Identifying professional library associations was a challenge. I did not want to research the Michigan Library Association (MLA) and the American Library Association (ALA) and be too cliché. I asked my co-workers about what memberships they maintained. All of them belonged to the MLA and various other non-library organizations, but no other library association. Like my coworkers, I already am professional member of MLA. Therefore I felt it was appropriate to explore other organizations outside of the MLA and ALA.
I have another class this semester with Dr. Anghelescu, and she often talks about the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). IFLA is very interesting to me because of my background in history. From the IFLA (2013) website:
IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Our aims are to:
Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services
Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services
Represent the interests of our members throughout the world.