For immediate release | April 4, 2011

How-To Handbooks help patrons get the most out of the library

CHICAGO — Part of library advocacy is reminding people of the wide range of resources and support their local library offers to help them address important issues. The new series of Library How-To Handbooks from ALA Editions does just that, promoting the library as the best source for the information they need, including such tools as reference materials, the internet and the advice of experienced researchers.

How to Pay for College: A Library How-To Handbook” assists patrons in the tough task of applying and paying for college. Whether they are high school students, already in college, parents or adults returning to school, patrons can use this guide to:

  • Fill out forms for financial aid, loans and scholarships;
  • Find ways to plan and save for the high cost of college tuition;
  • Narrow their search to those schools that are the best fit;
  • Make the best attempt at applying to the school of their choice.

How to Get a Great Job: A Library How-To Handbook” is a practical guide that patrons can use in the job search process. It includes expert advice on the most effective ways to:

  • Conduct proper research;
  • Build networks of friends and colleagues;
  • Create a strong resume and cover letter;
  • Prepare for an interview;
  • Negotiate a contract or a salary.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. ALA Editions publishes resources used worldwide by tens of thousands of library and information professionals to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development. ALA authors and developers are leaders in their fields, and their content is published in a growing range of print and electronic formats. Contact ALA Editions at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5418 or