Federal, Armed Forces, Specialized & Cooperative Libraries Merge to Form New Division of ALA

Representatives from the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Federal and Armed Forces Round Table (FAFLRT), announced today that they have merged to form a new division of the American Library Association: the Association of Specialized, Government & Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA.)

FAFLRT has long been on the leading edge of key issues and opportunities affecting federal and armed forces libraries and information professionals, offering workshops and training, networking opportunities, a quarterly newsletter and awards to members of the round table.

ASCLA is the premier destination to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives, library networks and library consultants among others. ASCLA focuses on providing a voice and advocating for libraries serving populations that are underserved such as those with sensory, physical, health or behavioral conditions, those who are incarcerated or detained and more. Member activity is centered around interest groups.

The newly formed ASGCLA will enhance the effectiveness of library service by providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members. Opportunities include leadership roles, online webinars and eCourses, specialty interest group involvement and the development of resources and industry standards and guidelines.

More information about the Association of Specialized, Government & Cooperative Library Agencies, a division of the American Library Association (ALA) can be found at www.asgcladirect.org.

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