Professional Sites and Conferences

Resources from ALA

Questions and answers about ALA student chapters.

Information about the ALA Student-to-Staff program that allows library school students to attend the ALA annual conference free of charge in return for volunteering at the conference.

Become a student member of both ALA and NYLA for one low price.

The New Members Roundtable has a lot of resources to offer students and new graduates, including this list on their blog about finding a library job.

Connect with other ALA members on these discussion boards. For help using ALA Connect visit

Library policy news from the ALA Washington DC office.

Find ALA Conferences & Events including Scholarships.

Find ways you can connect with ALA, and its divisions and roundtables, on social media.

Resources from NYLA

In addition to being connected to thousands of practicing professionals who share a love of libraries as much as you do, membership helps keep you updated on scholarship opportunities, continuing education and professional development workshops, grant opportunities and so much more!

Advocacy Day! Once a year, the New York State library community comes together in Albany with one voice, to advocate for funding and policies that benefit libraries.  As the champion of libraries at the state and local level, NYLA members help shape the future of libraries by organizing and meeting with elected officials at the New York State Capitol.  

The NYLA Conference is a three day event typically held in scenic Saratoga Springs, the annual NYLA conference brings together professionals from across the state to discuss and delight in contemporary professional issues.  With tremendous volunteer opportunities and a discounted student rate, the annual conference provides an excellent way for those new to the profession to network and engage with the larger library community!

Volunteering at this event provides members with a greater understanding of the larger library community, and is also a great way to earn a one day voucher to the Annual NYLA Conference!

Resources from SAA

A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology  is a glossary of archival jargon. Search for definitions of terms or browse by letter. SAA also offers a Word of the Week email this service is open to everyone.

Students and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) Roundtable  SNAP advocated for and addresses the needs of new archivists within the SAA community.

Professional Issues & Advocacy   is a list of many of the ways archivists are reaching out the their communities. These monographs, case studies, guides, and formal papers have all been edited and reviewed and are available free of charge.

SAA Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics  are to guide archivists and those who work with archivists in shaping professional engagement. The Standards Portal provides best practices and guidelines of everything from ethics to digitization.

Mentoring Program is designed to bring members together based on interest and geographic location. SAA Fellows, Awards, and Scholarships  offers a variety of awards for professional recognition and financial assistance.

SAA also hosts an Annual Conference around the US, but there are regional conference available, NYAC and MARAC. Check out the websites for scholarships to the conferences, and check out IS department emails for more conference and scholarship announcements.