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Organizations

Texas

Texas Library Association (TLA)
The Texas Library Association was established in 1902 to promote and improve library services in Texas. Membership includes academic, special, public and school librarians, interested lay people, library board members and vendors of library products.

College and University Libraries Division (CULD)
A division of the Texas Library Association that promotes the interests of libraries and librarians in four year universities and community colleges throughout Texas.

Public Library Division (PLD)
A division of the Texas Library Association that promotes library services and librarianship in public libraries in Texas.

Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL)
A division of the Texas Library Association that promotes library services and librarianship in school libraries in Texas and cooperates in the promotion of general and joint enterprises with the Texas Library Association.

Border Regional Library Association (BRLA)
Since 1966 the BRLA has worked to promote library service and librarianship in the El Paso/Las Cruces/Juarez metroplex. Current membership includes librarians, paraprofessionals, media specialists and library friends and trustees from all types of libraries in the region. This is a non-profit organization.

Texas Council of Community / Junior College Librarians (TCCJCL)
This is an organization of library directors of state-supported community colleges. Its purpose is to advance the interests of state-supported community/junior college libraries in Texas. An annual meeting is held in Austin each September/October.

Texas Municipal League (TML Online)
TML Online is designed to provide Texas Municipal League members with another option to keep informed about league programs and services and access key state and federal agencies, as well as other city officials in Texas.

Education Technology Coordinating Council
The ETCC was established to represent the interests of both the State of Texas and of state agencies and institutions of higher education, to ensure the cooperation and coordination of the state’s efforts in the implementation of educational technology initiatives.

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National

American Library Association (ALA)
ALA provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
A nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote excellence in research, teaching and service for library and information science education.

Association for Library Service to Children (ASLC)
A division of the American Library Association whose mission is to support the profession of children's librarianship by enabling and encouraging its practitioners to provide the best library services to our nation's children.

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
A division of the American Library Association created to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
A division of the American Library Association that represents state library agencies, specialized library agencies, independent libraries and multitype library cooperatives.

Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA)
A division of the American Library Association that provides an organizational framework for encouraging the study of administrative theory, for improving the practice of administration in libraries and for identifying and fostering administrative skill.

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA)
Develops and disseminates best practice guidelines for a broad membership including new professionals systems librarians, library administrators and vendors.

Public Library Association (PLA)
A division of the American Library Association whose purpose is to advance the development and effectiveness of public library service and public librarians.

REFORMA
National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. An Affiliate of the American Library Association.

Special Libraries Association (SLA)
A division of the American Library Association dedicated to the education and professional development of librarians employed most frequently by corporations, private businesses, government agencies, museums, colleges, hospitals, associations and information management consulting firms.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
A division of the American Library Association that advocates extensive and developmentally appropriate library and information services for young adults, ages 12-18.

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Publications

ALAWON (ALA-Washington Newsline)
A free, irregular e-mail publication of the ALA Washington Office providing the latest news on legislation affecting American libraries.

ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom (ALAOIF)
The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. Online publications include the Library Bill of Rights, Intellectual Freedom Policies and Guidelines and information about frequently challenged library materials.

Journal Holdings in the Library Science Collection
A listing of our subscriptions to over 120 journal titles in the field of library and information science.

Library Developments
The newsletter of the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This bimonthly publication includes grant announcements, continuing education opportunities and new titles in the Library Science Collection.

Texas Library Journal
The official membership publication of the Texas Library Association, published four times annually.

TLA Texline
An online publication of the Texas Library Association intended to inform members of late breaking news of interest to Texas libraries from the Texas Legislature, Texas state agencies and other other governmental entities. Texline appears irregularly as needed and will appear more frequently during legislative sessions.

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Discussion Lists

Digital Divide
A moderated list maintained by the Benton Foundation and intended to coordinate information, strategies and efforts targeting solutions by building open, cross-industry discussion about the digital divide.

Internet Use in Public Libraries (PUBLIB-NET)
A subset of PUBLIB that includes only those posts related to Internet use and issues in public libraries.

Library Reference List (LibRef-L)
Discussion list for general reference services topics hosted by Kent State University.

LM_NET
A moderated discussion group open to school library media specialists worldwide, and to people involved with the school library media field. It is not for general librarians or educators.

Public Libraries (PUBLIB)
An electronic discussion list for public librarians and those interested in public libraries.

Public Libraries, Young Adults and Children (PUBYAC)
A discussion list for children and young adult services in public libraries focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs for children and caregivers, censorship and policy issues, collection development, administrative considerations, puppetry, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues.

STUMPERS-L
Sponsored by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University, Stumpers-L was founded as an email-based resource where reference librarians can help each other find the answers to difficult reference questions.

Electronic Resources

The Library Index
This commercial web site provides an index to over 10,000 libraries around the world.

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