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Loss Rate

“Area libraries increasing security to combat rising thefts” is the headline for the April 23, 2011, article posted by the Dayton Daily News. But the question that comes to the ALA Library is “what is a ‘typical’ loss rate?”

Recommended Viewing - Movies and DVDs

Q. I know ALA has reading lists in different age groups. But what about lists for other materials? Does ALA make a list of recommended movies or DVDs? And are there lists for different age groups?

Association Libraries

Q. How many public association libraries are there in the US? Why are they association and not municipal?

A. Table 5 of the “Public Libraries Survey Fiscal Year 2008”, published by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)  indicates that 14.9% of the 9,221 public libraries reporting in 2008 were "Nonprofit association or agency libraries," or about 1,375 libraries, nationwide.

First School Library?

Q. When was the first school library established?

Perennial Question

With spring here, perennials are coming back to life ...

Accurate Sources

Q. I'm in a public library and was assisting a local community college student who asked, "How accurate should my sources of information be?" I hardly know where to start!

Looking Back ... and Forward

[We're departing from our usual format to hear from Emily Johnson, a student at the University of Michigan School of Information.  Emily joined the ALA Library staff for a week, attracted by a project to bring one of our special collections under bibliographic control.  Years ago, the staff in ALA's publishing department began an archive of each book or other item published by ALA.  This collection, which is strictly an internal resource (and partially duplicated at the ALA Archives), is under the Library's care, but until Emil

Reader's Advisory

This post isn't prompted by just one question, but rather several that came in via e-mail over the weekend.  Can you suggest good books for my 8 year old grandson?  Where are the older lists of Best Books for Young Adults? Is there a set of biographies of all the presidents? So, even though the ALA Library is a special library, we get our share of readers advisory (RA) questions!

Awards trivia

What is the oldest award ALA gives?  Who are all the recipients of the Margaret Mann Citation?  When did publishers start sponsoring ALA awards? 

Bibliotherapy

Q. I'm finishing up my first year of library school and I've gotten interested in bibliotherapy. How can I learn more about this specialization?

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