Professional Organizations

In addition to the resources available at METRO, many other New York-based organizations offer support for library professionals (see our Community Partners as well). The following are just some of the organizations based here that focus on library issues:

Art Libraries Society of New York (ARLIS/New York)
The local chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America publishes a newsletter and a directory of members, and holds several meetings throughout the year. Members include art librarians, both active and retired, and visual resource curators from academic, museum, public, and other special libraries, as well as specialized book dealers and graduate students in library and information sciences from the New York City area.

Greater New York Chapter of the Music Library Association
The Greater New York Chapter brings together members from Princeton to the Pierpont Morgan Library and from Sarah Lawrence College to Stony Brook. The chapter offers an annual meeting, a listserv, and a newsletter designed to support the extraordinary concentration of music libraries and archives in this area, representing collections of remarkable breadth and depth.

Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter/Association of College and Research Libraries, Inc. (ACRL-NY)
The local chapter of ALA's Association of College and Research Libraries offers a quarterly newsletter, a listserv, and an annual conference. Recent annual conference topics have included "What's in a Name? Defining Our Profession," "Learning Outcomes Assessment: A Step Forward," and "Information Literacy and the Academic Library: Choices and Challenges."

Law Library Association Greater New York Chapter (LLAGNY)
LLAGNY is an association of 700 librarians in New York County, as well as the adjoining counties in New York and New Jersey. Members may join a number of committees including Advertising, Corporate Sponsorship, Education, Grants/Scholarships, MCLE/Teaching Legal Research, Membership, Placement/Interns, Pro-Bono, Public Relations, Special Events, Technology, Union List and Volunteers. The association offers six educational meetings per year, a bi-monthly newsletter and periodic luncheons.

Library Careers NY 
The New York State Library careers web site includes:

Medical Library Association New York/New Jersey Chapter
This association of over 300 members offers a listserv, special interest groups, a quarterly newsletter, and a variety of professional development opportunities, including continuing education workshops that are often approved for MLA CE hours, a two-day annual meeting in the fall and a spring dinner meeting.

New York Archivists Round Table (NYART)
NYART represents a diverse group of more than 330 archivists, librarians, and records managers in the New York metropolitan area. It is one of the largest local organizations of its kind in the United States with members representing more than 160 repositories. NYART offers monthly meetings from September to June, a Membership Guide to link members to a network of colleagues and repositories, a bulletin board, and fall and spring workshops each year.
New York Library Association
The New York Library Association (NYLA) is the voice of the library community in New York. NYLA, established by Melvil Dewey in 1890, is the oldest state library association in the country and represents school, college, special and public libraries, library staff, trustees, and students from around the state. NYLA is dedicated to advocating on behalf of all libraries and library staff in Albany and serves as the spokesperson on library matters to the media and public policymakers. 
New York City School Library Association
The New York City School Librarians’ Association (NYCSLA) is a local affiliate of the School Librarians’ Media Specialist section of the New York Librarians’ Association. Our members are librarians or teachers who work in libraries in the public schools in New York City, as well as graduate students and professors of library schools, and professionals interested in promoting libraries in New York City schools.

The New York Library Club
This group is open to anyone with an interest in libraries, library scholarship and education, the book trade or publication, preservation, or information analysis and management. Members include special librarians, school media specialists, public and academic librarians, corporate analysts, publishers, book dealers, conservationists, career consultants, system managers, schools of information/library science professionals, and information entrepreneurs. In addition to several meetings each year, this group awards annual monetary awards to New York area graduate library schools for use by one of the school's students.

Special Library Association - New York Chapter (SLA-NY)
The largest of SLA's 57 chapters, the 1300 members of SLA-NY reflect New York City's prominence in finance, communications, science and the arts and make this organization a unique resource. The group offers chapter meetings, six subject-oriented groups, a quarterly newsletter, continuing education opportunities, a listserv, and a variety of programs that link the information community, including an Annual Career Day, scholarships and mentoring.

Special Library Association - Hudson Valley Chapter
The Hudson Valley Chapter is comprised of 100-120 members from Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties in Southeastern New York State. The Chapter offers several meetings each year, a discussion list, and a newsletter.

Metropolitan Catholic College Librarians Chapter, Catholic Library Association - Greater New York City Area (MCCLC)
MCCLC is a regional chapter of the Catholic Library Association located in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, with members from Catholic colleges and universities throughout the NYC region. The group hosts two events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring.