Publications

Exploring digital libraries

CHICAGO—In “Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Karen Calhoun offers a thought-provoking, authoritative, and in-depth treatment of the digital library arena. Her book provides an up-to-date overview of the progress, nature, and future impact of digital libraries, from their collections and technology-centered foundations over two decades ago to their emergent, community-centered engagement with the social web.

Programming for children and teens with autism spectrum disorder

CHICAGO — Those who understand the unique sensitivities of young people with autism spectrum disorder, now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users.

Products hot off the press, special events at the ALA Store at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Longer hours and easy access near Registration make it more convenient to shop and browse at the ALA Store in the Grand Hall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  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.

A LITA guide to WordPress for libraries

CHICAGO — More than just an easy-to-use blogging platform, WordPress is in fact a flexible, open source content management system, making it ideal for many libraries’ websites. “The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, introduces the basic principles of WordPress and then shows how to implement them. User Experience (UX) librarian and seasoned WordPress instructor Amanda L.

Robert L. Maxwell’s handbook for RDA

CHICAGO — A guided tour of the new, unified cataloging standard from respected authority Robert L. Maxwell, “Maxwell’s Handbook for RDA: Explaining and Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC21,” published by ALA Editions, is a clear and comprehensive resource that will help catalogers, LIS students, cataloging instructors and other information professionals navigate RDA smoothly and find the information they need efficiently.

'Divergent' poster and other hot new materials in new ALA Graphics catalog

CHICAGO – Many exciting new products that are bound to inspire and excite readers in schools and libraries across the nation are included in the ALA Graphics Spring 2014 catalog. Spotlighted on the cover is a new celebrity READ poster featuring Shailene Woodley, who stars as Beatrice “Tris” Prior in the upcoming film adaptation of Veronica Roth’s wildly popular novel “Divergent.” The movie hits theaters on March 21.

Undertaking research projects in the workplace

CHICAGO —  Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse selection of libraries throughout the world, “Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides library and information professionals with the guidance they need to undertake research projects in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and improve service deli

A LITA guide to marketing with social media

CHICAGO - Eschewing mere theory in favor of real-world examples, “Marketing with Social Media: A LITA Guide,” published by ALA TechSource, offers to-the-point advice for getting up to speed with the world of social media.

Raising boy readers

CHICAGO — Michael Sullivan, bestselling author of numerous children’s services titles, uses stories and anecdotes to humanize his research into boys’ reading habits and preferences in his new book “Raising Boy Readers.” Building on his expertise and previous publications such as the recent second edition of “Fundamentals of Children's Services” and “Serving Boys throu

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