CHICAGO – Articles on how kids are learning how to make movies with the help of their local library, how librarians are helping job seekers prepare for job interviews, lists of youth media award winners, and much more can be found on the @ your library website. The www.atyourlibrary.org website provides information and recommended resources that everyone can take advantage of at their local library.
@yourlibrary.org is the website for the American Library Association’s public awareness campaign —the Campaign for America’s Libraries, which highlights the value of libraries and librarians and connects people to the free resources at their local library.
“The site has been designed to encourage the public to visit their local libraries and to develop a long-term, vibrant relationship between communities and their libraries. We want to get the word out that libraries are comprehensive, modern, efficient and easy-to-use places that the public is using in record numbers,” says Mark Gould, director of the American Library Association’s Public Information Office.
Prepared by librarians and other experts, new articles are uploaded regularly with how-tos and tips for parents, job seekers, teenagers, and kids. Recommended resources are linked to the World Cat database, which provides a list of the nearest libraries where the recommended item can be accessed.
“We welcome you to browse the site to learn about all sorts of interesting topics, but most importantly we encourage you to visit your local library to find out how you can benefit from the knowledge of the librarians and the abundant resources available there,” Gould says.
Visitors to the site can sign up for a regular newsletter for updates on new content. Visitors can also follow developments on the site on Twitter, through Facebook and on the @ your library blog.
The site is underwritten by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Disney Book Group.
Contributed by Mark Gould, Director, ALA Public Information Office