ALA Editions

Virtual programs and insights from a time of crisis

CHICAGO — From the moment the pandemic took hold in Spring 2020, libraries and library workers have demonstrated their fortitude and flexibility by adapting to physical closures, social distancing guidelines, and a host of other challenges. Despite the obstacles, they’ve been able to stay connected to their communities—and helped connect the people in their communities to each other, as well as to the information and services they need and enjoy.

Sourcebooks and American Library Association collaborate on new series

Publishing partnership will feature wide-ranging selection of books and journals

CHICAGO — Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher based in Chicago, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) book publishing imprint, ALA Editions|ALA Neal-Schuman, will collaborate on a new series that will promote easy and affordable access to a range of general interest library-and reading-related content.

Murray-Rust's seven action steps for reinventing the library

CHICAGO — After a career of more than 40 years, Catherine Murray-Rust, former Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech and a self-proclaimed library disrupter, sees our profession’s central challenge as simply this: how to turn the library outward in order to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the community. In her new book “Library Next: Seven Action Steps for Reinvention,” published by ALA Editions, she encourages readers to look an uncertain library future square in the eye.

RSC publishes glossary for RDA

CHICAGO — The four-year RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project included a major expansion of the standard to align RDA: Resource Description and Access with the IFLA Library Reference Model, which is the conceptual basis of RDA. This expansion included the addition of several new entities and hundreds of new elements.

OIF’s updated Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — The new tenth edition of “Intellectual Freedom Manual,“ published by ALA Editions in collaboration with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), is more than simply an update of a foundational text that has served as a crucial resource for more than four decades. It is a living document that serves as the authoritative reference for day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people.

Ideas for pivoting during the pandemic

CHICAGO — When the pandemic suddenly forced many public libraries to close their doors or limit patron access, library staff redoubled their efforts to serve their communities in every way possible. Demonstrating their resilience by quickly pivoting to new modes of service, public libraries are continuing to offer innovative yet practical ways to connect patrons to the information and services they need and enjoy.

Maker literacies for academic libraries

CHICAGO — Melding universities’ strategic goals with libraries’ teaching and learning mission, the academic library makerspace can be a powerful catalyst for information literacy, offering faculty partners a place for interdisciplinary, experiential learning. If you’re pondering what it takes to get your makerspace into the curriculum, “Maker Literacies for Academic Libraries: Integration into Curriculum,” published by ALA Editions, is the tool you need.

A coloring book of quotes for library lovers

CHICAGO — Just in time for year’s end appreciation gifts for colleagues, volunteers, library board members, and bibliophiles, ALA Editions presents “Well Said: The Library Lovers Coloring Book of Quotes.” Fewer activities are more relaxing than taking crayons, pens, or colored pencils in hand to add a personalized splash of color to the pages in a coloring book.

Grounding library work in community engagement

CHICAGO — Community engagement isn’t simply an important component of a successful library—it’s the foundation upon which every service, offering, and initiative rests. Working collaboratively with community members—be they library customers, residents, faculty, students or partner organizations—ensures that the library works, period.

Core’s complete guide to institutional repositories

CHICAGO — The Institutional Repository (IR) has become standard to the academic library in the past decade. In fact, some 5,000 are listed in open access directories. However, IR operations are anything but standard. You are not alone in your challenges, whether they be discovery of born digital content or policies for deposit and withdrawal.