ALA Resources

JOINING

As a student, you can get a joint membership (with both your state’s library association and the American Library Association) for $42/year. You can learn more by visiting the Joint Student Membership Program’s webpage, calling 1-800-645-2433, or emailing membership@ala.org.

GETTING INVOLVED

Divisions & Round Tables

There are many interest groups to explore within ALA – so many, in fact, that it’s easy to get confused! The New Members Round Table (NMRT) is a great place to start. You can also visit the ALA website to learn how to Get the Most from Your Membership as well as check out the ALA Divisions and the ALA Round Tables. You can also consult the grid developed by ALASC that suggests divisions and round tables based on your interests and favorite SLIS classes.

ALA Connect

This Drupal-based collaborative workspace allows both official and unofficial ALA groups to work together online. Log in with your member information to create a profile and interact with other members in groups like “Library Support Staff Interests Round Table” and “Social Networking for Librarians and Library Students.” Great networking tool! It’s largely thanks to ALA Connect that the Midwinter Meeting, which used to be very business-oriented, has come to include more author events and other workshops.

Calendars

The ALA sponsors a variety of Celebration Weeks and Promotional Events, such as Library Card Sign-Up Month, throughout the year. Other calendars show future Annual and Midwinter conference dates and locations, division events, and conference listings for ALA affiliates and chapters.

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP

AL Direct

This e-newsletter, sent every Wednesday, is a weekly supplement to American Libraries magazine. It provides summaries and links to news, announcements, and other information of interest to library and information science professionals and students. Read the current issue or subscribe (non-members are welcome!).

JobLIST

Job listings for library and information science and technology, updated daily. Free registration allows job seekers to post resumes or subscribe to RSS feeds based on personal search criteria to receive notification of relevant openings.

Scholarships

The ALA and its divisions offer a variety of scholarships for graduate school, continuing education, and conference expenses. Search scholarships by keyword, deadline, or name.

CONNECTING WITH OTHER STUDENT CHAPTERS

ALA student chapters at other LIS graduate programs are listed in this directory, which is organized by state.

CLOSER TO HOME

New England Library Association
http://www.nelib.org/

Massachusetts Library Association
http://www.masslib.org/