Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)


Links to libraries, resources for librarians, library organizations, and more.

NARA Library Resources

ALIC: Archives Library Information Center
The Archives Library and Information Center home page.
Book Catalog
ALIC's Online Public Access Catalog
Quarterly Compilation of Periodical Literature
Bibliography of articles from scholarly journals that cite NARA records.

Searchable Catalogs

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
This is a database of student research theses and dissertations, with full text available online.
Library of Congress National Archives Catalog
Searchable catalog of the Library of Congress's holdings.
World's largest network of library content and services, allowing users to search the collections of libraries globally.

Selected University and Academic Libraries

Ithaca College Library
This site is easy to navigate and incorporates subject and course guides as well as social media features.
Olin C. Bailey Library
The library at Hendrix College was chosen as a Web Site of the Month by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) because of its layout, quick links, and clear wording.
Indiana University at Bloomington Libraries
Searchable catalogs, databases for electronic journals, and internet resources. Well-organized with extensive options available.
Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Selected as the Top Academic Library Website of 2012 by Emily Singley, the cloudy librarian, because of the help and guides it offers users, its use of clear language, and its well-organized design.
Stanford University Libraries
This library web site offers interesting features such as online chat; how to print, copy, and scan; and where to find places to study.
University of Maryland Libraries
Library catalog for the University of Maryland library system, research tools, computing assistance, and access to library services..
University of Southern Mississippi Library
USM libraries' catalog, articles and databases, research guides, and faculty and Ask-A-Librarian.

Selected Public Libraries

Federal Depository Library Program
Federal Depository Libraries are libraries that house and maintain publications distributed by the Government Printing Office (GPO). This site locates federal depository libraries by state.
Cleveland Public Library
Emily Singley's (the cloudy librarian) pick for best public library web site for 2012.
New York Public Library
In addition tothe National Archives Catalog and guidelines for using the library, this web site includes booklists, information about exhibits and events, and videos.
Allen County Public Library
This Indiana library's web site provides extensive genealogy resources.
Bud Werner Memorial Library
The public library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was Emily Singley's choice for Best Small City Website of 2012 because of its easy to use site and the use of mouse-over drop downs on top menus.

Librarians' Resources

Librarians and Archivists
Portal to the Library of Congress's information for librarians and archivists.
Library of Congress Classification Outline
This is a breakdown of the classification system used by the Library of Congress.
The Center for Research Libraries
This site contains a grant-supported catalog of a consortium of colleges, universities and public libraries, making research information and catalogs readily available.
Digital Librarian
An extensive list of links to a large number of subjects of interest to librarians.
Handbook of Federal Librarianship
A "project of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) Education Working Group. Committee members are primarily a group of federal librarians with a few federal employees who hold positions in federal libraries and information centers."
A worldwide directory of library home pages.
Lib Web
"Over 8000 pages from libraries in 146 countries."

Discussion Groups and Forums for Librarians

ALA electronic discussion lists
Portal where users can subscribe to the American Library Association's electronic discussion lists.
The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) provides "two-day, moderated, electronic discussion forums that provide an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest on an ALCTS discussion list." Past topics have included "Public Services for Technical Services Librarians" and "Collection Evaluation and Assessment."
Library 2.0
"This network is for librarians and others interested in Library 2.0."
Project Wombat
A reference source for frequently asked questions. This site took the place of Stumpers listserv.

Online Reference Desks and Materials

This site provides online information on a variety of subjects useful to reference librarians.
Martindale's The Reference Desk
Martindale's has information on an extensive amount of material, from world reports in over 270 countries to new developments in the Information Sciences. Fast Facts
This site contains a collection of online almanacs and maps, dictionaries, directories, as well as general reference materials.
Virtual Reference Shelf
Selected online resources for research from the Library of Congress.

Library-Related Organizations

ALISE: Association for Library and Information Science Education
This organization provides information and services to university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America.
ALA: American Library Association
This official ALA site provides "association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users".
ARL: Association of Research Libraries
ARL focuses on "issues of concern to the library, research, higher education, and scholarly communities."
ACRL: Association of College & Research Libraries
ACRL is associated with ALA and ARL, but addresses the concerns of university and college libraries.
ASIS&T: Association for Information Science and Technology
A well-established organization whose mission is to "advance the information sciences and related applications of information technology."
BCALA: Black Caucus of the American Library Association
BCALA was established to promote library and information science development for African Americans and others of African descent.
CLIR: Council on Library and Information Resources
An organization interested in preservation, awareness, digital libraries, scholarship, and other areas.
FEDLINK: The Federal Library & Information Network
Established by the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) to provide information and resources for federal libraries and librarians.
Professional Associations
This list was compiled by the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. It provides links to sites of library and information sciences organizations across the United States and around the world.
Digital Library Federation
An organization interested in the creation, maintenance and expansion of digital materials.
IMLS: Institute of Museum and Library Services
An organization devoted to strengthening museums and libraries.
OLOS: Office for Literary and Outreach Services
This division of ALA supports and promotes information literacy and equity of information access among traditionally underserved populations.
REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking
REFORMA actively seeks to promote the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community.
SLA: Special Libraries Association
An organization interested in the promotion of libraries internationally.


10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library
An article from American Libraries.
Information Technology and Libraries
Journal of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA). Full text articles are available online.
Public Libraries & Technology
Information from
Cutting-Edge Technology in Library Services
Recognition of libraries "serving their communities with novel and innovative methods." Links provide the library community with examples of best library practices using cutting-edge technology.
"The Edge Initiative was developed by a national coalition of leading library and local government organizations, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and led by the Urban Libraries Council. It was created with the vision that all people should have opportunities to enrich and improve their lives through open access to information, communication, and technology services provided by public libraries."

Library Schools

Top Library and Information Studies Schools
U.S. News & World Report's ranking of library and information sciences graduate programs.
University of Maryland - College of Information Studies
"The future of information is happening right now. At the College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, our renowned faculty and inquisitive and passionate graduate students are exploring how information profoundly touches our lives: in government, education, health care, employment and more."
The Catholic University of America - Department of Library and Information Science
"LIS transforms the role of libraries and information in society globally and locally, through excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service by engaging with the rich resources of our region and beyond, for the betterment of humanity."
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Graduate School of Library and Information Science
"At GSLIS, excellent faculty educate the men and women who will become leaders in the information professions, shaping the way information is produced, analyzed, and preserved. "
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - School of Information and Library Science
"Located in the heart of the beautiful UNC at Chapel Hill campus, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) prides itself on providing high quality educational and research opportunities in a dynamic, interdisciplinary learning environment."
University of Washington - Information School
"The UW iSchool's approach to information instruction and scholarship builds on the traditional roles filled by information professionals and infuses this with a strong emphasis on the technologies through which information is increasingly delivered."