ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman

A guide to financial literacy programs and tools from ALA’s Public Programs Office

CHICAGO — A survey from the American Psychological Association shows that money is a more frequent cause of worry than work, family, or health issues. Empowering people with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions is an important way to make a difference in your community, and many libraries across the country are doing just that.

Proactive steps for a positive library workplace

CHICAGO — Every day you strive to ensure that the library is working for its users—but how is it working for you? And what can we all do to make the library an inclusive and positive workplace? Offering both case studies and personal narratives, “The Library Workplace Idea Book: Proactive Steps for Positive Change,” published by ALA Editions, draws on contributions from librarians and library workers at a variety of institutions across the country.

The first-ever print complement to the Creative Commons Certificate program

CHICAGO — The figures are eye-opening: more than 1.6 billion works on 9 million websites are licensed under Creative Commons (CC). These materials constitute an extraordinarily rich repository for teaching, learning, sharing, and creative reuse. Knowing your way around CC will help you make the most of the Open Access (OA) and open educational resources (OER) movements.

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.