Professional Tools

PLA Professional Tools provides access to a variety of resources for librarians and their patrons. Topics include administration, management, technical services, community engagement, digital literacy, technology, advocacy, and more. The toolkit aims to support library professionals with access to current information resources and best practice guidelines.


Circulation & Technical Services

In the following section you will find resources devoted to cataloging practices, collections management, digital collections, electronic resources, eLibraries, integrated library systems & automated services, non-traditional circulating materials, patron privacy, and RFID tags. View subtopics »

Community Engagement & Outreach

In the following section you will find resources devoted to helping you increase your community engagement and outreach, including: the ALA Libraries Transform campaign, outreach strategies, information on bookmobiles, how to work with community groups, universal access, and much more. View subtopics »

Directors, Managers & Administrators

In the following section you will find information for directors, managers, and administrators. View subtopics »

Programming & Instruction

In the following section you will find resources for adults on digital literacy, GED/high school equivalency, job searching, working with refugee populations, programming, financial literacy, and retirement preparation. View subtopics »

Public Relations & Marketing

In the following section you will find resources devoted to increasing the efficacy of your marketing and public relations strategies, including: the value of libraries, performance measurements, marketing strategies, where to find images and programs for marketing materials, public relations resources, advocacy, and much more. View subtopics »

Reference

In the following section you will find reference related resources. Tools for reference training, technology reference, virtual reference, reader’s advisory, and E-Government are featured in this area. View subtopics »

Technology & Website Development

In the following section you will find resources devoted to makerspaces, technologies, and website development. View subtopics »

YA & Kids

In the following section you will find resources for the birth to young adult populations including: early literacy, programming, award winners, summer reading, and more. View subtopics »


Additional Resources

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