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

South Carolina Library Legislative Day

Thank you to all of the library workers who took the time to visit our South Carolina legislators and promote the importance of libraries in our communities. We want to give a special thanks to Benjamin Higgins, the winner of a one-year SCLA membership drawing for non-SCLA members who participated!

Benjamin is a school library media specialist at Myrtle Beach Middle School. Together with Steven Sims, SCLA Treasurer, he met with Representative Rice's staff, Rodney M. Berry and Pamela Ratliffe. Benjamin stated he was "excited to spend this year learning more about other libraries throughout South Carolina and appreciate the South Carolina Library Association." 


2018 SCLA Award Winners

We are pleased to present the 2018 SCLA Award Winners. This year's winners are making significant contributions to libraries in South Carolina through their hard work and dedication. 




SCLA Member Highlight

Amanda Reed

  • Amanda is the Experience Support Manager at Richland Library
  • You can find Amanda on Instagram @areedlibrary
  • At work and within SCLA: “The team I work with offers support to all departments and locations in regards to public meeting and rental spaces, system-wide projects, scheduling floater coverage, ordering supplies and really anything our staff needs! We are a one-stop-shop for all things library-related. I currently serve as the Secretary for SCLA Board and have served in various positions in years past on the Paraprofessional Round Table. I am grateful to have received the 2017 SCLA Outstanding Paraprofessional Award.”
  • Why SCLA? “I have been an active member in SCLA for the past six years. My interest stemmed from looking for opportunities to gain leadership experience and made it a personal goal of mine to get more paraprofessionals involved in SCLA. Paraprofessionals, or support staff, make up a large number of staff in academic and public libraries; however, training and development opportunities are few and far between for them. I am proud to have been on the original team that started an annual workshop through the SCLA Paraprofessional Round Table. We are in our fifth year of hosting the workshop and have continually gotten 50+ support staff participants!”

Want to be featured in the next Member Highlight? Send your:
1.) Name, Title, Email address, and .jpg thumbnail photo
2.) Optional: Twitter or Instagram name
3.) Library/Institution/Organization name
4.) Something about what you do at work and/or within SCLA (are you a member of any sections, committees, round tables, or interest groups?)
5.) Why did you join SCLA? To: Michelle Rubino, [email protected], SCLA 2nd VP/Membership Chair. All submissions edited for space and content.