Professional Organizations and Associations
Archives & Special Libraries | Art & Architecture Libraries | Conservation & Cultural Heritage | Digital Libraries & Cultural Heritage | Museums | Research Libraries | Photography & Visual Communication
Society of American Archivists
SAA is North America's oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA's mission is to serve the educational and informational needs of more than 3,400 individual and institutional members and to provide leadership to ensure the identification, preservation, and use of records of historical value.
Special Libraries Association
SLA is the international association representing the interests of information professionals in over seventy countries. Special librarians are information resource experts who collect, analyze, evaluate, package, and disseminate information to facilitate accurate decision-making in corporate, academic, and government settings. The Association offers a variety of programs and services designed to help its members serve their customers more effectively and succeed in an increasingly challenging environment of information management and technology. SLA is committed to the professional growth and success of its membership.
Association of Architecture School Librarians
AASL is a North American group established to share information, ideas, and experiences among its members and to enhance the role of architecture school librarians in the advancement of architectural education. AASL meets annually in conjuction with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and has a listserv (AASL-L).
Art Libraries Society of North America
ARLIS/NA supports the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs. The organizations has 19 chapters throughout North America, an extensive publication program, including the Occasional Papers Series which has contributed titles such as Facilities Standards for Art Libraries and Visual Resources Collections, Concordance of Ancient Site Names, and The Art and Architecture Thesaurus Sourcebook, and an electronic discussion list (ARLIS-L).
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
CCAHA is one of the largest non-profit regional conservation laboratories in the country. CCAHA serves cultural, educational, and research institutions; individuals; corporations; and private organizations throughout the United States.
Coalition for Networked Information
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) is an organization designed to advance the transformative promise of networked information technology for the improvement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity. CNI's projects seek to share knowledge about architectures and standards for networked information; improve scholarly communication; study the economics of networked information; advance Internet technology and infrastructure; enhance teaching and learning; understand the institutional and professional implications of the networked environment; and expand government information on the Internet.
Digital Libraries Federation
DLF is a consortium of libraries and related agencies that are pioneering in the use of electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and services. The DLF provides leadership for libraries broadly by identifying standards and "best practices" for digital collections and network access, coordinating leading-edge research-and-development in libraries' use of electronic-information technology, and helping start projects and services that libraries need but cannot develop individually. The DLF operates under the administration umbrella of the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR).
The mission of EDUCAUSE is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose membership is open to institutions of higher education, corporations serving the higher education information technology market, and other related associations and organizations. Its programs include professional development activities, print and electronic publications, strategic policy initiatives, research, awards for leadership and exemplary practices, and a wealth of online information services.
Society for Imaging Science and Technology
IS&T is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to keep members aware of the latest scientific and technological developments in the field of imaging through conferences, journals and other publications. IS&T focuses on imaging in all its aspects, with particular emphasis on silver halide, digital printing, electronic imaging, photofinishing, image preservation, image assessment, pre-press technologies and hybrid imaging systems.
American Association of Museums
AAM is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards, and volunteers across the country to better serve the public.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
IMLS is a federal grant-making agency that promotes leadership, innovation, and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's museums and libraries. Created by the Museum and Library Services Act of 1996, P.L. 104-208, IMLS administers the Library Services and Technology Act and the Museum Services Act. The Institute receives policy advice from two Presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed entities: the National Commission for Libraries and Information Science and the National Museum Services Board.
Museum Computer Network
MCN is a nonprofit organization of professionals dedicated to fostering the cultural aims of museums through the use of computer technologies. MCN serves individuals and institutions wishing to improve their means of developing, managing, and conveying museum information through the use of automation. It supports cooperative efforts that enable museums to be more effective at creating and disseminating cultural and scientific knowledge as represented by their collections and related documentation.
Association of Research Libraries
ARL is a not-for-profit membership organization comprising the leading research libraries in North America. Its mission is to shape and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. ARL programs and services promote equitable access to and effective use of recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community service. The Association articulates the concerns of research libraries and their institutions, forges coalitions, influences information policy development, and supports innovation and improvements in research library operations. ARL operates as a forum for the exchange of ideas and as an agent for collective action.
Council of Library and Information Resources
CLIR works to expand access to information, however recorded and preserved, as a public good. It is an independent, nonprofit organization. Through projects, programs, and publications, CLIR works to maintain and improve access to information for generations to come.
The purpose of the Frye Leadership Institute is to bring tomorrow's higher education leadership the insights and understanding of the issues that will inform this framework, including academic, technology, economic, public-policy, student, and constituent-relations dynamics. The Institute is supported by a grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and is sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources, EDUCAUSE, and Emory University. The Institute results from work that these organizations have done to assess the implications of information technology for the scholarly and educational enterprise: the blurring of the formerly distinct boundaries among teaching, research, information management, and scholarly communication; and the extension of information resources, and services beyond the walls of traditional organizations (such as libraries, computer centers, and museums) to permeate the educational enterprise.
Research Library Group
RLG is a not-for-profit membership corporation of over 160 universities, national libraries, archives, historical societies, and other institutions with remarkable collections for research and learning. Rooted in collaborative work that addresses members' shared goals for these collections, RLG develops and operates information resources used by members and nonmembers around the world.
American Society of Picture Professionals
The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) is a nationwide organization of professionals who produce, sell, edit, catalog and use photographic imagery - a forum for education, information, dialogue, interaction and professional growth. ASPP provides an open exchange of information on industry ethics and standards, business practices, and needs created by new technology. We offer a framework for professional networking. We inform and educate those interested in photography and visual communications. We promote a Code of Fair Practice for picture research, usage and handling. And we offer support and knowledge to anyone interested in choosing a career as a picture professional.