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American Library Association

TITLE: American Library Association (ALA)
DESCRIPTION: Contains the history, structure, programs, and conference reports of ALA, and provides links to its subordinate associations. Its official publications include ALA Washington Office Newsline and American Libraries. ALA-WON Newsletter started publishing on July 9, 1992 in electronic format only. American Libraries is the news magazine of the American Library Association. Table of contents and news are included in the online version.
LOCATION: University of Illinois at Chicago
KEYWORDS: library association, ala


TITLE: Library Associates
DESCRIPTION: Description: Providing support services for libraries of every type and size
since 1986.  Technical services includes processing & original and or copy
cataloging, as well as retrospective conversions for English and multiple
language collections (including European, Asian, & Middle Eastern
languages).  Other support services include staffing, consulting,
management, & recruitment.
LOCATION: 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 355, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
KEYWORDS: automation, consulting, staffing, cataloging


TITLE: American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
DESCRIPTION: It "is interested in the general improvement and extension of library media services for children and young people." Links to ICONNect which offers school library media specialists, teachers and students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to navigate the information superhighway through Online Courses, Mini-Grants, Collaborative Grants to Develop Curriculum, KidsConnect, An Internet Q&A Service, ICONnect Publication Series, etc..
KEYWORDS: library association, school librarians

TITLE: American Library Trustee Association (ALTA)
DESCRIPTION: Interested in the development of effective library service for all people in all types of communities and in all types of libraries. Links to ALTA Gopher.
KEYWORDS: library association, alta

TITLE: Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
DESCRIPTION: A division of ALA. "The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services is responsible for the following activities: acquisition, identification, cataloging, classification, and preservation of library materials; the development and coordination of the county's library resources; and those areas of selection and evaluation involved in the acquisition of library materials and pertinent to the development of library resources." Links to its gopher server. Its official publication ALCTS Network News published on May 13, 1991 is available for free. Send text "sub an2 {Firstname Lastname}" to the listserv for subscription. Archives is available via gopher.
KEYWORDS: library association, alcts, technical services

TITLE: Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
DESCRIPTION: Association of College & Research Libraries is a division of the American Library Association. It "provides leadership for development, promotion, and improvement of academic and research library resources and services to facilitate learning, research, and the scholarly communication process." Contains links to ACRL Gopher Menu, College & Research Libraries News, ACRL 1997 National Conference Home Page, Education and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS), Instruction Section (IS), Western European Specialists Section (WESS), and Women's Studies Section. It publishes the C&RL News Net (College & Research Libraries News) which provides current information on issues relating to higher education and research library field. Also contains Washington Hotline and job postings.
KEYWORDS: library association, acrl

TITLE: Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
DESCRIPTION: "Represents state library agencies, specialized library agencies, and multitype library cooperatives."--Title screen.
KEYWORDS: library association, library agencies, ascla

TITLE: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
DESCRIPTION: The Library and Information Technology Association is a division of the ALA. The site provides information about LITA, its programs and meetings, as well as its publications. LITA-L is an unmoderated list to provide improved communication between LITA members, officers, and staff. It also serves as a mechanism for speedy dissemination of LITA forms, announcements, and general information of interest to members. Send text "subscribe lita-l {Firstname Lastname}" to the listserv for subscription. LITAline is a read-only electronic publication of the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association. It was started in January 1997 to better communicate news, announcements, deadlines, and information of special interest to LITA members. Send text "subscribe litaline {Firstname Lastname}" to the listserv for subscription. Its archives are available via WWW. LITA Newsletter is published quarterly and moderated by Gail Junion-Metz, and Kathy Klemperer,
E-MAIL: Mary Deane,
KEYWORDS: library association, lita, information technology

TITLE: Public Library Association (PLA)
DESCRIPTION: Advances the development and effectiveness of public library service and public librarians by providing a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, and continuing education. Links to organizational information, news, events, publications, job sites, etc. It publishes the Public Libraries Magazine six times a year.
KEYWORDS: library association, pla

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TITLE: Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
DESCRIPTION: Access to ARL member libraries gopher servers in USA and Canada. ARL Gopher, ARL Career Resources, Information Policy, Scholarly Communication, Collection Development, Preservation, ARL Statistics and Measurement, ARL Publications Program, etc.
KEYWORDS: library association, arl

