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Learning About Library Associations: American Theological Library Association

Library science is an enormous field, home to every interest you could imagine! This means that there are many organizations out there for you to join, in order to connect with other people who share your professional interests.

So even if you work alone in your library, there are other people out there doing work similar to yours! Each week we will highlight a different library association for you to learn more about, and depending on your work, potentially join! You can also check out our page dedicated to Library Associations.

This week we’ll take a look at the American Theological Library Association. The mission of ATLA is to “is to foster the study of theology and religion by enhancing the development of theological and religious studies libraries and librarianship. Established in 1946, ATLA is governed by an elected board of directors and has over 800 individual, institutional, and affiliate members.

ATLA has an annual conference, a newsletter, offers awards and scholarships, and an online journal. They recently announced the addition of new materials including journals and records to EBSCO’s EBSCOhost platform, which you can learn more about here.

Their website features On Demand Learning, which is a collection of free professional development webinars. They also have a page full of religion reference training resources, since those tools are rarely covered in traditional library training.

You can learn about the benefits of joining ATLA here, or visit their Member Center for more information.

Let’s do a CMLE Group Visit to SCSU’s Library!

We always have fun during group visits to member libraries, and we think a visit to SCSU’s library would be both fun and valuable!

Being able to tour a member library can give you some inspiration and ideas for your own library, and introduce you to other members in the CMLE system. Plus, you will get a chance to meet the new library Dean!

Let’s narrow down some dates to see what will work best for people who want to attend. Right now we are thinking late December, after the semester ends, or early January before everything gets moving too fast. Give us some idea of your preferences, and we can set up a date for a visit.

Please vote! Looking forward to seeing you!

Learning About Library Associations: Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association

Library science is an enormous field, home to every interest you could imagine! This means that there are many organizations out there for you to join, in order to connect with other people who share your professional interests.

So even if you work alone in your library, there are other people out there doing work similar to yours! Each week we will highlight a different library association for you to learn more about, and depending on your work, potentially join! You can also check out our page dedicated to Library Associations.

This week we’ll take a look at the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). This association was founded in 1980 and is “organized and founded by librarians of diverse Asian and Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian Pacific American communities.” To learn more about the organization’s history, check out this article.

According to their website, the purpose of APALA is:

  • To provide a forum for discussing problems of APA librarians.
  • To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas by APA librarians with other librarians.
  • To support and encourage library services to APA communities.
  • To recruit and mentor APA librarians in the library/information science professions.
  • To seek funding for scholarships in library and information science masters programs for APAs.
  • To provide a vehicle whereby APA librarians can cooperate with other associations and organizations having similar or allied interests.

APALA gives out several different scholarships and awards each year, including a travel grant, an Emerging Leader Sponsorship, and the Talk Story program. APALA offers a newsletter and archived webinars to members on their site. They also offer a mentoring program.

To learn more about membership to APALA, or to find out ways to get involved, check out their website!

 

Take a library trip to Ireland or Cuba!

Do the dropping temperatures make you itch to get away for awhile? And what would be better than a trip to an interesting location with fellow library colleagues? Even if you can’t go on either of these trips, it’s great to know these opportunities are available!

If you’ve ever thought about going to Ireland, this is your chance! The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) is a division of ALA and “is the premier destination for members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives, library networks and library consultants among others.” ASCLA is traveling to Ireland May 10th – 17th 2018 and the itinerary looks amazing. You’ll get to visit several different cities, take a literary city walk, go on a writer’s museum tour, visit famous landmarks and even spend a night in a castle! Find more info here.

This next trip is one you may have to enjoy from afar, since the deadline to register was Oct. 20th. Still, it looks like a great opportunity! ALA will be sponsoring a trip to Cuba on March 3rd – 10th 2018. This is a study tour put together especially for U.S. librarians, and of course this itinerary looks incredible too. You’ll get to visit the Provincial Library in Old Havana to learn about Cuba’s library system, tour fortresses and museums, visit publishing houses, and meet members of the Cuban Association of Librarians. If you’ve already signed up for this trip, please send CMLE photos of your adventure!

Have you ever gone on a library sponsored trip? Share your experience in the comments (pictures welcome!)

 

 

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/ala-havana-book-fair-tour