ALA Editions

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.

Sustainability programs and practices for libraries

CHICAGO — As a core value of librarianship, sustainability is not an end point but a mindset, a lens through which operational and outreach decisions can be made. And it extends beyond an awareness of the roles that libraries can play in educating and advocating for a sustainable future. As “Libraries and Sustainability: Programs and Practices for Community Impact,” published by ALA Editions, demonstrates, sustainability can also encompass engaging with communities in discussions about resilience, regeneration, and social justice.

Journey through school librarianship using AASL’s Shared Foundation of Explore

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Sarah Culp Searles’s book “Explore” takes readers on a journey through the broad and varied territory of school librarianship, sharing resources, ideas, and trends to help along the way. This guide is designed so that readers can explore their practice on their own or with colleagues—so grab your compass, backpack, and boots and hit the trails. This book offers:

Disaster planning and preparedness for libraries

CHICAGO — The library is a vital information hub and resource provider every single day, and that’s doubly true when calamity strikes. In fact, libraries’ designation as “essential community functions” during disasters is now encoded in U.S. law. Engaging as a partner in planning and preparedness will build much-needed community support should disaster strike, and even a basic plan will also save library workers time and stress later on.