Publications

Experts offer best practices for institutional repositories

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of  "The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges,” edited by Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer.

ALCTS publication takes a fresh look at microforms

CHICAGO - “Managing Microforms in the Digital Age,” a new online publication from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) addresses trends in bibliographic control, storage environments, current vendors and resources and microform terminology. Microforms have taken many shapes and sizes over the years and some formats, such as microopaques and microcards, are all but obsolete.

New guide for physics selectors from ALCTS Collection Management Section

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the arrival of “Sudden Selectors Guide to Physics Resources” by Michael Fosmire. This brand-new title from the ALCTS Collection Management Section (CMS) explains the basics of physics to the nonscientist and lays the groundwork for collecting and using physics materials.

Measuring, analyzing and improving library services

CHICAGO — A library’s infrastructure of programs and personnel is its most valuable asset, providing the foundation for everything it does and aspires to do, which is why assessment is so vitally important.

Reinventing the library for online education

CHICAGO— Have changes such as cloud computing, search engines, the Semantic Web, and mobile applications rendered such long-standing academic library services and functions as special collections, interlibrary loans, physical processing, and even library buildings unnecessary? Can the academic library effectively reconceive itself as a virtual institution? Frederick Stielow, who led the library program of the online university American Public University System, argues most emphatically that it can.

New digital journal eContent Quarterly launches

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces the premiere issue of eContent Quarterly, a new digital journal offering practical, user-driven solutions and ideas for curating, developing, integrating and managing content in rapidly changing digital library environments. Subscriptions are available for purchase at the ALA Store. Among the topics covered in Volume 1, Issue 1:

'Children and Libraries' to go quarterly, add digital format

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce significant upgrades to "Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children" (CAL). Beginning with Volume 12 in spring 2014, the journal will be issued quarterly and delivered in print and electronically. ALSC members and CAL subscribers will continue to receive a print copy delivered in the mail; plus they will be able to access and read each new issue online.

Tablets and mobile applications, in new American Libraries Live episode

CHICAGO — Personal electronic devices like tablets, smartphones and digital cameras are everywhere. How can libraries effectively incorporate these devices into both library services and institutional staff activity? That’s the topic of discussion in the upcoming American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Please tune in at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 14 for this 60-minute discussion.

Google search secrets

CHICAGO — Google can be an incredibly powerful tool for research, but the top-of-the-page results are seldom the most beneficial to library users and students, and many of the search engine’s most useful features are hidden behind its famously simple interface. In “Google Search Secrets,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Christa Burns and Michael P. Sauers reveal tricks and tips for effective Google searches, showing how to get the most out of the service, with:

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