Greetings and happy summer!  Arrowhead Library System (ALS) has a long-standing commitment to maintaining a collection of current publication titles of interest to librarians, library staff and library trustees.  The collection is housed at the ALS Headquarters in Mountain Iron, but all titles can be requested via the online catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from an ALS library) or via the statewide MnLINK catalog (if you have a borrower’s card from Duluth Public Library).  If you have questions about borrowing titles from the ALS Professional Collection, feel free to call ALS staff!

Here are the latest additions to the ALS collection:

WordPress Web Design for Dummies 3rd Edition

Lisa Sabin-Wilson
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016
006.7 SAB 2016
Are you familiar with the fundamentals of WordPress, but want to take your skills to the next level? From bestselling author and WordPress expert Lisa Sabin-Wilson, this new edition of WordPress Web Design For Dummies quickly gets you up to speed on the latest release of the software and shows you how to use it as a tool to create a customized, compelling, and cost-effective website—without losing your cool.  WordPress can be used to create a custom design for your website using complimentary technologies such as graphic design, CSS, HTML coding, PHP programming, and MySQL administration. With the help of this hands-on, friendly guide, you’ll discover how to create an effective navigation system, choose the right color palette and fonts, and select different layouts. Plus, you’ll find out how to tweak existing website designs with available themes, both free and premium, and gain the confidence to translate your design skills into paid work.

  • Create dynamic, custom websites with the self-hosted version of WordPress
  • Use free themes and enhance them with CSS and HTML
  • Create a responsive design for mobile devices and tablet users
  • Get to grips with the newest release of WordPress

Whether you want to use WordPress to spruce up your existing website or create a brand-new one from scratch, this do-it-yourself guide has you covered.

WordPress for Dummies 7th Edition
Lisa Sabin-Wilson
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2015
006.752 SAB 2015
It seems as though the world revolves around websites and blogs these days, and with WordPress For Dummies, 7th Edition you can join the fun! This easy-to-read book is packed with the information you need to navigate the world of WordPress, and all of the content is updated to keep you up to speed with the latest updates. The insight this resource offers will equip you to take on the art of blogging or running a website with confidence. Whether you’re new to the blogging community or you’re looking to maximize your website by extending your use of WordPress features, WordPress For Dummies, 7th Edition is a book you need on your shelf.

Rethinking Library Technical Services:  Redefining our Profession for the Future
Edited by Mary Beth Weber
Rowman & Littlefield, 2015
025.02 WEB 2015
Will library technical services exist thirty years from now? If so, what do leading experts see as the direction of the field?  In this visionary look at the future of technical services, Mary Beth Weber, Head of Central Technical Services at Rutgers and editor of Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS), the official journal of ALA’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services and one of the top peer-reviewed scholarly technical services journals has compiled a veritable who’s who of the field to answer just these questions.  Experts including Amy K. Weiss, Sylvia Hall-Ellis, and Sherri L. Vellucci answer vital questions like:

  • Is there a future for traditional cataloging, acquisitions, and technical services?
  • How can librarians influence the outcome of vendor-provided resources such as e-books, licensing, records sets, and authority control?
  • Will RDA live up to its promise?
  • Are approval plans and subject profiles relics of the past?
  • Is there a need to curate data through its lifecycle?
  • What skills will be needed in the future in technical services jobs?

The Library Innovation Toolkit:  Ideas, Strategies, and Programs
Edited by Anthony Molaro and Leah L. White
ALA Editions, 2015
025.1 MOL 2015
Progress for the sake of progress is all too often a drain on precious time and resources. The communities and users that libraries serve are always changing; true innovation helps libraries adapt to meet their needs and aspirations both now and in the future. 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. Among the topics covered are

  • The importance of creating organizational structures that lead to innovation
  • Strategies for getting library staff and other stakeholders on board and engaged, complete with a step-by-step toolkit for achieving innovative outcomes
  • Ways to expand the library beyond its walls to deliver exceptional and innovative services to library users
  • Money-saving initiatives that use technology to improve users’ experience
  • Innovative uses of library spaces, such as designing and implementing a digital media lab
  • Examples of creative programming, from running a C2E2-style comic convention, creating an “idea” forum, to re-envisioning a children’s writing club and launching Readtember, a month of literacy programs featuring zombies, dads, and gaming

Bookmobiles in America: An Illustrated History
Orty Ortwein
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015
027.473091 ORT 2015

Bookmobiles in America delves into the topic of that unique invention of the library world, the bookmobile. They have been around as long as the automobile itself, even longer when including those powered by horses. Indeed, just about every vehicle used to transport people has been used to move knowledge as well. Hence, this work deals not only with trucks, but also jeeps, trains, horse-drawn wagons, boats, and even an airplane or two. Librarian Orty Ortwein will show you the surprisingly fascinating history of this overlooked topic.

Better Library Design:  Ideas from Library Journal
Edited by Rebecca T. Miller and Barbara A. Genco
Rowman & Littlefield, 2016
727.80973 BET 2016
Few librarians build more than one library in their careers and renovating or building a whole new library is a very expensive investment. Thus, new or refurbished structures need to be fresh and up to date. While some librarians have the means to visit exemplary buildings as they develop their own library’s master plan, most library leaders and stakeholders won’t actually see the full range of potential projects. Hence, this unique book is both a resource and a brainstorm prompt. It helps library leaders and key stakeholders surface the ideal programmatic aspects that drive exciting design, and offer recent design solutions that have been effectively implemented.

Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal identifies and celebrates the top trends in library design, capturing current state and provides an authoritative overview for those planning their own projects. This is a colorful, high content survey of dynamic library building projects completed in the last five years, in both public and academic settings. Anchored by Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries competition, here is the nation’s best examples of innovative, functional, appealing design — all in glorious full-color so you’ll be both inspired and informed as you make important design choices.

Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations 6th Edition
William W. Sannwald
ALA Editions, 2016
727.80973 SAN 2016
The needs and functions of library buildings have certainly changed over the last decade, but the necessity for planning intelligently and thoroughly hasn’t. In fact, tighter budgets and the complex demands of both library users and staff call for careful preparation now more than ever. Whether you’re building from the ground up or simply remodeling, the success of your project hinges on planning, coordination, and communication. This new update of Sannwald’s classic guide will help you stay prepared and organized for every phase of your undertaking from conception through the dedication ceremony. Using a popular checklist format that ensures no detail is overlooked, this planner covers crucial considerations like

  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) factors, structured to match the federal code;
  • sustainable design features, including sensors that save energy and water;
  • designing makerspaces, digital media labs, or leased library enterprises;
  • disaster and recovery planning;
  • creating quiet spaces;
  • collaborative collections and materials-handling efficiency; and
  • important virtual presence aspects to bear in mind during physical space decisions.

Library managers, administrators, and facilities staff will find this book a matchless tool for any construction project regardless of size or complexity.