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American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) was founded in 1876 in Philadelphia and subsequently chartered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its mission 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.? Its membership is open to ?any person, library, or other organization interested in library service and librarianship?upon payment of the dues provided for in the Bylaws.?

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