ALA Recommended Websites
List of recommended and award-winning Web sites and online resources for all ages, along with Internet use and safety tips for parents and Internet use policy help for librarians, trustees, and educators. Includes guidance for using social media.
News Spotlight Lists
ALSC selects more Great Websites for Kids (December 2013)
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has added more sites to Great Websites for Kids, its online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
AASL announces inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning (June 2013)
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association, announced its inaugural list of Best Apps for Teaching & Learning at the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. The list of 25 apps builds on AASL's established Best Websites for Teaching & Learning recognition and provides a new technology resource for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.
- ALA Connect - ALA's private online social network, a virtual collaborative workspace for use by members with established ALA web login as well as for use by non-members with free site registration
- ALA FAQs - Frequently Answered Questions about libraries in the USA and the American Library Association
- ALA Online Learning - Access ALA's wide range of library-related online learning - covering fundamentals, advances, trends, and hot topics. What is Online Learning? Education delivered via a computer, using the internet via a web-browser, and perhaps another software for coursework, video or audio files. It may occur once or at regular intervals over several weeks, be downloadable anytime, or require a reservation to participate. The many options for online education are available throughout ALA Online Learning. When you select a topic, you will see a list of titles that may be available as e-forums, webinars, courses, or recorded webcasts. Clicking on the title will take you to details about the online learning opportunity, such as date, time, instructor, and fees. New ALA Online Learning offerings are being developed all the time, so if you do not see what you need, or if you have questions about this page or ALA Online Learning, please contact email@example.com.
- ALA Professional Tips Wiki - The ALA Professional Tips Wiki, compiled chiefly by the staff of the ALA Library, serves several purposes: providing a pathfinder to the rich resources of the ALA website; gathering our responses to your questions; and enabling the library community to share new resources for getting our jobs done.
- Ask the ALA Library: Q&A from the ALA Headquarters Library - Blog with answers to various library-related questions by the staff of the Library of the American Library Association
- Professional Resources: A to Z Index of Topics
- Great Web Sites for Kids - http://www.ala.org/greatsites or http://gws.ala.org
- KCTools: KidsConnect's research toolbox for students
- Humorous Web Sites for Teens (from LOL @ your library)
- Social Media: A Guide for Teens (PDF Brochure)
- ABC-CLIO Online History Award, with complete list of all previous winners, from 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2013: Community and conflict: The impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks. The award, offered every other year from RUSA, the Reference and User Services Association, beginning in 2005, 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 Web Sites 2013 15th Annual List RUSA Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS) - This is an annual series initiated under the auspices of the Emerging Technologies in Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) of ALA to recognize outstanding reference sites on the World Wide Web.
- Best Historical Materials 2012 - Each year, the RUSA/CODES History Section Historical Materials Committee of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) selects an assortment of resources that reflect the best resources for historical research.
- Best of the Best Business Websites (Free Resources) - Best of the Best Business Websites selections are now available as Libguides. Each of the following categories provides a listing of significant sites that are themselves content rich in nature:
- Booklist Spring E-reference Update, 2013: Databases and E-books (April 15, 2013 issue of ALA's Booklist). We asked publishers “What's new?” and they responded with the following information about their new reference databases, e-books, and e-book platforms as well as significant updates and enhancements to existing products. Information is effective February 2013 through July 2013. Contact the publishers for information on trials and pricing details.
- Booklist Fall E-reference Update, 2013: Databases and E-books (November 1, 2013 issue of ALA's Booklist). We asked publishers “What's new?” and they responded with the following information about their new reference databases, e-books, and e-book platforms as well as significant updates and enhancements to existing products. Information is effective August 2013 through January 2014. Contact the publishers for information on trials and pricing details.
- Selected Core Resources (Core Competencies for Business Reference) - Sponsored by the BRASS (Business Reference and Services Section) Education Committee of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of ALA), a list of subject specific core resources in the major disciplines in business: Accounting (Now available on Libguides); Advertising and Marketing; Banking; Company and Industry Research (Now available on Libguides); Insurance; International Business; Investment and Finance (Now available on Libguides); Jobs and Human Resources; Small Business (Now available on Libguides); Taxation
- Using Primary Sources on the Web - This brief guide from the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA, a division of ALA) 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.
- Web Site of the Week - "Web Resources" Category of ALA's Points of Reference: A Booklist Blog - This is the archive of the blog Points of Reference. From 2009-2012 a team of library reference experts talked about resources (books, databases, Web sites, e-books, and more) and publishing trends.
