The American Indian Library Association (AILA)

The American Indian Library Association (AILA) is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indi an library, cultural, and informational services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. AILA is also committed to disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, values, and information needs to the library community. AILA cosponsors an annual conference and holds a yearly business meeting in conjunction with the American Library Association annual meeting. It publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter, which appears in four issues per year.

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. 

Conference Dates & Sites
Meets in conjunction with ALA


Paulita Aguilar
Associate Professor/Librarian
Director, Indigenous Nations Library Program
University of New Mexico
General Library PO
MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
Phone: 505-277-4243


Omar Jerome Poler
Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin SLIS330 Memorial Library
600 N Park St
4284 Hcw Hall
Madison, WI 53706-1403
(608) 890-3817

AILA Executive Director/Headquarters