Publications to help you transform your library

It's essential to stay abreast of the basics of copyright law and fair use. Kenneth D. Crews has completely revised his classic text to remap the territory with fresh, timely insights into applications of copyright law for librarians, educators, and academics.
A Social Networking Primer for Librarians gives librarians a start-to-finish guide to the basics for using and maximizing popular social networking sites in all types of libraries.
The article outlines how libraries can bring ebooks into their collections. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of ebooks for libraries and the importance of getting community input to inform any shift to digital media.
This issue of Library Technology Reports analyzes five different academic libraries to better understand their investments, detailing the outcome thus far and drawing conclusions about the next-generation catalog.
These training cards are designed to provide an easy introduction to what bias is, how it can appear in work settings, and how individuals can work to overcome existing biases.
Supporting this growing population is a concern of many, and this book will help you find ways to be creative and take the initiative to build a better service model for these customers.
The ALA online store provides a section on budgeting issues.
Offering multiple perspectives from electronic resource professionals at world-renowned libraries such as Harvard, the University of Michigan, Duke, and Northeastern, this book provides a comprehensive and well-rounded e-book education. Success stories highlight each chapter’s lessons, giving you real-world examples of effective e-book implementation in both school and public libraries.
This complete handbook guides the reader through the process of planning, development, and launch of their own mobile library applications.
In this practical, concise volume, authors Lynn M. Piotrowicz and Scott Osgood provide a tour of the library building from foundation to roof. In a time of rapidly inflating energy prices and tight public budgets, many libraries are faced with older physical facilities that are not up to modern standards of efficiency. Designed for libraries where construction of a wholly new building is not feasible.
Librarians and information professionals will find practical guidance on customizing their catalogues to keep them up to date with the latest trends in technology in this authoritative manual.
This article provides a history of e-reader availability and selection in the United States, information on the challenges that academic librarians face in e-reader selection, and research results of various studies on e-book/e-reader use by students. The article reflects on the e-reader evaluation and decisionmaking process and makes recommendations for investment and training.
Co-author of the popular titles Booktalking Bonanza and The Early Literacy Kit, Betsy Diamant-Cohen brings together 18 examples of successful outreach partnerships that children's librarians and administrators can adapt to their own situations. Contributors from the U.S and Canada explain how they partnered with schools, community organizations, museums, businesses and other agencies to create novel experiences for children across the children's services spectrum (preschool through middle-school).
These training cards are designed to provide an easy introduction to what civility is, how it can benefit the workplace, and some of the small steps staff can take to create a more civil environment.
The wisdom that many experts have contributed on collaboration in Knowledge Quest, AASL's official, highly respected journal on school library media programs.
This issue of Library Technology Reports gives library professionals, including managers, tools to encourage collaborative work both within and outside their organizations to expand or enhance library services.
Recognizing the rapid change in library collection development and management in recent years Marshall and Fieldhouse utilize real-life examples to illustrate the current and future states of the field.
School librarians and educators have specific copyright questions that are often glossed over in larger books on the subject. Now, thanks to best-selling copyright authority Carrie Russell, there’s a resource just for them, offering clear guidance for providing materials to students while carefully observing copyright law.
Core Technology Competencies for Libraries and Library Staff provides an excellent starting point for defining and evaluating the right inventory of technical skills and management attributes for librarians and library staff.
With more and more scholarly content available online and accessible almost anywhere, where does the traditional “brick and mortar” library fit in? In this book Jeannette Woodward attacks these and other pressing issues facing today’s academic librarians.
Providing tips, suggestions, and guidelines on the critical issues that surround designing spaces for children and teens, this how-to book will help you create a space that they will never want to leave.
The complex issues associated with developing and managing electronic collections deserve special treatment, and library collection authority Peggy Johnson rises to the challenge with a book sure to become a benchmark for excellence
An authoritative and truly global exploration of current research in digital libraries. Internationally-renowned academics discuss what has been achieved with digital libraries and what we can expect in the future through the prism of research.
Drupal is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) that many libraries use to create well-designed, easy-to-use and manage websites. Go step-by-step through the decisions and tasks needed to develop and launch a Drupal-powered site and learn the advantages of the open source approach.
The article reports on the developments in electronic book (ebook) publishing industry.
In this article the authors present a review of literature from multiple disciplines pertaining to using eBooks in the classroom in order to understand the underlying literacy and technology related issues and challenges.
EOD enables users to order public domain books as PDF eBooks.The basic advantages of the network lie on the one hand in the reduced workload of individual libraries and on the other hand in the recognition value of the EOD service for the user and the public.
Renowned library blogger, speaker, and educator Connie Crosby shares her experience and expertise in this step-by-step guide to successful library blogging.
