Professional Associations

Participating actively in professional associations can make a positive difference in a librarian's job and career. Besides offering relevant sources of current information, associations nurture a sense of professional community. As well, librarians become familiar with the processes of research and publication and effective communication and leadership skills are enhanced. (Frank, Donald G. Library Trends, 46:2, Fall 1997: 307-319.)

A multitude of associations exist focusing on a variety of specialties and subspecialties within the profession. We have included a "select" list of specialized professional library organizations.

Specialized Professional Associations

American Associaption of Law Libraries (AALLNET)
Contains up-to-date information that is useful to librarians, as well as historical and archival information that enables visitors to research AALL's past.

American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
Provides education and networking opportunities to information professionals (including librarians, webmasters, information specialists, educators, researchers, publishers, information center managers) in organizations around the world. Bridges the gap between information science research and information services practice.

American Theological Library Association
Professional association of librarians who specialize or have an interest in theology, religious studies, or the bibliography of religion. Includes staff directory, products for sale, and conference information.

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Membership includes architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, and others interested in visual arts information. Includes contact information and conference news.

Association of Independent Information Professionals
The Association of Independent Information Professionals is an international association of owners of information businesses. Includes information on conferences and events as well as a code of ethics.

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 Research Libraries
"ARL is a not-for-profit membership organization comprising the leading research libraries in North America. Its mission is to shape and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication." This is a restricted site and requires entrance through UNC or proxy server.

International Federation of Library Associations
IFLA is a leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

Internet Library Association
ILA aims to educate, inform, support, and unite librarians and information specialists world-wide on the Internet. It contains news, links and basic computer tutorials.

Library & Information Technology Association (LITA)
LITA is concerned with the planning, development, design, application, and integration of technologies within the library and information environment. Includes links to resources, organization information, and membership details.

Medical Library Association
The association for the health information professional, MLA actively promotes the profession through continuing education, publications, conferences and employment postings.

Music Library Association
This organization for music librarianship includes information on music resources, membership, and continuing education opportunities.

About Us

The SLA was created to allow librarians in specialized disciplines and non-traditional careers to share advice and network. With the growing diversity of library positions, the SLA encompasses a wide variety of careers.