ALA has an affiliate relationship with state library associations (Chapters) 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. Chapters promote general library service and librarianship within its geographic area, provide geographic representation to the Council of the American Library Association, and cooperate in the promotion of general and joint enterprises with ALA and other library groups.
The first ALA Student Chapter was created in 1980 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Each Student Chapter has its own character and purpose. ALA Student Chapters enhance students' ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses.
School Library Chapters (Affiliate organizations)
AASL Affiliate organizations are divided into nine geographic regions. Regional activities are coordinated by a Regional Representative and each region is represented on the AASL Board of Directors by a Regional Director.
Academic Library Chapters
Chapters make ACRL come alive at the local level. The association's 42 chapters promote excellence in academic libraries through programming and professional development opportunities that fit local needs, as well as through advocacy efforts and networking connections.