ALA Neal-Schuman

Successful approaches to decolonizing archives

CHICAGO — Simply put, decolonial archival practices involve thinking about and consciously changing how historical knowledge is produced, communicated, and preserved. And though it is especially critical that scholars and archivists who work with records by and about Indigenous people critically consider the implications of their work, this perspective is an essential one for all members of the profession.

ALA Store at 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Located near the entrance to the Library Marketplace, the ALA Store will offer a wide range of posters, bookmarks, clothing, gift books and more during the 2023 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition. Store hours are:

•    Friday, June 23: 12:00pm – 5:30pm 
•    Saturday, June 24: 8:30am – 5:00pm
•    Sunday, June 25: 8:30am – 5:00pm
•    Monday, June 26: 8:30am – 2:00pm

Cultural humility in library work

CHICAGO — Cultural humility offers a renewing and transformative framework for navigating interpersonal interactions in libraries, whether between patrons and staff or staff members with one another. It foregrounds a practice of critical self-reflection and commitment to recognizing and redressing structural inequities and problematic power imbalances. Edited by Sarah R. Kostelecky, Lori Townsend, and David A.

Metadata creation as a part of cataloging

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, Mauro Guerrini’s new book “From Cataloguing to Metadata Creation: A Cultural and Methodological Introduction” maps the evolution of cataloging towards the metadata creation process in the digital era. It is a journey through the founding principles and the objectives of the "information organization" service that libraries offer. Highlighting continuities and innovations compared to traditional cataloging, Guerrini outlines the new library context.

Library services for people with dementia

CHICAGO — Libraries have enormous potential to support people with dementia and their caregivers. Demand for dementia-friendly library services is only likely to increase in the future as the numbers of people affected by dementia rise and there is greater emphasis on community-based care.

The social future of academic libraries

CHICAGO — The current focus in higher education on student engagement, holistic education, social responsibility, and community partnerships demands a significant mindshift for academic libraries to reclaim their place at the heart of academic institutions that are reinventing themselves as social enterprises.

An essential handbook of the Dewey Decimal Classification System

CHICAGO — The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), used in 200,000 libraries across 140 countries, has entered a new age, primarily maintained today as a continuously revised electronic system rather than an occasionally updated set of print volumes. Its editors have added newly emerging topics and made it an increasingly faceted, semantically rich, modern system. Simultaneously, the editorial process has become democratized and more responsive to global needs.