Supporting You & Changing the World

Supporting You and Changing the World, Engage with ALA

Engage with ALA 

Throughout your career, ALA membership supports you in a multitude of ways as you develop your skills and advance in the profession, and as you use your skills to change the world for the better through libraries.  

More ways to engage:  

► Learn about Libraries Transform, ALA's new public awareness campaign.

► The ALA Center for the Future of Libraries has recently started a new blog feature, “Read for Later,” that summarizes the best articles from the Center’s trend scanning efforts each week.

Supporting You Now

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Communicate and connect

Use social mediaALA Connect, face-to-face conferences and events, virtual ALA Town Halls, and more to connect with your colleagues. Your fellow members offer the most efficient networking in the library world.

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Build your professional skills

Participate in world-class professional development opportunities both in person and online, offered by ALA, and its divisions, round tables, and offices. Meet your ongoing learning needs at affordable member rates and show continuous growth and progress.

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Volunteer and get involved

ALA offers hundreds of volunteer and leadership opportunities that help you develop the skills that make you indispensable to your library and instrumental in creating the future.

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Stay informed

Keep up with breaking news and relevant information affecting every type of library. Use resources such as ALA’s award-winning e-newsletter AL DirectAmerican Libraries magazine, and digital supplements, as well as other ALA print and online publications.

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Use ALA research & information

Access ALA research to support your own research. Link to studies and data useful in understanding library issues and in making the case for your library's value. Use ALA's Library's pathfinders, fact sheets and standards.  

Learn more:

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