, deliver presentations and represent their organizations in an official capacity. “Instructional Strategies and Techniques for Information Professionals,” by Nicole A. Cooke and Jeffrey J. Teichmann, is designed to assist those professionals with little to no experience designing and delivering training, instructional sessions and presentations.

Explore the future of the book with ACRL

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new report, “Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Scenarios for the Future of the Book (PDF),” to help librarians reexamine their assumptions, which may be grounded in the current e-book zeitgeist.

The newest TECH SET® offers 10 guides to today's best library technologies

CHICAGO—Winner of the 2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, The TECH SET®#1-10 was praised by Library Journal as an essential reference “for anyone charged with determining or implementing the next generation of patron services." The TECH SET® #11-20, published in collaboration with

New directions for academic liaison librarians

CHICAGO — Academic liaison librarians are a vital link between faculty, students and library resources. “New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians,” by Alice Crawford, provides liaison librarians with new opportunities for innovative partnerships and projects. A practitioner in the field, Crawford showcases areas where liaison librarians can collaborate with others in their institution, extend their role, and maximize the flexibility, imagination and initiative their post demands.

New AASL Knowledge Quest issue features interview with former first lady Laura Bush

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) executive director, interviews former first lady Laura Bush in the new issue of AASL’s professional journal, Knowledge Quest. The issue focuses on the theme “Caring is Essential.” During the interview, Walker and the former first lady discuss the caring power of the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative, a project overseen by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.


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