ALA Editions

A collection of ready-to-use Kawaii craft projects

CHICAGO — Tiny, adorable, even cuddly: Kawaii, born in Japan, is the culture of cuteness, and its influence is seen worldwide in clothing, accessories, games, and food. In “53 Ready-to-Use Kawaii Craft Projects,” published by ALA Editions, bestselling makerspace, cosplay, and geek culture enthusiast Elyssa Kroski gathers dozens of popular Kawaii programs from creative and crafty librarians across the country.

32 guides for teaching banned books

CHICAGO — As standard-bearers for intellectual freedom, school and children’s librarians are in ideal positions to collaborate with educators to not only protect the freedom to read but also ensure that valued books which touch upon important topics are not quarantined from the readers for whom they were written.

AASL’s guide to content-area collaborations for secondary grades

CHICAGO — Using the AASL Standards Framework for Learners, “Content-Area Collaborations for Secondary Grades,” published by AASL and ALA Editions, demonstrates ways to use the Shared Foundations and Domains in your instructional design while collaboratively planning personalized learning experiences with content-area educators.

Ready-to-use coding projects for all ages

CHICAGO — The lessons of ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code initiative are conclusive: your library can make a difference in developing computational thinking in children, teens, and even adults.

A deep dive into AASL’s Shared Foundation of Inquire

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Lori E. Donovan’s book “Inquire” explores how inquiry process models and questioning protocols can be used and modified to develop curious and reflective lifelong learners and problem solvers while simultaneously fostering a school-wide inquiry culture.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and law librarianship

CHICAGO — Futurists predict that in the next ten years the profession of “lawyer” will splinter into job titles like “legal process analyst” or “legal knowledge engineer.” And some in the field are already taking a proactive approach — in fact, more than two dozen law schools have developed innovation centers to explore artificial intelligence (AI) and the law.

Techniques for electronic resource management

CHICAGO — Growing Open Access (OA) options, Big Deal price pressure, fluid e-book purchasing models, and the need for ongoing assessment: it all adds up to a lot of moving parts. More than ever, you need a pragmatic framework for managing the many details of your online materials. TERMS—Techniques for Electronic Resource Management Systems—gave you one.

50+ programs for tweens, teens, adults, and families

CHICAGO — Public library programmers, marketers, and staff across the country have relied on Amy J. Alessio, Katie LaMantia, and Emily Vinci’s previous books for fun and engaging offerings that draw patrons in and keep them excited about visiting the library again and again.

Career planning using RUSA's Professional Competencies

CHICAGO — Reference and user services librarians need to be in charge of their own careers. And when it comes to their own professional development, that means being proactive. “Competency-Based Career Planning for Reference and User Services Professionals,” published by ALA Editions, will enable professionals at every stage of their careers to honestly assess their skills and knowledge.

Hot-ticket meetings for library leaders

CHICAGO — Why do so many of us hate meetings? And why does that popup reminder on our screen often trigger feelings of dread and boredom? It’s because all too often it means sitting through or leading another do-nothing, time-wasting, fingers-on-the-chalkboard, “we talk about the same thing every month” obligation.