Resources for Librarians
The following organizations and websites are concerned with areas of concern that most librarians will encounter at least once in their careers (if not once a day!). They have been divided up into general categories that best reflect their specific areas of content and concern.
However, it should be noted that many of these resources are large, multilayered websites and organizations, and that they will contain information on a broad array of subjects relating to librarians and/or library science. We have done our best to categorize them in a manner that makes their purposes clear and accessible. (Perhaps a librarian could help us organize them better!)
Copyright Information and Issues
- Copyright and Fair Use - A comprehensive clearinghouse for Fair Use of Copyrighted materials, with sections covering primary materials, legislation, internet resources, and copyright law.
- The United States Copyright Law - Legal site providing the actual U.S. Copyright Law from the U.S. Code.
- The United States Copyright Office of the Library of Congress - Key publications of the U.S. Copyright Office, including informational circulars, forms, links, news briefs, press releases, and copyright records since 1978.
- Web-Savvy: Keeping Current with Web-based Resources - Website covering online publications and resources for librarians to stay up to date with new developments on the Internet.
Grants and Funding
- The Foundation Center : Philanthropy on the World Wide Web - Website of center focused on the collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating of information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects. Includes resources for all parties, including grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, and the media.
Journals and Magazines
- PubList.Com - Free service providing basic information about print and electronic publications by title, subject, or publisher. Includes more than 150,000 publications from around the world.
- Booklist Online - Website offshoot of Booklist, a publication of the ALA, designed to provide public and school librarians with reviews that help them decide what to buy. Website is free, but also includes a subscription database with archived reviews and features.
- Library Research Service - Public-private organization that conducts research and keeps statistics to inform library decision-making and public policy.
- National Center for Education Statistics - The NCES collects and analyzes data related to U.S. Education. Useful for grant-writing and proposals.
- AASL Position Statements - The American Association of School Librarians' policies for school libraries.
- Cataloger's Reference Shelf - Massive database based on 21 MARC manuals and other reference works published by The Library of Congress.
- Conservation OnLine - Website concerned with the conservation of library, archives and museum materials.
- Librarians' Internet Index - Website presenting librarian-reviewed and -approved websites, along with a free weekly newsletter.
- LM_NET: Library Media Networking Discussion Group - Resource targeted specifically at school library media specialists.
- SUNLINK Weed of the Month Club - Provides help with weeding your collection. Also contains guidelines and tips on how to remove outdated books and materials from your library.