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Strengthening library ecosystems using One Voice

CHICAGO — A patron of one library is the potential patron of any other library at a different time of life or location. And though each library serves its own unique community, when different kinds of libraries speak together with one voice, the entire...

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An updated toolkit for winning grants

CHICAGO — Newly updated and comprehensive, the third edition of “ Winning Grants,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, is a must-have for library directors, grant writers, board members, consultants, and anyone navigating the intricacies of library grant...

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A workbook for navigating intellectual freedom challenges

CHICAGO — Whether a book challenge is upon you, on the horizon, in your rearview mirror, or not yet in sight, now is the time to start envisioning what a challenge-ready team looks like in your organization. “ Prepared Libraries, Empowered Teams: A...

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Essential checklist of library building design considerations

CHICAGO — With staff time at a premium, and library budgets that leave little room for overages, undertaking a successful library building or renovation project requires precision planning, effective communication, and focused coordination. Using a...

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The networked school librarian

CHICAGO — School librarians need to engage with their staff and community to help define their role, raise their profile, and make a real impact. Whether you’re a solo school librarian, a team member, or a team leader, you’ll find practical advice about...

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Newly updated handbook of library architecture

The second edition of “The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture,” published by ALA Editions, covers everything from planning completely new library buildings to small remodeling projects. Library directors, board members, and planning professionals will want this newly updated resource close at hand before, during, and after any library construction project. With a dash of humor, authors Fred Schlipf, Joe Huberty, and John A. Moorman point out many common dysfunctional ideas that have managed to permeate library buildings, using them to guide readers towards adhering to functional essentials of library design at every step in the process.

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New e-book spotlights free and low-cost library programming

There’s no need to spend hours trying to come up with creative programming ideas—bestselling library activity guru Ellyssa Kroski has already done all the hard work for you! Largely drawn from contributions by library workers across the country, “The Big Sourcebook of Free and Low-Cost Library Programming: 300+ Resources, Ideas, and Tools,” published by ALA Editions, is a cornucopia of ideas for inspiring countless fun and engaging programs at your library. Best of all, these exciting low cost/no-cost library programs can be implemented using only free resources.

Liberatory Librarianship: Stories of Community, Connection, and Justice, available at the ALA Store

Liberatory Librarianship

How does librarianship help people to be free? How is library capacity and expertise used to increase freedom, justice, and community? “Liberatory Librarianship: Stories of Community, Connection, and Justice,” published by ALA Editions in collaboration with Core, unpacks these questions, and many others, to reveal ways that library workers and their institutions are applying skills, knowledge, abilities, professional ethics, and personal commitment to practice liberatory librarianship.

Introduction to Documentation Studies, available at the ALA Store.

Introduction to Documentation Studies

What do a composer, a writer, a painter, a historian, a political activist, and a social agency office have in common? They all create documents to communicate and inform the world, making documentation a necessity for any human interaction in society. Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Introduction to Documentation Studies” outlines the historical background of, and the theoretical foundation for a complementary approach to documentation issues and processes.

Introduction to Healthcare Knowledge and Library Services, available at the ALA Store.

Library services and healthcare knowledge in the UK

Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, “Introduction to Healthcare Knowledge and Library Services” explores the range of roles in this important area of practice, from "traditional" librarian roles to those that break new ground, from clinical, embedded, and outreach librarians to knowledge management workers. Edited by Geoff Walton, Frances Johnson, David Stewart, Gil Young, and Holly Case-Wyatt, this collection provides a comprehensive, practitioner-focused introduction to all aspects of knowledge and library work in the UK health sector. Starting with an overview of NHS England and how knowledge and library work sits within it, the book addresses such critical areas as services supporting evidence-based practice, the developing area of health information literacy, collaborative working, demonstrating impact, and value and research discovery.

An updated guide to web metrics

CHICAGO — Published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, the new second edition of David Stuart’s “ Web Metrics for Library and Information Professionals” explores the many opportunities web metrics provide for measuring the impact of...

ALA Store at ALA’s 2024 LibLearnX in Baltimore

Conveniently located in the LLX Marketplace, the ALA Store will offer a variety of posters, bookmarks, clothing, gift books, and more. Store hours are: Saturday, January 20: 9:30am – 4:00pm Sunday, January 21: 10:00am – 4:00pm Monday, January 22: 9:30am –...

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Building representative community archives

CHICAGO — Libraries and archives are grappling with the problems created by collection practices of the past, many of which document those in power while bypassing alternate perspectives and stories. “ Building Representative Community Archives: Inclusive...

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Library of Congress and ALA announce new educational series

CHICAGO — ALA Editions, the book publishing arm of the American Library Association, is pleased to announce a new educational series, “Discover and Learn with the Library of Congress,” to be published in association with the Library of Congress. Combining...

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The 12 steps to a community-led library

CHICAGO — Libraries want to be more responsive to their diverse communities. Yet many libraries lack the structures, cultures, and mindsets to sustain community-led methods. “ The 12 Steps to a Community-Led Library,” published by ALA Editions, lays out...

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Bibliotherapy-informed practices, programs, and events

CHICAGO — Bibliotherapy can be defined as the use of guided reading for therapeutic ends. And though you might not be a licensed mental health professional, you can—and do, even without knowing it—support mental health and personal growth by connecting...