Monday, August 27, 2007

Library Links 1: L4L

How do we find what we need to know? Librarians know that just typing something into a Google search has some severe limitations. There are advantages to finding the good stuff, consulting experts and beginning with some of the research that's already been done to identify useful sources.

There are a lot of places that put together useful links of websites to help librarians do their jobs. One of the most useful for me is the L4L site (Links for Libraries) maintained by the folks at the Outagamie Waupaca Library System (OWLS).

L4L is handy because its designed to help the system member libraries with their professional concerns. Some of these concerns might be specific for libraries in Wisconsin, but much of it would be useful anywhere. Topics are kept up-to-date and represent a broad range of library services and concerns -- political, professional and technical:
  • Acronym Lists
  • Associations & Organizations
  • Blog Use in Libraries
  • Book-Related Info (awards, bestsellers, etc.)
  • Buildings
  • Caring for Materials
  • Certification
  • Children's Services
  • Collection Development
  • Continuing Education
  • Copyright
  • County Planning & Funding
  • Discussion Lists
  • DPI/DLTCL Info
  • Employment
  • Endowment Funds
  • Filtering [ALA Filters & Filtering]
  • Foundations
  • Fundraising
  • Health & Safety
  • IM use in libraries
  • Latino Links
  • Legislation and Advocacy
  • Library Law
  • Marketing & Promotion
  • Meetings
  • Online Publications
  • Personnel
  • Planning
  • Podcasting
  • Policies
  • Privacy and the USA Patriot Act
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Reference
  • Special Needs
  • Technical Services
  • Technology & Trends
  • Trustees
  • Volunteers and Friends
  • Webmeisters
  • WI Library System Web Sites
  • WI Public Library Standards
  • Young Adult Services

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