ALA Editions/Neal-Schuman

The updated one-shot library instruction survival guide

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.

Resources for rightsizing collections, assessing learners using the AASL Standards, and more in the new Spring/Summer 2021 catalog from ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman

CHICAGO — Quickly pivoting to innovative ways of connecting their users to the information and services they need and enjoy, library workers are embracing new ways of serving their communities amidst challenging times. In the Spring/Summer 2021 New and Noteworthy Titles Catalog from ALA Editions | ALA Neal-Schuman, you'll find the tools, guidance, and expertise that will keep you moving forward. Among the hundreds of titles featured:

Oliver’s updated introduction to RDA

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:

Save 50% on more than 450 products during the ALA Store Moving Sale

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.

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.