Publications

What are the most important things a 21st-century library should do with its space?

CHICAGO — A cutting-edge text capturing the insights and practical ideas of leading international librarians, educators and designers, “Better Library and Learning Spaces: Projects, Trends and Ideas,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, addresses the critical question of how libraries can maximize spaces through design.

Becoming an Internet search expert

CHICAGO — Formerly titled “The Advanced Internet Searcher’s Handbook,” the new fourth edition of the bestselling “Expert Internet Searching” is Phil Bradley’s no-nonsense guide to the tools for finding the right information more quickly and effectively than ever before.

Music programming for primary grades

CHICAGO — Music programs have been scaled back or eliminated altogether from the curricula of many schools. Luckily, storytimes offer ideal opportunities for music and songs. “Let's Start the Music: Programming for Primary Grades,” published by ALA Editions, is a collection of easy-to-use, easy-to-adapt library programs for children in grades K-3. Amy Brown connects songs and musical activities directly to books kids love to read.

Playful storytelling through folktales

CHICAGO — A good folktale triggers the imagination, connecting children to a wider world as well as increasing their vocabulary and comprehension skills. In “Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling,” published by ALA Editions, teacher and storyteller Janice M. Del Negro gives librarians, teachers and parents the keys to storytelling success.

A LITA guide to data management for libraries

CHICAGO — Since the National Science Foundation joined the National Institutes of Health in requiring that grant proposals include a data management plan, academic librarians have been inundated with related requests from faculty and campus-based grant consulting offices. Data management is a new service area for many library staff, requiring careful planning and implementation.

Planning our future libraries: blueprints for 2025

CHICAGO — In an information environment where the only constant is change, many wonder where libraries are headed. “Planning Our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025,” published by ALA Editions, envisions the future of libraries by bringing together library leaders with some of the brightest new minds in the profession.

Experts offer best practices for institutional repositories

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of  "The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges,” edited by Pamela Bluh and Cindy Hepfer.

ALCTS publication takes a fresh look at microforms

CHICAGO - “Managing Microforms in the Digital Age,” a new online publication from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) addresses trends in bibliographic control, storage environments, current vendors and resources and microform terminology. Microforms have taken many shapes and sizes over the years and some formats, such as microopaques and microcards, are all but obsolete.

New guide for physics selectors from ALCTS Collection Management Section

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce the arrival of “Sudden Selectors Guide to Physics Resources” by Michael Fosmire. This brand-new title from the ALCTS Collection Management Section (CMS) explains the basics of physics to the nonscientist and lays the groundwork for collecting and using physics materials.

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