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:

Also visit the IUPUI - SLIS website for Professional Associations, Scholarships, and Awards.

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.

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. AECT has a School Media and Technology Division.
Journals: Tech Trends, Educational Technology Research & Development

International Society for Technology in Education, The
A professional organization that provides a community for school library media specialists to gather and learn about technologies to improve school library media programs. ISTE has a SIG (Special Interest Group) Media Specialists SIGMS.

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Association of Indiana School Library Educators (AISLE)
An association of the Indiana Library Federation (ILF) , AISLE's mission is to promote school library media centers in Indiana and foster the professional growth of its members.

Indiana Computer Educators (ICE)
Professional organization for educators improving learning through technology. Membership is free.

Indiana Library Federation (ILF)
Professional organization for library and media center staff and supporters in Indiana.

Indiana Department of Education
Selected IDOE Resources:
Data Center
School and Corporation Data Reports

Indiana K-12 School Web Sites
Learning Connection
Office of eLearning
Office of Educator Licensing and Development (OELD)

Indiana State Reading Association
Affiliate of the International Reading Association

Middle Grades Reading 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.

Midwest Colaborative for Library Services
MCLS is a non-profit membership organization comprised of all types of libraries in Indiana and Michigan. MCLS provides libraries training, group purchasing, and technical support for electronic resources (Jan. 2010 INCOLSA merged with Michigan Library Consortium to form MCLS).

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State & Regional School Library / Educational Media Organizations

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

State & Regional School Library Organizations

Alabama School Library Association

Alaska Association of School Librarians

(Arizona) Teacher Librarian Division of Arizona Library Association . . . 7

Arkansas Association of Instructional Media

Arkansas Association of School Librarians (AASL)

California School Library Association

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

Connecticut Association of School Librarians

Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME)

Georgia Association for Instructional Technology, Inc.

Georgia Library Media Association, Inc.

School Library Media Division of the Georgia Library Association

Hawai Association of School Librarians

Illinois School Library Media Association

Iowa Association of 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 Association of School Librarians

Massachusetts School Library Media Association

Michigan Association for Media in Education

Minnesota Educational Media Organization

Missouri Association of School Librarians

Nebraska School Librarians Association - - Formerly Nebraska Educational Media Association (Currently in reorganization)

New England School Library Media Association (NESLA)

New Hampshire School Library Media Association

New Jersey Association of School Librarians

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

North Carolina Association for Education Communications& Technology (NCAECT)

North Carolina Association School Library Media Association

Ohio Educational Library Media Association

Oklahoma School Librarians Division

Oregon Association of School Libraries

Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology

Pennsylvania School Librarians' Association

School Librarians of Rhode Island

South Carolina Association of School Librarians

Tennessee Association of School Librarians

Texas Association of School Librarians

Utah Educational Library Media Association

Vermont School Library Association

Virginia Association of School Librarians

Washington Library Media Association

Wisconsin Educational Media Association

Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association

(Wyoming) Teacher-Librarians Interest Group of Wyoming 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.

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA)
Mission is to motivate and support local Friends groups across the country in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries.

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. Oher Canadian organizations:

Alberta School Libraries Council
British Columbia Teacher-Librarian Association
Manitoba School Library Association
Ontario School Library Association
Saskatchewan School Library Association
School Library Information Portal (SLIP) (Canada) (Gateway portal to documents for school libraries OF Canada and not widely available)
Voices for School Libraries Network for Canadian School Libraries

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.

International Association of School Librarianship - School Libraries Online
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
Exists primarily to support small organizations and groups of librarians.

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

Read Write Think from International Reading Association

Mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction.

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

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

School Library Association (United Kingdom)

School Libraries Making A Difference (United Kingdom)
Website promoting school libraries (No longer being updated as of 2009).

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(YALSA) a division of the American Library Association
A  national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.

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Other Education Organizations

Professional Education Organizations at EduScapes Teacher Tap
List of major general education and specific content area professional associations.

American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
AASA members range from chief executive officers, superintendents and senior level school administrators to cabinet members, professors and aspiring school system leaders.

American School Counselor Association
Supports school counselor's efforts to help students focus on academic, personal / social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

American Federation of Teachers
The American Federation of Teachers, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, was founded in 1916 and represents local and state affiliates nationwide and has 1.5 million members.

Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE
Organization dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.

Association for Middle Level Education
Voice for those committed to the educational and developmental needs of young adolescents. AMLE is the only national education association dedicated exclusively to those in the middle grades.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Journal: Educational Leadership
An educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Members are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Education Resource Information Center (ERIC)
An online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Ed Tech Action Network (Organization launched Mar. 2004) sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) & International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
Site encourages 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.

Federation for Children with Special Needs
Provides information, support, and assistance to parents of children with disabilities, their professional partners, and their communities.

GoENC (formerly Eisenhower National Clearinghouse)

A resource for K-12 math and science educators.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Association for those working with and on behalf of children from birth through age eight.

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
NAGC invests its resources to train teachers, encourage parents and educate administrators and policymakers on how to develop and support gifted children and what's at stake if high-potential learners are not challenged and encouraged.

Northeast and the Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium
NEIRTEC focuses on helping educational leaders at the state, district, and school levels put technology to effective use in schools. Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and the U.S. Virgin Islands, NEIRTEC places a particular emphasis on the needs of schools in underserved urban and rural communities.

National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
Organization of elementary and middle-level principals.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders.

National Education Association (NEA)
An organization of professionals in education.

Phi Delta Kappan International
Organization dedicated to improving education, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators.
Journal: Phi Delta Kappan is a premier education publication - - Selected Kappan articles available online

PTA (National Parent Teacher Association)
A volunteer child advocacy association in the nation, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) reminds our country of its obligations to children and provides parents and families with a powerful voice to speak on behalf of every child while providing tools for parents to help their children be successful students.

U.S. Department of Education
ED's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

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

American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

Computer Science Teachers Association

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

National Art Education Association (NAEA)

National Association for Bilingual Education

National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)

National Association for Music Education (NAME)

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

National Middle Level Science Teachers Association (NMLSTA)

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Related web resource: The NSTA Learning Center

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