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Libraries and the Affordable Care Act: Helping the Community Understand Health-care Options

by Francisca Goldsmith ALA Editions (October 20, 2014)

This important guide, the first written specifically for library staff, offers best practices, advice, and examples of library responses from the first open enrollment period (October 2013-March 2014).


New on the Job: A School Librarian's Guide to Success, Second Edition

by Hilda K. Weisburg & Ruth Toor ALA Editions (October 17, 2014)

From job search strategies and discovering work philosophy to the nitty-gritty details of creating acceptable use policies, this revised and updated edition, which includes a new foreword from Sarah Kelly Johns,...


Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability

by Valerie Horton & Greg Pronevitz ALA Editions (October 23, 2014)

With over 35 years of experience managing five different library consortia between them, Horton and Pronevitz are uniquely qualified to show how consortia have been transforming themselves, offering new services...


The Readers' Advisory Guide to Historical Fiction

by Jennifer S. Baker ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

Emphasizing an appreciation of historical fiction in its many forms and focusing on what fans enjoy, this guide provides a fresh take on a durable genre.


The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks

by Lorcan Dempsey & Kenneth J. Varnum ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

Since he began posting in 2003, Dempsey has used his blog to explore nearly every important facet of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale...


Intellectual Freedom for Teens: A Practical Guide for Young Adult & School Librarians

by Kristin Fletcher-Spear & Kelly Tyler ALA Editions (August 25, 2014)

It's important for YA librarians to understand the types of challenges occurring in libraries around the nation and to be ready to deal with such challenges when they occur.


The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends

by Megan M. McArdle ALA Editions (September 24, 2014)

In this informative and entertaining book McArdle gets library staff up to speed on these engaging titles, showing how such crossover fiction appeals to fanbases of multiple genres.


Tablet Computers in School Libraries and Classrooms

by Heather Moorefield-Lang, Carolyn Meier & Rebecca K. Miller ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

This succinct e-book speaks directly to librarians and educators working with young people, pointing the way towards intelligent, constructive use of tablets to attain educational goals.


Folktales Aloud: Practical Advice for Playful Storytelling

by Janice M. Del Negro ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

For young listeners the folktale is a perfect gateway to the exciting worlds of culture and literature, and Del Negro's book invites their engagement with proven techniques and original story scripts that can...


Reference Sources for Small and Medium-Sized Libraries: Eighth Edition

by Jack O’Gorman ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

Focusing on new reference sources published since 2008 and reference titles that have retained their relevance, this new edition brings O'Gorman's complete and authoritative guide to the best reference sources...


Embedding Librarianship in Learning Management Systems: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

by Beth E. Tumbleson & John J. Burke ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

Information literacy instruction is best when it is integrated into actual research, and in higher education that means embedding librarianship into the learning management system (LMS). This new How-To-Do-It...


The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media

by Laura Solomon ALA Editions (June 01, 2013)

Solomon, a librarian with extensive experience in web development, design, and technology, cuts to the chase with this invaluable guide to using social media in any kind of library.


Fundamentals of Children's Services, Second Edition

by Michael Sullivan ALA Editions (January 01, 2013)

Those studying to become children's librarians, experienced and new children's librarians, library administrators, and trustees alike will find Sullivan's book a definitive guide to the fundamentals of children's...


Getting Started with Digital Collections

by Jane D. Monson ALA Editions (February 03, 2017)

Digital collections have already changed the ways users access and interact with an institution’s materials. And small or medium-sized libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies face a unique set...


Renew Yourself

by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk ALA Editions (December 22, 2016)

Unplanned careers affect everything and everyone. They can lead to frustration, negativity, and apathy at a time when we need to be focused, energized and motivated. Though your library career might have started...


Becoming a Reflective Librarian and Teacher

by Michelle Reale ALA Editions (December 16, 2016)

Too much of the time our attempts at achieving a work/life balance instead amount to a rigid compartmentalization of the different parts of our lives. But the very qualities that make us human, including our...


