Interest Groups

ASGCLA’s interest groups include members who gather virtually via ALA Connect and at conferences to share knowledge and enthusiasm for a specific subject.

Interest groups are able to contribute to ASGCLA through educational webinars or eCourses, conference events, programs and/or preconferences, news articles to be featured on www.ascladirect.org or publish standards and guidelines, books and/or tipsheets as well as a discussion forum for members or even a new ASGCLA product such as an online tutorial.

Interest groups offer you a valuable opportunity to contribute to your profession and engage with colleagues throughout the country as well as take on leadership roles. Members can join or leave interest groups at their discretion.

Download 2017-2018 Interest Group Orientation Manual

Simply do one of the following:

  1. Call MACS (ALA’s member services department) at the following number: 1-800-545-2433, x5 and request to have the interest group added to your membership, or:
  2. Send an email to membership@ala.org with your request to be added to the interest group with subject line:ASGCLA free interest groups, or:
  3. As long as your membership is current and has more than 4 months left in your membership year, go online and add the interest group(s) to your membership record. You must use your ALA logon & password to be able to access your membership record online

ALA members, who are notASGCLA members, may join anyASGCLA interest group free-of-charge for one year.

If you are a non-ASGCLA member, please contact asgcla@ala.org to join anASGCLA interest group.

Purpose of Interest Group:

This interest group focuses on creating, disseminating and implementing guidelines for library services to people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has already established such guidelines and they can readily be adapted for use in the United States.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Mary-Kate Finnegan-Dopkins

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Purpose of Interest Group:

Provides a forum for discussion of interests and networking to librarians who serve in armed forces libraries or among members of the armed forces.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Renee Sanning

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Purpose of Interest Group:

Primary focus is building support for the nation’s libraries to work with organizations serving the deaf (OSD) in forming a Deaf Cultural Digital Library.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Alec McFarlane

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Purpose of Interest Group:

Collaborative Digitization Interest Group for library cooperatives which are consortia, combinations, mergers, or contractual associations of one or more types of libraries (academic, public, special, or school) crossing jurisdictional, institutional, or political boundaries, working together to achieve maximum effective use of funds to provide digital and discovery services beyond those which can be provided through one institution alone.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Sandra McIntyre

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Purpose of Interest Group:

The purpose ofASGCLA’s Consortial eBooks Interest Group is to provide a regular forum for consortial discussion and to meet at Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings.ASGCLA believes that consortia represents a large segment of libraries and that by acting as consortia,ASGCLA can be influential with publishers and vendors to benefit libraries and library users as the e-book landscape evolves. ASGCLA welcomes any type of library or library agency as well as consortias.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Dee Brennan
  • Veronda Pitchford

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Purpose of Interest Group:

This interest group is focused on consortial funding, advocacy, services, etc., plus discussion group on topics of interest to library cooperatives statewide, multi-state, national cooperatives, and multitype library systems.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Tracy Byerly

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Purpose of Interest Group:

The purpose of this interest group is to support those who serve users who seek reliable health and wellness information. This goal is to provide awareness of resources and networking opportunities for those who assist diverse populations to create a culture of health within their communities. This group is open to all employees of all types of libraries and agencies.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Lydia Collins
  • Carrie Banks

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Purpose of Interest Group:

Provides a forum for discussion of interests and networking to librarians who serve in federal libraries.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Lee Lipscomb

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Purpose of Interest Group:

This group is open to anyone with an interest in the future of libraries.  Changes in the world around us, different service models, new technologies, determining what our customers value and what our non-customers are finding elsewhere will be examined.  This group will submit an annual recommendation to theASGCLA President for two areas that we think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Amy Paget

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Purpose of Interest Group:

Provides a forum for discussion of interests in interlibrary cooperation and the statewide development of library service, emphasizing the interdependence of all types of libraries.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Brenda Bailey-Hainer

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Purpose of Interest Group:

TheASGCLA Library Consultant Interest Group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants, state library and regional library consultants, and anyone who wants to push the boundaries of librarianship.

Code of Ethics:

Library Consultant Code of Ethics

Interest Group Leader:

  • Liz Bishoff

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Purpose of Interest Group:

The purpose of this interest group is to support those who serve patrons of any age who are held in jail, prison, detention or immigration facility.

Interest Group Leaders:

  • Sarah Gebert
  • Kathleen Kluegel

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Purpose of Interest Group:

This interest group focuses on assistive technology and accessibility services for people with visual or physical disabilities.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Mark Lee

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Purpose of Interest Group:

The purpose of this Interest Group is to advocate, promote, and improve library services for youth who have been detained in correctional facilities of various kinds.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Camden Eadoin Tadhg

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Purpose of Interest Group:

For staff responsible for procuring and administering LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) funds and programs. LSTA is a federally funded state based program generally administered by the state library of each state.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Kathleen Peiffer

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Purpose of Interest Group:

The focus of this interest group covers the physical delivery of library materials for resource sharing and related issues.

Interest Group Leaders:

  • Susan Palmer
  • Greg Pronevitz

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Purpose of Interest Group:

An interest group for State Library Agencies staff to network and discussion matters relating to library development services, activities, and needs.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Shannon White
  • Wendy Knapp

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Purpose of Interest Group:

To allow each state’s Youth Services Consultant or staff member responsible for working with youth services to keep abreast of topics of interest to the group and the constituents they serve in their states.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Sharon Rawlins

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Purpose of Interest Group:

The purpose of this new interest group is to increase knowledge and networking among library leaders with tribal libraries. The goal is to foster new relations and begin lifelong partnerships with community library leaders and Tribal Librarians. This interest group is not just for “Tribal.” Tribal librarians and employees of tribal libraries as well as librarians and library leaders interested in knowing more about tribal libraries are welcome.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Lillian Chavez

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Purpose of Interest Group:

Interest group purpose is to promote inclusive library services – sharing information and resources.

Interest Group Leader:

  • Marti Goddard

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