Publications

An updated playbook for chief data officers

CHICAGO — The new second edition of “The Chief Data Officer's Playbook,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, offers new insights into the role of the CDO and the data environment. Written by Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson, two of the world's leading experts in data driven transformation, it addresses the changes that have taken place in "data" in the role of the CDO, and the expectations and ambitions of organizations.

Murray-Rust's seven action steps for reinventing the library

CHICAGO — After a career of more than 40 years, Catherine Murray-Rust, former Dean of Libraries at Georgia Tech and a self-proclaimed library disrupter, sees our profession’s central challenge as simply this: how to turn the library outward in order to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the community. In her new book “Library Next: Seven Action Steps for Reinvention,” published by ALA Editions, she encourages readers to look an uncertain library future square in the eye.

RSC publishes glossary for RDA

CHICAGO — The four-year RDA Toolkit Restructure and Redesign Project included a major expansion of the standard to align RDA: Resource Description and Access with the IFLA Library Reference Model, which is the conceptual basis of RDA. This expansion included the addition of several new entities and hundreds of new elements.

New from ACRL - “Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Organization and Engagement”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "Approaches to Liaison Librarianship: Innovations in Organization and Engagement," edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. The book showcases different implementations of the liaison model across a range of institutions and describes in detail many of the tailored programs and services that liaison librarians are so well-positioned to provide.

OIF’s updated Intellectual Freedom Manual

CHICAGO — The new tenth edition of “Intellectual Freedom Manual,“ published by ALA Editions in collaboration with ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), is more than simply an update of a foundational text that has served as a crucial resource for more than four decades. It is a living document that serves as the authoritative reference for day-to-day guidance on maintaining free and equal access to information for all people.

Final guide in Sudden Position Series provides tips and tools for library acquisitions

CHICAGO — ALCTS Publishing has released its third and final guide in the Sudden Position Guide series, the Sudden Position Guide to Acquisitions. Authored by Deborah Hathaway, Paul Kelsey, Stacey Marien and Susan E. Thomas, the Sudden Position Guide to Acquisitions arms those new to library acquisitions with the tools and resources needed for traditional collection development and print monograph, streaming media, e-book and serials acquisitions.

Ideas for pivoting during the pandemic

CHICAGO — When the pandemic suddenly forced many public libraries to close their doors or limit patron access, library staff redoubled their efforts to serve their communities in every way possible. Demonstrating their resilience by quickly pivoting to new modes of service, public libraries are continuing to offer innovative yet practical ways to connect patrons to the information and services they need and enjoy.

Maker literacies for academic libraries

CHICAGO — Melding universities’ strategic goals with libraries’ teaching and learning mission, the academic library makerspace can be a powerful catalyst for information literacy, offering faculty partners a place for interdisciplinary, experiential learning. If you’re pondering what it takes to get your makerspace into the curriculum, “Maker Literacies for Academic Libraries: Integration into Curriculum,” published by ALA Editions, is the tool you need.

Examine resources used in the study of philosophy with the most recent guide in the Sudden Selector’s Guide series

CHICAGO—ALCTS Publishing has released its final printed guide in the Sudden Selector’s Guide series. The Sudden Selector’s Guide to Philosophy Resources offers key resources for selectors of philosophy materials. Authored by George J. Aulisio, this guide is aimed at any academic librarian committed to learning more about the study of philosophy and the philosophical community, including its various questions, methodologies, focuses and idiosyncrasies.