The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly

by Sally Gardner Reed ALA Editions (December 02, 2016)

Executive Director of United for Libraries and former Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A., Reed has decades of experience liaising between Friends groups and the libraries that they support, serve,...


Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions, Third Edition

by Kenneth D. Crews ALA Editions (December 19, 2011)

Information professionals will find the tools they need to take control of their rights and responsibilities as copyright owners and users in this succinct, easy-to-use guide.


Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Third Edition

by Peggy Johnson ALA Editions (January 01, 2014)

In this sweeping revision of a text that has become an authoritative standard, expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson addresses the art of controlling and updating library collections, whether located...


Sex, Brains, and Video Games: Information and Inspiration for Youth Services Librarians

by Jennifer Burek Pierce ALA Editions (March 09, 2017)

Educators and practitioners, as well as students preparing to enter the field, will all benefit from this compact overview of contemporary research on adolescence.


Creating Inclusive Library Environments

by Michelle Kowalsky & John Woodruff ALA Editions (October 31, 2016)

Librarians are continually faced with challenges of how to best meet the needs of patrons with disabilities, whether those patrons have physical or intellectual disabilities, differing learning styles, or even...


The Subject Liaison’s Survival Guide to Technical Services

by Krista Schmidt & Tim Carstens ALA Editions (October 31, 2016)

Subject liaisons act as a bridge connecting academic departments to the library and its services, helping facilitate instruction sessions, research support, and collection development. To be at their best in...


Effective Difficult Conversations

by Catherine Soehner & Ann Darling ALA Editions (November 11, 2016)

In an information landscape where change is the status quo, difficult conversations come with the territory. Being a library leader means knowing how to confidently steer these conversations so that they lead...


The New Instruction Librarian

by Candice Benjes-Small & Rebecca K. Miller ALA Editions (November 16, 2016)

The sheer amount of resources on the subject of information literacy is staggering. Yet a comprehensive but concise roadmap specifically for librarians who are new to instruction, or who are charged with training...


The Library's Legal Answers for Makerspaces

by Mary Minow & Tomas A. Lipinski ALA Editions (June 30, 2016)

Untangling the knotty legal questions surrounding makerspaces, the authors' straightforward answers will empower libraries to use makerspaces to foster a true sense of community.


Shared Collections: Collaborative Stewardship (An ALCTS Monograph)

by Dawn Hale ALA Editions (April 11, 2016)

With practical advice on issues such as governance and business models, demand driven acquisition, rare works, and access, this monograph is a valuable resource for academic library directors, administrators,...


A History of ALA Policy on Intellectual Freedom: A Supplement to the Intellectual Freedom Manual, Ninth Edition

by Trina Magi & Martin Garnar ALA Editions (July 01, 2015)

Collecting several key documents and policy statements, this supplement to the ninth edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual traces a history of ALA's commitment to fighting censorship.


Library Services for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders

by Lesley S. J. Farmer ALA Editions (January 01, 2013)

Farmer offers librarians in or outside a school environment all the information they need to build a library literacy program geared towards children with autism spectrum disorders.


Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom

by Michelle Reale ALA Editions (September 01, 2015)

Readers will feel confident applying the lessons learned from Reale's first-hand account to their own experiences both in and out of the classroom.


Popular Picks for Young Readers

by Diane Foote ALA Editions (April 01, 2014)

Featuring contributions by active librarians from around the country, this guide offers a goldmine of quality books for children, spotlighting more than 500 titles published within the last four years.


The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Content Marketing

by Laura Solomon ALA Editions (April 11, 2016)

Making content marketing concepts bite-sized and easily digestible, this guide shows libraries how to market effectively by focusing on what library users find useful and relevant.


The Library's Legal Answers for Meeting Rooms and Displays

by Mary Minow & Tomas A. Lipinski ALA Editions (August 01, 2016)

Grounded in the authors' expert guidance, this e-book will give your staff the knowledge they need to keep your library out of messy legal problems.


Digitizing Your Collection: Public Library Success Stories

by Susanne Caro ALA Editions (December 11, 2015)

Many libraries across the country have found ways to create wonderful digital collections, and this book shows you how you can too.


