Toolkits & Tools Portal

A World of Resources for All Types of Libraries

ALA, its offices, divisions, and round tables offer members a large number of toolkits, tools, and professional resources, at no cost, that support all types of needs for all types of libraries.  

This page collects them all in one easy-to-use alphabetical resource. Take a look at the following list to locate tools that you can use now and also become aware of others that might serve your needs later or that you can tell a colleague about.

This site provides information, tools, and assistance for anyone who wants to advocate for their library, or for libraries in general.
Tips and tools to help library supporters make the case for libraries in tough economic times.
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.
On April 28 and 30, 2014, ALSC President Starr LaTronica and the ALSC Board of Directors held an ALSC Community Forum on adding STEAM to summer reading. As part of this discussion, representatives from the ALSC School Age Programs and Services Committee led members in a live chat.
The library also helps immigrants hold on to their native words and customs so that they can tell their stories, preserve their culture, and share their wisdom across generations. At your library, new immigrants can find the reassurance and the resources they need to navigate a new culture and acquire new literacy skills.
The resources and links presented on this website are intended to be of use for both caregivers and those who supervise or work with someone who is a caregiver. The list does not seek to be comprehensive. Those who can share additional links or materials are encouraged to contact caregiving@ala.org .
A collection of tools to help organize and catalog library materials. Includes a tool for managers and catalogers to explain the value of their work.
The directory, available in four unique formats, provides information about library and information studies programs that are accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).
ALA resources for promoting diversity in the workplace.
The ALA's EBook Toolkit provides resources to help start and continue the conversation regarding library e-book lending, access issues, and general public awareness. Tools include press release and op-ed templates and guidelines for using them with editorial and news media contacts, news hooks you can use locally, tips for relationship building with media contacts, and links to examples of e-book-related editorials and news stories.
The Washington Office offers a variety of information resources about current federal issues that impact libraries. Each resource contains much of the same information and you can choose to access one or more of them to suit your needs.
This guide is designed to help you and the people who believe in the power of the tribal library become successful advocates.
Suggestions and ideas about how to serve non-English speakers in public libraries.
How school librarians have their job classified is important. Learn why you should contact your state coordinator and encourage him or her to recommend reclassifying school librarians from "support services -- instruction" to "instruction" in order to accurately reflect the important work we do.
This manual is designed to answer practical questions that confront librarians in applying the principles of intellectual freedom to library service.
Created in response to the concerns of librarians across the country who provide services for the growing numbers of older adults in their communities, this toolkit contains valuable advice on programming, accessibility concerns, finding funding, engagement and implementation, model programs, and more.
The following pages include tables that help school librarians learn how the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the Common Core Standards align.
This toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn more about the key ideas of the learning standards and share those messages with others. It includes official AASL materials as well as materials created by L4L coordinators, practicing school librarians, library school faculty members, and experts in the field of education.
This toolkit, compiled with resources, tips, and best practices from expert librarians who deliver exemplary gaming services, is a jumping off point for all types of libraries, serving members of all ages.
This "toolkit" is designed to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their public about how to use it effectively. ALA encourages all libraries to implement policies that protect both children and public access to information and to take an active role in educating their communities about this important resource.
The Library Advocate’s Handbook covers basic techniques that work,whether you are seeking an increase in funding,campaigning for a new building ordealing with controversy on social networking.
This toolkit will help you add, expand, and advocate for adult literacy services at your library. These suggestions will help you reach and serve new and non-readers and establish the library as an essential literacy partner in your community.
A collection of resources for libraries that have a bookmobile service, and for those that are thinking about starting such a service.
Here are some resources to help you understand the importance of having inclusive collections and programs, and to provide assistance in the event of complaints.
A full-time certified school librarian is uniquely trained in helping students, teachers, and other school and community leaders develop the knowledge, abilities, and attitudes that are crucial to their success in the 21st century. Learn how to advocate for these teachers on behalf of your child.
PRIMO is a means to promote and share peer-reviewed instructional materials created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments.
This Privacy Tool Kit is designed to assist libraries and librarians in understanding privacy and its relationship to information access in libraries, and to provide action tools that apply to their local circumstances. It pulls together the statements, policies and other documentation previously prepared by ALA as well as several additional topics.
Professional resources for librarians on a wide range of topics.
A list of resources by subject area for librarians serving youth.
Public awareness of libraries tools including public service announcements and targeted campaigns.
These wallet-sized fold-out cards are packed with clever quotes to help you make the case for libraries.
This toolkit is designed to help librarians and library staff create meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness.
This kit is designed to assist you as you build meaningful and effective support for saving your program. That means educating and rallying stakeholders to speak out on behalf of school libraries.
This toolkit provides resources to help you build stakeholder support and true advocacy. It supports your proactive efforts to keep your library program healthy as you work to build the program and to prevent cuts.
The newly-updated Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library provides tips and tools you can use from the ALA Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services.
This Lesson Plan Database is a tool to support school librarians and other educators in teaching the essential learning skills defined in the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
Provides current and historical practices in descriptive cataloging specific to serials and integrating resources.
This tool kit provides assistance to librarians on educating teens and the community of the dangers and advantages to using social media in an educational environment.
Based on the popular Fact Sheets for Friends and Foundations, the all new Trustee Tip Sheets address a variety of concerns and issues faced by Trustees.
Part of the American Library Association's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) initative, these resources will help library professionals engage with their communities in new ways.
“Training Resources for American Indian Library Services,” or TRAILS, includes resources for starting, running, and advocating for Tribal Libraries.
The Toolkit is intended to be used to assist academic librarians in their efforts to bring visibility to the value that academic libraries provide to their users, institutions, and communities.
This kit provides libraries with 1) resources to help library workers gain confidence in using tech resources with teens and 2) with specific tech tools that can easily be incorporated into library services for teens. It is critical for libraries to stay relevant in teens’ lives, especially in technology.