ASCLA Interest Groups

How to Join an Interest Group

To join an interest group, simply do one of the following:

1.      Call MACS (ALA’s member services department) at the following number: 1-800-545-2433, x5 and request to have the interest group added to your membership, or:

2.     Send an email to with your request to be added to the interest group with subject line: ASCLA free interest groups, or:

 3.       As long as your membership is current and has more than 4 months left in your membership year, go online and add the interest group(s) to your membership record. You must use your ALA logon & password to be able to access your membership record online

ALA members, who are not ASCLA members, may join any ASCLA interest group free-of-charge for one year. If you are a non-ASCLA member, please contact to join an ASCLA interest group.

What Can Interest Groups Do?

Interest groups are not limited to the following activities, but these are some of the most popular:

  • Present or sponsor webinars and online courses
  • Plan and present programs for the ALA Annual Conference
  • Plan and present preconferences and institutes for the ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences
  • Write articles for ASCLA’s Interface e-newsletter
  • Set up discussion forums for members
  • Publish standards, guidelines, books or professional codes of ethics
  • Create a new ASCLA product, such as an online tutorial or tip sheets in ASCLA's 4 core interest areas
  • Hold social gatherings and networking sessions for members to connect with each other and share their ideas, passions and experiences


ASCLA Interest Groups

For more information about each group, please contact the corresponding leader, listed below.

If you don’t find one that excites you, create a new one here!

For more information about ASCLA interest groups, go here.


ASCLA Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Interest Group

This interest group focuses on creating, disseminating and implementing guidelines for library services to people with Alzheimer's and related dementias. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has already established such guidelines and they can readily be adapted for use in the United States.

Leader: Mary Beth Riedner,

ASCLA Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group

Primary focus is building support for the nation’s libraries to work with organizations serving the deaf (OSD) in forming a Deaf Cultural Digital Library.

Leader: Alec McFarlane,

ASCLA Collaborative Digitization Interest Group

Collaborative Digitization Group Interest Group for library cooperatives which are combinations, mergers, or contractual associations of one or more types of libraries (academic, public, special, or school) crossing jurisdictional, institutional, or political boundaries, working together to achieve maximum effective use of funds to provide library and information services to all citizens above and beyond those which can be provided through one institution. Such cooperative organizations or agencies may be designated to serve a community, a metropolitan area, a region within a region, or may serve a statewide or multi-state area.  

Leader: Laurie Arp,

ASCLA Consortium Management Discussion Interest Group

This interest group is focused on consortial funding, advocacy, services, etc., plus discussion group on topics of interest to library cooperatives statewide, multi-state, national cooperatives, and multitype library systems.

Leader: Sheryl Knab,

ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group

This group is open to anyone with an interest in the future of libraries.  Changes in the world around us, different service models, new technologies, determining what our customers value and what our non-customers are finding elsewhere will be examined.  This group will submit an annual recommendation to the ASCLA President for two areas that we think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.

Leader: Peggy Cadigan,

ASCLA Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group

Provides a forum for discussion of interests in interlibrary cooperation and the statewide development of library service, emphasizing the interdependence of all types of libraries.

Leader: Scherelene L. Schatz,

ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group

The ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.

Leader: Allan Kleiman,

 ASCLA Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained

Supports ALA members who serve patrons of any age who are held in jail, prison, detention or immigration facility.

Leader: Elizabeth Marshak,  

ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group

This interest group focuses on assistive technology and accessibility services for people with visual or physical disabilities.

Leader: Carli Spina,

ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody 

The purpose of this Interest Group is to advocate, promote, and improve library services for youth who have been detained in correctional facilities of various kinds.

Leader: Camden Eadoin Tadhg,

ASCLA LSTA Coordinators Interest Group

For staff responsible for procuring and administering LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds and programs. LSTA is a federally funded state based program generally administered by the state library of each state.

Leader: Katie McDonough,

ASCLA Physical Delivery Interest Group

The focus of this interest group covers the physical delivery of library materials for resource sharing and related issues.

Co-Leader: Rae Cheney,

Co-Leader: Mr. James E. Pletz,

ASCLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group

An interest group for State LIbrary Agencies staff to network and discussion matters relating to library development services, activities, and needs.

Leader: Carol Desch,

ASCLA Tribal Librarians Interest Group

The purpose of this new interest group is to increase knowledge and networking among library leaders with tribal libraries. The goal is to foster new relations and begin lifelong partnerships with community library leaders and Tribal Librarians. This interest group is not just for "Tribal." Tribal librarians and employees of tribal libraries as well as librarians and library leaders interested in knowing more about tribal libraries are welcome.

Leader: Lillian Chavez,

ASCLA Universal Access Interest Group

Interest group purpose is to promote inclusive library services - sharing information and resources.

Leader: Marti Goddard,

ASCLA Youth Services Consultants Interest Group

The purpose is to allow each state's Youth Services Consultant or staff member responsible for working with youth services to keep abreast of topics of interest to the group and the constituents they serve in their states through listservs, and in-person networking meetings at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences.

Leader: Sharon Rawlins,


Interest Group Leaders' Handbook