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LITA guide spotlights the top technologies every librarian needs to know

CHICAGO — While it's inspiring to ponder the libraries of the 22nd century, it's a lot more practical to think ahead to the next five years. That's just what editor Kenneth J. Varnum and his hand-picked team of contributors have done in “The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, showing library technology staff and administrators where to invest time and money to receive the greatest benefits.

The 2014 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated to include the 2014 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2014 Edition,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

New AASL publication develops school library collections for the 22nd century

CHICAGO – The newest publication from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), “Developing Collections to Empower Learners,” examines collection development in the context of today’s shift toward digital resources, while emphasizing the foundational beliefs of the school library profession.

ACRL releases 'Snapshots of Reality'

CHICAGO The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction" by Mary Snyder Broussard, Rachel Hickoff-Cresko and Jessica Urick Oberlin.

Medical Library Association guide to reference sources in the health sciences

CHICAGO — Prepared in collaboration with the Medical Library Association, the new sixth edition of “Introduction to Reference Sources in the Health Sciences,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, lists classic and up-to-the-minute print and electronic resources in the health sciences, helping librarians find the answers that library users seek.

Mind-bending mysteries and thrillers for teens

CHICAGO— There are plenty of mysteries in teens' lives, including physical and emotional changes, uncertainty about the future, and feelings between people. Seen in this light, the appeal of mystery stories and thrillers for this age group makes perfect sense: through a progression of plot and clues, the ending of a teen mystery book provides expected conclusions after an entertaining escape from reality. Well known from her bestselling teen programming books, Amy J.

Marshall Breeding's 'Library Systems Report' to appear in May issue of American Libraries

CHICAGO — Marshall Breeding’s popular “Library Systems Report” will appear in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries. Marshall’s “2014 Library Systems Report” is an essential, comprehensive guide to the latest library systems trends and news, from company consolidations and sales numbers to technical advances and industry commentary.

A discussion guide for Coretta Scott King Award-winning books

CHICAGO — Spotlighting titles appropriate for grades K-12, “Coretta Scott King Award Books Discussion Guide: Pathways to Democracy,” published by ALA Editions, builds on the rich legacy of the Coretta Scott King award-winning books to offer an important educational resource for teachers, librarians, parents and other caregivers. This guide, written by Adelaide Poniatowski Phelps and Carole J.

A guide to picture books from around the world

CHICAGO — Picture books can be portals to far-flung corners of the globe, and the books in “Global Voices: Picture Books from Around the World,” published by ALA Editions, will help children’s imaginations soar. Susan Stan identifies quality literature for children ages 3 to 8 that conveys a true sense of life outside America’s borders, making this book a valuable resource for librarians and educators to foster cross-cultural education.

Case studies highlight real-world innovations in university libraries

CHICAGO — What is the future of the academic library, and how are institutions coping with the challenges that are already being imposed by its changing functions and purpose? Using the results of a year-long study, “The New University Library: Four Case Studies,” published by ALA Editions, profiles four academic libraries that are transforming themselves with extraordinary ingenuity and diligence.

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