2. Selected Library professional organizations

American Library Association (ALA)


Founded in 1876, ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world. ALA is home to eleven membership divisions, each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization. You can find volunteer opportunities to join committees or task forces from the ALA web site. (http://www.ala.org/groups/committees)

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


A division of ALA, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is the only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians and the school library community.

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)


As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community.

Public Library Association (PLA)


Founded in 1944, PLA is a member-driven organization that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.

Speical Libraries Association (SLA)



The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners.  The SLA Career Center from the web site is the place to apply for jobs.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)




IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It has over 1,500 Members in approximately 150 countries around the world.

Association for Library Collections and Technical Servcies (ALCTS)


One division of the American Library Association, ALCTS is the premier resource for information specialists in collection development, preservation, and technical services.

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)

It is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership. The membership includes new professionals, systems librarians, library administrators, library schools, vendors and anyone else interested in leading edge technology and applications for librarians and information providers.

Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)


RUSA is the library organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. It supports excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, readers’ advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)


Founded in 1957 and headquartered in Chicago, YALSA is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.