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.
ALA members share the value of their membership, the work they and ALA do, and how ALA helps them be better at their jobs and helps the entire profession.
► See an ALA leader's journey within ALA and get tips and tricks on how you can be one too.
► Learn about how another member began their ALA journey with the help of the New Members Round Table.
► Learn about Libraries Transform, ALA's public awareness campaign.
Supporting You Now
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.
Changing the World
Advocate for library support
Access ALA’s resources and tools. Find out how to take action in your community in a way that is comfortable for you. Learn to advocate effectively for your library,its future, and the profession.
Use ALA’s Legislation Action Center as your direct link to elected representatives and to the media about issues affecting libraries. Get critical calls in time to act.
Share your ideas and experience
Share through ALA social media and by submitting proposals for programs, papers, poster sessions, table talks, and panels at ALA and divisional conferences / symposia, or for books or other ALA publications. Contact the division, round table, or committee whose work interests you.