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PaLA Personal Members

Who are Personal Members?

Personal Members of PaLA are individuals who support libraries through membership in PaLA. 



  • PaLA is the only association in Pennsylvania that advocates for all types of libraries - public, academic, school and special - and provides a voice for Pennsylvania's librarians, support staff, trustees and friends
  • Sponsorship of state legislative activities and participation in national efforts in cooperation with other state and national library organizations
  • Stay informed about state and federal library issues with electronic issues of the PaLA Bulletin (4 issues a year)
  • A partner in the fight against censorship
  • Award programs honoring outstanding library service
  • Support for library service to children and older adults
  • Promotion of lifelong learning and literacy
  • Promotion of Pennsylvania libraries through association activities and exhibits at state and national conferences


Image of Members Only Benefits

  • Connect with a network of colleagues who will provide valuable assistance in professional development
  • Access to the online membership directory of colleagues working in all types of libraries across Pennsylvania
  • 24-hour jobline for employment listings
  • Numerous networking opportunities to meet with peers and expand the circle of valuable library contacts through state, regional and local activities
  • Access to our Members Only section of the web site

Professional Development

  • Annual state conference, chapter meetings and other professional development and educational opportunites in cooperation with other library organizations and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries
  • The PaLA Bulletin, which provides librarians with opportunities to be published
  • Input about speakers and topics through their local chapter, divisions and round tables
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills


  • Awards, scholarships and continuing education grants
  • Education and information sharing for library support staff
  • Earn ALA accredited MLS degree online through Drexel University and receive a 20% tuition discount

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