Overview of ALA Select Resources for Chapters

| Governance | Divisions/Roundtables | ALA Library | Membership Services | Offices | Contact ALA Staff | Key Action Areas | Select ALA Resources by Subject | See also The ALA and Chapters Partnership, Chapter Answers, 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.


Executive Board, Council, and Chapter Councilors

ALA Units

Divisions and Round Tables

ALA Library

Membership Services


See Offices for each office's mission.

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.

  • Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession. The association actively works to increase public awareness of the crucial value of libraries and librarians, to promote state and national legislation beneficial to libraries and library users, and to supply the resources, training and support networks needed by local advocates seeking to increase support for libraries of all types.
  • Diversity is a fundamental value of the Association and its members, and it is reflected in ALA’s commitment to recruiting people of color and people with disabilities to the profession and to the promotion and development of library collections and services for all people.
  • Education and Lifelong Learning. The Association provides opportunities for the professional development and education of all library staff members and trustees; it promotes continuous, lifelong learning for all people through library and information services of every type.
  • Equitable Access to Information and Library Services. The Association advocates funding and policies that support libraries as great democratic institutions, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work.
  • Intellectual freedom is a basic right in a democratic society and a core value of the library profession. ALA actively defends the right of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
  • Literacy. The ALA assists and promotes libraries in helping children and adults develop the skills they need-the ability to read and use computers-understanding that the ability to seek and effectively utilize information resources is essential in a global information society.
  • Organizational Excellence. The association is inclusive, effective and responsive to the needs of ALA members.
  • Transforming Libraries. ALA provides leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services in a dynamic and increasingly global digital information environment.

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Select ALA Resources by Subject

| Advocacy | Diversity | Information Technology | Intellectual Freedom | Jobs | Leadership Development | Lifelong Learning | Literacy | Networking | News | Research and Statistics | Students |

See also ALA Professional Resources.



Chapter Relations Office, Legislation and Advocacy

Office for Library Advocacy

Washington Office



| Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR) |


Leadership Development

| ALA Emerging Leaders Program |


Lifelong Learning

AASL: Learning 4 Life

ALSC: Resources to Support Reading and Lifelong Learning



| Chapters Social Networking (includes links to ALA Connect and other resources)|



| ALA Public Information Office |

To learn more about the key issues facing America’s libraries and librarians and to talk to an ALA spokesperson, please contact Macey Morales, media relations manager, at 312-280-4393, ( mmorales@ala.org).

To discuss issues that relate to ALA’s Washington, D.C., office, please contact Press Officer, 202-628-8410.

American Libraries


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)



| ALA Student Chapters | ALA Student Member Blog | Joint Student Memberships | Student-to-Staff Program |