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Library and Information Science

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Library and Information Science



Dictionaries and General Information


Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science        http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_a.aspx

A free, online dictionary of library and information science terms from ABC-CLIO press. 


Classification Systems and Cataloging Management


How to read a Library of Congress Call Number         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4djuA5ZfOWE

This video from the University of Arkansas explains both shelf arrangements and exactly how to read each part of an LC call number.


Let's Do Dewey       http://library.mtsu.edu/dewey/

An introduction the the Dewey Decimal system. 


The Superintendent of Documents Classification System     http://www.angelo.edu/services/library/handouts/sudoc.php

An Explanation of the SuDoc Numbers used for United States Government Documents.


The World of Cataloging       https://www.webjunction.org/documents/webjunction/The_World_of_Cataloging.html

This section of OCLC's online community, Web Junction, provides links to many sources of information on cataloging and classification.  This includes basic introductions to cataloging, tools for the cataloger, information on RDA, and blogs and other resources.


Understanding Metadata      https://www.niso.org/publications/understanding-metadata-2017

This booklet from the National Information Standards Organization gives an overview of metadata and its standards, beginning with: 

"What Is Metadata?  Metadata is structured information that describes, explains, locates, or otherwise makes it

easier to retrieve, use, or manage an information resource. Metadata is often called data about data or information about information."  Copyright 2017.


Dewey Resources         http://www.oclc.org/dewey/resources.en.html

Resources for teachers, librarians and students, including a history of the Dewey Decimal system, a biography of Melvil Dewey. 


The Dewey Blog         http://ddc.typepad.com/

Designed for users of OCLC's Dewey Decimal Classification products, this blog provides detailed information about things like new numbers and sub classifications added to the system. 


Classify      http://classify.oclc.org/classify2/

An experimental database from OCLC Research, drawing information from the World Cat platform, you can find classification numbers by ISSN, ISBN, author, title, or subject.


Library of Congress Classification Schedules      http://www.loc.gov/aba/publications/FreeLCC/freelcc.html

Library of Congress Classification Schedules are now available as downloadable PDF files  This page gives you a complete list of the links to those files.  There are also links to historical editions of the schedules and a variety of links to cataloging information. 


Catalogers Learning Workshop     http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/

The Library of Congress provides materials for workshops on introductory cataloging and classification.


Frequently Asked Questions about Cataloging        http://www.ipl.org/div/farq/deweyFARQ.html

While the page and links are no longer being maintained in the Internet Public Library, the descriptions of the major classification systems, as well as the definitions of LCCN, ISBN, OCLC Numbers, and ISSN are extremely helpful, especially for those new to cataloging and classification, or searching for bibliographic records. 



Library Management


Library Leadership and Management Association New Professionals Toolkit       http://www.ala.org/llama/nps-toolkit

From ALA/LLAMA, this is a collection of articles aimed at new professionals and graduate students looking to develop their leadership skills.  The information would benefit anyone looking to become more involved in the profession or to increase their leadership skills.


Collection Development


Collection Development Sources:  American Library Association          http://www.ala.org/tools/atoz/Collection%20Development/collectiondevelopment


A list of sources, many online, on book selection and weeding.  Shortened link: https://bit.ly/2FOteLX


Marketing to Libraries          https://libguides.ala.org/marketing-to-libraries


Guidelines for authors from the American Library Association.   




Libraries and Library Associations


American Library Association       http://www.ala.org/

A professional association for librarians in the United States.  Includes divisions for all types of libraries.


State and Regional Library Associations       http://www.ala.org/groups/affiliates/chapters/state/stateregional

A list by state of regional associations in the U.S. that are affiliated with the American Library Association.  Sorted by location. 


Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)       http://www.cilip.org.uk/

Professional association for librarians in the United Kingdom.


Library Associations Around the World       http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/intlassocorgconf/libraryassociations

A list of international organizations and national organizations, compiled by the American Library Association.  Arranged by location.


International Federation of Library Associations       http://www.ifla.org/

"The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession."


List of National and State Libraries       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_and_state_libraries

This page serves as the official list of National and State libraries for the International Federation of Library Associations.  Arranged by place. 


Canadian Federation of Library Associations       http://cfla-fcab.ca/en/home-page/

Professional Association for libraries and library groups in Canada.


Australian Library and Information Association       https://www.alia.org.au/

Professional Association for librarians in Australia.


Library Architecture and Design


AIA/ALA Library Architecture Awards    http://www.aia.org/practicing/awards/AIAB083450       

The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association sponsor this award,  Click on Past Recipients to see the winning library construction or renovation projects.


Library Interior Design Awards       http://www.iida.org/content.cfm/2014-library-interior-design-award-winners/

The International Interior Design Association and the American Library Association award for library interior design.  Additional years are linked from the ALA/LLAMA website.


Library and Information Science Careers


Library Careers       http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/librarycareerssite/home

The American Library Association page on careers includes information and interactive sections that talk about all different types of careers in libraries.   


Librarian      http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/librarians.htm

From the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, an overview of education, training, and working conditions for librarians.  Be sure to click on each tab to find all the information. 


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment and Wages         http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes254021.htm

Statistics on employment and wages for librarians in the United States. 


INALJ       http://inalj.com/

I need a library job is "Information professionals finding & sharing jobs & job hunting advice."  Includes job listings as well as essays and information.  Includes INALJ UK


Pacific Northwest (US) Library Association       http://www.pnla.org/jobs

Job listings for libraries in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.


