Two new ASCLA interest groups are now welcoming members: the Future of Libraries Interest Group and the Tribal Librarians Interest Group.
Descriptions for these new groups, as well as all of ASCLA’s existing interest groups, are below. You can join the group by logging into ALA Connect, accessing the group page, then clicking “join” on the right side of the page. You do not need to be a member of ASCLA for the first year of your interest group membership, however we encourage you to join this amazing community of members at your earliest convenience.
New Interest Groups:
ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group—–This group is open to anyone with an interest in the future of libraries. Changes in the world around us, different service models, new technologies, determining what our customers value and what our non-customers are finding elsewhere will be examined. This group will submit an annual recommendation to the ASCLA President for two areas that we think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.
ASCLA Tribal Librarians Interest Group—–The purpose of this new interest group is to increase knowledge and networking among library leaders with tribal libraries. The goal is to foster new relations and begin lifelong partnerships with community library leaders and Tribal Librarians. This interest group is not just for “Tribal.” Tribal librarians and employees of tribal libraries as well as librarians and library leaders interested in knowing more about tribal libraries are welcome.
Other ASCLA Interest Groups:
ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.
ASCLA LSSP Universal Access Interest Group promotes inclusive library services – sharing information and resources.
ASCLA ICAN Consortium Management Discussion is focused on consortial funding, advocacy, services, etc., plus discussion group on topics of interest to library cooperatives statewide, multi-state, national cooperatives, and multitype library systems.
ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Collaborative Digitization Interest Group is for library cooperatives which are combinations, mergers, or contractual associations of one or more types of libraries (academic, public, special, or school) crossing jurisdictional, institutional, or political boundaries, working together to achieve maximum effective use of funds to provide library and information services to all citizens above and beyond those which can be provided through one institution. Such cooperative organizations or agencies may be designated to serve a community, a metropolitan area, a region within a region, or may serve a statewide or multi-state area.
ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Interlibrary Cooperation Interest Group provides a forum for discussion of interests in interlibrary cooperation and the statewide development of library service, emphasizing the interdependence of all types of libraries.
ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Physical Delivery Interest Group covers the physical delivery of library materials for resource sharing and related issues.
ASCLA Library Services for Youth in Custody (LSSP) has as its purpose to advocate, promote, and improve library services for youth who have been detained in correctional facilities of various kinds.
ASCLA LSSP Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group primary focus is building support for the nation’s libraries to work with organizations serving the deaf (OSD) in forming a Deaf Cultural Digital Library.
ASCLA LSSP (Libraries Serving Special Populations) LSSP Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group focuses on assistive technology and accessibility services for people with visual or physical disabilities.
ASCLA LSSP Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detained supports ALA members who serve patrons of any age who are held in jail, prison, detention or immigration facility.
ASCLA SLA State Library Agencies – Library Development Interest Group is for State Library Agency staff to network and discussion matters relating to library development services, activities, and needs.
ASCLA SLA (State Library Agencies)/LSTA Coordinators Interest Group is for staff responsible for procuring and administering LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds and programs. LSTA is a federally funded state based program generally administered by the state library of each state.
ASCLA SLA (State Library Agencies) Youth Services Consultants Interest Group has as its purpose to allow each state’s Youth Services Consultant or staff member responsible for working with youth services to keep abreast of topics of interest to the group and the constituents they serve in their states through listservs, and in-person networking meetings at ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences.