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

We had a great conference!  Join us next year at the Hilton Greenville, October 31-November 2, 2018. We are excited to be partnering with SELA for a joint conference next year. 

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


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,, and click Submit Article to the left or contact Brent Appling, if you have any questions.


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 Pre-Conferences (Both Wednesday, October 11) 

The Great Library Renovation & Construction Ideas Bus Tour

Libraries “Make It Happen” in their communities by being creative, resourceful, innovative, and daring to be different! In the past two years, Richland Library has set new standards for service and excellence in libraries across the country through a comprehensive renovation and construction building program.

SCLA and Richland Library are offering a bus tour of three newly renovated and constructed libraries. Richland Library staff 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. The “Great Library Renovation & Construction Ideas Bus Tour” begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11th at the Downtown Marriott Hotel for a three-hour tour. The tour is limited to 22 people. The cost of the tour is $15 for a SCLA member and $20 for a non-member.

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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