Groups & Sites Directory

This is a directory of all internal & external ALA sites. Our social media presence is listed in the Social Media Channels directory.

ALA Editions

ALA Library

ALA Publishing

  • ALA Store | The American Library Association develops many resources for the library and information services communities. Almost 300,000 of our products are purchased every year, and the proceeds help to support the ALA's general programs. The ALA Store features titles from ALA Editions, the general publishing operation of the Association, and ALA Graphics, the unit specializing in promotional products supporting libraries, literacy, and reading, as well as other products from around the Association. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.
  • RDA Toolkit | The online RDA Toolkit subscription is the most effective way to interact with the RDA: Resource Description and Access cataloging standard.

ALA- Allied Professional Association

American Association of School Librarians

American Libraries

  • American Libraries Buyers Guide | Database of vendors and advertisers who provide products and services to library professionals.
  • American Libraries Live | American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat. American Libraries Live is a joint production of American Libraries and ALA Editions, units of the American Library Association. Online registration allows viewers to receive reminders of upcoming programs.
  • American Libraries Magazine | The voice of the profession and the flagship magazine of the American Library Association.

American Library Association

Association for Library Collections and Technical Svcs

  • ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) Workspace | Space for the group of new ALCTS members to network and discover the opportunities offered by the division.
  • ALCTS News | ALCTS News is an official publication of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association. ALCTS News is free and openly available to anyone with access to the Web.
  • CC:DA Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access | Repository for current work and discussion and archive for past work.
  • Collection Connection | Collection Connection is sponsored by the Collection Management Section of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association. The purpose of the blog is to present new ideas about library collections and to provide a forum to discuss changes in the practice of collection management and development.
  • Foreign Book Dealers Directory | Find suppliers of library materials from many parts of the world with our searchable lists of vendors regularly used by university libraries in the United States.
  • Library Resources and Technical Services | Online journal site for Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS)
  • Metadata Blog | The Metadata Blog is the official blog of the Metadata Interest Group (MIG), an interest group of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services division of the American Library Association.
  • PreservationWeek map site | Anyone celebrating Preservation Week can post information about their event using pins on the Google Map. Experts who are available to speak at Preservation Week events for free or low-cost can list their location, areas of expertise, and other information.

Association for Library Service to Children

  • ALSC Blog | The mission of the ALSC Blog is to provide a venue for coverage of time sensitive news in children’s librarianship, current issues in the field, and programs, conferences, initiatives, resources, and activities of interest to ALSC members and those interested in children’s librarianship.
  • Association for Library Service to Children Wiki | This official wiki of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is open to ALSC members and those with an interest in library service to children. It is a resource for information and news about ALSC and library activities and projects. All are invited to share news about committee work, share ideas and best practices, network, and contribute to the wiki.
  • Children and Libraries | "Children and Libraries" (CAL) is the official journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The Journal primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education of librarians working with children, which showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children. It also serves as a vehicle for communication to the ALSC membership, spotlighting significant news, activities, and initiatives of the Association.
  • Día!: Diversity in Action | Information about ALSC's initiative - El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). Commonly known as Día, it is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Every Child Ready to Read | Information about ALSC and PLA's Every Child Ready to Read @ your library initiative
  • Every Child Ready to Read @ your library on Ning | A social media space for sharing all things Every Child Ready to Read @ your library
  • Great Websites for Kids | Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Association of College and Research Libraries

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

  • ASCLA Direct | Weekly e-newsletter with news directly from the ASCLA office.
  • ASCLA Interface | The official e-newsletter of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies with all the news and information about ASCLA activities and its members.
  • ASCLA News | The Official News of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

Booklist

  • Booklist Online | Public website to showcase reviews and articles from Booklist and Book Links magazines, as well as online-exclusive content. A subscription to Booklist is required to view the extensive archive.
  • The Booklist Reader | Public blog providing free opinion pieces, news items, and book lists from Booklist and Booklist Online.

