Building an integrated metadata strategy with XML

CHICAGO — “Metadata in the Digital Library: Building an Integrated Strategy with XML,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a complete guide to building a digital library metadata strategy from scratch, using established metadata standards bound together by the markup language XML. Written by Richard Gartner, the book introduces the reader to the theory of metadata and shows how it can be applied in practice.

Library services and incarceration

CHICAGO — As part of our mission to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all library patrons, our profession needs to come to terms with the consequences of mass incarceration, which have saturated the everyday lives of people in the United States and heavily impacts Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ people; and people who are in poverty.

Foundations of information literacy

CHICAGO — It’s not hyperbole to conclude that in today’s world, information literacy is essential for survival and success; and also that, if left unchecked, the social consequences of widespread misinformation and information illiteracy will only continue to grow more dire. Thus its study must be at the core of every education.

A new book of quotes for library lovers

CHICAGO — Celebrate librarianship and the love of libraries with “Uncommon Quotes for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions. Included are 100 of the most insightful, thought-provoking, and uplifting aphorisms about books, the joy of reading, intellectual freedom, and librarianship.

Sustainability programs and practices for libraries

CHICAGO — As a core value of librarianship, sustainability is not an end point but a mindset, a lens through which operational and outreach decisions can be made. And it extends beyond an awareness of the roles that libraries can play in educating and advocating for a sustainable future. As “Libraries and Sustainability: Programs and Practices for Community Impact,” published by ALA Editions, demonstrates, sustainability can also encompass engaging with communities in discussions about resilience, regeneration, and social justice.

Classifying and fixing dirty data

CHICAGO — Problems associated with dirty data lead to massive headaches for organizations both large and small across the globe. And though data quality issues are frequently discussed, what you will rarely hear about are pragmatic methods for fixing things. “Between the Spreadsheets: Classifying and Fixing Dirty Data,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, draws on expert Susan Walsh's decade of experience in data classification to present a foolproof method for cleaning and classifying your data.

Journey through school librarianship using AASL’s Shared Foundation of Explore

CHICAGO — Published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and ALA Editions, Sarah Culp Searles’s book “Explore” takes readers on a journey through the broad and varied territory of school librarianship, sharing resources, ideas, and trends to help along the way. This guide is designed so that readers can explore their practice on their own or with colleagues—so grab your compass, backpack, and boots and hit the trails. This book offers:

Disaster planning and preparedness for libraries

CHICAGO — The library is a vital information hub and resource provider every single day, and that’s doubly true when calamity strikes. In fact, libraries’ designation as “essential community functions” during disasters is now encoded in U.S. law. Engaging as a partner in planning and preparedness will build much-needed community support should disaster strike, and even a basic plan will also save library workers time and stress later on.