ALA Recommended Websites
List of recommended and award-winning websites and online resources for all ages, including apps and social media, along with privacy and safety guidelines.
For a list of upcoming event dates, see ALA's Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events 2015-2016, including:
Banned Websites Awareness Day - September 30, 2015 (Wednesday of Banned Books Week)
International Games Day - Saturday, November 21, 2015
Teen Tech Week - March 6-12, 2016
Choose Privacy Week - May 1-7, 2016
For information on libraries and the Internet, including public libraries and e-books, see ALA Library Fact Sheet 26 - Internet Access and Digital Holdings in Libraries.
ALA maintains a community of electronic discussion lists using an open-source application called Sympa. There are lists for committees, roundtables and a variety of interest groups. Learn how to subscribe, change mail options, and more.
Visit ALA Connect, a virtual workspace where official ALA groups and communities of interest collaborate online.
Connect with Us: Official ALA Social Media Channels. Connect with all of ALA on one Twitter list. There's an ALA Facebook list, too!
Lists and Awards Spotlight
The ALA 2016 Youth Media Awards will be announced Monday, January 11, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET.
For additional information, see Books with more information on ALA's literary awards and reading lists.
Booklist Editors' Choice and Top of the List picks, 2014 at the Booklist Reader
- How School Librarians Can Assist You: Internet Safety and Filtering and To Filter or Not: The Pros and Cons of Using Parental Control Software. American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA)
- Resources for Children and Their Parents and Educators: Dealing with the Tragic Events of September 11, 2001: Web Sites to Help Children and Adults. Resources that were compiled to aid parents, teachers and caregivers in discussing with children and teens the terrorist attacks that took place in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
- Sites for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers & Others of the Great Web Sites for Kids
- Senior Sites on the Web (Sites for Seniors) - Library Services to an Aging Population - List of links compiled by members of the Library Services to an Aging Population Committee of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of ALA), in the following categories: Organizations; Health Resources; Elder Law/Elder Abuse; Estate/Retirement Planning; Magazines; Searchable Sites/Directories; Of General Interest to Seniors.
- ABC-CLIO Online History Award, with complete list of all previous winners, from 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015: Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The award, offered every other year, beginning in 2005, from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, seeks to encourage the development of freely available, sustainable online history resources by singling out innovative projects and the individuals who created them.
- Best Free Reference Websites for 2015 - Best Free Reference Web Sites Combined Index (1999-2015). Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (ETS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association
- Best Historical Materials. Historical Materials Committee of the History Section of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association
- BRASS Best of the Best Business Websites. Business Reference and Services Section (BRASS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association
- Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014: Top 10 Internet Resources - Choice Outstanding Academic Titles (OAT). The Choice subject editors recognize the most significant titles reviewed each calendar year by compiling the “Outstanding Academic Titles” (OAT) list, which is published each January in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online. As a special preview to the full 2014 list, which will appear in the January 2015 issue, the Choice subject editors have selected from among the 2014 list their favorites for the following “Top 25 Books” and “Top 10 Internet Resources” lists.
- Using Primary Sources on the Web. This brief guide from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association, is designed to provide students and researchers with information to help them evaluate the internet sources and the quality of primary materials that can be found online.
- ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) TechConnect. A moderated blog produced by a group of academic librarians covering innovative projects, emerging tech tools, computer programming, usability, design, and more.
- Best Apps for Teaching & Learning. AASL (American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA). The Best Apps for Teaching and Learning is a new recognition honoring apps of exceptional value to inquiry-based teaching and learning as embodied in the AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
- Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. AASL (American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA). See series of AASL Blog entries, Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites:
- Internet & Technology. Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA). Resources about children and the Internet, educational technology.
- Libraries and the Internet Toolkit: Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet. ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF).
- Library Reference, Research, and Resources: Tools for the Librarian and ALA Library Fact Sheet 29 - Links to Library Web Resources from the ALA Library
- LITA (Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the ALA) Blog. Hosts original content by LITA members on information technologies and trends relevant to librarians.
- Online Social Networks - ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
- PRIMO; Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online - PRIMO, a committee of the ACRL (Association opf College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) Instruction Section, promotes and shares peer-reviewed instructional materials created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments. The PRIMO Committee hopes that publicizing selective, high quality resources will help librarians to respond to the educational challenges posed by still emerging digital technologies.
- PRIMO Database: The database of instructional resources reviewed and selected by the PRIMO Committee. 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. The Committee hopes that publicizing selective, high quality resources will help librarians to respond to the educational challenges posed by still emerging digital technologies.
- Site of the Month: Monthly series of in-depth profiles of projects recently added into the PRIMO database. Each Site of the Month interview offers insights and ideas from the creators and developers of those projects.
- Technology Made Simple: An Improvement Guide for Small and Medium Libraries Web Extra by Kimberly Bolan and Rob Cullin - This companion website to the Technology Made Simple: An Improvement Guide for Small and Medium Libraries publication by Kimberly Bolan and Rob Cullin has been created to supplement the book and to help increase its usability and effectiveness.
- YALSA Handouts and Flyers. YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of ALA) offers several downloadable resources about its events and resources. You can download these presentations, handouts, and flyers for use at conferences, presentations, workshops, and other events.
- Websites and Web Accessibility pages at the ALA Professional Tips Wiki, compiled by the ALA Library
This page is part of ALA Recommends... compiled by the ALA Library. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. See the other lists of recommendations compiled by ALA member committees - ALA Recommended Reading: List of links to ALA's literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages, sorted by age group; ALA Recommended Listening: List of links to ALA's recommended music and spoken-word recordings and audiobooks for all ages, sorted by age group; and ALA Recommended Viewing: List of links to ALA's recommended DVDs and videos for all ages, sorted by age group.
Last updated: September 2015
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