CHICAGO — In our polarized environment, the censorship and outright banning of children’s books which some deem to be controversial or objectionable remains a major concern for libraries. Intellectual freedom champion Pat R. Scales returns to the fray with “Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children's Books, Second Edition,” published by ALA Editions in cooperation with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).
CHICAGO — The necessity for library leaders to demonstrate that libraries are innovative, collaborative, and can provide eye-catching, transformational services and programs to their communities cannot be understated. But libraries do not suffer from a lack of big ideas. What library workers really need is a roadmap for making those impactful ideas become reality.
CHICAGO — Honored with many accolades, including a starred review in Library Journal, the first edition of “Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection,” published by ALA Editions, demonstrated the power and flexibility of “rightsizing,” an approach that applies a scalable, rule-based strategy to help academic libraries balance stewardship of spaces and the collection. In the five years since Suzanne M. Ward’s first edition, the shared print infrastructure has grown in leaps and bounds, as has coordination among programs.
CHICAGO — Higher ed admission teams are aggressively recruiting transfers—and they’re finding success. According to the National Student Clearinghouse, about 38 percent of all students in higher ed in the United States have transferred at least once. If you don’t include transfer students in your outreach and instruction planning, you’re missing a significant portion of the student body. However, to meet the needs of this population requires academic libraries to rethink assumptions about incoming students.
CHICAGO — Published by AASL and ALA Editions, Maura Madigan’s book “Learning Centers for School Libraries” presents innovative, engaging, and fun ideas to target the AASL National School Library Standards and content-area standards. It contains almost everything needed to set up learning centers in a school library. The ideas are flexible and can fit different grade levels and lesson lengths. Suggestions for collaboration with classroom educators are also included.
CHICAGO — Previously named by Library Journal “a terrific resource for instruction librarians at all experience levels,” Heidi E. Buchanan and Beth A. McDonough’s newly updated “The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide” shows readers how to build solid relationships with faculty while also making positive first impressions with students. Published by ALA Editions, this trusted resource will guide you through creating and leading active, student-centered one-shots that connect to courses’ learning outcomes.
CHICAGO — Reflecting the changes to RDA after the completion of the 3R Project, Chris Oliver’s “Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics after 3R, Second Edition,” published by ALA Editions, offers a clear, plainspoken explanation of RDA: Resource Description and Access. This essential primer for LIS students, records managers, and catalogers and other library professionals:
CHICAGO — Spring has sprung and ALA would like to put a spring in your step with savings on a wide range of materials as we prepare for our move to a new warehouse in June. Now through April 30, head to the ALA Store and save 50% on more than 450 products, including professional development books, posters, bookmarks, gift items, t-shirts, and more.
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.