CHICAGO — Ensuring accessibility is more important than ever; however, answering questions of what needs to be done and why to make a library accessible can be an uncomfortable and daunting hurdle to true inclusion.
CHICAGO — The need to find accurate information about sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, has never felt more urgent. At the same time, mis- and disinformation proliferates as never before. Libraries are community organizations uniquely positioned to cut through the miasma and provide facts about sensitive health topics such as contraception, fertility, pregnancy options, and sexually transmitted infections.
CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Let's Roll: A Guide to Setting up Tabletop Role-Playing Games in your School or Public Library” is a practical guide to delivering a tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) within the time constraints imposed on library sessions. Author Lucas Maxwell speaks to novices and current aficionados alike, demonstrating how librarians, teachers, and other educators can offer TTRPG programs that deliver significant benefits on a budget.
CHICAGO — Manga, which encompasses comics originating from Japan, is treasured by readers of all ages. And because of its emotional storytelling, breathtaking artwork, and relatable and transformative stories about humanity, manga is especially popular with teens.
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?