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National Library Service Online Catalog

The Regional Library, through NLS, maintains its Online Catalog of all titles available (more than 281,000 as of February 2021) for loan through its holdings.

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OCLC

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) is a global library cooperative that supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and more useful to people around the world

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State Aid training video Part4

Part 4 will explain how to file an appeal if your library is not meeting a state aid requirement.

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State Aid training video Part3

Part 3 will go over the statement of fiscal responsibility paperwork.

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State Aid training video Part2

Part 2 is an in depth look at the state aid application and agreement.

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State Aid training video Part1

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.

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Requirements for Federal Awards

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

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Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan

Library Services and Technology Act Five-Year Plan: FY2018-2022

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Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library

The newly-updated Small but Powerful Guide to Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library provides tips and tools you can use from the ALA Committee on Rural, Native and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds,…

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Library Value Calculator-ALA

How valuable is your local library? Use this handy Library Value Calculator, created by the Massachusetts Library Association.

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Advocacy in Action-WebJunction

This section is designed to help you plan and execute a successful library awareness campaign in your local community. Based on the approach devised by OCLC and used by more than 1,800 public…

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District Dispatch-American Library Association’s Washington Office

Library policy news from the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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Congress.gov

Congress.gov is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for Members of Congress, legislative…

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Alabama Legislature and ALISON

(Alabama Legislative Information Service Online) The Legislature convenes in regular annual sessions on the first Tuesday in February, except (1) in the first year of the four-year term, when the…

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Disaster Plan Template

APLS had developed this template which may be edited to create a plan unique to your library.

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Disaster Planning Workbook

Dister planning workbook developed  by APLS to assist Libraries in developing a disater plan.

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Sample Disaster Plan

This is a sample of a library disaster plan to be used to assist libraries in developing a disaster plan for their libraries.

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Stats 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.

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FY2020 Statistical Summary

Each year APLS adds the latest statistics summary to our website so that libraries can review Public Library Survey data from the entire state.  This summary can be found here:

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Humanware

HumanWare specializes in the design and manufacture of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions for people living with vision loss or visual impairment.

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Pinterest Summer Library Program

Check out CSLP's Pinterest page for all sorts of great summer program ideas that go with the theme.

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Collaborative Summer Library Program

CSLP works with libraries to create an inclusive literacy based reproducible program with a unified theme that is enjoyable for all ages and offers professional support.

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The Autism Society of Alabama

The Autism Society of Alabama seeks to improve services to Alabamians with Autism Spectrum Disorders. They can also assist people in connecting to the services they need. They also provide educational…

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AL-RAN

AL-RAN is staffed by experts in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Each RAN strives to connect people with ASD, their families, educators, and service providers to the information and/or services…

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CODE

Coding resources provide structured and/or unstructured coding lesson material. You do not have to necessarily know how to code, just be willing to be in the room and offer support

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Girls who Code

Coding resources provide structured and/or unstructured coding lesson material. You do not have to necessarily know how to code, just be willing to be in the room and offer support

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Google CS First

Coding resources provide structured and/or unstructured coding lesson material. You do not have to necessarily know how to code, just be willing to be in the room and offer support

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CodeNowCoding

Coding resources provide structured and/or unstructured coding lesson material. You do not have to necessarily know how to code, just be willing to be in the room and offer support

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Design Squad Global

Has hands-on activities and videos in classrooms and afterschool programs, in libraries and museums, at events, and at home. The newest resource, Design Squad Global Clubs, connects  10 to…

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PBS Kids

Has a multitude of resources for kids, parents, and educators. All you have to do is create an account with a username and password and you will have access to kids' games, activities, and…

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NASA Education

Offers a rich variety of videos, webinars, activities, and resources for all things “space.”

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The Secret Lives of Scientists and Engineers (PBS)

This site is a good resource for middle schoolers and teens. Each person has a series of shorts vignettes - none are more than five minutes long. A particular favorite is 30-second science in which…

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Plum Landing (PBSKids)

This site has a lot of interactive programs for kids that are easily transferable to the library setting. There is also a toolkit available. In the near future, they are planning on devoting a segment…

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STAR-net

STAR-net is the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) provides interactive STEM exhibits, programming, and training to public libraries nationwide through its…

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Global Family Research Project

The GFRP also has a publication available on their website for download entitled: IDEABOOK: Libraries for

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Public Libraries Association

Focuses on issues and topics that matter to public libraries; it features unique content and allows online interaction through comments and social media sharing.

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Every Child Ready to Read

APLS has two copies available to lend. A library can purchase their own copy and other materials from the Every Child ready to Read website.

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Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

A division of the American Library Association, YALSA offers resources for a variety of topics including programming for teens.  

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Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)

A division of the American Library Association, ALSC offers resources for a variety of topics including programming for children.

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Programming Librarian

An online newsletter from the American Library Association Programs Office with programming ideas and tips for all age groups.

