Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) is expanding its editorial staff through the appointment of an Assistant Editor. The ITAL Assistant Editor will be a member of the ITAL Editorial Board, assist with evaluation of submitted articles (“desk review”) prior to peer review, and manage the journal’s peer review process, including communication with authors. The ITAL Assistant Editor may assist with copyediting and layout of articles accepted for publication. Along with the other members of the ITAL Editorial Board, the ITAL Assistant Editor assists with publicity and content development for the journal and advises the ITAL Editor on policy and strategy. The ITAL Assistant Editor is appointed by the Core Board on the recommendation of the ITAL Editorial Board for a renewable three-year term ending June 30, 2024. The position comes with a $1000/year stipend. Qualifications Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English Ability to participate in regularly scheduled…Continue Reading
Core Publishing has released the digital version of the latest guide in the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Political Science Resources. Offering essential resources in the diverse field of political science, this guide provides selectors of political science materials with strategies, tools and resources for developing user-centered collections that are responsive to the needs of faculty and students in political science. Culling key resources from monographs, journals, databases and primary sources like datasets and government documents, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Political Science Resources furnishes librarians with an introduction to the field. Throughout the guide authors Emily Keller and Laura Wimberley explore the major subdisciplines, the various types of research questions being asked, and the information cycle for political scientists. In addition, readers will discover how to get involved in the professional community, acquiring the skills they need to evolve from new selector to a political science librarian. Sponsored…Continue Reading
Core Publishing has released the digital version of the tenth guide in the Sudden Selector’s Guide series, the Sudden Selector’s Guide to Mathematics Resources. Full of resources that are critical to the field of mathematics, this guide aims to give new selectors of mathematics materials the tools and strategies necessary for compiling and establishing a robust collection that meets the needs of mathematics faculty and students. Readers will come away with an understanding of the core concepts and current trends that will enable them to be successful in their new role. Mathematics is a complex and varied discipline that can be both fascinating and intimidating. This volume demystifies the field for “sudden” mathematics selectors and provides a solid foundation for librarians engaged in math collection development, outreach and instruction. Through a comprehensive overview of the most important resources, publishers and professional organizations, readers receive the knowledge and tools to help them effectively manage collections and engage with mathematics…Continue Reading
Cataloging library materials for children in the internet age has never been as challenging or as important. RDA: Resource Description and Access is now the descriptive standard, there are new ways to find materials using classifications, and subject heading access has been greatly enhanced by the keyword capabilities of today’s online catalogs. It’s the perfect moment to present a completely overhauled edition of this acclaimed bestseller. This new sixth edition guides catalogers, children’s librarians, and LIS students in taking an effective approach towards materials intended for children and young adults. Informed by recent studies of how children search, this handbook’s top-to-bottom revisions address areas such as: how RDA applies to a variety of children’s materials, with examples provided; authority control, bibliographic description, subject access, and linked data; electronic resources and other non-book materials; and cataloging for non-English-speaking and preliterate children. With advice contributed by experienced, practicing librarians, this one-stop…Continue Reading
The real-world initiatives and straightforward advice in this collection will embolden technical services managers and administrators to demonstrate the value of their work to stakeholders throughout their organization. Technical Services isn’t the hidden discipline it once was. Even so, despite all the cross-departmental interaction, misconceptions about the work are all too common. It’s incumbent on technical services staff to take a proactive approach by communicating to others their value to the library and institutional mission. Spotlighting several successful initiatives, Telling the Technical Services Story will give you the guidance to bolster communication within departments, across the library, and campus-wide. Listen to a podcast featuring the editors or read a sample from the book (PDF). Available now, Core members receive a 10% discount when purchasing this title.
Read the June 2021 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL). In his Letter from the Editor, Ken Varnum provides an update on the expansion of ITAL’s editorial review process, as announced in the March issue. This issue inaugurates what we plan to be an occasional feature, the “Core Leadership Column,” to which we invite contributions from members of Core leadership. In the first of these columns, incoming Core president Margaret Heller writes about “Making Room for Change through Rest,” in which she highlights the need for each of us to recharge after a collectively challenging year. It is joined by two other regular items, our Editorial Board Thoughts essay by Michael P. Sauers, “Do Space’s Virtual Interview Lab: Using Simple Technology to Serve the Public in a Time of Crisis” and William Yarbrough’s Public Libraries Leading the Way column, “Service Barometers: Using Lending Kiosks to Locate Patrons.” If you…Continue Reading
Regardless of age and experience, young adults must be mindful of their digital presence in the expanding digital world. In Digital Civics and Citizenship: An Applied Approach, Casey Davis provides a guide for librarians, educators, counselors, and administrators to guide secondary and higher education students in successfully practicing responsible citizenship and civics in the digital world. In our world where our social credit is held increasing value, digital civics and citizenship are powerful tools, especially for students just venturing into this expansive realm. Available this Fall, Core members receive a 20% discount when purchasing this title using the code RLLITA20. Preorder your copy today. Digital Civics and Citizenship: An Applied Approach is a must read for every educator striving to help their students navigate the ever changing landscape of our digital world. With themes of respect, empathy, and advocacy, to name a few, Davis has put together an honest and much…Continue Reading
In Sustainable Enterprise Strategies for Optimizing Digital Stewardship: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums, Angela I. Fritz explores how a multicomponent Digital Asset Management Ecosystem (DAME) can ensure strategic growth of institutional collections in the context of long-term holistic collection management plans. Increasingly, librarians, archivists, and curators are managing an integrated digital ecosystem by coordinating and complementing a number of existing and emerging initiatives. This new guide provides a high-level overview and offers a conceptual framework for understanding a digital asset management ecosystem with discussions on digital collection typologies and assessment, planning and prioritization, the importance of a community of practice through associated workflows, and an understanding of the critical role that foresight planning plays in balancing an evolving infrastructure and expanding digital content with creative cost modeling and sustainability strategies. Available this Fall, Core members receive a 20% discount when purchasing this title using the code RLLITA20. Preorder…Continue Reading
In the forthcoming book from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, Transforming Print: Collection Development and Management for Our Connected Future, Lorrie McAllister and Shari Laster explore the vision of the future of print collections in this increasingly digital age. This book inspires its readers to consider print collections and how experimentation and innovation can result in a more engaging experience for the communities they serve and highlights the ways in which people and books are central to the library’s educational mission. Some of the case studies discussed include the ”Open Stacks” concept, haptic learning, learning from browsing behaviors, and an open digital future for the Library of Congress. This guide helps collection management staff in academic libraries transform print collections from selection to management to disposition. Members receive a 10% discount when purchasing this title, and it will be available in print format in the Fall of 2021. Pre-order your copy…Continue Reading
In this new guide from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, Managing Grey Literature: Technical Services Perspectives, authors Michelle Leonard and Susan E. Thomas demonstrate why grey literature is a valuable source for conducting research within the technical services workflow including collections, acquisitions, cataloging, and preservation. This guide defines the significance of grey literature and provides methods for integrating it into library collections. Not only will you learn about how the rich and timely content of grey literature can serve as an invaluable asset to researchers, scholars, and students, you will also gain insight on methods for promoting grey literature in library collections and best communication practices for your institution. This title will be available in print format in the Fall of 2021. Pre-order your copy of the book today.