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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

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!

ADA and Libraries

ALA's Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA, a division of ALA) maintains resources on libraries and ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act; see the excerpt from ALA Library Fact Sheet 11 - Building Libraries and Library Additions: A Selected Annotated Bibliography at http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet11 --

ADA -- Americans with Disabilities Act.

Marking Discards

Q. I recently purchased a used book online. When it arrived, it appeared to be a library book, but it contained no indication that it had been discarded or withdrawn. Is it common for libraries to discard books without indicating on the books that they have been withdrawn from the collection? How can average book buyers know that they are not purchasing stolen property?