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Yakety-YAK

An APLS publication designed for library staff working with youth in mind.

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Reference Services

At Alabama Public Library Service, our mission is to ensure that library patrons have access to the information they need. APLS has professional reference librarians on hand to answer your questions,…

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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…

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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.…

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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.   View Training Video

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Login to Bibliostat COLLECT

The Public Library Survey is completed online through Bibliostat Collect.  Libraries can also access previous years’ surveys.

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Camellia Net How to Collect Stats

Overdrive provided instructions on how to pull items and circulation for Camellia Net members.   Download Instructions

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Daily Stats Keeper

If your library staff prefer 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…

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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,…

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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.

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Evergreen

Evergreen is an open-source Integrated Library System (ILS) offered by the Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) free to Alabama public libraries.

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WebJunction

Provides access to free courses and webinars on library related topics for public library staff. WebJunction helps public library staff to expand their knowledge on a wide variety of subjects.

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WorldCat Discovery

Library users and staff can use FirstSearch and WorldCat Discovery to search the WorldCat database of electronic, digital, and physical resources along with a variety of databases.

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WorldShare ILL

Automates interlibrary loan borrowing and lending processes through the largest resource-sharing network in the world to save staff time and to ensure timely delivery of items.

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Automation Training and Support

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) is a global library cooperative that supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and more useful to people around the world. Alabama…

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Book Club

APLS has 140 book club sets available to check out to Alabama public libraries. Book club sets are available for extended loans of three months. Only one set may be checked out to a library at a time.…

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NASA@ My Library

APLS is one of 14 states that received a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  We have received kits that contain activities conducive to STEM/STEAM goals that can…

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Library Programming

Whether for seniors, adults, teens, or children, library programming brings people together for learning and fun. Programs also highlight the library’s centrality to our communities: they are…

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Alabama Library Advocacy

This LibGuide consolidates important advocacy information including how to use Capwiz to find and contact your local state legislators and how to use ALISON to search for legislative information.

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Core Collection Development and Readers’ Advisory Resources

No librarian has time to read and review every book in print. That’s why APLS recommends using expert collection development and readers’ advisory resources to guide your work in these…

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Books for Alabama’s Bicentennial Celebration

This list is intended to give library patrons an overview of recently published Alabamiana available for borrowing at APLS. Preference is given to books published in the last ten years, historically…

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WorldCat

OCLC WorldCat is a comprehensive database of information about library collections from libraries around the world. OCLC WorldCat can be accessed through WorldShare Metadata Services (e.g. Connexion,…

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Goodreads

Tell us what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and we’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.

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American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.

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Alabama Library Association

The Mission of the Alabama Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, advocacy, and improvement of library and information services and to promote the profession of…

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Alabama Legislature System Online

The Legislature convenes in regular annual sessions on the first Tuesday in February, except (1) in the first year of the four-year term, when the session will begin on the first Tuesday in March, and…

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WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Automate your ILL workflows with a modern cloud-based service. Get your library users what they need through a powerful network. Sign in here to get started.

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Merck Manuals

The famous Merck Manuals are now available online as part of Merck’s Global Medical Knowledge 2020 initiative. The Merck Manuals are a leading medical reference resource with both a professional…

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Health InfoNet of Alabama

Health InfoNet of Alabama has quality-screened health resources and information about local health services to help consumers find only the information they need. Search for services by area, county,…

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Encyclopedia of Alabama

The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a free, online reference resource on Alabama history, culture, geography, and natural environment. Recognized nationally for its excellent content, it was named a…

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Chilton Library

Chilton Library provides access to repair, maintenance, and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans, and SUVS on the road today. This continually updated resource includes…

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Britannica Library

Britannica Library is one of many electronic encyclopedias available to residents through Alabama Virtual Library. Britannica Library is an award-winning resource for children and adults and is…

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Alabama Virtual Library

Alabama Virtual Library (AVL) provides access to a variety of library and information resources.

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Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition

PreK-12 literacy connections, TeachingBooks is happy to give you unlimited access to our brand new Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition

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APLS LibGuides

LibGuides with regularly-updated information to help libraries and patrons

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Biblioboard

Instant access to library ebooks via web and mobile channels.

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Ancestry Library

Ancestry Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

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APLS Catalog

Interested in Alabama history or genealogy?  Want to know which books we have by an Alabama author?  Search our catalog to see what we have and ask your public library to request a book for…

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Learning Express Library

Do you have a professional certification test coming up? Go to Learning Express Library for practice tests.

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Homework Alabama

Does your child need help with their homework after school? Receive free online tutoring from education professionals.HomeworkAlabama.org provides free homework tutoring and test prep materials in…

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Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (BPH)

Responsible for meeting the reading and information needs of Alabama residents who are blind, visually impaired, physically handicapped, or reading disabled. These needs are met by providing special…

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My Local Library

The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) provides services to residents throughout the State of Alabama either directly or through their local public libraries.  There is at least one public…

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