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 

The call for conference program proposals is now availableThis year’s conference theme is "Libraries Make It Happen!" The focus is on the power of libraries to change lives.

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


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2017 Paraprofessionals: Leading from the Front Lines

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 Richland Library Main

Join us for a fun, informative day specially catered to Paraprofessionals!  Come meet with other Paraprofessionals from around the state to gain new insights, ideas and tools to bring back to your locations.

Cost: $15.00 for SCLA Members and SLIS Students, $25.00 for Non-Members 

Register Today!

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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