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New Librarian Toolkit : Home

This guide was designed to bring together resources library staff new to Alaska need to successfully accomplish their work.

SLED Databases

The Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED) was designed to support Alaskan's right to information. SLED provides easy subject access and links to various commercial databases, statewide services, and stable, high-quality Web pages about Alaska and for Alaskans.

Interlibrary Loan & Reference Backup Service

#800 Reference and ILL Assistance is a toll-free statewide service available to public and school librarians who need help answering reference questions and identifying library materials for interlibrary loan. 

Early Literacy

Services for Alaskans with Disabilities

Library Salary and Job Descriptions

Library Development

An excellent library in every community for every Alaskan.

Our Core Values:

  • Collaboration: We believe the pathway to sustainable and relevant libraries is through cooperation, collaboration and partnership.
  • Professionalism: We believe that libraries benefit when we model positive, respectful and forward-looking leadership. Library development staff are committed to developing our personal expertise through continuous learning.
  • Service: We believe that providing compassionate, equitable and responsive support to libraries fosters the development of a literate and empowered citizenry.

Alaska Online With Libraries (OWL) Program

Our mission is to provide all Alaskans with the benefits and opportunities that come hand in hand with high speed Internet. This includes areas such as e-government services, distance education opportunities and increased access to professional development.

Alaska Facts, Figures & More

Alaska Mail Services/ Books-By-Mail Program

Alaska Mail Services provides library access to those living in Alaskan communities without public libraries or in communities with libraries that do not receive state funding. To learn more about Alaska Mail Services contact staff by phone (907) 586-5379,  fax (907) 586-5383 or email

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Library Guides

Library Associations

A statewide membership organization that offers a conference, a listserv, a newsletter, a library directory and opportunities to network with your Alaskan peers.

Book Club in a Bag

Need multiple copies of a single title for a book discussion? Several libraries in Alaska offer Book Club in a Bag.  Each bag contains 10 copies of a book, an author biography, discussion questions and book reviews. To identify available titles, search the Joint Library Catalog for keywords book club bag, then request a bag through ILL.

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