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ALA Library Fact Sheet 16
This fact sheet will provide an overview of resources common to all types of libraries, along with some references for some specific situations. As libraries do tend to grow, it is best to utilize sound library management practices from the outset insofar as possible.
"A library collection should fit the mission for which it is created. The number of books it holds does not determine its worth. A well-selected library of 25 books could very well be an excellent library for its purpose."
-- Erma Jean Loveland
Establishing a new library, or developing an existing collection of books and other materials into a library, involves several functions: creating the oversight or governance structure, defining the mission and purpose of the organization, securing funding, planning, developing a collection, securing or building an appropriate space, equipping the space, and marketing services. In all cases, planning for the collection should come first. We have assembled a number of resource lists on WorldCat to cover these topics.
ALA Library Resources Relevant to Setting up a Library
Implementing Library Technology LibGuide
Resources supporting the implementation of library automation--circulation, integrated library systems, federated search, discovery services, etc.
Building Libraries and Library Additions
This fact sheet provides references to the tools, resources, and advice to help you manage your library building project, whether large or small.
ALA Library Fact Sheet 24: Library Fund Raising: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
This fact sheet is designed to serve a variety of interests. Whether you are looking to fund a large, one-time project or to form lasting connections with the community at large that will generate future dividends, these sources will be valuable tools.
ALA Library Fact Sheet 9: Library Products, Services, and Consultants
This fact sheet will help you locate library supply companies and consultants best suited to your library's needs and geographic limitations.
Cataloging Tools and Resources LibGuide
Overview of standards underlying library cataloging, with links to sources for the tools.
Book Donation Programs LibGuide
Information about how to donate books to needy libraries. Also includes resources for those seeking donations.