College & Research Libraries News to move to online-only publishing model

CHICAGO - College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), the official newsmagazine and publication of record of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), will adopt an online-only publication model beginning in January 2022. The December 2021 issue will be the final print issue of the magazine. C&RL News is freely available as an open access online publication.

Advancing a culture of creativity in libraries

CHICAGO — Today’s library workers have many roles to play: information gatekeepers, connectors, collaborators, and storytellers. The key ingredient is creativity, which acts as the lynchpin of functioning successfully as a team as well as impacting communities in positive ways. “Advancing a Culture of Creativity in Libraries: Programming and Engagement,” published by ALA Editions, examines creativity and how it can be applied in library work culture, programming, and outreach.

Telling the technical services story

CHICAGO — Technical Services isn’t the hidden discipline it once was. Even so, despite all the cross-departmental interaction, misconceptions about the work are all too common. It’s incumbent on technical services staff to take a proactive approach by communicating to others their value to the library and institutional mission.

Library programming for autistic children and teens

CHICAGO — Those who understand the unique characteristics of autistic young people know that ordinary library programming guides are not up to the task of effectively serving these library users. The new second edition of “Library Programming for Autistic Children and Teens,” published by ALA Editions, provides key information, updated program ideas, and practical tips that will help library workers feel more prepared to serve members of this prevalent population.

ALA announces new distribution arrangement with the Chicago Distribution Center, University of Chicago Press

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2021, the Chicago Distribution Center will provide customer service and fulfillment for the ALA Store. This includes books published by ALA Editions/ALA Neal-Schuman, ACRL Publications, and other ALA units; posters, bookmarks, READ-branded and other items that promote literacy and libraries, published by ALA Graphics; and ALA’s physical award seals such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Carnegie Medals seals.

OIF’s updated hit list of banned and challenged children's books

CHICAGO — In our polarized environment, the censorship and outright banning of children’s books which some deem to be controversial or objectionable remains a major concern for libraries. Intellectual freedom champion Pat R. Scales returns to the fray with “Books under Fire: A Hit List of Banned and Challenged Children's Books, Second Edition,” published by ALA Editions in cooperation with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).

The Academic Teaching Librarian's Handbook

CHICAGO — “The Academic Teaching Librarian's Handbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, is a comprehensive resource for academic library professionals and LIS students looking to pursue a teaching role in their work and to develop this aspect of their professional lives in a holistic way throughout their careers. Author Claire McGuinness builds the book around the core ideas of reflective self-development and informed awareness of one's personal professional landscape.

Launching large-scale library initiatives

CHICAGO — The necessity for library leaders to demonstrate that libraries are innovative, collaborative, and can provide eye-catching, transformational services and programs to their communities cannot be understated. But libraries do not suffer from a lack of big ideas. What library workers really need is a roadmap for making those impactful ideas become reality.

New from ACRL – “Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy” by Irene M.H. Herold, a detailed look at the current work of library consortia and how library and consortia staff can develop and execute advocacy plans. 

An updated handbook for rightsizing academic library collections

CHICAGO — Honored with many accolades, including a starred review in Library Journal, the first edition of “Rightsizing the Academic Library Collection,” published by ALA Editions, demonstrated the power and flexibility of “rightsizing,” an approach that applies a scalable, rule-based strategy to help academic libraries balance stewardship of spaces and the collection. In the five years since Suzanne M. Ward’s first edition, the shared print infrastructure has grown in leaps and bounds, as has coordination among programs.