Chapter Relations Office


The Chapter Relations Office (CRO) promotes a sense of identification between the national Association and the 57 ALA Chapters; facilitates communication between the Chapters and all ALA units (e.g., Chapter Answers, Chapter Issues, State of the Chapter Annual Report; Helping United States Libraries After Disasters), coordinates leadership development for Chapter officers (e.g., Chapter Leaders Forum), Chapter Councilors, chief paid staff members, and other Chapter leaders; strengthens membership promotion activities for ALA and the Chapters (e.g., joint membership program); coordinates the ALA Student Chapters and the ALA Student-to-Staff program and Money Smart Week; and helps raise awareness throughout the ALA of and sensitivity to Chapter advocacy and other needs (e.g., Chapter Issues, where Chapters share how they address common issues). In addition to CRO, the interests of Chapters are represented within ALA by the Chapter Relations Committee (CRC), which meets each Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and serves as an advisory committee to the CRO.

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Icons above, left to right, Facebook, Twitter, ALA Connect, Take Action for Libraries (federal), Take Action for Libraries (state), Contact Information for Chapters, Calendar of Events at Conferences, and ALA E-lists.

Find more social networking resources for Chapters.

Finding What You Need (and Want!) on the Chapter Relations Office Site

Begin by exploring this site with the links above, use the "mini-pods" above, or use the pods on the right-hand side (on this page and other CRO pages) to navigate to pages directly related to the ALA Chapter Relations Office. In addition, general questions are answered at Chapter Answers.

CRO Staff

Michael Dowling, Director
Chapter Relations Office, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3200

Don Wood, Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429

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The Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for CRO and CRC meetings, events, and programs during these annual conferences.

The Chapter Leaders Forum, hosted by the Chapter Relations Committee, is designed for Chapter leaders to discuss topics of current interest at at each ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The Chapter Leaders Forum is not to be missed!

Participate "Money Smart Week @ your library," a national initiative between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances.

State of the Chapter Reports (All State of the Chapter Reports) will help Chapters and ALA assess the health and vitality of state and regional library associations. It will help to highlight notable activities and achievements that can be modeled, and identify challenges and needs that may be addressed collectively.

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Meeting Schedules and Calendar

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Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedules    

The Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for CRO and CRC meetings, events, and programs during these annual conferences.

ALA Conference Planning Calendar

ALA's Affiliates Conference & Event Planning Calendar is now online as Affiliate and Chapter Planning Calendar. To include your ALA Chapter, ALA Affiliates, and Division Conferences, Institutes, or Workshops in this calendar, please contact Don Wood, Chapter Relations Office, with names, titles, URLs, dates, and locations. Report additions or errors to Don Wood. It is highly appreciated when the subject line contains the word calendar.


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Chapter Social Networking and More

Links to ALA Connect and more can be found at Chapter social networking, including the ALA Chapters Facebook page.

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E-lists, Change of Address, Comments/Questions

  • To subscribe to ALA e-lists, or to visit the e-list archives, visit the ALA Mailing Lists Service (SYMPA).
  • Please send any contact information changes related to your Chapter work to Don Wood, Chapter Relations Office.
  • If you have comments and questions regarding the Chapter Relations Office website, please contact Don Wood, Chapter Relations Office.

Advocacy and Projects


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The Chapter Relations Office supports ALA's library advocacy efforts by tracking state and federal legislation affecting libraries and by working with the Office for Library Advocacy, the ALA Washington Office, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups. For links to resources and other information, visit CRO's Legislation and Advocacy page, which includes Take Action for Libraries and Save Libraries in Your State (which includes Helping U.S. Libraries after disasters).    

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ALA Student-to-Staff Program

The ALA Student-to-Staff program allows library students chosen by their schools to attend Annual Conference not only to register for events and attend programs but also to learn more about ALA by working for an ALA unit during conference.

Joint Student Membership Program

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The American Library Association has joint student membership arrangements with 28 State Chapters. CRO helps develop and oversee this program.


Webinars conducted by the ALA Chapter Relations Office are found on its Webinars page. Look here for archived and current Webinars.

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Certified Public Library Administrator program

The Certified Public Library Administrator program is a voluntary post-MLS certification program for public librarians with three years or more of supervisory experience. For more information, visit the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association.


Michael Dowling, Director
Chapter Relations Office, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3200

Don Wood, Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429

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