Professional organizations should play an important role in the career of all school library media specialists. Whether participating in local activities or joining international events, these groups help individuals keep in touch with important issues, enhance professional skills, and develop leadership skills.

Check out the following resources on this page:

Key National Organizations and Divisions

AASL (American Association of School Librarians), a division of the American Library Association
A professional organization of school library media specialists from around the world. Their mission is to "advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field." They publish two journals: Knowledge Quest and SLMR.

School Media & Technology, a division of Association for Educational Communications and Technology
A professional organization that provides leadership in the "use of educational technology and its application to the learning process in the K-12 school environment." Awards the School Library Media Specialist of the Year award.

SIG Library Media Specialists, a special interest group of the International Society for Technology in Education . . . SIGMS_(Media_Specialists).htm
A professional organization that provides a community for school library media specialists to gather and learn about technologies to improve school library media programs.

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Association for Indiana Media Educators
The Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME), is an affiliate of the Indiana Library Federation (ILF), and is a state affiliate of the American Association of School Libraries (AASL) and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT).

INCOLSA (Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority)
The statewide network providing leadership in cooperative activities for Indiana libraries.

Indiana Computer Educators
Professional organization for educators improving learning through technology.

Indiana Library Federation
Professional organization for library and media center staff and supporters in Indiana. The Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME) is an affiliate organization.

Division of Professional Standards at Indiana Department of Education

Indiana State Reading Association
Affiliate of the International Reading Association

Middle Grades Readking Network
Network dedicated to the promotion of voluntary reading among young adolescents; the reinstitution of reading as a subject taught in Indiana's middle-grades schools by licensed reading teachers; and the updating and expansion of
Indiana's school library book collections.

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State School Library Associations

Directory of State & Regional Affiliated Organizations from American Association of School Librarians (AASL) . . . =18621
Links to all state websites.

AECT State Affiliates from Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

State & Regional School Library Organizations

Alabama Instructional Media Association

(Alabama) Children's and School Librarian's Division (CSLD) of Alabama Library Assocation

Alaska Association of School Librarians

Arizona Educational Media Association

(Arizona) Teacher Librarian Division of Arizona Library Association

Arkansas Association of Instructional Media

Arkansas Association of School Librarians (AASL)

California School Library Association

Colorado Association of School Librarians (formerly Colorado Educational Media Association)

Connecticut Educational Media Association

Delaware School Library Media Association

Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME)

Georgia Association for Instructional Technology, Inc.

Georgia Library Media Association, Inc.

Hawai Association of School Librarians

Illinois School Library Media Association

(Indiana) Association for Indiana Media Educators (AIME)

Iowa Association for School Librarians

Kansas Association of School Librarians

Kansas Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Kentucky School Media Association

Louisiana Association of School Librarians

Maine Association of School Libraries

Maryland Educational Media Organization

Massachusetts School Library Media Association

Michigan Association for Media in Education

Minnesota Educational Media Organization

Missouri Association of School Librarians

(Montana) School Library Media Division of Montana Library Association

Nebraska Educational Media Association

New Hampshire Educational Media Association

(New Jersey) Educational Media Association of New Jersey

(New York) School Library Media Section of New York Library Association

North Carolina Association for Educational Communications and Technology

North Carolina Association of School Librarians

Ohio Educational Library Media Association

Oklahoma Association of School Library Media Specialists

Oregon Educational Media Association

Oregon School Library Information System

Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Pennsylvania School Librarians' Association

Rhode Island Educational Media Association

South Carolina Association of School Librarians

Tennessee Association of School Librarians

Texas Association for Educational Technology

Texas Association of School Librarians

Utah Educational Library Media Association

Vermont Educational Media Association

Virginia Educational Media Association

Washington Library Media Association

(West Virginia) School Library Division of West Virginia Library Association

Wisconsin Educational Media Association

(Wyoming) School Library Media Personnel Section of Wyoming Library Association

Mountain Plains Library Association
Twelve state association of librarians, library paraprofessionals and friends of libraries in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

New England Educational Media Association
Regional organization representing the six New England states and is dedicated to serving the needs of the school library media professionals - New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island.

Pacific Northwest Library Association

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Other Library and Related Organizations

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) a division of the American Library Association
A network of children's and youth librarians.

Canadian Association for School Libraries
A professional organization to provide Canada's school-based teacher-librarians information about school library programs and services. Publications include School Libraries in Canada. Also, check out British Columbia Teacher-Librarian Association and Saskatchewan School Library Association.

Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries from School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Children's Book Council
A non-profit trade organization dedicated to encouraging literacy and the use and enjoyment of children's books, and is the official sponsor of Young People's Poetry Week and Children's Book Week each year. The Council's Members include U.S. publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults.

Children’s Literature Network
Non-profiet organization serving the Upper Midwest , provides connection, encouragement, education, camaraderie, and programming for adults who are passionate about encouraging kids to read.

Children's Literature Web Guide (CLWG)
Internet resources related to books for children and young adults

Education and Library Networks Coalition
EdLiNC formed in 1995 to represent the viewpoint of public and private schools and libraries in the FCC proceeding dealing with the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. The Coalition seeks to expand the use of educational technologies in schools and libraries by making sure that these entities receive affordable rates guaranteed to them in the Universal Service Provisions of the Telecommunications Act.

Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
Mission is to motivate and support local Friends groups across the country in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries.

International Association of School Librarianship
International forum for those people interested in promoting effective school library media programmes as viable instruments in the educational process.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
The Section of School Libraries and Resource Centres concerns itself with the improvement and development of school libraries and resource centres worldwide, especially advocacy for their qualified and adequate staffing.

International Reading Association (IRA)
Also vist their website for their peer reviewed journal: Reading Online at
Related Publication: Library Juice

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
An independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focusing on national certification for teachers including library media.

Partnership for Reading from U.S. Dept. of Education’s National Institute for Literacy
Information about the effective teaching of reading for children, adolescents, and adults, based on the evidence from quality research.

Read Write Think from International Reading Association

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)
Nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.

School Libraries and Resource Centers from IFLANET
International organization focusing on the needs of school libraries worldwide.

School Libraries Group of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) (United Kingdom)

School Library Association (United Kingdom)

School Library Information Portal (SLIP) (Canada)

School Libraries Making A Difference (United Kingdom)

Society of School Librarians International
Mission is the development of school library programs to meet the needs of a literate citizenry in an Information Society.

Young Adult Library Services Association a division of the American Library Association
A group serving young adults.

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Other Education Organizations

Teacher Tap: Educational Organizations
List of major general education and specific content area professional associations.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
Journals: Tech Trends, Educational Technology Research & Development

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Journal: Educational Leadership
Lexicon of Learning: What Educators Mean When They Say . . .,376

Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)

Ed Tech Action Network (Organization launched Mar. 2004) sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) & International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Site to encourage educators to lobby legislators for adequate school technology funding. Provide tools and training to be a powerful advocate for improved technology learning and teaching at the local, state, and federal levels.

Nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC)

A math and science focus.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

National Association for Humanities Education (NAHE)

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Section of Interest:
Early Childhood through Young Adulthood / Library Media Overview from National board for Professional Teaching Standards

Northeast and the Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

National Education Association (NEA)

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL) a subsidiary of Learning Point Associates
North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium

National Midlle School Association (NMSA)

Phi Delta Kappan International
Selected articles available online

Regional Technology in Education Consortia

funded by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education

Content Area Organizations

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD)

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

National Association for Music Education (NAME)

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)

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