ALA Editions

UX principles for library signage and wayfinding design

CHICAGO — Well-designed signage is clear, direct, and reduces confusion and frustration among library users and library workers alike—and also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), bolstering accessibility. “Library Signage and Wayfinding Design: Communicating Effectively with Your Users,” published by ALA Editions, demonstrates how user experience (UX) design principles can assist libraries in creating positive, welcoming signage that communicates effectively and efficiently.

Ready-to-use lesson plans for scholarly research topics

CHICAGO — The world of scholarly research is uncharted territory for undergrads, but with the right approach you can quickly get them up to speed. With 33 time-saving lesson plans, Toni Carter’s “Introducing Scholarly Research: Ready-to-Use Lesson Plans and Activities for Undergraduates,” published by ALA Editions, will assist you in moving your instruction beyond basic skills to include topics such as how to use a library database and the reasons scholars use them, to why peer review is important. Inside, you’ll find:

Using AASL’s Shared Foundation of Include as a roadmap for more inclusive spaces and practice

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Julie Stivers’s book “Include” brings together a chorus of school librarians, scholars, and students representing a wide range of races, ethnicities, experiences, and identities. Part of a six-volume series on the Shared Foundations in AASL’s National School Library Standards, this guide offers:

Quick copyright guidance for common situations

CHICAGO — Faculty, students, and colleagues come to you with copyright questions, both simple and complex. And they all want reliable answers—as fast as you can get them. With “Compact Copyright: Quick Answers to Common Questions,” published by ALA Editions, you’ll be prepared to deliver. Lawyer, copyright librarian, and iSchool instructor Sara R. Benson presents succinct explanations ideal for both on-the-fly reference and staff training.

Centering the lived experience of generational poverty

CHICAGO — Drawing from her own lived experience, in “Profiles in Resilience: Books for Children and Teens That Center the Lived Experience of Generational Poverty,” published by ALA Editions, author Christina H. Dorr shines a light on some of the cultural values that exist across both rural and urban poverty, inviting teachers, librarians, and others who work with children from low-income families to see them in their cultural context and appreciate the values they bring to the classroom or library.

Spratford’s new guide to horror fiction

CHICAGO — Like the zombies, ghouls, and vampires which inhabit many of its books, the popularity of horror fiction is unstoppable. Even if you don’t happen to be a fan yourself, you won’t be “scared” to advise readers on finding their next great fright thanks to the astute guidance provided by horror expert Becky Siegel Spratford in the newly updated third edition of “The Readers' Advisory Guide to Horror,” published by ALA Editions.

Transforming print collections at academic libraries

CHICAGO — The trend in academic library collections is toward shared print collections and off-site storage. While that might seem to presage the death of print in academic collections, it also serves as a golden opportunity for innovation and experimentation—to develop a vision for a future in which the academic library print collection engages and inspires its communities as never before.

Understanding the basic principles of planning and assessment

CHICAGO — The concepts of planning and assessment are intrinsically linked—and understanding them is essential for raising the library’s profile and strengthening its position among stakeholders and the community. Even LIS students and those new to the profession, or library staff for whom planning or assessment are not primary areas of responsibility, have a role to play in the success of organizational efforts. Rachel A.

Teaching data literacy in academic libraries

CHICAGO — We live in a data-driven world, much of it processed and served up by increasingly complex algorithms, and evaluating its quality requires its own skillset. As a component of information literacy, it's crucial that students learn how to think critically about statistics, data, and related visualizations.