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Libraries, Collections, and Information Services

Academic and Research Libraries | Archives | Digital Libraries | Museums | Public Libraries | Rare Books and Special Collections | Special Libraries | School Library Media Centers

Academic and Research Libraries

Consult these sources for Information about academic libraries and related issues.


Look in these sources for information about all types of archives.

Digital Libraries

Information about digital libraries, and resources for building them.

  • Digital Libraries: Metadata Resources Created by IFLA, this page links to standards and reports for many metadata formats. Last updated in 2006.
  • DLF – Digital Library Federation “Provides information about the DLF community, and serves as a resource and communication hub around important ideas and trends developing throughout the broader digital library community”
  • HathiTrust A collaborative digital repository created by research university libraries, including the University of Illinois.
  • Library of Congress National Digital Library Program “The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program (NDLP) is assembling a digital library of reproductions of primary source materials to support the study of the history and culture of the United States. “


Information sources in museum studies.

  • Archives & Museum Informatics This site includes a searchable full-text database of papers from the “Museums & the Web” annual conferences and other resources.
  • Musematic A blog on the latest trends in the world of museum informatics and technology.

Public Libraries

Resources for public librarians.

  • Libraries – Government and Public From USA.gov, a set of links to federal libraries and information services and other selected resources.
  • PLA Blog The official blog of ALA’s Public Library Association.
  • PUBLIB Electronic Discussion List An email list “for public librarians and those interested in public libraries.”
  • Public Library Association A division of the American Library Association. Provides information about PLA’s programs, careers in public libraries, issues facing public libraries, and more.
  • PublicLibraries.com Extensive links to public libraries and other types of libraries, alphabetized by state. Also provides a service for authors to promote their books.
  • Search for Public Libraries Database maintained by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Rare Books and Special Collections

Resources for rare book, manuscript, and other special collections librarians.

  • DCRM-L Discussion list for the Descriptive Cataloging for Rare Materials (DCRM).
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) that “strives to represent and promote the interests of librarians who work with rare books, manuscripts, and other types of special collections.”
  • The Rare Book & Manuscript Library The home page of the University’s impressive rare book library — including “Non Solus: A Blog for Book Lovers.”

Special Libraries

Resources on assorted types of special libraries.

School Library Media Centers

Information about libraries in K-12 education.