ALA Editions

Transforming print collections at academic libraries

CHICAGO — The trend in academic library collections is toward shared print collections and off-site storage. While that might seem to presage the death of print in academic collections, it also serves as a golden opportunity for innovation and experimentation—to develop a vision for a future in which the academic library print collection engages and inspires its communities as never before.

Understanding the basic principles of planning and assessment

CHICAGO — The concepts of planning and assessment are intrinsically linked—and understanding them is essential for raising the library’s profile and strengthening its position among stakeholders and the community. Even LIS students and those new to the profession, or library staff for whom planning or assessment are not primary areas of responsibility, have a role to play in the success of organizational efforts. Rachel A.

Teaching data literacy in academic libraries

CHICAGO — We live in a data-driven world, much of it processed and served up by increasingly complex algorithms, and evaluating its quality requires its own skillset. As a component of information literacy, it's crucial that students learn how to think critically about statistics, data, and related visualizations.

Profiles of innovative and successful grant proposals

CHICAGO — Grant money can make all the difference in developing new services, creating worldwide access to your unique collections, or enabling you to showcase awarded projects that advance your career. But competition for grants is as fierce as ever. To get a leg up, you need an insider who will share proven strategies for success. In “Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Partnerships,” published by ALA Editions, Bess G.

Programming for adults with developmental disabilities

CHICAGO — Public libraries everywhere have embraced inclusion and expanded their programming for youth with disabilities, especially autism. It’s imperative that libraries also offer rich and age-appropriate initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities (DD); after all, as youth now served by their libraries grow up and reach adulthood, they will continue to want and expect libraries to be responsive to their needs.

New customer service and fulfillment address for ALA Store beginning July 1, 2021

CHICAGO — Effective July 1, 2021, the Chicago Distribution Center will provide customer service and fulfillment for the ALA Store. We look forward to working with this state-of-the-art distribution and fulfilment operation, also a non-profit organization.

Library worker engagement for positive, diverse institutions

CHICAGO — Gallup’s 2019 State of the American Workplace Report found that 70 percent of employees are disengaged at work. Why is worker engagement so important? Engaged workers lead to engaged libraries — vibrant institutions that nurture their workers’ dedication, creativity, and innovation so they can serve their communities most effectively. “The Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement,” published by ALA Editions, walks library managers and administrators through concrete steps to change their organization’s culture.

An updated guide to cataloging correctly for kids

CHICAGO — Cataloging library materials for children in the internet age has never been as challenging or as important. RDA: Resource Description and Access is now the descriptive standard, there are new ways to find materials using classifications, and subject heading access has been greatly enhanced by the keyword capabilities of today’s online catalogs.