LITA guide explores usability and the mobile web

CHICAGO — Mobile technology has changed the way we interact with one another and our communities. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the constant availability of information access, it is more important than ever for libraries to meet users on their phones and tablets.

AASL launches Knowledge Quest

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announces the launch of a companion website for its professional journal, Knowledge Quest. A new vehicle to empower school librarians as they transform learning for their students, the new site offers breaking news, inspired blogs, and encourages conversations to inspire insightful professionals and stronger communities. Knowledge Quest can be viewed at

ALA seeks feedback on draft national policy agenda for libraries

Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda (pdf) for libraries to guide a proactive policy shift.

Guide to Reference in genealogy and biography

CHICAGO — An excellent starting point for both reference librarians and for library users seeking information about family history and the lives of others, “Guide to Reference in Genealogy and Biography,” edited by Mary K. Mannix, Fred Burchsted and Jo Bell Whitlatch, is drawn from the authoritative database of Guide to Reference, voted Best Professional Resource Database by Library Journal readers in 2012.

A bevy of new books, products, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access near Registration and the Exhibit Hall make it convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.  The ALA Store offers products that meet the widest range of your promotional and continuing education/professional development needs—as well as fun gift items. Make sure to carve out some time in your schedule to stop by and examine the many new and bestselling items available!

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Spring into 2015 with Bad Kitty, Jane Lynch, Tim Howard and more fantastic new products from ALA Graphics

CHICAGO – ALA Graphics’ new catalog is here, filled with new products to keep library patrons and students excited about reading and learning all year long.

Reinventing reference

CHICAGO — Uniquely positioned to connect library users to the information they seek, and thus to the wider world, library staff serving on the front lines of reference have both the power and responsibility, in turn, to position the library as an institution that remains relevant and responsive.

Successfully serving the college bound

CHICAGO — Whether they’re students taking the traditional path of entering college from high school, or adult first-time or re-entry students, navigating the admissions and financial aid process can be overwhelming for the college bound. Public libraries can help provide information and guidance for a successful start, and “Successfully Serving the College Bound,” published by ALA Editions, shows how to do it.

Perspectives on preservation, from Antiquity to the Digital Age

CHICAGO — Drawing on a multitude of historical texts, Michèle Valerie Cloonan’s “Preserving our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a sweeping yet accessible volume providing a broad understanding of preservation for librarians, archivists and museum specialists and related LIS and continuing education classes. Cloonan offers readers an overview of longevity, reversibility, enduring value and authenticity of information preservation.


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