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About Academic Library Association

ALA National Seminar 2024
ALA National Seminar 2024 at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur

The Academic Library Association (ALA), India is purely a professional society of qualified library and information science professionals.

The Academic Library Association was initially formed on 1st November 1996. 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 overall development of libraries and protect the interests of librarians working in different kinds of libraries. As school libraries are the starting points for creating effective reading culture in the society which becomes the foundation for the growth and development of all types of libraries, including academic libraries, special libraries and public libraries, ALA has special interest in building strong school library system.


Events and Activities

From the beginning itself, ALA has been organising various events for the upliftment of library professionals.

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National Seminars

ALA organises National Seminars every year on latest topics to equip library professionals

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ALA has instituted Life Time Achievement Award and Best Young Librarian Award to recognise the contributions to the profession

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UGC Trainings

ALA organises free UGC coaching to students and young professinals

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Collaboration and consultancy

ALA collaborates with other professional bodies and also provides consultancy for modernisation of libraries


ALA in the News

National Seminar 2024

Role of Libraries in Sustainable Education and Research.

The National Seminar on the Role of Libraries in Sustainable Education and Research was organized in collaboration with the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Kerala Medical Librarians Association (KMLA).

The seminar was inaugurated by Dr. M R Saseendranath, Former Vice Chancellor, Veterinary University on 2 March 2024. About 200 library professionals attended the seminar. Fr. Julious Arakkal CMI, Director, AIMS, Thrissur chaired the session. Dr. Mercy Lydia, Librarian and Research Guide, Karunya University, Coimbatore, delivered the keynote address.

ALA Lifetime Achievement Award and ALA Young Librarian Award were presented to Dr. Humayun Kabir and Ms. Surekha respectively.

ALA National Seminar 2024
ALA National Seminar 2024 at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur
ALA National Seminar 2024
ALA National Seminar 2024 at Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur

ALA Awards

Recent Recipients

Meet the receipients of ALA Awards.

ALA Lifetime Achievement Award 2024

Dr. Humayun Kabir

Former Professor & HoD, Dept. of Library & Information Science, University of Kerala
ALA Best Young Librarian Award 2024

Ms. KR Surekha

UGC Librarian, Govt. College, Chittur, Palakkad
ALA Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

Mr. N. Narayanan Kutty

Former Scientist "G" & Head, Library, VSSC, ISRO
ALA Best Young Librarian Award 2023

Mr. S.L. Faisal

Librarian, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram

Click here for previous recipients...

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