Student Member Support Portal

Learn. Connect. Advance. Become an ALA Student Member.

Even before you graduate, career planning is job #1, and ALA is here to help. ALA membership and participation help you build marketable skills beyond the classroom that are attractive to employers. Connecting with experienced professionals is invaluable to your career.

ALA Student members save time and get easy access to significant information without having to spend valuable time searching for what you need right now! As a student member this portal links you to ALA services, support, information, programs, products, and more  for students in Library and Information Studies programs. Simply select the links in which you are interested to quickly and easily access valuable information and resources. To access the student member portal, be sure to log-in to the website.  Not an ALA Student Member?  Join Now!

Whether you are still exploring your options within the profession, or are focused on specific career goals, ALA offers resources to support you now and throughout your career. Those resources include Student AL Direct, ALA’s student member e-newsletter and our “start here, go anywhere” Student Portal that links you to ALA services, support, information, programs, products, information about scholarship opportunities, employment information, research assistance, and much more.

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Join ALA & Your State Chapter

Select a joint ALA-State Library Association (Chapter) membership in participating state library association for one low cost. *Joint membership available in: AL, AZ, CA, CT, DC, GA, HI, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, MO, MT, NV, NJ, NY, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, WA, WI.

Through the "Start Here. Go Anywhere" Student Member Portal you save time & effort by quickly accessing valuable information all in one place, including how to:  Become Involved  |  Explore Career Options  |  Pursue Your Education |  Learn About Financial Assistance  |  Find Jobs. To access the student member portal, be sure to log-in to the website.  Not an ALA Student Member?  Join Now!

Select a topic of interest or just scroll down the page.  Become Involved | Explore Career Options | Pursue Your Education | Learn About Financial Assistance | Find Jobs


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Become Involved.

The ALA Student Chapter fan page facilitates communication among the student chapters and ALA.

ALA Student Chapters  Membership in an ALA Student Chapter provides the opportunity to learn leadership skills and to network with ALA members and leaders while you're still in school. Get all the great benefits, like AL Direct, at discounted Student Member Rates.

The ALA Chapter Relations Office's Twitter promotes communication and assistance among ALA , ALA Chapters and Student Chapters.

The ALA Student Member Blog has many articles of interest to students.

Emerging Leaders Program
Get on the fast track to professional leadership. The Emerging Leaders program enables new librarians from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups; network with peers; gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders Wiki

Student to Staff
Each year, 40 library students are chosen to assist ALA staff during ALA Annual Conference. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, they may attend programs and participate in other conference activities. The ALA Student to Staff Participants group on Facebook is a closed group comprised of the most current participants in the Student to Staff Program. The ALA Student to Staff fan page is comprised of members of the Student to Staff alumni, but any fan of the program is welcome.  

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Explore Career Options.
Information about types of jobs, types of libraries and selecting a school.

Career Paths for Librarians  

Becoming a Librarian

Core Competences of Librarianship
Find out what a person graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies should know.

Knowledge and Competence Statements Developed By Other Specialized Professional Organizations

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Pursue Your Education.

Directory of ALA-accredited master's programs in library and information studies     Find an ALA-accredited school.

Online Learning      Access ALA’s wide range of library-related online learning–covering fundamentals, advances, trends, and hot topics.

Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions    Answers to frequently asked questions about ALA accreditation: Why should I go to an accredited program? What accredited programs provide distance learning opportunities? What are the requirements to enter an ALA-accredited program?

Help with Research   “You have to do the research. If you don't know about something, then you ask the right people who do.” Spike Lee

Educational Paths  

ALA Mentoring & Recruitment Efforts      Links to mentoring and recruitment programs available through ALA divisions, round tables and affiliates.

Foreign Credentials Evaluation Assistance    Information for job seekers who obtained a degree in library and information science from a country other than the United States or Canada.

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Learn About Financial Assistance.  

Comprehensive listing of grants available from ALA.

Comprehensive listing of scholarships available from ALA.

Financial Assistance
An annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, and academic institutions offering undergraduate or graduate education programs in library and information studies. Other national associations, foundations, and agencies known to grant financial assistance for library education and information studies are also listed. Maintained by the Office for Human Resources Development and Recruitment.

Loan Forgiveness  
Learn about loan forgiveness provisions enacted by the federal legislation and where further details about loan forgiveness programs for librarians can be found

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Find Jobs.

Online job ads for careers in Library & Information Science, career resources, and more from C&RL News, American Libraries, and ALA'sOffice for Human Resources Development and Recruitment.

Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) Job Site
Jobs in Library Information & Technology.

ALA Job Placement Center
Operates in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter Meetings, ALA Annual Conferences, and National Conferences of ALA units/groups. Employers conduct on-site interviews. Career guidance workshops and resume review services are provided for jobseekers. Stay in touch with ALA's Job Placement Center on Twitter: .

Guide to Employment Sources in the Library and Information Profession 
ALA's Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) has compiled a variety of resources for library employees and human resource professionals.