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ALA Library Fact Sheets

The ALA Library receives inquiries from librarians across the country and around the world, as well as from the general public, on a wide variety of library topics.  We have prepared fact sheets on the most asked-about topics, as noted below.

If you don't see your topic, or if you need more information than is provided on the fact sheets, feel free to contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail: library@ala.org; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.



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ALA Library Fact Sheet 1 - Number of Libraries in the United States
ALA Library Fact Sheet giving the number of libraries in the U.S.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 2: Number Employed in Libraries
ALA Library Fact Sheet providing the number of persons employed in libraries.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 3: Lists of Libraries
ALA Library Fact Sheet which names various library directories (including the American Library Directory published by Information Today, Inc.), provides contact information on the companies that sell mailing lists and mailing labels of libraries, and suggests a method to compile e-mail addresses for libraries.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 4: Library Operating Expenditures: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet with a selective listing of resources for determining the costs of running various types of libraries.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 5: Marketing to Libraries
ALA Library Fact Sheet which suggests strategies for informing the library community about your product or service, especially books.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 6: Public Library Use
ALA Library Fact Sheet which contains information from both recent studies that document public library use by patrons as well as reports the opinions that patrons have about public libraries.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 7: Video and Copyright
ALA Library Fact Sheet giving guidelines on the use of videotapes in libraries (and classrooms), as well as links to the companies that sell public performance rights licenses.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 8: Interlibrary Loans
ALA Library Fact Sheet reporting on the latest version of the Interlibrary Loan Code for the United States and linking over to where the interlibrary loan form can be downloaded as an Adobe Reader PDF document as well as a Microsoft Word file (which can be edited). Also provides guidance and bibliography on international interlibrary loan.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 9: Library Products, Services and Consultants
ALA Library Fact Sheet which names print and online directories of library vendors as well as library consultants, such as the Librarian's Yellow Pages and ALA's Directory of Peer Consultants and Speakers.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 10: Disaster Response: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet with selective listing of resources to help libraries respond to diasters, including water damage to books.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 11: Building Libraries and Library Additions: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet with a selective listing of resources on creating new library buildings as well as on adding on or renovating existing library buildings. Includes resources on ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliance and library building consultants.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 12: Sending Books to Needy Libraries: Book Donation Programs
ALA Library Fact Sheet that lists the various groups and organizations that accept book donations for distribution in the United States as well as overseas.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 14: Moving Libraries
ALA Library Fact Sheet listing the companies that offer relocation services to libraries, as well as a select bibliography.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 15: Weeding Library Collections: A Selected Annotated Bibliography for Library Collection Evaluation
Annotated bibliography of resources informing on the process of discarding books from a library collection, focusing on collection development and collection evaluation.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 16 - Setting Up a Library: A Resource Guide
Bibliography of periodical, book, and web site resources for starting a library.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 18: How to Acquire Cataloging Materials
ALA Library Fact Sheet providing information on both Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress cataloging materials.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 20: Joint-Use Libraries: A Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet listing books and articles reporting on various joint-use (or combined) libraries across the country, especially public/school libraries.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 21: Automating Libraries: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet with resources for adding and using technology to perform various library duties, especially computer systems and software for cataloging.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 22: The Nation's Largest Libraries. A Listing By Volumes Held
ALA Library Fact Sheet tallying the 100 largest libraries in the United States, in order by size of each library's collection.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 24: Library Fund Raising: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet providing guidance on securing financial backing for your library.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 25 - RFID: A Brief Bibliography
A brief bibliography of ALA and other resources on Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology, and its use in libraries.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 26: Internet Use in Libraries
Library fact sheet with statistics on internet access, filtering use; information on selecting and installing filters; additional resources

ALA Library Fact Sheet 28: ISBN and ISSN Systems
ALA Library Fact Sheet which gives a brief history of the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) and explains how to get these identification numbers for your own publications.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 29: Links to Library Web Resources
Selected list of web sites that provide valuable information about libraries and librarianship. Includes links to the U.S. Library of Congress and Copyright Office, the Schools and Libraries Program (e-rate discount organization), library-oriented e-mail mailing lists, the National Center for Education Statistics Public Libraries in the United States survey series, and a list of state library web sites.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 30 - National Library Symbol/Library Symbol Highway Sign
History of the National Library Symbol.

Market Your Publications and Services with ALA Mailing Lists (PDF File)
Latest version of the ALA brochure, "Market Your Publications and Services with ALA Mailing Lists," as an Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF file.

National Library Symbol
National Library Symbol as a web site graphic (jpg) file.

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