Five Steps of Outcome-Based Planning and Evaluation for Public Libraries

by Melissa Gross & Cindy Mediavilla ALA Editions (January 13, 2016)

Featuring plentiful examples of how to proceed through each phase of the OBPE model, this book boils down planning and evaluation into an approachable, easy to understand process for public librarians, library...


Inspired Collaboration: Ideas for Discovering and Applying Your Potential

by Dorothy Stoltz ALA Editions (January 28, 2016)

A book that will inspire effective communication and accountability within your organization and among community allies.


Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families

by Claudia Haines & Cen Campbell ALA Editions (July 29, 2016)

Guiding children's librarians to define, solidify, and refine their roles as media mentors, this book in turn will help facilitate digital literacy for children and families.


Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theory into Practice

by Debra J. Knoll ALA Editions (May 26, 2016)

With Knoll's guidance, children's librarians will be informed and inspired to rise to the challenge of providing quality service to babies, toddlers, and care providers.


Librarians and Instructional Designers: Collaboration and Innovation

by Joe Eshleman & Richard Moniz ALA Editions (July 29, 2016)

With a firm foundation on best practices drawn from a variety of institutions, this book maps out a partnership between academic librarians and instructional designers that will lead to improved outcomes.


Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication: Essays by Rick Anderson

by Rick Anderson ALA Editions (June 08, 2016)

Ideal for browsing, the ideas in this collection will kickstart your brainstorming sessions and spur your organization to confront choices head on.


The Heart of Librarianship: Attentive, Positive, and Purposeful Change

by Michael Stephens ALA Editions (May 16, 2016)

Bringing together ideas for practice, supporting evidence from recent research, and insights into what lies ahead, this book will inform and inspire librarians of all types.


The Library Innovation Toolkit: Ideas, Strategies, and Programs

by Anthony Molaro & Leah L. White ALA Editions (February 06, 2015)

This stimulating collection offers numerous snapshots of innovation in action at a range of libraries, showcasing ideas and initiatives that will inspire librarians at their own institutions.


Real-World Teen Services

by Jennifer Velásquez ALA Editions (May 27, 2015)

This book goes beyond the "what" and "how" of teen services to get to the "why," ensuring that both new and experienced practitioners will understand the ways teens want to use public space, discover and create...


The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-by-Shelf Guide

by Rebecca Vnuk ALA Editions (May 18, 2015)

Filled with field-tested, no nonsense strategies, this handbook will enable libraries to bloom by maintaining a collection that users actually use.


Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities

by Steve Albrecht ALA Editions (May 27, 2015)

Through the methods outlined in this book, Albrecht demonstrates that effective communication not only makes library users feel more comfortable but also increases staff morale, ensuring the library is place...


Intellectual Freedom Manual: Ninth Edition

by Trina Magi & Martin Garnar ALA Editions (April 20, 2015)

This must-have tool will help librarians ensure that institutions of all kinds remain beacons of intellectual freedom.


Leading Libraries: How to Create a Service Culture

by Wyoma vanDuinkerken & Wendi Arant Kaspar ALA Editions (May 01, 2015)

This valuable resource gathers the principles and best practices of leadership, and points the way towards creating a service culture that makes every staff member a library leader.


Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library

by Ben Bizzle & Maria Flora ALA Editions (December 11, 2014)

At the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas, Bizzle and his colleagues defied common practices by using creative risk-taking in marketing and outreach to transform their library into a dynamic...


Reinventing Reference: How Libraries Deliver Value in the Age of Google

by Katie Elson Anderson & Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic ALA Editions (December 14, 2014)

This collection takes a critical look at the overarching trends that affect current library policy and practice regarding the process of delivering information services, and how factors such as public policy,...


The Transformed Library: E-Books, Expertise, and Evolution

by Jeannette Woodward ALA Editions (January 01, 2013)

This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed...


Managing in the Middle

by Robert Farrell & Kenneth Schlesinger ALA Editions (January 01, 2013)

Being a middle manager can be a difficult job, but the range of perspectives in this book offer strategies and tips to make it easier.