Publications

Step-by-step guidance on migrating library data

CHICAGO — Most librarians and staff participate in at least one data migration during their careers. And since the new systems inevitably work differently than the old ones and require different data to function, it’s always a challenge to plan smooth migrations that position libraries to immediately leverage new system capabilities.

A manual for creating and sharing online library instruction

CHICAGO — Designed to be reused and shared, learning objects are digital content and assessments centered on student learning outcomes. The promise of sharing online instruction across libraries, campuses, or a consortium holds time-saving appeal. An easy to follow tutorial for creating online library instruction with learning objects, “Creating and Sharing Online Library Instruction: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is written by Joelle Pitts, Sara K.

Fandom programs, festivals, and events at your public library

CHICAGO — The new book “50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults,” published by ALA Editions, will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Fandom programming can require planning across departments, tie-ins to collections and community partnerships, and targeted marketing.

Quick, low-cost ways to make big changes? Absolutely.

CHICAGO — Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their users while also solving immediate problems. Best of all, these projects can be lightweight, inexpensive, and quick to realize.

Chelcie Juliet Rowell appointed new ALCTS News Editor

CHICAGO — The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has approved the appointment of Chelcie Juliet Rowell as the new editor of ALCTS News, a continuously updated online publication with the purpose to report the news and activities of ALCTS and its members, and to be the voice of the association. Her term will run July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. 

ACRL releases Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning,” edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. This is a detailed and thorough examination of technology that’s emerging now, and how to incorporate it into your library to help the students and researchers of both today and tomorrow. 

The collection is all around

CHICAGO — Public libraries’ mission, skills, and position in their communities make them ideal facilitators of public access to local resources. In other words, the collection is all around, and libraries can help citizens discover historical, cultural, and natural riches that they might otherwise overlook.

How to win library funding through political advocacy

CHICAGO — As the saying goes, all politics is local. And 90% of funding for public libraries comes from the will of local politicians and, in turn, from local voters. So it’s urgent that librarians, library supporters, and anyone interested in running an election or campaign for a library understand the strategies, resources, and tactics necessary for positive political action. Whether election day is four months away or four years away, there are immediate steps library leaders and local library ballot committees should take to help secure a successful ballot initiative later.