Professional Tools

Moving a Library

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?

Electronic Collection Development

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?

Why was this book banned?

Updated May 15, 2014

Q. It's the question most often heard from students during Banned Books Week, "Why was this book banned?" More accurately, the question is who challenged this book being in the school or library and wanted it removed, and why, and when and where did this happen - and how did things turn out?

Foreign Credentials

Updated August 24, 2012

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?

LGBT-friendly Children's Material

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.?

Competency Standards for Librarians

Question:  Where can I find the competency standards for librarians?

IT Security Practices

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.

Interlibrary Loan Form

Question:  Can I order a copy of the ALA form for interlibrary loan from the ALA Store?

The American Library Association has a library?

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Yes, the American Library Association has a library, and has had since September 30, 1924.  The purpose of the library was then, as it is now, to provide information needed by ALA staff as they carry out the work of the Association and to provide information to members and others who contact ALA with questions about librarians, librarianship and ALA programs.

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