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  1. New Immigrants

    In 2011, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 13%, or over 40 million people, in the U.S. were immigrants, defined as people residing in the U.S. who were not U.S. citizens at birth. This is about the same percentage as when ALA published The Polish Immi ...

    karenmuller - 04/02/2014 - 11:22 - Professional Tools

  2. Green Libraries

    During her term as ALA President, in 1999-2000, Sarah Ann Long initiated a project, in cooperation with Global Learning of New Jersey, entitled " Libraries Build Sustainable Communities."  The basic definition of "sustainable" is the u ...

    HDAVIES - 05/15/2013 - 16:43 - Professional Tools

  3. The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA)

    The Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and the Neighborhood Internet Protection Act (NCIPA) went into effect on April 20, 2001. These laws place restrictions on the use of funding that is available through the Library Services and Technology A ...

    admin - 11/04/2013 - 10:07 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  4. Services to Special Populations

    The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) serves the Association by identifying and promoting library services that support equitable access to the knowledge and information stored in our libraries and provides information and resources on ...

    admin - 05/23/2013 - 09:18 - Professional Tools

  5. Metadata

    What is metadata? Metadata is data about data. It is descriptive information about a particular data set, object, or resource, including how it is formatted, and when and by whom it was collected. Although metadata most commonly refers to web resources, i ...

    admin - 11/21/2012 - 13:03 - Professional Tools

  6. Equipment and Facilities

    While many of us consider "the library" to be the collection of books and media, it is important to manage the building itself. Space management affects everything from ADA compliance to noise levels to how comfortable your community feels when ...

    admin - 11/19/2012 - 10:24 - Professional Tools

  7. Internet Access and Digital Holdings in Libraries

    ALA Library Fact Sheet 26 This fact sheet was formerly named "Internet Use in Libraries." The focus of this fact sheet is on how libraries assist with the ever-growing Internet access needs of their library patrons- especially those whose only I ...

    admin - 10/15/2015 - 13:04 - Professional Tools

  8. Library Ethics

    Code of Ethics of the American Library Association The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations. ...

    admin - 11/21/2012 - 09:39 - Professional Tools

  9. Writing Grant Applications

    The ALA Public Programs Office offers grants for several different programs from traveling exhibitions to discussion programs involving books, film, and cassette tapes to literary programs and other forms of library cultural programs for adults. All of th ...

    admin - 01/04/2013 - 09:51 - Offices of the American Library Association