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Reference Question of the Week – 3/6/11

   March 12th, 2011

ALA Library logoInstead of one of my reference questions, this week, I wanted to share this:

Through a chance email conversation with the ALA librarian Karen Muller, I learned the ALA not only maintains a library of its own, but the American Libraries magazine also posts online some of its more interesting reference questions.

They're interesting, so check it out.

Also, I was curious, so I read more about the ALA library, including its mission:

The primary mission of the ALA Library is to help the staff of the American Library Association serve ALA members, and thereafter, the needs of the members of ALA, other libraries, and members of the public seeking information on librarianship. The ALA Library is a small special library with a collection that focuses exclusively on the history of and issues within libraries and librarianship. The Library's staff will respond to reference and information requests in accordance with this mission and collection scope.

Their website deserves some exploring, and has interesting information, including

Of course, it could just be me that was in the dark about all this. They're also on Facebook and Twitter, and with 12,000+ Twitter followers, maybe I'm just the last to know.




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3 Responses to “Reference Question of the Week – 3/6/11”

  1. Megan Says:

    It’s “its mission” not “it’s mission.”

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    @Megan: thank you – fixed. That’s the dangers of being your own editor (and typing a post first thing after you wake up).

  3. Links of the Week, March 22nd, 2011 « A Modern Hypatia Says:

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