Freedom to Read Foundation

  • Freedom to Read Foundation | The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) is a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with the American Library Association. FTRF protects and defends the First Amendment to the Constitution and supports the right of libraries to collect - and individuals to access - information.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table

  • GLBT News | The official news outlet of the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT)
  • GLBT Reviews | Reviews of books from GLBTRT
  • Over the Rainbow Books | A book list of GLBTRT
  • Rainbow Books | The Rainbow Book List is created by the Rainbow Book List Committee of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association. Originally a joint project between the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Roundtable and the Social Responsibilities Round Table, the Rainbow Book List presents an annual bibliography of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content, which are recommended for people from birth through eighteen years of age.

Library and Information Technology Association

  • 2015 LITA Forum Social Wiki | Provides social interaction for information about the LITA Forum
  • Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) | ITAL is the refereed, open access journal of the Library and Information Technology Association.
  • LITA Blog | The LITA Blog features original content by LITA members on technologies and trends relevant to librarians. Our writers represent a variety of perspectives, from library students to public, academic, and special librarians. The blog also delivers announcements about LITA programming, conferences, and other events, and serves as a place for LITA committees to share information back with the community if they so choose.
  • LITA Forum | The website for LITA's annual National Forum

Office for Diversity, Literacy & Outreach Services

  • Diversity & Outreach Columns | Blog highlighting diversity and outreach efforts in libraries.
  • Good Health Information (BETA) | Longstanding partnership with the NLM to connect libraries with quality consumer health resources on the NLM's MedLinePlus database.
  • Knowledge Alliance | Libraries serve the learning needs of all people throughout their lifetime, and a Knowledge Ally can help you identify the educational and career paths that are right for you. Explore the paths these Allies have taken to learn more about libraries, and the people working in them. Join the Knowledge Alliance when you're ready to identify your Ally and connect with your personal guide to a career in library and information science.

Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment

Office for Information Technology Policy

  • Copyright Advisory Network | The Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) exists to help librarians understand copyright law and appreciate the important role that they can play in serving the public “to advance the progress of science and the useful arts.” We use the Network to respond to copyright questions posed by librarians, but perhaps—more importantly, help librarians learn about copyright from a broader perspective, primarily its impact on information policy issues fundamental to our profession, including free expression, equitable access to information, censorship, and intellectual freedom.
  • Library Copyright Alliance | The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) includes the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.Content and resources found on this site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Intellectual property laws are currently undergoing major changes in response to the growth in the use of digital formats for works.

Office for Intellectual Freedom

Office for Library Advocacy

  • I Love Libraries | Ilovelibraries.org is designed to keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries. The website promotes the value of libraries and librarians, explains key issues affecting libraries, and urges readers to support and take action for their libraries.

Production Services

Public Awareness Office

  • Libraries Transform | Libraries Transform is the American Library Association’s new multi-year public awareness campaign. Its ultimate goal is to increase funding support for libraries and advance information policy issues in alignment with ALA advocacy goals. The site includes posters, postcards, bookmarks and other materials for implementing the campaign locally.

Public Library Association

  • DigitalLearn.org | DigitalLearn.org is an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant-funded project to create an online hub for digital literacy support and training. The site launched in June 2013 and is intended to build upon and foster the work of libraries and community organizations as they work to increase digital literacy across the nation. DigitalLearn.org is being undertaken in partnership with ALA's Office of Information Technology Policy and Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as well as bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders including representatives from national agencies, state libraries, public libraries, community organizations, and many others. Included in DigitalLearn.org is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.
  • Every Child Ready to Read | Information about ALSC and PLA's Every Child Ready to Read @ your library initiative
  • Every Child Ready to Read @ your library on Ning | A social media space for sharing all things Every Child Ready to Read @ your library
  • PLA Conference | Home of the upcoming (or most recent) biennial PLA Conference.
  • Project Outcome: Measuring the True Impact of Public Libraries | The goal of Project Outcome is to help public libraries understand and share the true impact of essential library services and programs. While many public libraries collect data about their services and programs, what often lacking are the data to prove what good they are providing their communities, such as programs serving childhood literacy, digital and technological training, and workforce development. With Project Outcome, patron attendance and anecdotal success stories are no longer the only way libraries can capture to prove their effectiveness. Project Outcome is designed to give libraries simple tools and a supportive online community of library leaders to help turn these better data into better libraries.
  • Public Libraries Online | Publiclibrariesonline.org is the companion website to the bi-monthly print publication  “Public Libraries,” the official magazine of the Public Library Association.  Like the print iteration, “plonline” focuses on issues and topics that matter to public libraries and public librarianship; however it also features unique content and allows online interaction through comments and social media sharing. PL Online provides readers with daily updates, op-ed pieces, e-book reviews, author interviews, and more.

