CHICAGO — A 2010 OCLC report found that an Internet-accessible finding aid existed for only 44 percent of archival collections. Undescribed collections are essentially hidden from users, and much of the blame can be assigned to the strain of processing backlogs. Extensible processing offers an alternative, allowing collection managers to first establish a baseline level of access to all holdings, then conduct additional processing based on user demand and ongoing assessment. Daniel A.
CHICAGO — Booklist, the American Library Association’s premier review source for public libraries and schools, has been selected again as a sponsoring partner for the Women’s National Book Association’s October National Reading Group Month (NRGM), including the special Great Group Reads initiative that highlights s
CHICAGO — Genre fiction has always been a complex mixture of themes and elements. The increasing popularity of “genre blends,” or fiction that straddles the traditional labels, means greater pleasure for readers but a greater challenge for readers’ advisory.
CHICAGO — The incredible shift in the provision of library services resulting from innovations such as online resources, mobile technologies, tablet computers and MOOCs and hybrid courses makes it more challenging than ever for academic librarians to connect students with the information they need.
CHICAGO — Since he began posting in 2003, Lorcan Dempsey has used his blog to explore nearly every important facet of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale library management systems. As well as providing a commentary on the issue of the moment, the more than 1,800 posts have offered thousands of readers valuable perspectives and insight as well as a visionary approach to libraries’ future.
CHICAGO — Ideal for public, school and academic libraries looking to freshen up their reference collection, as well as for LIS students and instructors conducting research, “Guide to Reference: Essential General Reference and Library Science Sources,” edited by Jo Bell Whitlatch and Susan E. Searing, collects the cream of the crop sources of general reference and library science information.
CHICAGO — Libraries have always played a special role in times of disaster by continuing to provide crucial information and services. The Stafford Act of 2011, a federal government directive, designates libraries as among the temporary facilities delivering essential services, making a Continuity of Operations Plan imperative for libraries.
CHICAGO — Individuals, not government sources or foundations, are the largest source of giving in the United States. Right now there are individuals ready to become enthusiastic donors to your library. But how do you find the most likely prospective donors? “Researching Prospective Donors: Get More Funding for Your Library,” published by ALA Editions, outlines strategies for focusing your time and attention on the best donors and potential donors in your community.