Librarian Associations

Law Libraries & Librarian Associations – National

    • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
      The American Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1906 to promote and enhance the value of law libraries to the legal and public communities, to foster the profession of law librarianship, and to provide leadership in the field of legal information. Today, with over 5,000 members, the Association represents law librarians and related professionals who are affiliated with a wide range of institutions: law firms; law schools; corporate legal departments; courts; and local, state and federal government agencies.


    • American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
      The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library media field.


    • American Indian Library Association (AILA)
      AILA was founded in 1979 in conjunction with the White House Pre-Conference on Indian Library and Information Services on or near Reservations. At the time, there was increasing awareness that library services for Native Americans were inadequate. Individuals as well as the government began to organize to remedy the situation.


    • American Library Association (ALA)
      The ALA Constitution states the purpose of ALA as, “The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship.” The stated mission is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”



    • American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
      The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) is a professional association of more than 1,000 individual, institutional, and affiliate members providing programs, products, and services in support of theological and religious studies libraries and librarians. ATLA’s ecumenical membership represents many religious traditions and denominations.


    • Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
      The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required. Inspired by the model of the Art Libraries Society, established in 1969 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ARLIS/NA was created.


    • Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
      ALCTS is the premier resource for information specialists in collection development, preservation, and technical services. We are the leader in the development of principles, standards, and best practices for creating, collecting, organizing, delivering, and preserving information resources in all forms.


    • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
      A non-profit organization that serves as the intellectual home of university faculty in graduate programs in library and information science in North America. Its mission is to promote excellence in research, teaching, and service and to provide an understanding of the values and ethos of library and information science. ALISE serves 500 individual members and more than 60 institutional members, primarily in the United States and Canada.


    • Association of Christian Librarians (ACL)
      The mission of the Association of Christian Librarians is to empower evangelical librarians through professional development, scholarship, and spiritual encouragement for service in higher education.


    • Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
      The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, is a professional association of academic librarians and other interested individuals. It is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community and to improve learning, teaching, and research.


    • Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL)
      The Association of Jewish Libraries promotes Jewish literacy through enhancement of libraries and library resources and through leadership for the profession and practitioners of Judaica librarianship.


    • Association of Law Libraries of Upstate New York (ALLUNY)
      ALLUNY is a great way for law librarians and other legal information professionals to maintain currency in and contribute to the profession. If you are already an ALLUNY member, you know that you are an intrinsic part of a valuable team.


    • Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
      ARL influences the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations.


    • Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
      The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) enhances the effectiveness of library service by providing networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members, who represent state library agencies, libraries serving special populations, multitype library organizations and independent librarians.


    • Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)
      COSLA is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development.


    • Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL)
      The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, Inc. (CBHL) believes in the critical importance of collecting, preserving, and making accessible the accumulated knowledge about plants for present and future generations.


    • Council on Library/Media Technicians (COLT)
      Since 1967 the Council on Library/Media Technicians, an affiliate of the American Library Association, has addressed the issues of concern to library support staff personnel. The issues cover areas such as technical education, continuing education, certification, job description uniformity, and the more elusive goals of gaining recognition and respect for the very professional work that we do.
    • Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA)
      The mission of FOLUSA is to motivate and support state and local library support groups across the country in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries, and to create awareness and appreciation of library services


    • LA Library Associates (LAC)
      From libraries to digital asset management, we bring the experience, knowledge and expertise to manage operations and staff experts in both the private sector and government agencies


    • Library & Information Technology Association (LITA)
      The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the division of the American Library Association that provides its members and the library and information science community as a whole with a forum for discussion, an environment for learning, and a program for actions on the design, development, and implementation of automated and technological systems in the library and information science field.


      • Medical Library Association (MLA)
        Founded in 1898, MLA is a nonprofit, educational organization of more than 1,100 institutions and 3,600 individual members in the health sciences information field, committed to educating health information professionals, supporting health information research, promoting access to the world’s health sciences information, and working to ensure that the best health information is available to all.

