Q. A new resident inquired whether our library had any book clubs. The library in the town she moved from supports several and she had found hers to be a congenial way to explore books and reading. What's involved in starting one?
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Q. One of our regular library visitors is clearing the attic of the family home now that her parents are deceased. Where can I direct her to learn more about the value of these books?
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Question: My library will be moving into a new building next year. The building design work is completed, and construction underway, but we haven’t begun to discuss how we will accomplish the move of our collections. Does ALA have any resources that might help?
Question: Is there a collection development policy would address the shift from print to electronic materials, the selection criteria for such materials, and what kind of reference materials should be preferably purchased in electronic format compared to the ones we should keep in print format?
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Q. I was recently asked by a visitor from Germany about coming to work in a library in the U.S. She wanted to know if her degree in library science would be acceptable here. I didn't know what to tell him. Do you have a resource for this?
Q. We are beginning an outreach program to address issues of gender in the pre K-3 grade classroom. We are looking for material for early readers that is particularly adept at portraying non-stereotypical gender roles and that addresses LGBT issues in age appropriate ways. Can you guide me to any resources, book lists, etc.?
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Question: My library is looking to develop an IT security policy. Does ALA have a policy in place that we could review?
Answer: ALA does not have a policy for you to review, however I can point you to some resources that may help you in creating an IT policy for your library.