Divisions and Round Tables - Quick Start Guide

Your ALA membership provides you with access to any of our eleven membership Divisions. Each ALA Division publishes its own journals, books, newsletters, or other materials, as well as provides continuing education in a variety of venues and formats, including national and regional conferences, workshops, and institutes. Each offers awards and scholarships to their members. Members have numerous opportunities to work on committees and task forces that set policy, review materials, and develop new goals for their area.

Divisions

ALA Divisions are focused on the work you do every day, and the success of the library where you work. 

If you work in -

SCHOOL LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERS
Consider Joining: American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OR RESEARCH LIBRARIES
Consider Joining:: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Consider Joining:: Public Library Association (PLA)

With SPECIAL POPULATIONS, in COOPS AND AGENCIES, OR ARE AN INDEPENDENT LIBRARIAN
Consider Joining: Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

If your work is -

ACQUISITION, COLLECTIONS, CATALOGING, OR PRESERVATION
Consider Joining: Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)

CHILDREN'S SERVICES
Consider Joining: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

SCHOOLS and SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Consider Joining: American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

PR, HR, FACILITIES OR MANAGEMENT
Consider Joining: Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)

WEB DESIGN OR IT SERVICES
Consider Joining:: Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

REFERENCE AND INFORMATION SERVICES, READERS ADVISORY OR OUTREACH
Consider Joining: Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

TWEENS, TEENS AND YA
Consider Joining: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

If you have an elected or volunteer role in library governance or support -

TRUSTEES, FOUNDATIONS and FRIENDS GROUPS
Consider Joining:: Association for Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF)


“My ALA membership has helped me figure out what the heck some of those acronyms are.”
- Jenny Emanuel, Digital Services & Reference Librarian, University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

 

Round Tables

Round Tables are generally smaller groups than Divisions and also allow for members to explore areas of library work that are personally and professionally rewarding.  Round Tables publish newsletters and many offer profesional social networks through blogs, wikis and e-lists.  Consider joining the following to expand your networks within and around ALA. 

Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange (EMIERT)

Exhibits (ERT)

Federal and Armed Forces Librarians (FAFLRT)

Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT)

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (GLBTRT)

Government Documents (GODORT)

Intellectual Freedom (IFRT)

International Relations (IRRT)

Library History (LHRT)

Library Instruction (LIRT)

Library Research (LRRT)

Library Support Staff Interests (LSSIRT)

Learning Round Table (LEARN) (formerly CLENERT)

Map and Geography (MAGERT)

New Members (NMRT)

Retired Members Round Table (RMRT)

Social Responsibilities (SRRT)

Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT)

Staff Organizations (SORT)

Video (VRT)