TITLE: Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
DESCRIPTION: A joint project of the Association of Research Libraries, CAUSE, and EDUCOM, promotes the creation of and access to information resources in networked environments in order to enrich scholarship and to enhance intellectual productivity. Roughly 175 organizations and institutions are members of the Coalition Task Force. It contains archives of CNI's discussion forums, coalition publications and projects, non-CNI forum archives, and miscellaneous publications. NISO-L was established by the collaboration of the National Information Standards Organization and the Coalition for Networked Information to offer "up-to-the-minute information on new NISO standard being initiated, the publication of new and revised standards, the availability of draft standards, NISO Standards Committee activities, and general news about standards that affect the information". Send text "subscribe niso-l {Firstname Lastname}" to the listserv for subscription. Its archives are available for searching and browsing.
E-MAIL: Joan K. Lippincott,
KEYWORDS: library association, cni

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TITLE: Center for Research Libraries (CRL)
DESCRIPTION: "The web page includes CRL historical background, staff directory information, member lists, descriptions of collections and services, and bibliographies of CRL holdings, [as well as all of the area studies microform projects administered by CRL.] The web page links to CRLCATALOG, the online public access catalog. The lists of more than 5,800 foreign newspapers, accessible by geographic or title entry, are continually updated as CRL makes additions to this collection component. The What's New page will be updated weekly with news items about CRL events, membership meetings, and web site developments."
E-MAIL: Linda Naru,
KEYWORDS: library association, crl

DESCRIPTION: The OPAC of the Center for Research Libraries. The catalog includes all of the bibliographic and authority records in CRL's card catalog. All bibliographic records include at least summary holding statements and call number information.
LOGIN: guest
PHONE: Access Services Dept., (312) 955-4545 Ext. 313 or 314
KEYWORDS: library association, crl, opac

DESCRIPTION: Electronic discussion list to distribute information about the Center.
INSTRUCTION: subscribe crlonline
KEYWORDS: library association, crl, e-mail list

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TITLE: American Association of Law Libraries Information System (AALLNET)
DESCRIPTION: American Association of Law Libraries Information System. Formerly LAWNET, it contains AALL membership directory, AALL internal information, information related to the legal education, library school programs, legal materials, weather utilities, as well as law library catalogs, etc. Its listserv list LAW-LIB is intended for discussion on issues related to the law libraries. Send text "subscribe law-lib" to the listserv for subscription. Archives is available on the WWW.
KEYWORDS: library association, aallnet

TITLE: American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Chapters
DESCRIPTION: Contains links to the Web sites of the regional chapters, such as Mid-America Association of Law Libraries, Northern California Association of Law Libraries, Southwestern Association of Law Libraries, etc.
KEYWORDS: law library association, chapters, regional

TITLE: American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
DESCRIPTION: "Established in 1946, the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) has more than 650 personal and 230 institutional members. ATLA's international membership represents many religious traditions and denominations. Membership is open to any person who is engaged in professional library or bibliographic work in theological or religious fields, or who has an interest in the literature of religion, theological librarianship, and the purposes and work of the association." --About ATLA. Includes information about ATLA, its organization, services, products, membership, etc.
KEYWORDS: library association, atla

TITLE: Association of Christian Librarians (ACL)
DESCRIPTION: "Established in 1957 at Nyack College, the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) has grown to over 300 individual members. ACL's international membership includes persons from across the wide spectrum of denominations. Membership is open to Christians agreeing to Association's purposes and doctrinal statement who are involved in the practice or support of librarianship. Associate membership is open to any other Christians interested in the practice or support of librarianship." --ACL History. The site provides information about the organization, its membership, publications, annual conference, christian resources, and job announcements, etc.
KEYWORDS: library association, acl

