Announcing ALA Neal-Schuman's new Critical Cultural Information Studies series

CHICAGO — The American Library Association is proud to announce Critical Cultural Information Studies, a new book series edited by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and Associate Professor at The School of Information Science, University of South Carolina. The series will be published under the Association’s ALA Neal-Schuman imprint.

New from ACRL - “Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Using Open Educational Resources to Promote Social Justice," edited by CJ Ivory and Angela Pashia, which explores the opportunities and challenges of moving the discussion about open educational resources (OER) beyond affordability to address structural inequities found throughout academia and scholarly publishing. 

ALA releases free programming guide for libraries, “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage”

CHICAGO — With funding from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, the American Library Association (ALA) has published “Programming with Primary Sources: Women’s Suffrage,” a resource guide to inspire and help library workers bring primary source inquiry into their book clubs, crafts and other library programs.

The future of digital literacy in Africa

CHICAGO — Sustainable development can only be achieved when no one is left behind. An enduring lesson from the COVID-19 crisis is how important the availability of digital infrastructure and skills for individuals and communities is for teaching, learning, employability or just being able to participate fully in society.

New from ACRL - “Designing Libraries for the 21st Century”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Designing Libraries for the 21st Century," edited by H. Thomas Hickerson, Joan K. Lippincott, and Leonora Crema. Featuring an impressive array of authors drawn largely from the conference of the same name and packed with full color images and illustrations, this book provides guidance, principles, and a wealth of creative ideas for academic library spaces, technology, programs, and partnerships.

An updated introduction to planning a new library building

CHICAGO — Drawing on the expertise of authors Ayub Khan and Stella Thebridge from time spent on library projects around the world, the new second edition of “Better by Design: An Introduction to Planning and Designing a New Library Building,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, charts a readable path through everything from the planning of a new library to major refurbishment or the remodeling of a current library.

Fostering wellness in the library workplace

CHICAGO — As part of their dedication to improving the lives of their patrons, libraries have long offered services, programs, and outreach dedicated to the health and wellness of their communities. There is a growing recognition that library workers themselves are in urgent need of such attention; low morale, and complaints of burnout and a toxic work environment, are only a few of the obvious symptoms. The good news is that by turning inward, libraries can foster wellness in their workplace and make a real difference in the day-to-day lives of their staff. Bobbi L.