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Reviews information needed for Arkansas residents to get either an ALA Accredited MLS or NCATE and AASL accreditation for school librarianship. Included are scholarship opportunities and research options.
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Professional Organizations

Direct links fo the associations are at the bottom of the page

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.

Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM)  
AAIM is a group of professional educators dedicated to the improvement of education through the use of technology and media.

Arkansas Library Association (ARLA) 
The mission of ARLA is to further the professional development of all library staff members; to foster communication and cooperation among librarians, trustees and friends of libraries; to increase the visibility of libraries among the general public and funding agencies; to serve as an advocate for librarians and libraries.

Medical Library Association  The Medical Library Association (MLA) is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide. MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledge base of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

 Public Library Association  The Public Library Association (PLA), with more than 11,000 members, is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1944, PLA is a member-driven organization that exists to provide a diverse program of communication, publication, advocacy, continuing education, and programming for its members and others interested in the advancement of public library service.

Southeastern Library Association (SELA  For over sixty years, the Southeastern Library Association has been a unifying force strong enough to influence legislation and to attract foundation and federal funds for regional library projects).  SELA is a organization of librarians from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.  SELA works to  nurture leadership and commitment to service in libraries in the Southeastern United States

Special Library Association (SLA)   The Special Libraries Association (SLA) was founded in 1909 in the state of New York and is now the international association representing the interests of thousands of information professionals in over eighty countries worldwide. A historical information section outlines the history of the association and summarizes information about past presidents, conferences and other association information. 

Continuing Education Opportunities

The links included are from professional journals and organizations that provide webinars, web casts and events for library professionals, some free and some with registrations fees.  Check the listings on a weekly or monthly basis.

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