TITLE: MLANET: The Medical Library Association Network of Health Information Professionals (MLA)
DESCRIPTION: "The Medical Library Association is a professional organization of more than 5,000 individuals and institutions in the health information field. MLA fosters excellence in the professional achievement and leadership of health sciences library and information professionals to enhance the quality of health care, education, and research. MLA assists librarians with the exchange of health sciences books and periodicals and to develop a variety of programs to serve the needs of health information specialists." Includes information about MLA, its organization and annual meetings, medical professional standards, awards, scholarships, news, publications, etc.
KEYWORDS: library association, mla

TITLE: Music Library Association (MLA)
DESCRIPTION: "The Music Library Association is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and to all aspects of music materials in libraries."--About MLA. The site provides information about the organization and documents of interest to music librarians.
KEYWORDS: library association, mla

TITLE: North American Sport Library Network (NASLIN)
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1989 "to facilitate communication and resource sharing among sports librarians, archivists, and information specialists through conferences, educational programs and other cooperative projects.... To communicate with related organizations, nationally and internationally regarding cooperative projects and programs."--Title screen.
E-MAIL: Gretchen Ghent,
KEYWORDS: library association, naslin

TITLE: OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc. (OLAC)
DESCRIPTION: "In 1980, OLAC was founded to establish and maintain a group that could speak for catalogers of audiovisual materials. OLAC provides a means for exchange of information, continuing education, and communication among catalogers of audiovisual materials and with the Library of Congress. While maintaining a voice with the bibliographic utilities that speak for catalogers of audiovisual materials, OLAC works toward common understanding of AV cataloging practices and standards."--About OLAC. The site contains information about the organization, its conferences, bylaws, newsletters, awards, membership, book reviews, and other useful links.
E-MAIL: Sue Neumeister,
KEYWORDS: library association, olac

TITLE: Special Libraries Association (SLA) Home Page
DESCRIPTION: Contains information on the association and its committees, the association's activities, products and services. It serves as a communications link to SLA's 14,700+ worldwide members as well as a way of keeping other information professionals around the world informed about SLA.
KEYWORDS: library association, sla

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TITLE: American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
DESCRIPTION: Provides information on the organization, its services, activities, and publications, and medical informatics related information.
KEYWORDS: library-related association, amia

TITLE: American Society for Information Science (ASIS)
DESCRIPTION: "Since 1937 ASIS has been the society for information professionals leading the search for new and better theories, techniques, and technologies to improve access to information.... ASIS counts among its membership some 4,000 information specialists from such fields as computer science, linguistics, management, librarianship, engineering, law, medicine, chemistry, and education; individuals who share a common interest in improving the ways society stores, retrieves, analyzes, manages, archives and disseminates information, coming together for mutual benefit."--About.
KEYWORDS: library-related association, asis

TITLE: Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1972, "ARLIS/NA is a growing, dynamic organization promoting the interests of nearly 1,500 members. The membership includes architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, and others interested in visual arts information."--Welcome.
KEYWORDS: library-related association, arlis/na

TITLE: Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
DESCRIPTION: "The mission of ALISE is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service for library and information science education."--Mission.
LOCATION: P.O. Box 7640, Arlington, VA 22207
PHONE: 703-243-8040
FAX: 703-243-4551
KEYWORDS: library, information science, education, association, alise

TITLE: Congregational Library Associations
DESCRIPTION: Contains descriptions of church library associations and their web sites, evaluations of religious book review resources online, and information about software for church library automation. Prepared by professional librarian and former church librarian.
KEYWORDS: church libraries, book reviews, religious libraries, library association, software

TITLE: Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA)
DESCRIPTION: "Provide programs and publications to 2,000 member groups reaching hundreds of thousands of Americans, teaching citizens nationwide how to develop local library Friends to raise funds, be advocates and promote libraries."--About FOLUSA.
LOCATION: 1420 Walnut Street, Suite #450, Philadelphia, PA 19102
KEYWORDS: friends, libraries, folusa

TITLE: National Information Standards Organization (NISO)
DESCRIPTION: "The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) develops and promotes technical standards used in a wide variety of information services. NISO is a nonprofit association accredited as a standards developer by the American National Standards Institute, the national clearinghouse for voluntary standards development in the U.S."--Title screen.
LOCATION: 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814
PHONE: 301-654-2512
FAX: 301-654-1721
KEYWORDS: library, information science, standards, association, niso

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