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librarianWhere do librarians go to access up-to-date information about libraries? They use library portals and starting points like everyone else.

Use the following links to explore the resources on this page: Library Portals, Public Library Journals, and Professional Organizations.

 

Library Portals

 

General Guides

EduRef
http://www.eduref.org/
This site provides access to the ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) indexes and databases of information about education, plus a database of lesson plans, archives of educational listservs, and other resources.

Internet Library for Librarians from InfoWorks Technology Company
http://www.itcompany.com/inforetriever/
A portal designed for librarians to locate Internet resources related to their profession.

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/
The Internet Public Library (IPL), is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information.

Library and Information Science from Library of Congress
http://www.loc.gov/library/
This is a general collection, sections include: school library resources, online catalogs, digital libraries, professional organizations, library and information science schools, professional journals, library vendors, and library conferences.

Library Spot
http://www.libraryspot.com/
The easiest to use starting point for librarians. Free virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, businesses and just about anyone exploring the Web for valuable research information.

Librarian Net by J. West
http://www.librarian.net/
Links to things online that the author thinks are interesting and thought provoking - - that bring out the librarian flavor on the web, you know, like salt.

Researching Librarian
http://www.researchinglibrarian.com/
Intended as a supplement to the print and electronic resources available in library collections, this site gathers links to selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation and full-text databases, funding information, relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, useful research tools, current awareness sources, and conference papers and proceedings.

School Libraries

LM_NET on the Web
http://www.eduref.org/lm_net/
LM_NET is a discussion group open to school library media specialists worldwide, and to people involved with the school library media field. It is not for general librarians or educators.

School Library Information Portal
http://www.clatoolbox.ca/slip/
SLiP provides "Canadian connections to school library documents". Topics covered include advocacy, standards and policies for school libraries in Canada, school library programs, professional development, research, and school library management issues. Sponsored by the National Library of Canada, the Canadian Library Association, the Canadian School Library Association, and the Association for Teacher Librarianship in Canada.

School Libraries Net by P. Milbury
http://www.school-libraries.net/
Collection of Web Pages created or maintained by school librarians. Some are for entire schools, while others are for individual school libraries. Some pages are personal, while others are for professional associations, or other curriculum related resources.

School Libraries on the Web by L. Bertland
http://www.sldirectory.com/
List of library web pages maintained by K-12 school libraries in the United States and in countries around the world. This directory is limited to listing pages which focus on the school library/media center.

Public Libraries

LibDex by P. Scott
http://www.libdex.com/
Directory of library homepages, web-based OPACs, Friends of the Library pages, and library e-commerce affiliate links.

Lisjobs by R.S. Gordon
http://lisjobs.com/
Comprehensive guide to online job resources for librarians and information professionals.

LLRX
http://llrx.com/
Web journal dedicated to providing legal and library professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of Internet research and technology-related issues, applications, resources and tools.


Library Journals

Booklist
http://www.booklistonline.com/
ALA publication including all types of materials.

Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/childrenlib/index.cfm
Journal by ALA's ALSC division.

Knowledge Quest
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/knowledgequest/knowledgequest.cfm
Journal from ALA's AASL division

Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/yalsapubs/research/journal.cfm
Research journal from ALA's YASLA division

Library Journal
http://www.libraryjournal.com/
Popular journal for all types of libraries.

Library Juice
http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/
Library Juice is a biweekly online magazine for librarians, library and information science students, and other interested people. It includes discussions, commentary, announcements, humor, web links and news affecting the library world. Much of the material is about librarianship as the servant and protector of the public sphere; intellectual freedom and social responsibility as central to the profession.

School Library Journal
http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/
Some free and some requires a subscription.

School Library Monthly
http://www.schoollibrarymedia.com/
Some free and some requires a subscription.

Teacher Librarian
http://www.teacherlibrarian.com/
Some free and some requires a subscription.

School Library Media Research
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/aasl/aaslpubsandjournals/slmrb/schoollibrary.cfm
ALA's AASL division's research journal.

VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
http://www.voya.com/
Popular with young adult librarians.

Young Adult Library Services
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/yalsapubs/yals/youngadultlibrary.cfm
ALA's YALSA division journal.

 

Professional Organizations

American Association of School Librarians
http://www.ala.org/aasl
Advocates excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.

American Library Association (ALA)
http://www.ala.org/
Mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Canadian Library Association
http://www.cla.ca/
Provides all teacher-librarians, library technicians and library assistants across Canada with a site that will provide instant access to a wealth of pertinent information related to the provision of quality public and school library programs and service in Canada.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/
Mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association is to advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population. Also check out the YALSA wiki.


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