ALA has eight divisions, the membership units that focus on types of libraries, such as public or academic; on types of services, such as children’s, technical, or user services; or on particular areas of interest, such as information technology or management.
Divisions offer programs and publications; collect membership dues; hold national conferences, institutes, and workshops; and elect or appoint their own governance structure, committees, task forces, and discussion groups as outlined in Policy 6.4.
You must be a member of ALA to join a division, and with a few exceptions, you must be a member of a division to serve on a division committee. To explore the variety of committees, visit the division pages listed below.
- American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and ACRL Section Committees
- Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures (Core)
- Public Library Association (PLA)
- Reference & Users Services Association (RUSA)
- United for Libraries
- Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)