- How School Library Media Specialists Can Assist You: Internet Safety and Filtering (Created by the 2009 class of Emerging Leaders) - American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA)
- Navigating the 'Net With Your Kids (PDF Brochure) - This brochure is a 2008 project of the Children & Technology Committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
- Recommended Games - Lists of recommended video games at ALA's AtYourLibrary.org
- 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 in 2008 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.
- To Filter or Not: The Pros and Cons of Using Parental Control Software - American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA)
- AASL (American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA) Best Apps for Teaching & Learning - 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 American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
- AASL (American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA) Best Websites for Teaching and Learning; see series of AASL Blog entries, Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites:
- AASL - Standards for the 21st-Century Learner (link to free PDF versions)
- ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) TechConnect - Welcome to ACRL TechConnect, your source for technology-related content from ACRL. For your convenience, we've identified all the ACRL events, professional development opportunities, publications, articles, podcasts, and communities that are technology-related. Visit the ACRL TechConnect website frequently to see what’s new.
- American Library Association in Second Life - ALA's Second Life groups, the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (ALA VCL MIG) and the Association of College and Research Libraries Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL VWIG) now meet on Imagination Island.
- ALA Library Fact Sheet 29 - Links to Library Web Resources
- "Best of Show" for Library's Web Page/Home Page, which was first presented in 2006, of the Library Leadership Administration and Management Association's Public Relations and Marketing Section (LLAMA PRMS) PR XChange Committee (formerly known as Swap and Shop)
- Children and the Internet: Policies that Work, edited by Linda Braun, LEO: Librarians & Educators Online -- Children and the Internet: Policies that Work is successor to the 1998 Children and the Internet: Guidelines for Developing Public Library Policy, published by the then American Library Trustee Association (ALTA) -- which is now known as the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and the Public Library Association (PLA).
- College Library Web Site of the Month chosen approximately every month by the College Libraries Section of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA).
- E-Government Toolkit - E-Government is defined as the use of technology, particularly the Internet, as a means to deliver government services and to facilitate the interaction of the public with government entities. This toolkit has tips and guidance to assist librarians in planning, managing, funding and promoting E-Government services.
- Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) - Online companion to the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® 2nd Edition Toolkit, developed by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA)
- Index to ACRL Section Resources - ACRL's seventeen sections regularly work on projects that result in valuable resources that benefit the profession. This page offers an index by topic and type of resource to the many offerings available online from the various sections of ACRL.
Resources by topicAfrican American/Black Studies
Anthropology and Sociology
Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Studies
English and American Literature
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Science and Technology
Western European Studies
Women and Gender Studies
- Internet & Technology - Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA). The Web sites below offer resources about children and the Internet and educational technology.
- KIDS! @ your library® Campaign Tool Kit which includes Games, puzzles, and other fun things for kids to do @ your library® - Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA)
- Libraries and the Internet Toolkit: Tips and Guidance for Managing and Communicating about the Internet - ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), last updated July, 2013
- Library Reference, Research, and Resources: Tools for the Librarian from the ALA Library
- 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.
- RDA: Resource Description and Access Toolkit - The resource to help you navigate from AACR2 to RDA—the new, unified standard for resource description and access, designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users. The free two-day Webinar, RDA Toolkit -- A Guided Tour, presented February 8-9, 2010, is freely available as two hourlong videos that can be viewed online at any time. The content of RDA has been developed in a collaborative process led by the Joint Steering Committee (JSC). The project is overseen by the Committee of Principals representing American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, CILIP: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, Library of Congress, Library and Archives Canada, British Library, and National Library of Australia. The RDA Toolkit is published by American Library Association, Canadian Library Association, and CILIP (through its publishing imprint Facet Publishing).
- Sites for Parents, Caregivers, Teachers & Others of the Great Web Sites for Kids
- Social Networking Guide by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL, a division of ALA)
- Statement of Commitment to Excellence in Library Service to Children in a Technological Age - Recognizing that the Internet has raised concerns about children's access to potentially harmful material, the Association for Library Service to Children affirms the commitment of children's librarians across America to ensuring a positive library experience for children.
- 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.
- Teens & Social Media in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians & Library Workers (PDF) - Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA), updated February 2011.
- Websites and Web Accessibility pages at the ALA Professional Tips Wiki, compiled by the ALA Library
- YALSA Handouts and Flyers: Advocacy Tools | Canned Presentations | Bibliographies, Competencies, and Guidelines | Membership | Professional Development | Teen Reading | Technology | Toolkits. 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.
- YALSA's Professional Tools - YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of ALA) developed the tools on this page -- Career Development; Recruitment; Toolkits and Bibliographies; Collection Development Tools; and Online Resources -- to help school librarians, young adult specialists, and others who work in libraries with their work with teens. Please use the resources listed on this site to find practical tools for your day-to-day work, as well as tools for developing your career.
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: December 2013
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