Resources for Library Media Specialists - Professional Organizations
National Professional Organizations:
American Library Association: The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. The annual conference is held in early summer. A mid-winter conference is held in January each year.
ISTE: The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education.
Maryland Professional Organizations:
Maryland Association of School Librarians: MASL is the state organization for school librarians. They offer an annual conference, the Black-Eyed Susan Reading Incentive Program and other professional growth opportunities. MASL is affiliated with the American Library Association.
Maryland Library Association: MLA represents all librarians: public, academic, special, and school. They offer a special membership rate for members of MASL, the Maryland Association of School Librarians. They offer a special membership rate for members of MASL, the Maryland Association of School Librarians. MLA is affiliated with the American Library Association.
MSET:MSET, formerly known as MICCA, is the state organization for educators in the field of technology. It is an affiliate of the national organization, ISTE. In addition to workshops offered throughout the year, a 3 day conference is held in the spring each year.
Local Professional Organizations:
Educational Media Association of Anne Arundel County: EMAAAC, is the local professional organization. They offer a “Back to School” picnic, a fall and spring general meeting, and a May banquet where they present an award to an outstanding AACPS administrator.