New ACRL publication: 2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

CHICAGOThe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2014 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master's Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions.

Adults just wanna have fun

CHICAGO— There are a wealth of resources out there geared towards serving the needs of toddlers, school age children, young adults, and senior citizens. But something's missing. Library users in their 20s and 30s constitute one of the most underserved populations for public libraries, and there's a scarcity of guidance on how to target them. Audrey Barbakoff’s “Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults,” published by ALA Editions, helps to fill that gap.

New ACRL book examines The Craft of Librarian Instruction

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence” by Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow.

Inspired collaboration

CHICAGO— Collaboration involves a fusion of individual talents and skills through outreach and cooperation. And it is one of the key ingredients of a vibrant, successful library that is also relevant to the community it serves.  But it doesn’t just happen magically, and it’s a challenge to kindle those original sparks of inspiration into a sustainable effort.

Public Libraries to strengthen family engagement through new PLA project

CHICAGO – The Public Library Association (PLA) is excited to partner with the Harvard Family Research Project on a new initiative to help public libraries identify successful family engagement strategies and implement them to help children of all ages succeed in school and life.

ALA Graphics reissues David Bowie 1987 READ Poster

CHICAGO – By popular demand, ALA Graphics is reissuing the David Bowie poster. This special limited-run reprint of the iconic 1987 READ poster honors the singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and artist. An avid reader, David Bowie was one of the first celebrities to pose for the READ campaign. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, he received a 2006 Grammy for Lifetime Achievement, among numerous other awards throughout his career. David Bowie: 1947-2016.

Five steps of outcome-based planning and evaluation for public libraries

CHICAGO— Planning and assessment are both crucial elements of a public library that functions efficiently and flexibly. So why are they often treated separately? “Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, combines planning and evaluation in a holistic approach, helping public library managers and staff put library resources to work for the community.

Public libraries share their digitization success stories

CHICAGO— Digitizing your collection is not only a great way to increase access to your materials, it also engages patrons on a whole new level and helps communicate your library’s value. But with staff time and resources already spread thin, it can be a challenge to plan and undertake a digitization initiative. The good news is that public libraries across the country have done just that.

ACRL releases 'Putting Assessment into Action'

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant,” edited by Eric Ackermann.


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