American Library Association
an organization that promotes the value of libraries and provides support for the professionals, staff, and volunteers who work in the field of librarianship
The mission of the ALA is ‘to provide 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. ALA is committed to focus its energy and resources in five key action areas: diversity, education and continuous learning, equity of access, intellectual freedom, and 21st century literacy.’ Members work in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. See http://www.ala.org.