The Academic Library Association (ALA), India is purely a professional society of qualified library and information science professionals. Professionals with minimum bachelor degree in library and information science or information documentation can become regular members of the association. Students in library and information science and persons with certificate in library and information science can become Associate Members. On attaining bachelor degree, these memberships will be automatically converted to regular memberships.
The Academic Library Association was initially formed on 1st November 1996. In order to have wider perspective in activities, on 21st December 2013 it has been registered as Academic Library Association and Dr. A.T. Francis, Sri. P.A. Pradeep and Smt. V.S. Swapna were elected as founder President, General Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
The Association secured registration under the Travancore-Cochin, Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act 1955 with Reg. No. TSR/TC/267/2014.
Since its inception, ALA is doing all efforts for the over all development of libraries and protect the interests of librarians working in different libraries. As school libraries are the basis for creating effective reading culture in the society and this becomes foundation for the growth and development of all types of libraries, including public libraries, ALA puts special interest to build strong school library system.
The Association has so far held several discussions, seminars and conferences in this regard which help to formulate policies relating to different aspects of library system and service.