APLS proudly provides continuing education, training courses, professional development, and other unique learning opportunities to library staff and trustees throughout Alabama.

This four-part series provides a guide to state aid. Broken into four parts, each video takes about fifteen minutes to complete and includes a printable certificate at the end.

  • Part 1 takes you through each page of the state aid rules. It covers how you can spend state aid, important deadlines, and the requirements for eligibility.
  • Part 2 is an in-depth look at the state aid application and agreement.
  • Part 3 will go over the statement of fiscal responsibility paperwork.
  • Part 4 will explain how to file an appeal if your library is not meeting a state aid requirement.
  • Stats Training Guide: The Stats Guide is a quick introduction to navigating the Public Library Survey.  It provides tips and advice on using Bibliostat Collect to report your data.
  • Monthly Stats Keeper: All public libraries should be keeping up with their statistics on a regular basis.  APLS created this spreadsheet to help you with this task.  If you enter in monthly data for each element, the spreadsheet automatically totals it so you can easily input your data into the Public Library Survey.
  • Daily Stats Keeper: If your library staff prefers to track statistics on a daily basis, we have created this tool to help. It is editable and works just like the Monthly Stats Keeper, except it allows for daily input.
  • Camellia Net How to Collect Stats: Overdrive provided instructions on how to pull items and circulation for Camellia Net Members.
  • Login to Bibliostat COLLECT: The Public Library Survey is completed online through Bibiostat Collect. Libraries can also access previous years' surveys.
  • Bibliostat COLLECT Training Video: This is a demo of the updated Bibliostat Collect website. It can also help introduce new directors to the Public Library Survey.
  • Login to Bibliostat CONNECT: Customizable statistics are also available to all public libraries through Bibliostat CONNECT. Library staff must use the same login information as when completing their Public Library Survey. They can gather any data that is collected on the Public Library Survey from libraries all over the country dating back to 1999. Connect also allows libraries to do peer comparisons, meaning that, in addition to viewing data about an individual library, data can be generated to compare libraries of similar sizes and service areas. Data can be formatted into tables or graphs and downloaded into an Excel spreadsheet. This information can be especially useful for spotting trends, planning for the future, and recognizing areas that need improvement versus areas that are successful. The survey should be seen as not just a requirement to receive state aid, but an important tool that libraries can use to their advantage.
  • Bibliostat CONNECT Training Video: This is a demo of the updated Bibliostat Connect website. Here you can access all of the data that you reported on the Public Library Survey, as well as see the data other public libraries reported.

Trustee Handbook: This handbook is prepared as a guide for the trustees of Alabama's public

Disaster and Emergency Plan (2009): The Alabama Public Library Service recommends that every Alabama public library prepare a plan to handle disasters and emergencies. To assist libraries in the preparation of their plans, APLS has developed a sample Plan, planning workbook, and a template. The template may be edited to create a plan unique to your library.

Learn how to navigate these new additions to our Learning Express Library in this recorded webinar facilitated by EBSCO representative, Jimmie King. Watch the Webinar Now.

Personal Success Skills: Learning Express Personal Success Skills helps your patrons develop and strengthen valuable skills to navigate their personal and professional lives. Interactive tutorials, e-books and articles cover essential topics in workplace success, organization, time management and personal finance. Help patrons acquire core knowledge and skills that are the foundation of success in life and at work.

Computer Skills: Today, life happens on the computer. Computers are used to look for jobs, find information and to stay in touch with friends and family. Learning Express Computer Skills are dynamic online multimedia tutorials that help patrons and students learn the fundamentals of the computer, the internet and popular software applications.

Job & Career Accelerator: Learning Express Job & Career Accelerator gives job seekers the most comprehensive collection of job search and career exploration tools anywhere—all in one place and always available online. It includes resume and letter builders with targeted samples and tips, millions of job and internship postings, interviewing advice and a personal dashboard to track users' work.