ALA Professional Development ToolsCompiled by the Orientation, Training, and Leadership Development Committee

Most ALA Divisions maintain their own list of resources relevant to that division. Roundtable resources, when available, are also included here. For a list of Round Tables, please click here:

21st Century Literacy

ALA - Literacy Resources*

Children’s Services

ALSC - Resources for Children's Librarians and Educators (see navigation on the left)


ALA - Collection Services
ALCTS - Education, Awards, Community, Publishing, & Information Sharing Resources

College and Research Librarians

ACRL - Publications, Standards, and Section Resources

Continuing Education

ALA - Continuing Education
ACRL - e-Learning
ALCTS - Events & Workshop Calendar
CLENERT - Training Showcase
CLENERT - Publications for Library Training Professionals
LITA - Clearing House for Professional Development
LITA - Regional Institutes


ALA - Articles, Standards & Other Publications*

Equity of Access

ALA - Articles, Standards, & Other Publications *

Government Documents

GODORT - E-Journals, Associations, State & Local Publications

History of Libraries

LHRT - Guidelines for Writing Local Library Histories

Information Literacy and Instruction

ACRL - Information Literacy in Action
ACRL - Guidelines, Resources, Professional Activities
LIRT - Publications (scroll to Publications section)

Intellectual Freedom

ALA - Guidelines, Standards, & Other Resources *
IFRT - Resources

   International Relations

ALA - Info about Credentials and the World Campaign*
IRRT - Employment, Associations, International Relations, & more...

   Legislation & Lobbying

ALAWON - Washington Office
GODORT - Current Legislation and Other Important Issues


ALA - Guidelines, Publications, & Related Programs
LAMA - History, Forms, Strategic Plans, Endowment Campaign

   Maps and Geography

MAGERT - Getting Help from Colleagues

   Media & Video Librarians


   New Members

NMRT - New Members' News & Archives (See Handbook and Get Involved sections)

   Professional Education and Careers

Professional Education
ALA - Education & Accreditation

   Types of Librarianship
ALA - Information about Academic Librarianship
RUSA - Careers in Reference Services

   Professional Librarianship – Types of

ALA - Types of Librarianship (see more types listed in left navigation)

   Public Librarians

PLA - An extensive list of resources for public librarians


AASL - Information Power
ACTLS - Getting Published
ALA - Office for Research & Statistics*
LAMA - A Focus Groups Bibliography

   Reference and User Services

RUSA - Professional Tools and Directory of Peer Consultants and Speakers (Navigation is on the left)

   School Librarians

AASL - Blogs, Toolkits & Publications

   Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies


   Standards and Guidelines

ACRL - ACRL's Standards & Guidelines
ALA - All ALA Standards and Guidelines*
ASCLA - ASCLA's Standards & Guidelines
RUSA - RUSA Standards & Guidelines

   Support Staff

LSSRT - Directory of Paraprofessional Organizations and Other Related Links

   Technical Services

ALCTS - Education, Awards, Community, Publishing, & Information Sharing Resources


LITA - Resources & Services

   Trustees and Advocates

ALTA - Library Advocacy Resources

   User Services

ALA - Adult, Young Adult, Childrens, Bibliographical, Collections, Genealogical, Reader's Advisory, Reference & Special Populations(See left navigation)*

   Young Adult Services

YALSA - YALSA's Professional Development Center

* ALA Resource