The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded on October 6, 1876, during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” The publishing imprint of the American Library Association, ALA Editions, offers books, eCourses, and webinars for the library and information services community to improve programs, build on best practices, develop leadership, and for personal professional development.
We are delighted to welcome ALA Editions back as a participating publisher after a hiatus of more than 20 years! ALA Editions sent us their books from 1996 through 1998, then stopped. We began receiving their books again in June 2018. Since then, we’ve received 19 of their titles, published six reviews, and recently sent out five titles out for review. ALA Editions is represented in Doody’s Core Titles 2019 with five titles in Library and Information Science, including one selected as an Essential Purchase that reflects how libraries have changed since the ALA was founded in 1876: Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, 3rd edition, Harris (2018).