Electronic Resource Management tackles the central issues with the concepts of the access and management of electronic resources. It highlights the different kinds of e-resources, from e-serials and e-books to databases and digital collections that continue to bring new developments to a field that requires different systems and skills than those needed for print resources.
As libraries continue to transform their role, librarians find their role changing. This book looks at how the embedded librarian transforms the traditional one-time library instruction in academic libraries.
This episode of the serial English Journal discusses various aspects of mentoring. While the articles are aimed at English teachers, several of the entries discuss mentoring more generally.
Screening movies is a fun, engaging way to bring people of all ages into the library, and this book offers the tools to make movie programming a reality at any public library. Irons, a public librarian who has overseen a county-wide movie program, offers a complete guide to creating, mounting and running a successful program.
In 2013, experts and practitioners from across the U.S. discussed the future of teens and libraries. The result? Some straightforward and achievable recommendations for engaging and empowering teens. YALSA’s “The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: a Call to Action” report captures findings from the 2013 meeting about how youth-serving groups, community organizations and libraries can team up to help the nation’s teens succeed in school and prepare for careers. The report is available as a free download.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Jenny Levine illustrates how librarians can reap positive gains by proactively, creatively, and affordably integrating gaming into the services and programs already offered at libraries.
Author Kelly Czarnecki shows you how to host gaming events for all different types of users.
Picture books can be portals to far-flung corners of the globe, and the books in this selected bibliography will help children’s imaginations soar. Identifying quality literature for children ages 3 to 8 that conveys a true sense of life outside America’s borders, this valuable resource highlights titles that librarians and educators can use to foster cross-cultural education.
In this article the authors trace the history of ebooks and e-readers from the early beginnings to the current explosion of ebook use. While libraries started to experiment with ebooks relatively late, they have jumped upon the ebook bandwagon within the last few years. Problems have arisen with proprietary formats, licensing rather than ownership, and the mechanics of ebook circulation.
Today’s teens immerse themselves in the world of technology as never before. This book will help librarians, educators, and parents be effective technology mentors for students.
The authors walk you through choosing the right software, including setting up a Google Voice account instead of buying a cell phone for your text messaging reference service. It also covers how to assess the needs of your library, get staff buy-in to implement a new program and change the culture at your library, as well as organize and implement a staff training program.
Howard County (Md.) Library System (HCLS) CEO Valerie J. Gross details Choose Civility, an ongoing community-wide initiative that aims to enhance respect, empathy, consideration, and tolerance in Howard County. Learn all about the growing movement, the benefits to your library and community, and how to form a Choose Civility Chapter in your area.
A recent article published by one of the participants in the Emerging Leaders programs.
Working effectively in the library profession means finding ways to reach and lead people who are not required to listen or follow. This second ACRL Active Guide is designed to help individuals develop the skills they need to influence peers, library administrators, college and university faculty, students, and external stakeholders.
This book serves as a primer on information and knowledge organization, with particular reference to metadata practices in the digital environment.
Inside, Outside, and Online provides practical advice and inspiration for building community with your library. Based on a scan of the community and technology environments that libraries operate within, related literature, and the practical experiences of hundreds of library staff actively building communities through their work, the book provides much-needed insights into the essential elements of community building.
This chapter examines the shift from traditional to electronic scholarly publishing, a subject of widespread interest and concern among librarians, and the ways in which it is altering the role of libraries and librarians in the twenty-first century.
The article discusses developments in the software that supports library ebook lending.
Jo Ann Carr and AASL share behind-the-scenes details and best practices, including how and why top programs succeed, get funding, and become integral contributors in their school communities. This is a must-have, hands-on inspiration for achieving the goal of student-centered teaching and learning within the school community for school library media specialists, school administrators, teachers, and teacher educators.
This important book highlights the need to expand traditional views of leadership positions to embrace minorities.
With its intuitive interface and open-source development method, the WordPress web platform has emerged as a uniquely flexible content management system (CMS) with many library-related applications
In this issue of Library Technology Reports, Cody Hanson provides a foundation for moving your library into the mobile world.
From promoting the idea to teachers and administrators to aligning specific games to state and national education standards, this book will help you build a strong collection that speaks to enhanced learning and social development and is just plain fun.
More and more libraries are working to organize their own library camps or “unconferences” – open, friendly and refreshingly informal gatherings for librarians to unite, exchange ideas, and share knowledge. Library Camps and Unconferences provides you with the practical, step-by-step guidance you need to bring your vision of organizing a library camp to life.
This book provides a sound background to all aspects of library provision for 6–18 year olds. The book outlines a vision for children’s library services in the next decade and carves out a strategy for engaging with the challenges and opportunities for children’s librarians and policy makers in the Google environment.
