Publications

An oral history of librarianship in transition

CHICAGO — Just as it did for society at large, the second half of the 20th century brought monumental upheaval to librarianship, affecting every aspect of what it means to be a part of the information services profession. But as the librarians who worked during this tumultuous period end their careers, the social memory of their extraordinary generation is at risk of being forgotten. Encompassing a full spectrum of institutions and roles, A.

A new instruction librarian workbook for trainers and learners

CHICAGO — A comprehensive but concise roadmap specifically for librarians who are new to instruction, or who are charged with training someone who is, has remained elusive. Until now. “The New Instruction Librarian: A Workbook for Trainers and Learners,” published by ALA Editions, cuts through the jargon and rhetoric to ease the transition into library instruction. Authors Candice Benjes-Small and Rebecca K.

Learning the skills to have effective difficult conversations

CHICAGO — In an information landscape where change is the status quo, difficult conversations come with the territory. Being a library leader means knowing how to confidently steer these conversations so that they lead to productive results instead of hurt feelings, resentment, or worse.  Employees in a library will also encounter conflict, especially during times of change.

ACRL releases Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks,” edited by Randall McClure. College and research librarians have been working alongside professors invested in writing in the disciplines for decades, but new kinds of partnerships are emerging as faculty members and librarians are re-imagining their work for students in a world where writing is both global and largely digital.

An updated How-To-Do-It Manual for winning grants

CHICAGO — Newly revised and refreshed, the second edition of “Winning Grants: A How-To-Do-It Manual For Librarians,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, will teach you the skills and strategies crucial for finding, applying for, and winning grants. Whether you’re starting from scratch and don’t know where to begin, or you’re an experienced grant writer looking to tap into new funding sources, this resource from grant writing pros Stephanie K. Gerding and Pamela H.

Choice launches Academic Publishing Weekly, a newsletter of timely industry news for academic publishers

MIDDLETOWN, CONNECTICUT – Launching November 11 and created specifically for the academic publisher market, the latest newsletter from Choice is Academic Publishing Weekly.  Choice, a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, has been the go-to resource for academic librarians for more than 50 years.

A planning guide for serving patrons with disabilities

CHICAGO — Librarians are continually faced with challenges of how to best meet the needs of patrons with disabilities, whether those patrons have physical or intellectual disabilities, differing learning styles, or even temporary problems which impact their access and may change over time. And because planning considerations range from policies and organizational culture to facilities, technologies, and beyond, librarians need a guide that covers everything: areas that can be addressed quickly and easily as well as those that require long-term strategies. That guide is here.