CHICAGO — Melding universities’ strategic goals with libraries’ teaching and learning mission, the academic library makerspace can be a powerful catalyst for information literacy, offering faculty partners a place for interdisciplinary, experiential learning. If you’re pondering what it takes to get your makerspace into the curriculum, “Maker Literacies for Academic Libraries: Integration into Curriculum,” published by ALA Editions, is the tool you need.
CHICAGO — Just in time for year’s end appreciation gifts for colleagues, volunteers, library board members, and bibliophiles, ALA Editions presents “Well Said: The Library Lovers Coloring Book of Quotes.” Fewer activities are more relaxing than taking crayons, pens, or colored pencils in hand to add a personalized splash of color to the pages in a coloring book.
CHICAGO — Community engagement isn’t simply an important component of a successful library—it’s the foundation upon which every service, offering, and initiative rests. Working collaboratively with community members—be they library customers, residents, faculty, students or partner organizations—ensures that the library works, period.
CHICAGO — The Institutional Repository (IR) has become standard to the academic library in the past decade. In fact, some 5,000 are listed in open access directories. However, IR operations are anything but standard. You are not alone in your challenges, whether they be discovery of born digital content or policies for deposit and withdrawal.
CHICAGO — In the face of rapid change and an ever-widening constellation of challenges, it’s crucial for library leaders to pull back to the question of “why?” Plotting a sustainable way forward depends upon recommitting ourselves to our underlying values, such as customer service and community-building, while fostering the improvements that change makes possible.
CHICAGO — Amidst uncertain times rife with challenges and potential catastrophes, prudently managing risk will bolster your library’s resilience in the face of adversity. And by being attentive to lowering risk, you’ll help keep insurance costs in check.
CHICAGO — If your online instruction program sometimes feels like a constant scramble to keep pace with requests and deadlines, modular design is the answer. Approaching projects, whether large and small, with an eye towards future uses will put you on the path to accomplishing broader, organizational goals. And by intentionally building documentation and structure into your process, you will create content that can be easily scaled modified, adapted, and transformed to meet different learner needs.
CHICAGO — More than a decade since they first began to crop up, makerspaces continue to transform and revitalize libraries, tapping into patron creativity and fostering collaboration. In “Makerspaces in Practice: Successful Models for Implementation,” published by ALA Editions, editor Ellyssa Kroski gathers trailblazers of the maker movement from across the library spectrum to share their experiences and success stories.
CHICAGO — Inspired by the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Program and its applicants, which have showcased and disseminated innovative literacy initiatives across the country and around the world since 2013, Lesley S. J.