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

2017 Scholarship for Diversity Recipients

This year at the conference, we celebrated 3 scholarship recipients. These scholarships were awarded in the name of the South Carolina Library Association to a library school student(s) of an underrepresented population at the USC College of Mass Communications and Information Studies.  

  • Timothy Kim
  • Maria Mayo
  • Chambrike Teasley 


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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 2017 SCLA Awards

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This year at the 2017 Conference, we announced several awards celebrating individuals and groups who made significant contributions to the library community.  

Innovation Award: Richland Library, Collection Development Department

Outstanding Paraprofessional: Amanda Reed, Richland Library

Outstanding Librarian: Steven Sims, James A. Rogers Library, Francis Marion University

Hall of Fame: Leslie Tetreault, Richland Library

Student Award: Holly Evans: Marion County Library System

New Professional Award: Megan Summers, Charleston County Public Library

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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