Links to Library Web Resources

Selected list of web sites that provide valuable information about libraries and librarianship.

ALA Library Fact Sheet 29

The following web sites were selected because they provide valuable information about libraries and librarianship.

  • American Library Association Affiliates
    List of links to the web sites for library associations of specific cultural groups or distinct disciplines which are affiliates of the American Library Association, which includes but is not limited to: the American Association of Law Librarians (AALL), the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Assocation for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, and the Medical Library Association (MLA).
  • American Library Association Research & Statistics
    List of links to ALA Initatives, including ALA's membership and salary surveys, and the annual Public Library Funding and Technology Access Study, as well as links to library statistics, and links to librarianship & library staff statistics.
  • COSLA - Chief Officers of State Library Agencies
    Website of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its membership consists solely of these top library officers of the states and territories, variously designated as state librarian, director, commissioner or executive secretary. Includes profiles on each member, links to state resources, and links to library statistical and research information. Also see the latest report on state library agencies compiled by IMLS, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (see entry for IMLS below).
  • NISO - National Information Standards Organization
    Website of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit association accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which identifies, develops, maintains, and publishes technical standards to manage information in our changing and ever-more digital environment. NISO Standards are available as Adobe Reader PDF documents. For latest information, see NISO News and Events.
  • WorldCat
    Created by OCLC (see OCLC entry above), WorldCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, yet lets you find items in libraries near you, using your zip code. Find out more at What is WorldCat? Stay up-to-date on WorldCat features and services via the WorldCat Blog.

Last updated: December 2010

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