This index is a guide to frequently requested information on the website of the American Library Association. The topic links go to the most relevant information and resources covered in ALA.org.
ALA and its divisions have published several guidelines and standards. Here you'll find guidelines for accreditation and standards for library staff and personnel.
For over 85 years, staff members of the American Library Association (ALA) Library have provided reference service not only to their ALA Headquarters colleagues but also to hundreds of librarians across the country and around the world. The primary mission of the ALA Library is to help the staff of the American Library Association serve ALA members, and thereafter, the needs of the members of ALA, other libraries, and members of the public seeking information on librarianship. The ALA Library is a small special library with a collection that focuses exclusively on the history of and issues within libraries and librarianship. The Library's staff will respond to reference and information requests in accordance with this mission and collection scope.
While we do answer questions from the general public, we prefer that questions that do not pertain to librarianship and the interest areas of the American Library Association become part of the 7.2+ million reference questions answered by our colleagues in school, public, academic and other special libraries.
This wiki serves several purposes:
- Providing a pathfinder to the rich resources ALA website, www.ala.org
- Gathering our responses to your questions
- Enabling the library community to share new resources for getting our jobs done