Publications

Oliver’s updated introduction to RDA

CHICAGO — Reflecting the changes to RDA after the completion of the 3R Project, Chris Oliver’s “Introducing RDA: A Guide to the Basics after 3R, Second Edition,” published by ALA Editions, offers a clear, plainspoken explanation of RDA: Resource Description and Access. This essential primer for LIS students, records managers, and catalogers and other library professionals:

Electronic legal deposit and the library collections of the future

CHICAGO — Legal deposit libraries, the national and academic institutions who systematically preserve our written cultural record, have recently been mandated with expanding their collection practices to include digitized and born-digital materials. The regulations that govern electronic legal deposit often also prescribe how these materials can be accessed. Although a growing international activity, there has been little consideration of the impact of e-legal deposit on the library, or on its present or future users.

Save 50% on more than 450 products during the ALA Store Moving Sale

CHICAGO — Spring has sprung and ALA would like to put a spring in your step with savings on a wide range of materials as we prepare for our move to a new warehouse in June. Now through April 30, head to the ALA Store and save 50% on more than 450 products, including professional development books, posters, bookmarks, gift items, t-shirts, and more.

Virtual programs and insights from a time of crisis

CHICAGO — From the moment the pandemic took hold in Spring 2020, libraries and library workers have demonstrated their fortitude and flexibility by adapting to physical closures, social distancing guidelines, and a host of other challenges. Despite the obstacles, they’ve been able to stay connected to their communities—and helped connect the people in their communities to each other, as well as to the information and services they need and enjoy.

New from ACRL - “Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Training Research Consultants: A Guide for Academic Libraries,” edited by Jennifer Torreano and Mary O’Kelly. The book is a collection of practices, perspectives, and tools from library leaders who have created and maintained successful research consulting programs, plus thoughtful explorations of the theories and motivations that inform peer learning.

Insight into sound recordkeeping practices

CHICAGO — “Recordkeeping Cultures,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, explores how an understanding of organizational information culture provides the insight necessary for the development and promotion of sound recordkeeping practices.

A complete introduction to knowledge organization

CHICAGO — Claudio Gnoli’s new book “Introduction to Knowledge Organization,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, presents historical precedents and theoretical foundations in a discursive, intelligible form, covering the subject’s philosophical, linguistic, and technical aspects. In the contemporary context of global information exchange through linked data, knowledge organization systems (KOS) need to be represented in standard inter-operable formats.

Visual literacy as a tool for learning

CHICAGO — The burgeoning field of visual literacy can be universally understood across a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, regardless of traditional literacy levels. A key tool for navigating digital devices, there is often an antipathy surrounding visual literacy borne out of stigma and at times, intimidation.

An introduction to data science

CHICAGO — An accessible primer to a potentially complex field, “Practical Data Science for Information Professionals,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides readers with an overview of data science and a framework for its application.

Sourcebooks and American Library Association collaborate on new series

Publishing partnership will feature wide-ranging selection of books and journals

CHICAGO — Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher based in Chicago, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) book publishing imprint, ALA Editions|ALA Neal-Schuman, will collaborate on a new series that will promote easy and affordable access to a range of general interest library-and reading-related content.