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Book Groups

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?

Disaster Planning

Q. There was recently a flash flood in a neighboring town--and it seems like there's another earthquake reported every week.  Our library doesn't have a disaster plan.  Where can I get help in writing one?

A. There are a number of resources available to you. Start with the "Disaster Recovery" resources prepared by members of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services as background material for the first ever Preservation Week, May 9-15, 2010.

Value of Old Books

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?

What is a library?

Q. The word "library" seems to be used in so many different aspects now, from the brick-and-mortar public library to the digital library.  Is there a good definition of what a library is?

A. We're glad you asked.  The Whole Library Handbook offers this definition:

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?

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.

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