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ALA Library Fact Sheet 29

The following web sites were selected because they provide valuable information about libraries and librarianship.

  • American Library Association Affiliates
    List of links to the web sites for library associations of specific cultural groups or distinct disciplines which are affiliates of the American Library Association, which includes but is not limited to: the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL), the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Assocation for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA), and the Medical Library Association (MLA).
  • COSLA - Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
    Web site of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its membership consists solely of these top library officers of the states and territories, variously designated as state librarian, director, commissioner or executive secretary. Includes profiles on each member, links to state resources, and links to library statistical and research information. Also see the latest report on state library agencies compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics of the U.S. Department of Education (more on this group below).
  • IMLS - Institute of Museum and Library Services
    Web site of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the federal agency created under the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996. IMLS responsibilities include fostering partnerships between libraries and museums and also providing support, including monetary grants, for all kinds of libraries, including public, school, and academic. Read the IMLS About Us for more information.
  • LII - Librarians' Index to the Internet
    Provides a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected Internet resources, with quick links to general reference materials as well as library professional information.
  • NCLIS - National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
    Web site of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS), the federal agency set up under the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Act. For more information, read the NCLIS Mission. To access NCLIS national surveys, including those on U.S. public libraries and the Internet, see Statistics and Surveys. Also, see the brief 1995-96 commemorative report, NCLIS at 25, to learn about both the past accomplishments and present goals of NCLIS.
  • NISO - National Information Standards Organization
    Web site of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO Standards are available as Adobe Reader PDF documents. For fastest assistance, see the Standards Quicklist.

December 2006

For more information on this or other fact sheets, contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail:; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.