Publications

Helping patrons find their roots

CHICAGO — Public libraries have many valuable resources for diving into a patron’s lineage and family history, yet librarians themselves are sometimes not fully acquainted with all the tools available. The good news is that you don’t have to be a genealogist to help patrons find the research information they need to get in touch with their roots.

McCook and Bossaller's updated, comprehensive text on public librarianship

CHICAGO — Put simply, there is no text about public librarianship more rigorous or comprehensive than “Introduction to Public Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman. For its new third edition, REFORMA Lifetime Achievement Award-winning author Kathleen de la Peña McCook has teamed up with noted public library scholar and advocate Jenny S. Bossaller to update and expand her work to incorporate the field's renewed emphasis on outcomes and transformation.

Pat Scales’ compendium of essays, articles, and interviews from the pages of Book Links

CHICAGO — A past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and longtime spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults, for several decades Pat R. Scales has been a tireless champion for children’s reading in all its richness and diversity.

Michael Cart’s Booklist confessions

CHICAGO — For more than 20 years, Michael Cart’s column for Booklist has delighted YA literature enthusiasts and bibliophiles in general with an engaging mixture of wit, insight, and good old fashioned publishing industry gossip.

ACRL releases The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Fun of Motivation: Crossing the Threshold Concepts” by Mary Francis, book number 71 in ACRL’s Publications in Librarianship series. This innovative book combines theory with specific lesson plans and assessment options to help readers explore, implement, and assess this powerful means of motivation.

The complete guide to personal digital archiving

CHICAGO — Scholars and scrapbookers alike need your help with saving their most important digital content.  But how do you translate your professional knowledge as a librarian or archivist into practical skills that novices can apply to their own projects? “The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving,” published by ALA Editions, will show you the way. Editor Brianna H. Marshall and a team of expert contributors break down archival concepts and best practices into teachable solutions for your patrons’ projects.

ACRL releases Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts” edited by Samantha Godbey, Susan Beth Wainscott, and Xan Goodman.

A comprehensive resource to help public libraries create and manage homework centers

CHICAGO — Despite the proliferation of online homework websites and tutoring services, public libraries still have an important role to play when it comes to supporting young people’s educational needs. Public libraries that take a proactive approach—by setting up organized homework centers—have the potential to become catalysts for better performance in school, improved self-esteem, and engaged learning.

New research finds Every Child Ready to Read curriculum leads to successful family engagement through libraries

CHICAGO – Libraries are taking a proactive approach toward engaging parents and caregivers in supporting the early literacy development of their children, and the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Program is an excellent tool to ensure libraries’ success. These were two of the key findings of a study released this month by Dr. Susan B. Neuman, a professor of childhood education and literacy development at New York University.

NILOA and ACRL release occasional paper Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices

CHAMPAIGN, IL; CHICAGO – The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) announces the release of “Creating Sustainable Assessment through Collaboration: A National Program Reveals Effective Practices” in partnership with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The occasional paper was written by Kara J. Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, and Karen Brown, professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, Illinois.