For immediate release | January 3, 2012

Library Consultant Interest Group reviews 'Library Consultants Code of Ethics' draft in Dallas

CHICAGO -- The Library Consultant Interest Group -- a member group situated within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA-- invites independent librarians, library consultants, state library consultants of all types, regional library consultants and any librarians or library staff who help others learn and solve problems to join the conversation.

In addition to ongoing discussions via the group’s ALA Connect space, there are several activities taking place at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas:

  • An open forum to discuss a draft Library Consultants Code of Ethics from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Dallas Convention Center, Room D224. Nancy Bolt, of Nancy Bolt and Associates, will moderate the open forum. Visit to see the draft Code of Ethics.
  • The ASCLA/COSLA Reception, a division-wide dessert reception where you can informally gather with colleagues and share a drink. This year’s event will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22 in the Fountain Room at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard Street.

The Library Consultant Interest Group replaces the former Independent Librarians Exchange (ILEX) special interest section of ASCLA. Membership is open to all ALA members; ASCLA membership is required for those interested in leadership positions within the group. The group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants and others who want to push the boundaries of librarianship. Join the group by visiting the ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group ALA Connect page and clicking on the “Join” button. ALA login is required in order to access the interest group page.

More information about all of ASCLA’s events in Dallas can be found online.

The group will also host two programs at the upcoming 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim:

  • “Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups”: 10:30 a.m. - noon, Monday, June 25, with presentations by Interaction Associates, Inc.
  • "Consultants Give Back": Consultants can contribute an hour of free consulting to librarians seeking advice or seek consulting help from the consultants who volunteer their time. Date and location TBA in late spring 2012.

More information about ASCLA’s Annual Conference programs is available online. Updates about ASCLA’s activities are also available via the division’s Twitter feed, Facebook page and blog.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Our division’s work centers on member-driven interest groups that represent the diversity and important work of our engaged and active members. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at