Publications

An updated handbook of art and design librarianship

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Handbook of Art and Design Librarianship,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, integrates theory and practice to offer guidelines for information professionals working in art and design environments who need to support and anticipate the information needs of artists, designers, architects, and the historians who study those disciplines.

A sourcebook of 63 ready-to-use maker projects

CHICAGO — A new compilation from editor and maker Ellyssa Kroski, “63 Ready-to-Use Maker Projects,” published by ALA Editions, spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and makers from across the country present projects as fun as an upcycled fashion show, as practical as Bluetooth speakers, and as mischievous as a catapult. Included are projects for artists, sewers, videographers, coders, and engineers.

An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for marketing electronic resources

CHICAGO — When front line librarians improve awareness of under-utilized resources, thereby increasing demand for more of the same, it can also encourage increased funding for the library. Newly expanded and updated, the second edition of “Marketing Your Library’s Electronic Resources: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, shows library marketing staff how to get the job done from beginning to end and in a variety of library settings. Marie R.

First open access issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) now available

The coming of autumn marks the start of another volume of RUSQ, the 57th in the journal’s life; view now. The close of summer is also a marker for our libraries—the end of summer reading, the start of the new semester—it is a time for beginnings. I am delighted that the fall of 2017 marks the beginning of RUSQ as a fully open access journal. As you can read in the editor’s column, the RUSA Board approved the move to full open access this past summer.

Essentials for the government information librarian

CHICAGO — Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work effectively with federal, state, and international resources.

ACRL releases 'Academic Library Impact,' an Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research.” Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders.

Open licensing for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Digging into the concept of “open” in relation to intellectual property, “Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides context through the development of different fields, including open education, open source, open data, and open government.

Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history.

ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

CHICAGO — Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college or university, there are many academic libraries who are selectively adding textbooks to their collections. And the practice seems to be gaining momentum.

ACRL releases The Library Assessment Cookbook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Assessment Cookbook,” edited by Aaron W. Dobbs. This new addition to the ACRL Cookbook series compiles lessons and techniques for academic librarians to adapt, repurpose, and implement in their libraries.