APLS ensures that library staff have access to current and reliable information. APLS Consultants provide advisement, library assessments, and professional knowledge to more than 220 public libraries throughout the state of Alabama. Library Development staff includes professionals with expertise in library operations, statistics, strategic planning, grant writing, advocacy, collection development, state aid, and programming for all age levels.

APLS Reference Services offers in-depth research services, provides training on databases, and answers internal and external reference questions from Alabama libraries. Reference Services also works closely with staff at APLS and other state agencies to ensure their information needs are being met through library collections and services.

APLS Information Technology prides itself on helping public libraries with their technology needs and concerns. One of their primary goals is to provide high quality, professional IT services to public libraries statewide, including: desktop hardware and software support, hardware and software purchasing consultation, email, internet, telephone and video conferencing, and secure and managed information storage.

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Federal, state, and community grants, and a variety of funding opportunities

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Trends and benchmark projects and activities for all age groups

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Instruction and coaching on a variety of library topics

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State Aid waivers, applications, registrations, and various reporting documents

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Assorted print and electronic resources

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Information Technology

Providing a wide range of free technology support and advice

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Supporting public library needs and issues

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library consultants

APLS Library Consultants are each responsible for the guidance and well-being of public libraries in their region. Please check the listing below to locate the consultant that serves your county. Consultants also have individual areas of expertise, and you are welcome to contact consultants outside of your region to seek help in these areas.

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