What ALA Does for Chapters
The American Library Association has affiliate relationships with state library associations (Chapters; (see What Chapters Are) in all fifty States, the District of Columbia,Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and regional library associations in the Mountain Plains, New England, Pacific Northwest, and Southeastern regions. See also The ALA and Chapters Partnership. See also Chapter Answers.
In return for payment of chapter dues, ALA provides:
- a subscription to American Libraries;
- a 10 percent discount on ALA publications;
- membership benefits, such as assistance from the Chapter Relations Office and other ALA units;
- a seat on Council;
- joint membership; and
- participation in Engage.
ALA's role with chapters is overseen by the Chapter Relations Committee, established by the ALA Council upon recommendation of the ALA Executive Board on January 11, 1967, and executed by the Chapter Relations Office, established by the Council in 1979. CRO is headed by a half-time director (also director of the International Relations Office) and staffed with a program officer.
Chapter Relations Committee
The Chapter Relations Committee (CRC):
- Develops and recognizes Chapters as integral components of ALA (see What Chapters Are);
- Encourages discussion, activities and programs that support the mutual interests of ALA and the Chapters;
- Advises when requested on proposals and actions of other ALA units that may affect Chapters;
- Provides a forum wherein Chapters can share ideas and concerns of common interest and identify common needs and goals;
- Communicates these Chapter needs and goals to ALA and ALA goals, programs and priorities to the Chapters;
- Encourages and maintains a cooperative and supportive relationship among ALA, its units, and the Chapters;
- Formulates and reviews periodically requirements for Chapter status; and
- Serves as an advisory committee to the Chapter Relations Office.
- The CRC meets at each ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.
- Presents the Chapter Leaders Forum each Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference
- CRC members are subscribed to two CRO business e-lists, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
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;
- Coordinates leadership development for Chapter officers, Chapter Councilors, chief paid staff members, and other Chapter leaders
- Strengthens membership promotion activities for ALA and the Chapters;
- Coordinates the ALA Student Chapters and the ALA Student-to-Staff program; and
- Helps raise awareness of and sensitivity to Chapter needs throughout the ALA.
- The ALA Chapter Relations Committee serves as an advisory committee to the CRO
CRO is also instrumental in assisting the Chapter Relations Committee in its work. The Office provides chapters with annual directories of chapter officers, executives, journal and newsletter editors, and an annual calendar of state and national conferences. Other information collected for the chapters has dealt with a comparison of chapter dues and information on state conference registration and exhibit fees. The Chapter Relations Office serves as the major conduit for ALA in fulfilling its obligations to chapters. Activities and benefits provided to chapters by the Chapter Relations Office include:
- Fact sheets on ways that ALA and particular chapters are working together (see The ALA and Chapters Partnership);
- Joint membership, marketing, and advocacy efforts;
- Ongoing communication between ALA and the chapters (see Chapter Issues);
- Forums for interaction and discussion of library topics by librarians throughout the country;
- Opportunities for continuing education provided by ALA conferences and programs; and
- Professional development opportunities provided by continuing education programs and by the committee and division structure that provide avenues for developing leadership and planning capabilities beyond the state association level.
From how ALA established Chapters, to a select group of links to ALA units related to or of interest to Chapters, or both, to select current and past resources.
Calendars and Conferences
- Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for Chapters
- Affiliates conference & event calendar
- ALA and Chapters and ALA conferences and meetings (explains the special business relationship between the ALA Chapters and ALA)
- State and Regional Chapters
- Student Chapters Directory
- Chapter Councilors Roster
- Chapter Relations Committee Roster
- Contact ALA and ALA Staff
Social Networking: ALA Connect and Facebook and Twitter
Programs and Activities
Certified Public Library Administrator program
This 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
- The Chapter Leaders Forum, presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Committee at each ALA Midwinter and Annual, provides a great opportunity for Chapter Leaders (especially incoming leaders) to meet together and prepares them to lead their association. The program presents topics of interest to chapter leaders, including association management, advocacy, conference planning, social media, and membership development and retention.
- The forum is a separate ticketed event at both the Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference. There is no on-site registration.
- Presenters and attendees are subscribed to a CRO business e-list, firstname.lastname@example.org
- ALA currently provides support for all state chapters (and DC) to set up their own Engage Legislative Action Center and participate in the Engage affiliate program. (CQRC Engage is a comprehensive advocacy and engagement platform that continues to help ALA, chapters, and Ilovelibraries send constituent messages to congressional and state legislators.)
- Chapter Engage contacts and others interested in the program are able to meet at each ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. (See Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for Chapters)
- To take action on federal legislation affecting libraries and to take action for libraries in your state via Engage, visit CRO’s Take Action for Libraries page. See also Save Libraries in Your State (CRO) and I Love Libraries.org.
- Chapter Engage contacts will be subscribed to a CRO business e-list, email@example.com
International Council of Library Association Executives (ICLAE)
- The International Council of Library Association Executives (ICLAE) is comprised of Chapter executive directors and other Chapter administrators.
- ICLAE members and other interested persons meet at each ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. (See Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for Chapters)
- ICLAE members are subscribed to a CRO business e-list, firstname.lastname@example.org
Money Smart Week
Money Smart Week (includes instructions on how to subscribe to the official Money Smart Week e-list)
These are webinars conducted by the ALA Chapter Relations Office, listed in alphabetical order by topic. Check for current webinars and sign up! Webinars are always available after they are presented.