Use these sources to decipher acronyms and abbreviations in the field of LIS.
For general guides to acronyms and abbreviations, see the "Acronyms, Symbols and Abbreviations" page maintained by the Reference, Research and Government Information Services department.
Decodes acronyms for units, divisions, roundtables, committees and publications of the American Library Association; acronyms for other library and related organizations; and abbreviations commonly used in the library literature.
Searches over 750 library-related blogs.
List of library science blogs.
The official blog of ALA's American Association of School Librarians.
The official blog of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
The official blog of ALA's Association for Library Service to Children.
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies
Official blog of the American Library Association's Library and Information Technology Association.
Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA)
From the Metadata Interest Group of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).
The official blog of ALA's Public Library Association.
Keep up with the doings of ALA's Reference and User Services Association
Official blog of ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association.
Reports on public policy issues and their impact on the research library community.
Q & A from the ALA headquarters library.
Fifteen recommended blogs, representing a range of interests within librarianship.
Describes the winners of an annual contest to name the best library blogs and presents a larger directory of library blogs in several categories, including "quirky."
Links to the University Library's numerous blogs, news feeds, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and Flickr sites.
Find a library (or at least its website).
Links to library websites and online catalogs worldwide. Data on each library includes address, size of collection, and current and previous library automation systems.
Links to 18,000 libraries worldwide, with options to search or browse by country.
Find libraries near your current location or search by name or ZIP code.
Links to general and specialized directories of libraries.
A directory of library websites in 146 countries, organized geographically and searchable by keyword.
Using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, search for libraries by name, location, service population, operating income, etc.
Links to all fifty state library agencies.
Email discussion lists are a vital channel for professional networking among librarians.
This page points to directories of email lists. It also includes all listservs that are mentioned on other pages within this site.
An email list "for acquisitions librarians and others interested in acquisitions work."
Central site for subscribing to email lists of the various groups within the American Library Association.
An email list devoted to cascading style sheets (CSS), accompanied by a wiki that includes many examples.
Discussion list for the Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials (DCRM).
Identifies email lists and newsgroups in librarianship, by topic.
From the Library of Congress, a list of library-related email lists.
Identifies and links to email discussion lists in the following categories: General; Associations; Computing; Departments; Employment; New Librarians; Subjects; Vendors; Youth-Children.
An email list "for public librarians and those interested in public libraries."
A discussion list for young adult and children's librarians.
SHARP is a global scholarly organization for historians of print culture. The library has a subscription to their journal, Book History, and the organization also offers a discussion list, SHARP-L.
A busy email discussion list for library-based web managers. Archives may be searched and browsed.
ALA Guide to Reference
An annotated guide to the best reference sources, both print and online, organized by subject. Use the Browse feature to find "Library and Information Science" under "General Reference Works."
ALA Library Fact Sheets
Prepared by the staff of the ALA Library to answer frequently asked questions about libraries and librarianship.
ALA Professional Tips Wiki
A rich set of links selected by ALA staff on a number of topics.
A cooperatively created and maintained "niche encyclopedia covering library-related issues."
Portal: Library & Information Science
A section within Wikipedia which categorizes and leads to articles on LIS topics.
UNESCO Libraries Portal
"An international gateway to information for librarians and library users."