The Alabama Library Association

The Alabama Library Association (ALLA) is a non-profit corporation formed to encourage and promote the welfare of libraries and professional interests of librarians in the State of Alabama. The Mission of the Alabama Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, advocacy, and improvement of library and information services and to promote the profession of librarianship, in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

From the President


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Academic, public, school, and special libraries have a long tradition of supporting literacy in Alabama to ensure that we have lifelong learners who are job ready and serve as assets to their communities. The Alabama Library Association is proud to represent and support the Alabama librarians and paraprofessionals who are essential to that tradition.

In keeping with the American Library Association’s four strategic directions of Advocacy; Information Policy; Professional Leadership and Development; and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, I ask all ALLA members to join me in the following three focus areas for our organization over the upcoming year. First, let us increase participation among our divisions, roundtables, and committees. Second, let us focus on improving communication via all association platforms. Finally, let us stay relevant by updating and revising the Core and Convention Handbooks. I encourage all library professionals across the state to share in these goals and reach out to Executive Council Members, Division Chairs, Roundtable Moderators, and Committee Chairs to get involved in the association.

As we work toward these areas of focus in the upcoming year, let us also look ahead to our next Annual Convention, which will be held in Florence on April 10-13, 2018. The theme, Play By Ear, speaks to another long time tradition that is synonymous with The Shoals region. I hope you will make plans to join us there!


Sonya Jordan
Alabama Library Association
President, 2017-2018

The Benefits of Membership

Your membership to the Association will entitle you to a number of benefits including reduced registration for workshops and conferences; networking with library personnel statewide, vendors, and elected officials; notification of issues concerning libraries by receiving state and national news briefs, listserv discussions, and flyers promoting activities of interest; and many more. See the complete list of benefits at our Membership Benefits page.

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ALLA COMmunicator

ALLA COMmunicator is the Association's quarterly newsletter. The COMmunicator will keep our members up-to-date on the Association. Each edition will include highlights from the Executive Council meetings, upcoming events, and calls to action. We encourage our members and those interested in the Association to keep up-to-date with us by reading each new edition of the ALLA COMmunicator.

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