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War Service Library book

Q. Today I was going through some books donated to our book sale and ran across one with a bookplate stating "War Service Library" with a picture of a WW I Soldier carrying a stack of books.  This plate was found in a 1918 book.  What is the story behind this bookplate?

A.  The bookplate -- sometimes a label or a stamp with the words "American Library Association, Soldiers and Sailors Camp Library"-- is one of several versions affixed to books furnished to sailors and soldiers by the American Library Association during World War I.

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?

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?

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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