A coloring book of quotes for library lovers

CHICAGO — Just in time for year’s end appreciation gifts for colleagues, volunteers, library board members, and bibliophiles, ALA Editions presents “Well Said: The Library Lovers Coloring Book of Quotes.” Fewer activities are more relaxing than taking crayons, pens, or colored pencils in hand to add a personalized splash of color to the pages in a coloring book.

Grounding library work in community engagement

CHICAGO — Community engagement isn’t simply an important component of a successful library—it’s the foundation upon which every service, offering, and initiative rests. Working collaboratively with community members—be they library customers, residents, faculty, students or partner organizations—ensures that the library works, period.

Choice announces the Outstanding Academic Titles of 2020

MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT) list for 2020 has been announced. This prestigious list, released on December 1, reflects the best scholarly titles reviewed by Choice during the previous calendar year, as chosen by the editors. This year’s list features 531 books and digital resources from 123 publishers. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s award list was completed on schedule and to the same high standard expected from Choice. 

Core’s complete guide to institutional repositories

CHICAGO — The Institutional Repository (IR) has become standard to the academic library in the past decade. In fact, some 5,000 are listed in open access directories. However, IR operations are anything but standard. You are not alone in your challenges, whether they be discovery of born digital content or policies for deposit and withdrawal.

Responding to rapid change in libraries

CHICAGO — In the face of rapid change and an ever-widening constellation of challenges, it’s crucial for library leaders to pull back to the question of “why?” Plotting a sustainable way forward depends upon recommitting ourselves to our underlying values, such as customer service and community-building, while fostering the improvements that change makes possible.

New from ACRL - “Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success," edited by Sara Holder and Amber Lannon. The book features a collection of case studies, commentary, and research on student wellness initiatives in academic libraries.

Flexible online learning through modular design

CHICAGO — If your online instruction program sometimes feels like a constant scramble to keep pace with requests and deadlines, modular design is the answer. Approaching projects, whether large and small, with an eye towards future uses will put you on the path to accomplishing broader, organizational goals. And by intentionally building documentation and structure into your process, you will create content that can be easily scaled modified, adapted, and transformed to meet different learner needs.

A holistic collections assessment framework

CHICAGO — Bridging the divide between the big picture and the nitty gritty, Madeline M. Kelly‘s “The Complete Collections Assessment Manual: A Holistic Approach,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, offers a comprehensive framework suitable for a variety of collections and contexts. With a structure that makes it applicable as both a training tool for practicing librarians and a useful course text for library students, this manual:

"2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics" now available from ACRL

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of "2019 Academic Library Trends and Statistics," the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.