Professional Tools

Becoming a Librarian

Q. One of our library assistants has decided he'd like to become a librarian. Where can I direct him for more information, particularly for a list of library schools?

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 When it arrived, it appeared to be a library book, but it contained no indication that it had been discarded or withdrawn. Is it common for libraries to discard books without indicating on the books that they have been withdrawn from the collection?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?

Support for Our School

Q. I'm a part time school librarian, in a rural area.  The local PTO would like to help me gain more funding for our school library. Do you have any ideas or resources I can share with them?

Budgeting for a Library Building

Q. Our town's library is bursting its seams, so we're beginning the exploration for a new one.  Is there any place we can look for the cost factors we need to consider?

Number of Children's Books Published

Q. Can you tell me the number of children's books that were published last year?

Art Media in the Caldecott Medal Books

Q. Using several sources, both print and online, I've tracked down the type of art media used in many of the Caldecott Medal-winning books, but I haven't been able to find some of the older ones, so my list is not complete. Can ALA help with this? I just want the art media for the Caldecott winners, not the honor books, if that helps.

Starting a Library

Recently, a reader of our I Love Libraries website sent over an inquiry about setting up a library in her community.  According to the IMLS  report, Public Libraries in the United States: Fiscal Year 2008 (most recent in the series), all but about 2% of the U.S.

Celebrating National Gaming Day

Q. Where can I get information about how to best present and suggest our library celebrating National Gaming Day?

Recommended Reading

Q. My local service club would like to give children at the elementary school in town a book this holiday season.  Most of the children are African American or Hispanic, and they are in grades from kindergarten to sixth grade.  What can you suggest?

Showing Movies in the Library

Q. There's a community group that wants to show a movie to its members in one of the meeting rooms at the library. Is this legal?

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