Public Programs Office

  • Apply | Apply is on online grant management system operated by the Public Programs Office.  
  • Programming Librarian | To provide the resources, connections and opportunities libraries need to fill their role as centers of cultural and civic life. ProgrammingLibrarian.org is a place for library professionals to share, learn and be inspired to present excellent programming for their communities. Through resources, ideas and professional development opportunities, we seek to help libraries fill their role as cultural and civic hubs in their communities.

Reference and User Services Association

  • Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) | Reference & User Services Quarterly is the official journal of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Its purpose is to disseminate information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists, and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services.
  • RUSA Update | RUSA’s news and calendar portal where you’ll find timely updates full of helpful information, articles, member news, announcements, and IAMRUSA podcast interviews among others.
  • RUSA Voices | RUSA Voices is a virtual forum  for the reference and user services community. It is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of and explore practices, technology, and issues in reference and user services, but also to voice and share a diverse set of perspectives that represents the diverse community of RUSA.

Social Responsibilities Round Table

United for Libraries

  • Authors for Libraries | A unique partnership to connect authors with libraries, Friends of the Library groups, and library Foundations as well as to keep authors informed about issues and concerns affecting libraries on a national level. Authors who join are featured on the new Authors for Libraries website where Friends groups and libraries can search by zip code to find authors in their area. Tips are included on the website for Friends and libraries seeking to host programs and for authors who want to do programs at their local libraries.
  • Library Quotes | A searchable database of quotes about libraries, reading, books, literacy, and more.

Washington Office

  • ALA Legislative Action Center | Grassroots Advocacy Tool used by the ALA Washington Office for updates on library-related legislation and to drive direct contact with your legislative representatives
  • District Dispatch | Official Washington Office blog - contains legislation and policy updates from inside the Beltway.

Young Adult Library Services Association

  • Badges for Learning | In order to ensure that librarians and library workers have the skills needed to engage, educate and support teens, YALSA offers a wealth of continuing education activities, including e-learning and a biennial symposium. YALSA's digital badges were developed under a grant from HASTAC, Mozilla, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and are linked to YALSA’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. They provide a new way for librarians and library workers to gain skills and demonstrate their expertise to employers.
  • Network for Research on Libraries and Teens | A space for those interested in and performing teen research to connect with each other.
  • Summer Reading & Learning | A summer reading/learning resource where library staff can share and discuss resources and ideas.
  • Teen Programming HQ | The purpose of the site is to allow educators and library staff to find and share library programs for and with teens as well as to connect with others who plan, implement and evaluate teen programs. Programs featured on this site are those that align with the standards in YALSA's Teen Programming Guidelines.
  • Teen Read Week™ | Official website for resources and information about Teen Read Week™. Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
  • Teen Tech Week™ | Official site for resources and information about Teen Tech Week™. Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.
  • The Hub | The mission of The Hub: Your Connection to Teen Collections is to provide timely information about emerging and new practices for evaluating, selecting and curating materials; raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen collections; and provide resources for members and the library community to support their efforts to continuously improve their teen collection and content curation.
  • The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults | The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults is an open-access, peer-reviewed online research journal published by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services, as emphasized in’ YALSA’s National Research Agenda.
  • YALS | Home of our quarterly journal.
  • YALSA Groups Wiki | Password-protected workspace for committees.
  • YALSA Wiki | Resource for information about advocacy, conferences, professional development, programming, research, technology, young adult literacies, teen reading, and youth participation.
  • YALSAblog | The mission of the YALSAblog is to provide a virtual space for publishing timely information about emerging and new practices for library services for and with teens, to explore practices in related fields relevant to teen services, to raise awareness about appropriate YALSA tools to facilitate innovation in teen services, and to provide resources for members and the library community to support their efforts to continuously improve their overall teen services program.