Autism is now the second most commonly diagnosed serious developmental disability, and the number of children identified as autistic continues to grow. Introducing what autism spectrum disorder is, and identifying the great need to build and manage programs for autistic youth, Farmer offers librarians in or outside a school environment all the information they need to build a library literacy program geared towards these children.
Library Videos and Webcasts has the building blocks you need to effectively, affordably, and easily create and broadcast high-quality webcasts to your library users, staff and the social networking sites beyond.
Discussions between libraries and the big six publishers over e-book lending have grabbed headlines in 2012, but despite cordial statements from each side about the benefits of communication, a report released this month from the American Library Association suggests the two sides remain far from a breakthrough.
As a provider of public space and digital content, your library is duty-bound to promote equitable access to all users, regardless of whether they use assistive technology. In this issue of Library Technology Reports, editor Booth makes the case that that attention to the core principles of consistency, flexibility, and simplicity go hand in hand with libraries’ commitments to open information and accessibility
In times of recession, the library is more critical than ever for those who want to start a business and need to do research, and academic and public libraries are at the heart of a growing need to research business questions. An “accidental business reference librarian by trade,” Ross explains how to provide quality reference help on issues from marketing to finance--for business people, students, and even business faculty.
The only book of its kind, this step-by-step guide focuses on accounting methods that fit the nonprofit world.
Electronic resource management encompasses much more than turning on and off resources and tracking usage. This guide provides advice on the tools and best practices to help you tackle heavy workloads while saving time, effort, and money.
Managing for Results requires librarians to take a proactive approach to marshaling and managing all of the library’s resources effectively. Using this planning guide, librarians will be able to identify their key resources, make choices among different priorities, and assign resources to achieve results.
This practical handbook is here to assist middle managers navigate their way through the challenges of multitasking and continual gear-shifting.
detailed analysis of the whys of social media and the hows of getting staff and library users involved, Managing Social Media in Libraries explores the developing information environment, taking librarians beyond the mechanics of using social media to establish a framework for making social media effective.
Library building projects leave a legacy for decades, with one chance to get it right. Those with access to a trustworthy expert who can explain the process in step-by-step terms will have the best chance to make their projects succeed.
Since many student positions make them the public face of the library, effective mentoring of such student employees is vital. In this book Reale explores the challenges and opportunities involved in recruitment.
Noted reference librarian and researcher Lee offers librarians at all levels both her experience and her ideas about establishing a formal mentoring process at the library.
Microblogging and lifestreaming applications like Twitter, Tumblr, and Friend Feed are all around you and your users in everyday life. In Microblogging and Lifestreaming in Libraries, author Robin M. Hastings presents a practical primer to help any library transform these cutting-edge, budget-friendly services into highly effective professional tools.
Mobile Technology and Libraries is a practical, easy-to-follow new resource that will walk you through the start-to-finish steps for strengthening your library’s mobile presence.
Focusing on titles dealing with ethnic and religious groups both in the U.S. and around the world, this useful resource makes it easy for teachers and librarians working with middle-school children to infuse their curricular area with multicultural literature.
A classic resource, Planning for Results has long served to help public librarians envision, evaluate, and respond to community needs with distinctive programs and services.
Help your library stand out within the crowded landscape of information providers with Marshall Breeding’s new, highly practical guide to interactive next-generation library catalogs. Learn how to give your users access to a wide selection of print and electronic content with this jargon-free, step-by-step guide.
This concise guide will help you choose and implement the techniques and best practices used by today's forward-thinking libraries to create the best possible patron experiences. You’ll learn website clean-up strategies, how to incorporate social media into your site, how to create and offer interactive and collaborative subject guides, promote your librarians with public profiles, and use crowd sourcing to create a collection with user input.
This practical guide simplifies the legal principles concerning applications like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Slideshare to ensure that readers use these tools safely and responsibly.
This guidebook serves as a primer to developing and supporting social science statistical and numerical data sources in the academic library.
In the age of ubiquitous access to information and mass digitization of materials, library special collections have received renewed attention, though most of this is focused on making these unique collections available outside of holding institutions through digitization. Beyond “hands-on history,” courses from across the curriculum may be enriched through assignments, experiences, and activities that draw upon or incorporate local or unusual items, primary sources, or material culture – particularly the book as art object or artifact.
Pay it Forward is a unique guide in which two partners in a mentoring relationship describe the benefits to each partner and to the profession in forming a mentoring partnership.
In this book, practicing serials and collections librarians representing a variety of disciplines in the sciences and social sciences as well as law and medicine, describe fresh approaches to some of the complex concerns raised by the new hybrid environment.
Qualitative Research and the Modern Library includes examples of qualitative studies, different methodologies and application, and their relevance to libraries.
In this systematic attempt to speak to academic and public librarians about the future of library services, Hernon and Matthews invite a raft of contributors to step back and envision the type of future library that will generate excitement and enthusiasm among users and stakeholders.
