The Mission of the American Library Association 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.
ALA is the leading advocate for
- the value of libraries and librarians in connecting people to recorded knowledge in all forms.
- the public's right to a free and open information society.
By 2005, ALA will have increased support for libraries and librarians by communicating clearly and strongly why libraries and librarians are unique and valuable.
By 2005, ALA will be recognized as the leading voice for equitable access to knowledge and information resources in all formats for all people.
By 2005, ALA will be a leader in the use of technology for communication with, democratic participation by, and for shared learning among its members.
By 2005, ALA will be a leader in continuing education for librarians and library personnel.