Publications

Sex, brains, and video games

CHICAGO — How do we break through and truly reach our young adult patrons? It begins with understanding them. Librarians who work with teens need information and a big-picture perspective on adolescence that reflects the latest knowledge of cognate fields and the contemporary realities of young people’s lives. Jennifer Burek Pierce’s greatly revised and updated book “Sex, Brains, and Video Games: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians” provides exactly that.

Kroski’s hands-on sourcebook for makerspaces

CHICAGO — Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. Edited by technology expert Ellyssa Kroski, “The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook,” published by ALA Editions, includes everything libraries need to know about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Packed with cutting edge instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this collection:

Gina Kessler Lee of Saint Mary’s College of California named winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT - Gina Kessler Lee, information literacy librarian at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, California, has been chosen as winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest.

Breaking down barriers to collaboration by facilitating workshops

CHICAGO — “Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, leads readers through a unique framework that breaks down barriers to collaboration while also kindling long-lasting enthusiasm. Interaction with strangers cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends.

Fundamentals of electronic resources management

CHICAGO — It’s a real challenge to get up to speed with the continually evolving field of electronic resources management (ERM). Alana Verminski and Kelly Marie Blanchat were once new on the job themselves, crossing over from research instruction and the vendor side of scholarly publishing. They share what they've learned along the way in “Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman.

Including individuals and community groups in cultural heritage preservation

CHICAGO — The internet as a platform for facilitating human organization without the need for organizations has, through social media, created new challenges for cultural heritage institutions. Challenges include but are not limited to: how to manage copyright, ownership, orphan works, open data access to heritage representations and artefacts, crowdsourcing, cultural heritage amateurs, information as a commodity or information as public domain, sustainable preservation, and attitudes towards openness.

A cutting edge readers' advisory guide to graphic novels

CHICAGO — Ensuring its continued usefulness as a tool for both RA and collection development, Francisca Goldsmith’s ”The Readers' Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels,” published by ALA Editions, has been updated to encompass a bounty of new titles, authors, and styles. Suitable for newbies and hardcore fans alike, the new second edition of this book: