Overview of ALA Select Resources for Chapters

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See also Advocacy Resources for Chapters, ALA and Chapters Partnership, Chapter Advocacy Exchange, Chapter Answers, and Chapter Issues, and ALA Connect, Take Action for Libraries (federal), Take Action for Libraries (state), Contact Information for ChaptersCalendar of Events at Conferences, and Chapter Relations Office.

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ALA Connect and more. See Chapter social networking, including the ALA Chapters Facebook page.

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.

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!

E-lists, Change of Address, Comments/Questions.

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Joint student membership program. Find Out How to Join Your State Library Association and ALA for one low price! Join Online! CRO helps develop and oversee this program.

Libraries Transform. Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession. Showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age.

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Money Smart Week, 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.

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

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.

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.

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

| ALA Chapter Relations Office | Governance | Divisions/Roundtables | ALA Library | Membership Services | Offices | Staff | Communication/Subscriptions | Students | Contact ALA Staff | Key Action Areas | See also The ALA and Chapters Partnership, Chapter Answers, Advocacy Resources for Chapters, and Chapter Issues |

See also State of the Chapter Annual Report, which are snapshot reports compiled to help Chapters and ALA assess the health and vitality of state and regional library associations. In addition, they highlight notable activities and achievements that can be modeled, and identify challenges and needs that may be addressed collectively. See also Chapter Advocacy Exchange (free webinars presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy).

Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises. The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a protocol to respond to library crises at the state and local level. The goal of ALA's involvement is to advance the advocacy efforts of the library and/or the appropriate state-level library organization. ALA can only become involved when its efforts are welcomed by and coordinated with the library and/or the state-level library organization. See ALA Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises (PDF).

Governance

Executive Board, Council, and Chapter Councilors

ALA Units

Divisions and Round Tables

ALA Library

Membership Services

Offices

See Offices for each office's mission.

Communication/Subscriptions

  • AL Direct (an electronic newsletter sent to personal members of the American Library Association; anyone can subscribe)
  • District Dispatch (Washington Office blog; anyone can subscribe)
  • I Love Libraries (ILL electronic newsletter; anyone can subscribe)
  • Office for Intellectual Freedom Newsletter (OIF electronic newsletter; anyone can subscribe)

Students

Contact ALA Staff

Key Action Areas

Key Action Areas as guiding principles for investment of energies and resources:

ALA has committed itself to seven specific Key Action Areas as guiding principles for investment of energies and resources.  Members arrived at these action areas as a natural way to express the mission and purpose of ALA.