Support for You and Your Library

Your membership supports SCLA’s aggressive and productive efforts in the state and nationally to assure that South Carolina’s libraries are well-funded and maintain their national standing as the very best. 

We are a state chapter of the American Library Association (ALA) and an affiliate of the Southeastern Library Association (SELA).  The association is made of librarians from all around our state South Carolina dedicated to providing innovative services and promoting libraries and intellectual freedom to all our citizens including the public, as well as those in higher education and in our schools.

The Benefits of Membership

  • Support for you and your library
  • Grow your career and skills
  • Stay informed
  • Opportunities for involvement and networking
  • Access to services for you, your library, and your community

Mark Your Calendars! 2017 SCLA Conference
Columbia Marriott, October 11-13, 2017 

Conference registration is now available!   Please submit your registration by September 1st to take advantage of the Early Bird rate and save on your costs!

The call for poster session proposals is also available! The deadline for submitting proposals is August 31, 2017. 

Check out the Exhibitor/Sponsor packet for new early bird booth discounts, sponsorship opportunities, and ways to lock in your 2018 and 2019 conference sponsorships!


 

South Carolina Libraries is currently accepting submissions for an upcoming issue.
 
We are looking for research, news, columns, and feature articles relevant to South Carolina libraries and librarians AND/OR to the general interest of the field of librarianship. Articles from any area of librarianship, K-12, Academic, Public, Special, etc. will be considered. Both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed submissions are welcome.
 
To submit an article, visit the journal's homepage, http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/scl_journal, and click Submit Article to the left or contact Brent Appling, applingm@mailbox.sc.edu if you have any questions.

 

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 Pre-Conferences (Both Wednesday, October 11) 

The Great Library Renovation & Construction Ideas Bus Tour

SCLA and the Richland County Library are offering a bus tour of three newly renovated and constructed libraries.  Richland County staff and the architects who designed the buildings will introduce you to each building.  Learn how they turned their community’s needs into innovative service ideas and created the spaces needed to make those dreams a reality.

ALA Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Boot Camp

“Who needs libraries?” Beneath those three words is an iceberg of challenges, from delivering on-point messaging, gathering compelling statistics, and the need to re-educate key audiences on the value of libraries, fundamental not only to librarians but to our democratic society at large. The program will cover advocacy basics such as messaging, networking and community engagement.  Intellectual Freedom basics will also be covered.  Attendees will focus on working on an advocacy plan that they can implement in their library.

Prices and more information at the Conference Schedule


Access to Services for You, Your Library, and Your Community

SCLA members can take advantage of numerous personal and professional benefits.  These benefits include:

  • Career resources, such as the Job Board, which provides a listing of career opportunities in library service available in South Carolina and assistance from SCLA members on issues impacting your library and your career.
  • Annual recognition of individuals who made significant contributions to the library community with awards.
  • Opportunities to receive grants and scholarships, such as the ALA Emerging Leader grant.
  • Contributing sessions at the SCLA annual conference and sponsored workshops.
  • Acquire CEUs for training received.
  • Receive registration discounts for the annual conference and continuing education opportunities.
  • Receive discounts on SCLA merchandise.
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