CHICAGO — From cuneiform, coins and codices to prints, drawings, photographs and maps, departments of rare books and special collections are the premier repositories of significant printed and manuscript works and artifacts. Entrusted with the responsibility of preserving the records of history and culture, these institutions enable access to millions of source materials. “Rare Books and Special Collections,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a landmark examination of this field. Sidney E.
CHICAGO — “The Reference Guide to Data Sources,” published by ALA Editions, takes the guesswork out of locating the best sources of data, a process more important than ever as the data landscape grows increasingly cluttered. Much of the most frequently used data can be found free online, and this book shows readers how to look for it with the assistance of user-friendly tools.
CHICAGO — Drawn from the extensive database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012, “Guide to Reference in Medicine and Health” is an up-to-date resource providing an annotated list of print and electronic biomedical and health-related reference sources, including internet resources and digital image collections.
CHICAGO — With nearly 142 million items and one of the largest bodies of high-quality, digitized content available, the Library of Congress (LOC) is an enormously useful resource for librarians and teachers. Yet it remains a mystery to many. “Interacting with History: Teaching with Primary Sources,” published by ALA Editions, explores the wealth of materials freely available for free from LOC.
CHICAGO — Since children develop the critical language and early reading skills necessary to enter kindergarten between birth and age 5, reading aloud is one of the most influential steps librarians, teachers, parents and caregivers can take to foster preschoolers’ literacy skills. Early exposure to books heavily influences vocabulary knowledge, which in turn improves later reading skills and helps foster lifelong literacy.
CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access in the Grand Concourse of the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store. 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!
CHICAGO — Joining the nearly 200 actors, musicians, and cultural icons who have participated in the ALA Celebrity READ poster campaign since 1985, seven-time GRAMMY® winner Taylor Swift appears on a new READ poster. A passionate supporter of literacy and libraries, she has partnered with Scholastic Books to make generous book donations to the public library in her home town of Reading, Penn., as well as in Nashville, Tenn. where she currently resides.