American Library Association Overview
ALA is home to eleven membership divisions, each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization. ALA divisions publish journals, books, newsletters, and other materials; provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats; offer awards and scholarships; sponsor institutes and conferences; and maintain networks of affiliates, chapters, and other collaborative relationships.
ALA has incorporated specialized sections and divisions from its early existence, beginning with the college and reference librarians (1889), the trustees (1890) and catalogers (1900).
- American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
- Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
- Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS)
- Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)
- Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations (ALTAFF)
- Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
- Library and Information Technology Assn. (LITA)
- Library Leadership & Management Assn. (LLAMA)
- Public Library Assn. (PLA)
- Reference & User Services Assn. (RUSA)
- The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
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