Please join our e-forum to discuss ways to turn your day-to-day activities into a research initiative.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports Virginia Tech librarians Miller, Meir, and Moorfield-Lang offer a collection of first-hand accounts of academic library projects using tablets.
The authors represented in this book skillfully illustrate how ambitious, energetic librarians can transform their organizations, re-envision library services, focus attention on the needs of library users, and partner with other institutions or organizations to make libraries more exciting and relevant.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports King draws from his team’s four-year experience running the acclaimed digital branch of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL). From website tweaks to staffing issues, King outlines recommended strategies and workflow plans for continually meeting library users’ needs and effectively highlighting library programs and services.
This complete how-to offers proven tips and techniques for creating engaging screencasts and publishing them on the Web.
Annual report detailing the current condition of America's libraries. The report includes a section on eBooks.
Here's a practical manual designed specifically to help librarians conceptualize and then implement an outreach program that will achieve good results.
Listservs, discussion boards, conference presentations, and journal articles have already put forth some imaginative uses for tablet computers in the academic setting, and this edited volume collects the best of these cutting-edge ideas from a range of contributors.
This invaluable new book from renowned consultant, speaker, and technology instructor Sarah Houghton-Jan presents practical, start-to-finish guidance so you can easily and successfully implement a low-cost, comprehensive, and effective staff technology training program in your library Houghton-Jan outlines various types of technology training programs and helps you determine which one is right for your library.
Library directors, teen librarians, and school library media specialists will welcome the inspiration from hundreds of teen spaces around the world, along with hands-on suggestions for revamping their own library.
As students embrace Web 2.0 technologies like , YouTube, and RSS feeds, libraries also need to take charge. Based on actual work-practice studies of students and faculty -- original research conducted at the University of Rochester -- this guide maps vibrant futures for academic libraries.
The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Library Space is the first comprehensive study of planning and construction of academic library buildings completed entirely in the new century.
This guide to grant writing could make the difference between maintaining or cutting services, especially at a time when no institution is immune from the budget crunch.
With a user-centered, practical emphasis geared to the non-technical librarian, The Anywhere Library: A Primer for the Mobile Web approaches the creation of a mobile-optimized library Web site as a process rather than simply as a product.
The Changing Academic Library, Second Edition, number 65 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) series, is a completely revised, enhanced, and updated edition of John M. Budd’s The Changing Academic Library. It presents a critical examination of major issues facing colleges and universities and the unique challenges that their libraries must come to grips with.
This article addresses some of the important actions taken by librarians, publishers and vendors to cope with changes forced by both the economy and budget pressures, by the continued migration of scholarly resources to electronic formats, and by current and planned eBook activities and new eBooks models.
This collection speaks to universal concerns, presenting creative and resourceful solutions to survive these tough economic times
Using the results of a year-long study, Conner profiles four academic libraries that are transforming themselves with extraordinary ingenuity and diligence.
Sue Polanka has compiled an expert-authored series of articles for this issue of Library Technology Reports that provide strategies, best practices, and case studies for meeting the unprecedented legal, technological, and vendor challenges that come with e-book purchasing.
Based on more than 50 years of author expertise in organizational improvement, The Quality Library offers a methodology to pinpoint trouble areas and improve processes. By developing a customer-focused system outlining library processes and networks, administrators and managers can quickly determine areas for improvement that directly apply to the library’s goals and missions.
This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades.
The role of the public library is transforming to include an essential function as technology provider and trainer. This issue of Library Technology Reports focuses on the evolution and current state of public-access technologies in public libraries from the perspectives of infrastructure, services, and resources.
This invaluable guide provides the “how-to” information necessary for institutions considering the development of an information commons.
Multi-use interiors can better serve both students and faculty, and using the easy-to-locate references and constructive tips in this book, readers can effectively design and redesign academic library spaces to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s and tomorrow’s students, faculty, and researchers.
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are software tools that help different programs work together, and Michel shows readers how to integrate these into existing library websites as well as use them to launch new kinds of services.
Wikis for Libraries gives you the practical tools and easy-to-follow guidance you need to establish an effective wiki in your own library. Author Lauren Pressley walks you through each step, from the first stages of planning to post-evaluation measures.
Herbert B. Landau offers a practical and comprehensive manual that guides you through grant fundamentals.
In this informative volume, veteran author Kane interviews dozens of practicing librarians who are highly involved with technology as part of their day-to-day jobs.
To assist librarians and administrators challenged with budget cuts while facing the growing costs of technology services author Jean Morrison, Missouri State Library’s E-rate coordinator for public libraries, provides a step-by-step guide to writing a three-year technology plan for E-rate compliance.
MacKellar shares easy-to-understand graphics and examples that make writing proposals for technology projects simple and easy.