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The ultimate resource for a dynamic profession

The Publishing Department of the American Library Association provides all librarians a comprehensive, one-stop resource for print and digital materials dedicated to professional development, improving library services, and the promotion of libraries, literacy, and reading. All Net Revenues from subscriptions and product purchases are invested in the financial support of ALA’s goals and initiatives.

Imprints, Initiatives & Projects

ALA Editions

Professional library tools and resources—books, digital content, online workshops, and more. Includes the Neal-Schuman imprint and ALA TechSource, providing information on integrating all kinds of technologies in libraries. ALA Editions also publishes textbooks and materials for LIS programs.

ALA Graphics

Posters, bookmarks, gifts, and incentives—including the popular READ posters and the READ Design Studio—that help promote libraries, literacy, and reading.

Booklist Publications

Booklist is the book review magazine of the American Library Association, considered an essential collection development and readers’-advisory tool by thousands of librarians for more than 112 years. Subscriptions to Booklist include full access to Booklist Online, which includes digital editions of Booklist, a growing archive of 180,000+ reviews, as well as a wealth of free content offering the latest news and views on books and media. Booklist subscribers also receive Book Links, a quarterly supplement helping connect books to libraries, and K-8 classrooms. 

American Libraries

American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, offers a suite of print and electronic publications, appearing 6 times per year in print as well as the twice-weekly e-newsletter AL Direct.; a monthly podcast, Dewey Decibel; streaming webinar AL Live; and daily updates n and social media platforms.  For more than 100 years, American Libraries has kept readers informed in print and (increasingly) online, keeping library and information science and technology workers in touch with the profession’s most current concerns.

ALA Digital Reference

Dedicated to helping expand ALA Publishing’s ability to meet users wherever they are in the online environment, and whatever their role as an information professional, ALA Digital Reference publishes:

RDA Toolkit—the source for RDA: Resource Description and Access and related resources. RDA Toolkit is the resource to help librarians and information professionals transition from AACR2 to RDA, the new, unified standard that is designed for the digital world and an expanding universe of metadata users. RDA’s content is developed by the international Joint Steering Committee and the project is overseen by the Committee of Principals.

ALA eLearning Solutions

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions (ELS) produces high-quality professional development events and materials for the library profession. ELS events cover modern issues on a wide variety of topics in formats that include live workshops, asynchronous eCourses, and more. ELS includes the ALA TechSource imprint, which publishes Library Technology Reports and Smart Libraries Newsletter, helping information professionals make informed technology decisions. We help ensure that today’s library employees have access to the professional development opportunities they need, whether they are brushing up on the basics or expanding their horizons with cutting-edge tools. 


Online Learning Opportunities from ALA Publishing

Oversight Groups


Mary Mackay, Associate Executive Director
Mary Jo Bolduc, Program Officer-eals/Copyright & Permissions
Laurie Borman, Editor & Publisher, American Libraries
Bill Ott, Editor & Publisher, Booklist Publications
Christopher Murphy, Publisher, ALA Editions
Rachel Johnson, Director, ALA Graphics