Writer's Guidelines

Atyourlibrary.org is the public Web site for the American Library Association’s public awareness campaign, the Campaign for America’s Libraries, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians.

The goal of Atyourlibrary.org is to provide information and recommended resources that everyone can take advantage of at their local library. New articles are uploaded regularly, in which we reach out to experts to learn about the latest trends, how-tos and tips for parents, job seekers, teenagers and kids.

Writing Guidelines
Each article should be approximately 600 words and should cite at least one expert source. (Depending on the topic, articles in the Kidding Around section, targeted at children, may not need to cite an expert.)

Each article needs to culminate in a push to the library. Tell readers what fun things are available at the library. Always think outside the box and keep in mind that it’s more than just books. Many libraries offer workshops, classes, film screenings, concerts, free museum passes, author visits, game nights and much more!

Each article needs to have a Recommended Resource section, which includes at least three recommendations of books or other resources on the topic. Each recommendation should have a short description about the resource, and should be linked to the WorldCat.org database.

Style Guidelines

  • We typically follow the AP Style Guide.
  • Be careful with claims such as “your library will offer”; replace with wording such as “your library may offer” or “check to see if your library offers…” We cannot make solid promises, as we do not know what each library carries or hosts.
  • Keep your article short and sweet. Each paragraph should be no more than 60 words (studies have been done that this is the longest a paragraph should be on the Web for usability and ease of reading).
  • Use plenty of subheads. Readers skim articles and this helps them to locate the information most useful for them.
  • Use bulleted text for long lists. Condense important points to bulleted lists.
  • Avoid fluffy, hyperbole, corporate-speak.