Academic libraries supporting students academically, socially, and financially

CHICAGO — Academic libraries are confronting a myriad of challenges, including consequences stemming from the pandemic, the changing demographics of student bodies, and the financial obstacles that many students are struggling to overcome. What’s needed is practical guidance on how to effectively serve students’ needs amidst rapid change.

Designing student-created media for authentic learning

CHICAGO — Reinforcing the ACRL Framework’s calls for information creation in a range of formats, a 2020 LinkedIn survey rated “video production” as a top 10 skill sought by employers. “Student-Created Media: Designing Research, Learning, and Skill-Building Experiences,” published by ALA Editions, guides librarians, learning technologists, and their faculty partners in designing assignments that showcase students’ ideas, research, subject knowledge, and media literacy skill set development.

Media literacy for justice

CHICAGO — The corrosive effects of today’s relentless tide of media are pernicious. We are conditioned in many ways by our media environments to accept and not question, making it crucial that young people master the skills necessary to access, analyze, evaluate, and create media. In “Media Literacy for Justice: Lessons for Changing the World,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Belinha S.

A fresh update of Zeng and Qin's definitive book on metadata

CHICAGO — Previously named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, the new third edition of “Metadata,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, has been thoroughly updated to incorporate developments and changes in metadata and related domains. Marcia Lei Zeng and Jian Qin provide a solid grounding in the variety and interrelationships among different metadata types, offering a comprehensive look at the metadata schemas that exist in the world of library and information science and beyond.

Beyond basic skills in information literacy instruction

CHICAGO — Librarians know that information literacy is much more complex and nuanced than the basic library research skill that it's often portrayed as; in fact, as outlined by the ACRL Framework, research is a contextual activity. But the settings in which we teach often constrain our ability to take a more layered approach.

Metaliteracy in a connected world

CHICAGO — In their new book “Metaliteracy in a Connected World: Developing Learners as Producers,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson continue their best-selling series with a careful examination of this foundational idea for the metaliteracy framework, one that’s more important than ever in our current media and information environment.

Teaching research data management

CHICAGO — The usefulness of research data management skills bridges numerous activities, from data-driven scholarship and open research by faculty to documentation for grant reporting. And undergrads need a solid foundation in data management for future academic success. Edited by Julia Bauder, “Teaching Research Data Management,” published by ALA Editions, gathers practitioners from a broad range of academic libraries to describe their services and instruction around research data. Readers will learn about such topics as:

Core’s guide to managing grey literature

CHICAGO — An important resource for scholarly research, grey literature is relevant to every discipline. It’s also often more current than commercial publications. Unfortunately, though it provides a richness of content, this type of scholarly resource is often overlooked when conducting research. “Managing Grey Literature: Technical Services Perspectives,” published by ALA Editions in collaboration with Core Publishing, aims to change that. Editors Michelle Leonard and Susan E.

Communities of practice in the academic library

CHICAGO — How can academic librarians strengthen their practice of teaching and provide education through access to information, using intentional efforts to both learn and share in a social context? Building and fostering communities of practice (CoP) is the ideal way forward, as Michelle Reale demonstrates in her new book “Communities of Practice in the Academic Library: Strategies for Implementation,” published by ALA Editions. With her guidance, readers will: