Student Support Portal
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This area is a terrific starting point that 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.
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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
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.
Information about types of jobs, types of libraries and selecting a school.
Core Competences of Librarianship
Find out what a person graduating from an ALA-accredited master’s program in library and information studies should know.
Directory of ALA-accredited master's programs in library and information studies
Find an ALA-accredited school.
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?
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.
Comprehensive listing of grants available from ALA.
Comprehensive listing of scholarships available from ALA.
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.
Learn about loan forgiveness provisions enacted by the federal legislation and where further details about loan forgiveness programs for librarians can be found
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: @alaplacement.
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.