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American Library Association (ALA). Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign Student Chapter Presentation February 24, 2011 Lorelle R. Swader, MLS, MA, CAE

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american library association ala

American Library Association (ALA)

Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana – ChampaignStudent Chapter Presentation

February 24, 2011

Lorelle R. Swader, MLS, MA, CAE

Director – ALA Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR)

today s presentation
Today’s Presentation………
  • Introduction
  • Overview of Professional Associations
  • Library Associations
  • ALA Overview & Structure
  • HRDR Overview & Resources
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Conference Overview
  • Student Resources
  • Q & A
speaker s background
Speaker’s Background
  • BA - (Speech Communication) & MLS – Indiana University
  • MA – (Communications & Training) Governors State University
  • Career Path – Academic, Law, Special and Public Libraries
  • ALA
  • HRDR
what are associations
What are associations???
  • “In general, an association is a group of persons banded together for a specific purpose.” They are organizations that people voluntarily join because they want to work together on a common cause or interest.
how do they benefit their members
How do they benefit their members?????
  • Education / professional development
  • Information, research, statistics
  • Standards, codes of ethics, certification
  • Forum (face to face or virtual) to discuss common problems and solutions
  • Service / mission oriented – volunteerism and community service
  • Provide a community, network, “home”, identity, participation
what are the major library associations
What are the major library associations?
  • State groups – Illinois Library Association (ILA)
  • Specialty national groups – (AALL, MLA, SLA and ALA)
  • International groups - IFLA
  • Ethnic groups – (BCALA, REFORMA, CALA, APALA and AILA)
  • Organizational groups – (ULC and ARL)
  • Others – (SAA, Beta Phi Mu)
ala overview
ALA Overview
  • Founded in 1876
  • Over 60,000 Members
  • Washington Office
  • Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA)
mission
Mission
  • The Mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
vision
Vision

ALA is the leading advocate for:

  • The value of libraries and librarians in connecting people to recorded knowledge in all forms.
  • The public's right to a free and open information society.
key action areas which serve as guiding principles
Key Action Areas Which Serve as Guiding Principles
  • Diversity
  • Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Literacy
  • Education & Lifelong Learning
  • Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
  • Organizational Excellence
the association represents all types if libraries and members
Academic

Public

School (K-12)

Special

State

Librarians

Support Staff

Trustees

Friends

Publishers

Authors

Institutions

The Association represents all types if libraries and members
ala structure
ALA Structure
  • 11 Divisions
  • 19 Round Tables
  • 16 Offices
  • 57 Chapters
  • 28 Affiliates
ala divisions
Type of Library

ACRL – Academic

PLA – Public

AASL – School

ASCLA – Specialized and Cooperative Agencies

Type of Function

ALSC – Children Ser.

YALSA – Young Adults

LLAMA – Management

LITA – Technology

RUSA – Reference Ser.

ALCTS – Technical Services

ALTAFF – Trustees, Advocates, Friends & Foundations

ALA Divisions
ala round tables
ALA Round Tables
  • 19 Additional membership Groups
  • For individuals in the same field of study, but NOT represented in a Division

Some of the Specialties Represented: Social Responsibilities, Intellectual Freedom, International Relations, Government Documents, Library Instruction, Research, History, Retired Members and Support Staff.

hrdr mission focus
HRDR Mission Focus
  • Education and professional development
  • Recruitment of a diverse workforce
  • Human Resource Management
hrdr resources
HRDR Resources
  • Career Development Programs
  • ALA Scholarship Program
  • ALA JobLIST Placement Center
  • Emerging Leaders Program
midwinter meeting
Midwinter Meeting
  • Mid-year Business Meeting of the Association’s officers and leaders
  • Occurs in January or February
  • Some “pre” institutes and workshops, but minimal continuing education
  • Attendance is about 10,000 to 15,000
annual conference
Annual Conference
  • Professional Development Offerings
  • Occurs in June or July
  • World’s Largest Library Exhibits
  • Awards and Recognition
  • Special Events
  • Inauguration of New Officers
  • Attendance is about 20,000 to 28,000
student networking opportunities
Student Networking Opportunities
  • Student Chapters
  • Student Memberships
  • New Members Round Table (NMRT)
  • Emerging Leaders Program
  • ALA Conferences
  • Division National Conferences
student resources
Student Resources
  • Student Members Wiki - http://wikis.ala.org/students/index.php/Main_Page
  • Chapter Relations Office – www.ala.org/cro
  • New Members Round Table (NMRT) – www.ala.org/nmrt
  • ALA – www.ala.org
  • HRDR – www.ala.org/hrdr
  • ALA Scholarship Program – www.ala.org/scholarships
  • ALA JobList – www.joblist.ala.org
important staff contacts and website links
Important Staff Contacts and Website Links
  • Student Membership Questions: Don Wood – dwood@ala.org
  • NMRT or ALA Scholarship Program Questions: Kimberly Sanders – ksanders@ala.org
  • Placement Center/JobList/Emerging Leaders Questions: Beatrice Calvin - bcalvin@ala.org
  • ALA/HRDR Questions: Lorelle Swader – lswader@ala.org