The newest TECH SET® offers 10 guides to today's best library technologies

CHICAGO—Winner of the 2011 Greenwood Publishing Group Award for the Best Book in Library Literature, The TECH SET®#1-10 was praised by Library Journal as an essential reference “for anyone charged with determining or implementing the next generation of patron services." The TECH SET® #11-20, published in collaboration with

New directions for academic liaison librarians

CHICAGO — Academic liaison librarians are a vital link between faculty, students and library resources. “New Directions for Academic Liaison Librarians,” by Alice Crawford, provides liaison librarians with new opportunities for innovative partnerships and projects. A practitioner in the field, Crawford showcases areas where liaison librarians can collaborate with others in their institution, extend their role, and maximize the flexibility, imagination and initiative their post demands.

New AASL Knowledge Quest issue features interview with former first lady Laura Bush

CHICAGO — Julie Walker, the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) executive director, interviews former first lady Laura Bush in the new issue of AASL’s professional journal, Knowledge Quest. The issue focuses on the theme “Caring is Essential.” During the interview, Walker and the former first lady discuss the caring power of the Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative, a project overseen by the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.

A practical approach to the basics of cataloging in AACR2, RDA: Resource Description and Access, and MARC21

CHICAGO—The launch of RDA:  Resource Description and Access has already transformed cataloging standards. Written at a time of transition in international cataloging, “Practical Cataloging: AACR2, RDA and MARC21,” from Neal-Schuman Publishers, offers guidance to help catalogers make a smooth transition to RDA.

AASL debuts new website and format for School Library Research

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a new website for its online, refereed research journal, School Library Research (SLR). The new website coincides with a new name for the journal formerly known as School Library Media Research (SLMR).  The name change reflects the adoption of the professional title, “school librarian,” and a rebirth for the journal, which presents research on instructional theory, teaching methods and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians.

Protecting intellectual freedom in public libraries

CHICAGO — There is arguably no arena more contentious in the battle over intellectual freedom (IF) than the public library. Published by ALA Editions, “Protecting Intellectual Freedom in Your Public Library,” by June Pinnell-Stephens, offers reliable how-to guidance for public librarians and paraprofessionals when confronted with challenges like censorship and policy disputes.