State and Regional Library Associations       http://www.ala.org/groups/affiliates/chapters/state/stateregional

A list by state of regional associations in the U.S. that are affiliated with the American Library Association.  Most of them have a job posting section on their web pages.  Sorted by location. 


LIS Job Net (UK)       http://www.lisjobnet.com/

From the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)   this is a listing of jobs in the UK. 


ALA JobLIST Career Center        http://joblist.ala.org/home/index.cfm?site_id=21926

The American Library Association Career Center includes job listings and a way for job hunters to post their resumes.  Click on "Job Seeker" or "Employer" as appropriate.  Postings are fee based for employers but not for job seekers. 


See also:  Libraries and Library Associations on this page


Library Journals and Blogs




D-Lib Magazine     http://www.dlib.org/about.html

"D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues. D-Lib Magazine appeals to a broad technical and professional audience. The primary goal of the magazine is timely and efficient information exchange for the digital library community to help digital libraries be a broad interdisciplinary field, and not a set of specialties that know little of each other."  Open Access, not peer reviewed.


Directory of Open Access Journals:  Library       http://bit.ly/1PbpAIx

Under Subject: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources


Top 50 Librarians Blog List       https://blog.feedspot.com/library_blogs/

List of many different types of library blogs, with comprehensive descriptions.  A good place to begin your search for blogs to follow. 



Best Blogs for Library News        http://www.proquest.com/blog/pqblog/2015/Best-library-news-blogs.html

ProQuest, a major library vendor, recommends the best blogs for library news. 


Five Librarian Bloggers to Follow    http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Five-Librarian-Bloggers-to-Follow-101614.asp

A business librarian blogger, writing for the Information Today publisher's blog introduces five bloggers that she thinks have unique perspectives.  Includes biographical information and why they blog. 


10 Best Book Related Instagram Accounts      http://www.nypl.org/blog/2015/01/06/10-best-book-related-instagram-accounts

 New York Public Library Blogger Morton Holzer asked for nominations via Instagram posts and then put together this list of the 10 best book related accounts to follow. 


Librarian Podcasts                http://www.5minlib.com/search?q=podcasts

A list of podcasts from the 5 Minute Librarian blog in July, 2017 



Virtual Reference 

(Also known as Chat, Live, Live Online, or Synchronous Reference)


Guidelines for Virtual Reference 2017       http://www.ala.org/rusa/sites/ala.org.rusa/files/content/GuidelinesVirtualReference_2017.pdf    

From the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association,  RUSA Guidelines for Implementing and Maintaining Virtual Reference Services (2017).  QuestionPoint 24/7 Reference Service uses these guidelines.


Virtual Reference:  A Selected Annotated Bibliography


Last updated in 2013, this bibliography is a comprehensive look at the literature and discussions about virtual reference.  Especially recommended for library students, or anyone considering adding or contracting for a virtual reference service.


LIS Wiki:  Chat Reference Libraries       http://liswiki.org/wiki/Chat_reference_libraries

This regularly updated wiki page lists libraries throughout the world that provide chat reference service.  Although probably not complete, it is a useful starting point for researchers and others who may want to contact libraries with the service.


Global Reference Network: Project History      https://www.loc.gov/rr/digiref/history.html

Presented by the Library of Congress, this is a history of the official start of the global effort in virtual reference (1998-2002). It includes links to related documents, including articles published in 2000-2001. This can be useful for library school students and others researching the history and developments of virtual reference.


OCLC QuestionPoint Service     https://www.oclc.org/en/questionpoint.html

Information page for people interested in buying this software, or knowing more about the services available for libraries, or how the service works. 


Library of Congress Virtual Reference Shelf     https://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html

A list of suggested online resources, by category.   


Quick Tips for Successful Virtual Reference, 2013     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJMSDzv5WEE
This video presents a few quick tips to help you achieve virtual reference success, from the Tampa Bay Library Consortium




Archives and Preservation


Collection Care       http://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/index.html

The Library of Congress provides information on preservation of different types of materials in an archival context. 


PREMIS  Preservation  Metadata    http://www.loc.gov/standards/premis/v3/index.html

"The PREMIS Data Dictionary and its supporting documentation is a comprehensive, practical resource for implementing preservation metadata in digital archiving systems. The Data Dictionary is built on a data model that defines five entities: Intellectual Entities, Objects, Events, Rights, and Agents."


Library Catalogs


World Cat       https://www.worldcat.org/

OCLC's WorldCat provides cataloging records from many different libraries world wide.  This is a good place to find information for InterLibrary loans, or to verify information on individual materials.


Library of Congress (U.S.) Catalogs        https://www.loc.gov/rr/main/inforeas/opac.html

This page of information for researchers provides information about the Library of Congress catalogs, and a link to the online catalog.


British Library Online Catalogues      http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/catblhold/all/allcat.html

This guide for researchers gives a list of all the online catalogues for the British Library.  The major catalogue is found on the Explore section of the site.


National Library of Australia Catalogue      http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/

Catalogue of the National Library of Australia.


Z39.5 Gateway        https://www.loc.gov/z3950/gateway.html

This page, maintained by the Library of Congress. provides access to many international libraries which use the Z39.5 computer communication protocol.  You can search the catalogs by clicking on the name of the institutions,  You can also search the Library of Congress collections from this page.   


Links added and page published 3/4/2016 AAH

Links added 1/27/2016 AAH

Replaced broken link 1/9/2018 AAH

Virtual Reference section updated 8/1/2018 AAH

Links checked and replaced 8/1/2018, 8/3/2018 AAH

Collection Development section added 1/16/2019 AAH

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