Publications

Transforming summer programs at your library

CHICAGO — Changes in public libraries, the communities they serve, children’s lives, and educational research all demonstrate that traditional summer reading programs need to be reimagined. Working groups of librarians, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California State Library, have done just that, creating and implementing outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading programs that speak directly to diverse and changing communities.

An updated guide to licensing digital content

CHICAGO — Of the second edition of “Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians,”  American Reference Books Annual declared, “Lesley Ellen Harris’s book has become the standard for libraries and has yet to have an equal published that is either as useful or as clear.” Covering the basics of digital licensing for librarians, the new third edition, published by ALA Editions, provides a freshened look at all the key issues as well as updated sample agre

Practical, research-based solutions for the dysfunctional library

CHICAGO — There is an unfortunate stigma to acknowledging workplace dysfunction, let alone trying to grapple with the problem. But negative behaviors such as incivility, toxicity, deviant behavior, workplace politics, and team and leadership dysfunction not only make the library a stressful workplace, they also run counter to the core values of librarianship.

Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) Journal Winter Edition Now Available

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CHICAGO - It is Christmas Eve here as I write the introduction to RUSQ 57:2; view now. I hope that the holiday season offers a time for RUSA members to catch their breath after a busy fall, and that the new year offers time for reflection and thinking about librarianship.

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.