CHICAGO — From the ongoing flood of misinformation to the swift changes occasioned by the pandemic, a myriad of factors is spurring our profession to rethink reference services. Luckily, Kay Ann Cassell & Uma Hiremath’s “Reference and Information Services: An Introduction” is back in a newly overhauled edition that thoughtfully addresses the evolving reference landscape.
CHICAGO — Open Access (OA) has evolved into the most complex challenge of the scholarly publishing landscape and something libraries grapple with continuously. But although librarians hold increasingly positive perceptions about OA, including its richness of unique content and immediacy of access, many lack the understanding, training, documentation, and knowledge of best practices that would allow them to engage with it confidently.
CHICAGO — In the last decade, data science has generated new fields of study and transformed existing disciplines. As data science reshapes academia, how can libraries and librarians engage with this rapidly evolving, dynamic form of research?
CHICAGO — Today's next generation catalogs, changing cataloging rules, and diverse formats and delivery models demand that technical services professionals and paraprofessionals keep up with evolving best practices for the work they do. Fortunately, libraries can adopt practices such as Training Within Industry (TWI), lean management, and instructional design methodologies to develop a learning culture that continuously improves service delivery.
CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Data Driven Decisions: A Practical Toolkit for Library and Information Professionals” is a jargon-free guide that walks readers step-by-step through each stage of implementing, reviewing, and embedding data driven decisions in their organization. It provides accessible visualizations, top tips, and downloadable tools to support readers on their data journey.
CHICAGO — In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, library patrons of all ages are becoming ever more interested in sustainability and self-reliance topics. Libraries, in turn, are enhancing their programming to embrace these timely concerns by organizing instructional workshops, creating community gardens, building beekeeping exhibits, teaching patrons about reducing waste and sustainable food sources, and more.
CHICAGO — Enshrined in the mission statement of ALA, intellectual freedom is one of the core values of the information professions. The importance of ensuring information access to all, and the historical, social, and legal foundations of this commitment, are powerfully explored in Emily J. M. Knox’s “Foundations of Intellectual Freedom,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman.
CHICAGO — While there are numerous resources available that detail how to improve your school library once it is up and running, there is a dearth of books dealing with the absolute basics in a practical manner, looking at the role from the first day. Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Creating a School Library with Impact: A Beginners Guide” is a UK-focused introductory manual for anyone entering or looking to enter the exciting world of school librarianship in primary or secondary school settings.