In the first textbook from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, praised as “thorough, comprehensive, yet highly readable,” Jonathan M. Smith lays a solid foundation of information technology concepts and best practices for aspiring technologists. The Information Technology for Librarians and Information Professionals book provides a broad selection of practical and current topics ranging from information security and web development to technology planning. In this textbook, Smith outlines foundational principles needed to excel in this discipline and serves as the go-to resource for library & information science students, librarians new to systems or information technology responsibilities, and library managers desiring a primer on information technology. Receive 30% off your purchase when using the promo code: RLFANDF30 during checkout. This title is available in both print and PDF format on the Rowman & Littlefield website. Purchase your copy of the book now.
The March 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on March 15. Two journals published by ALA’s Core division, Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M), invite applications for peer reviewers. Serving as a reviewer is a great opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within our chosen profession. See “Reviewers Wanted,” the Letter from the Editor for this issue. Editorial Board Member Brady Lund asks and answers a particularly intriguing question facing libraries in this quarter’s Editorial Board Thoughts column, “The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Does It Pose an Existential Threat to Libraries?” We have two “Public Libraries Leading the Way” columns this issue, both focused on technological adaptations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the first one, We Can Do It for Free! Using Freeware for Online Patron…Continue Reading
The Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M) journals invite applications for peer reviewers. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within the profession. We are seeking the broadest pool of reviewers possible. Reviewer responsibilities for both journals are to have an interest/experience with the journal’s topics, as described below. Reviewers should expect to review 2-4 articles a year and should provide thoughtful and actionable comments to authors and the editor. Reviewers will work with the editor, associate editor, and/or editorial board of the corresponding journal. See the job description for ITAL reviewers for more details about that role. We welcome applications from individuals at libraries of all types, levels of experience, locations, perspectives, and voices, especially those from underrepresented groups. Reviewers will be selected to maximize the diversity of…Continue Reading
Learn new skills to enhance your career in March with continuing education events from Core. Reserve your spot and register now. Continuing Education Opportunities & Discussions Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management (FCDM)March 1 – March 26 (six-week online course) Fundamentals of Collection Assessment (FCA) March 1 – April 9 (six-week online course) Transformational Change: a Newly Hybrid Workforce (60-minute webinar)Presenters: Nancy Cunningham, Ray Henry, Geinfer Snipes, Rayne Veiger Tuesday, March 2, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Planning Batch Cataloging Projects (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Rebecca B. FrenchWednesday, March 3, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Changes in Library Organization (free two-day e-Forum discussion)Moderators: Susan Martin and David SchusterMarch 2-3, 2021 Fundamentals of Preservation (FOP)March 8 – April 2 (six-week online course) Using Your Library’s Virtual Presence to Reach Users with Disabilities (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Renee GrassiTuesday, March 9, 2021 1:00 – 2:00pm CT Accessibility & Inclusive Design to Enable Success (60-minute webinar)Presenter: Jacqueline FrankWednesday,…Continue Reading
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. In addition, it familiarizes those new to the field with scholarly communications and open education, licensing electronic resources, negotiating with vendors, cataloging, and working with library systems. Through this guide, readers will gain the knowledge and competencies required for library acquisitions work. The work of acquisitions is challenging and constantly evolving, and new acquisitions library workers will need a wide range of skill sets to perform their responsibilities well in this position. Budgeting and accounting, managing purchase orders and invoices, evaluating usage statistics, submitting fiscal reports, supervising employees, and…Continue Reading
Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries. Explore the latest posts from your colleagues in the library world of leadership and management.
The December 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on December 21, rounding out a year many of us are glad to see behind us. Contrary to my fears as the year started, library technologists of all stripes continued to do great things and write about them. Our final issue of 2020 has some great material for you. Core President Christopher Cronin writes about the possibilities brought forward by the creation of Core out of the previous ALA divisions in Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Our December “Editorial Board Thoughts” column, Public Libraries Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Creating a New Service Model, by board member Jon Goddard, highlights some of the ways COVID-19 has changed the landscape of service for libraries of all kinds, but particularly for public libraries. In our “Public Libraries Leading the Way” column this issue, Jessica Hall at the Fresno Public Library describes an…Continue Reading
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. In addition to learning about philosophy, readers will also learn to develop and manage a comprehensive philosophy collection supported by effective research and user services strategies. Philosophy has an extensive history that spans more than two millennia. Today, the study of philosophy reaches into various academic fields from the humanities to the sciences and is informed by multi- and transcultural reflections. Because of philosophy’s all-encompassing breadth and depth, the subject matter can be intimidating to anyone without an advanced degree in the field. Aulisio’s Sudden Selector’s…Continue Reading
In the newest guide from ALCTS Publishing’s Sudden Selector’s Guide series, authors Deborah Raftus and Jeffrey Staiger take a look at the resources necessary to provide support for college and university programs in Romance languages and literatures. The Sudden Selector’s Guide to Romance Languages and Literatures provides those new to acquiring, collecting, and managing materials in the study of Romance languages and literatures a starting point for becoming a successful selector in this unique subject area. Loaded with important tips, tools, and references, this guide will help you develop the skills necessary to select valuable resources for those studying Romance languages and literatures. Beginning with how they became librarians of Romance languages and literatures, Raftus and Staiger share their experiences and provide guidance as well as present “Insider’s Tips” that will help any new Romance languages and literatures selector. In addition, readers will learn about acquisitions travel to purchase books…Continue Reading