    The Library and Information Technology Association is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership. The membership includes new professionals, systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and anyone else interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers. Programs are offered for everyone from absolute beginners to hi-tech professionals. Continuing education is provided through workshops, institutes, and an annual National Forum. Guidelines offering practical experience with various technologies are published regularly. The Information Technology and Libraries journal provides peer reviewed articles assuring the quality of this member benefit. Through LITA’s Web presence you will discover a variety of services addressing trends and practical applications.


    • Music Library Association (MLA)
      Founded in 1931, MLA is the professional organization in the United States devoted to music librarianship and all aspects of music materials in libraries.


    • National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA)
      Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share our goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to the availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.


    • Public Library Association (PLA)
      The Public Library Association enhances the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


    • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
      Founded in 1936, the Society of American Archivists is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA’s mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 5,000 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.



  • Urban Libraries Council (ULC)
    Founded in 1971, the Urban Libraries Council is an association of public libraries in metropolitan areas and the corporations that serve them. Believing that thriving public libraries are a result of collaborative leadership, the trustees, library directors, and corporate officers of member institutions work together to address shared issues, grasp new opportunities, and conduct research that improves professional practice.

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Law Libraries & Librarian Associations – Regional

    • Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS)
      If you are interested in a career in law librarianship in the Puget Sound area, or already working as a librarian in the legal field, you’ll be interested in joining the Law Librarians of Puget Sound (LLOPS).


    • Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA)
      The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) is a twelve state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Its purpose is to promote the development of librarians and libraries by providing significant educational and networking opportunities.


    • New England Library Association (NELA)
      For 45 years, the New England Library Association has provided organizational and educational support for its member librarians from our six “down east” states.


    • Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL)
      Since 1980, the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) has been the professional association serving the needs of legal information professionals throughout northern California. NOCALL members have served as officers and board members of the national association (AALL) and are active in many areas of the profession.


    • Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL)
      ORALL is a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries that includes libraries in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. It was formed in 1949 “to further the development and usefulness of law libraries and to stimulate a spirit of mutual helpfulness among law libraries of this region.”


    • Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA)
      We invite you to become a member of the Pacific Northwest Library Association.Conference registration savings for one of the coolest librarian travel opportunities in the Northwest The latest news on the Young Readers Choice Awards and PNLA Leadership Institute Ability to publish and read four issues of the PNLA Quarterly A regional and international network of librarians and libraries unlike any other in North America, and Guilt-free access to one of the best library jobs sites in the library community



    • Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL)
      The Southern California Association of Law Libraries (SCALL) is a local chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). SCALL was approved as a chapter in 1953 and has an active membership of over 300 librarians and information professionals from academic, private, state, and county law libraries in the Southern California area.


    • South Florida Association of Law Libraries (SFALL)
      South Florida Association of Law Libraries (SFALL) membership is composed of librarians employed in academic, government, and private law libraries in the South Florida Area and is open to all other interested individuals.


    • Southeastern Library Association (SELA)
      For over sixty years, the Southeastern Library Association has been a unifying force strong enough to influence legislation and to attract foundation and federal funds for regional library projects. The accomplishments of the Association include two regional library surveys; the adoption of school library standards; the establishment of state library agencies and the position of state school library supervisor; the founding of library schools; the sponsoring of a variety of informative workshops; and the publication of significant regional research and a professional journal which has received national recognition.


    • Southwestern Association of Law Libraries (SWALL)
      The Southwestern Association of Law Libraries is a regional chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries. Founded in 1958, SWALL facilitates contacts among professional law librarians, promotes law librarianship, and provides educational programs for members in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.


  • WestPac
    WestPac members hail from academic, law firm, government, and other law libraries in the Western Pacific Region. They represent libraries and related organizations in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the U.S. Pacific Territories, and Western Canada, as well as other organizations outside the Pacific Northwest.