Library Reference, Research, and Resources

Tools for the Librarian from the ALA Library

The ALA Library presents the following online tools to aid ALA members, librarians and library workers and library school students, in accessing professional information.

Librarian's E-Library
A Google Custom Search built by the ALA Library which searches over 250 key library knowledge websites in order to better find and retrieve the information that library workers need to do their jobs better.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (LISTA)
A free online database provided by longtime ALA Library Champion, EBSCO Information Services .
As described by EBSCO: "Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts™ (LISTA) is available FREE to any library - compliments of EBSCO Publishing. LISTA indexes more than 560 core journals, nearly 50 priority journals, and nearly 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subject coverage includes librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more. Coverage in the database extends back as far as the mid-1960s. It is EBSCO Publishing's intention to provide access to LISTA on a continual basis at Customers currently subscribing to other EBSCOhost® databases may elect to have LISTA added to their EBSCOhost profile."

Library of the American Library Association's Bookmarks on
This account is a constantly updated list of links to current online resources collected on a variety of library-related subjects.  These bookmarks are organized by a series of tags, or subjects, which directs searchers to online articles in topics of interest including games in libraries, how to become a librarian, social software and virtual worlds. Bookmarks also link to discussion forums for library students and library professionals, news stories on libraries developing graphic novel collections, reading lists, and library podcasts.

ALA Library Facebook Page
The library's contribution to this popular social networking web site alerts members and non-members alike to this office in particular, especially regarding the library reference services and other social media initiatives available. Interesting articles and links, as well as information about upcoming events are posted. Users may also post questions either on the Wall or the Discussion Board for the ALA Library Staff to answer.

@ALALibrary - ALA Library on Twitter
From our profile: Welcome to the ALA Library twitter page! We're a special library that responds to inquiries about all aspects of librarianship and ALA ... just ask!

ALA Library Fact Sheet 29: Links to Library Web Resources
Direct links to specific library groups, organizations, and associations that provide valuable information about libraries and librarianship.

ALA Professional Tips Wiki
Provides a pathfinder to the rich resources within the ALA web site; gathers the ALA Library's responses to the questions received from the field; and, perhaps most importantly, enables the library community to share new resources for advancing the practice of librarianship. Please register and contribute to the building of this resource.

Last updated: July 2011

For more information on this or other ALA Library web pages, contact the ALA Library Reference Desk by telephone: 800-545-2433, extension 2153; fax: 312-280-3255; e-mail:; or regular mail: ALA Library, American Library Association, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611-2795.