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Why are professional associations helpful?
Professional associations are great resources for information about current trends in the field and even offer access to webinars and discounts to conferences. Many of their websites offer job search resources specific to your interests (for example, ASIS&T will have jobs focused on technology) and you will have opportunities to network with others in your field.
Professional Associations (National)
Divisions of ALA
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
The only national professional membership organization focused on school librarians.
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Developing programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead.
Public Library Association (PLA)
The largest association that supports the evolving needs of public library professionals.
Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)
Serves all types of libraries in reference, user services, adult readers advisory and collection development as well as resource sharing, genealogy and archives, business reference and reference technology.
Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures
To cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
Brings together stakeholders from the areas of libraries, education, research, out of school time, youth development and more to develop and deliver resources to libraries that expand their capacity to support teen learning and enrichment and to foster healthy communities.
Professional Associations (Colorado)