ALA Editions

Academic libraries supporting students academically, socially, and financially

CHICAGO — Academic libraries are confronting a myriad of challenges, including consequences stemming from the pandemic, the changing demographics of student bodies, and the financial obstacles that many students are struggling to overcome. What’s needed is practical guidance on how to effectively serve students’ needs amidst rapid change.

Designing student-created media for authentic learning

CHICAGO — Reinforcing the ACRL Framework’s calls for information creation in a range of formats, a 2020 LinkedIn survey rated “video production” as a top 10 skill sought by employers. “Student-Created Media: Designing Research, Learning, and Skill-Building Experiences,” published by ALA Editions, guides librarians, learning technologists, and their faculty partners in designing assignments that showcase students’ ideas, research, subject knowledge, and media literacy skill set development.

Beyond basic skills in information literacy instruction

CHICAGO — Librarians know that information literacy is much more complex and nuanced than the basic library research skill that it's often portrayed as; in fact, as outlined by the ACRL Framework, research is a contextual activity. But the settings in which we teach often constrain our ability to take a more layered approach.

Teaching research data management

CHICAGO — The usefulness of research data management skills bridges numerous activities, from data-driven scholarship and open research by faculty to documentation for grant reporting. And undergrads need a solid foundation in data management for future academic success. Edited by Julia Bauder, “Teaching Research Data Management,” published by ALA Editions, gathers practitioners from a broad range of academic libraries to describe their services and instruction around research data. Readers will learn about such topics as:

Core’s guide to managing grey literature

CHICAGO — An important resource for scholarly research, grey literature is relevant to every discipline. It’s also often more current than commercial publications. Unfortunately, though it provides a richness of content, this type of scholarly resource is often overlooked when conducting research. “Managing Grey Literature: Technical Services Perspectives,” published by ALA Editions in collaboration with Core Publishing, aims to change that. Editors Michelle Leonard and Susan E.

Communities of practice in the academic library

CHICAGO — How can academic librarians strengthen their practice of teaching and provide education through access to information, using intentional efforts to both learn and share in a social context? Building and fostering communities of practice (CoP) is the ideal way forward, as Michelle Reale demonstrates in her new book “Communities of Practice in the Academic Library: Strategies for Implementation,” published by ALA Editions. With her guidance, readers will:

Core’s guide to zines in library collections

CHICAGO — Their homegrown and esoteric aesthetic make zines important cultural and historical objects. Including them in library collections is a perfect way to amplify underrepresented voices. But the road from acquisition to cataloging these underground, self-published, and often fragile items can be difficult.

Incorporating racial issues into storytimes

CHICAGO — As the weekly lists of best-sellers demonstrate, many people want to engage with racial issues. But when it comes to talking about race, they often don’t know how or are hesitant to take the first steps. This includes children's librarians, who are taking seriously our profession’s calls for diversity, equity, and inclusion. They already know that popular storytimes can be an effective way to increase community representation and belonging at the library. Incorporating race into storytimes is an ideal way to foster inclusion by normalizing conversations about these issues.

A new book of quotes for library lovers

CHICAGO — Celebrate librarianship and the love of libraries with “Uncommon Quotes for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions. Included are 100 of the most insightful, thought-provoking, and uplifting aphorisms about books, the joy of reading, intellectual freedom, and librarianship.