Elsevier Introduces Seven Library Information Science Books at ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Authors include two ALA Library Learning Trends presenters, Mary M. Somerville and Debra Lucas-Alfieri

Waltham, MA, June 25, 2015

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of seven new library and information science books, including Digital Futures, a co-branded book project with the UK’s Jisc; Informed Systems by Mary M. Somerville; and Marketing the 21st Century Library by Debra Lucas-Alfieri.

These and four others will be featured in the library information science (LIS) portfolio in Elsevier booth #504 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 25-30, in San Francisco. Two of the authors are presenting at ALA in Elsevier’s booth and at a luncheon speaker event as part of Elsevier’s new Library Learning Trends, a professional development program for librarians.

In order to meet content needs in library and information science, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topic. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, practitioners and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of library and information science experts and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples.

A co-branded project with Jisc, Digital Futures: Expert Briefings on Digital Technologies for Education and Research resulted from the Jisc Digital Festival 2014 (Digifest), an event featuring experts on digital education and research. Edited by current and former Jisc leaders Martin Hall, Martyn Harrow and Lorraine Estelle, the book brings cutting-edge discussion – as heard at Digifest – to information professionals and academic librarians. Digital Futures provides expert briefings on emerging trends in digital technologies that are transforming teaching and research in higher education.

Informed Systems: Organizational Design for Learning in Action was written by Mary M. Somerville, PhD, a University Librarian and Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and Library Director at the Auraria Library, a tri-institutional organization serving the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Community College of Denver. Dr. Somerville is speaking twice on June 27, first from 8:30 - 10 am in an ALA session on “Lifelong Learning for Libraries: Using Organizational Learning Theory to Manage Change,” and later at 11 am in the Elsevier booth on the topic of “Informed Systems.”

Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time Is Now was authored by Debra Lucas-Alfieri, MLS, head of Reference and Interlibrary Loan at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY. Ms. Lucas-Alfieri will present three case studies from her book during the Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group Meeting at the ALA conference on Saturday, June 27, 10:30 - 11:30 am, and will then discuss “Information Through the Ages” in the Elsevier booth on Sunday, June 28, at 11 am. She also contributed an article to Elsevier Connect earlier this week: “Tips on marketing the 21st-century library.”

The new library and information science books available now are:

New LIS titles coming in July are:

The books are available on the Elsevier Store and on ScienceDirect, Elsevier’s full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from over 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 33,000 book titles.


Notes for Editors
Review copies of the books are available to credentialed journalists upon request. Contact Michelle McMahon at m.mcmahon.1@elsevier.com or +1 781 663 2268.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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