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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW LIBRARIES (AALL)
The American Association of Law Libraries is a nonprofit educational organization with over 5,000 members nationwide. Our members respond to the legal and governmental information needs of legislators, judges, and other public officials at all levels of government, corporations and small businesses, law professors and students, attorneys, and members of the general public.

AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA)
The American Library Association is a nonprofit educational organization of 58,000 librarians, library educators, information specialists, library trustees, and friends of libraries representing public, school, academic, state, and specialized libraries dedicated to the improvement of library and information services. A new five-year initiative, ALA Goal 2000, aims to have ALA and librarianship be as closely associated with the public's right to a free and open information society--intellectual participation--as it is with the idea of intellectual freedom.

ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH LIBRARIES (ARL)
The Association of Research Libraries is a not-for-profit organization representing 120 research libraries in the United States and Canada. Its mission is to identify and influence forces affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly communication. ARL programs and services promote equitable access to, and effective use of, recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research, scholarship, and community service.

CHIEF OFFICERS OF STATE LIBRARY AGENCIES (COSLA)
The Chief Officers of State Library Agencies is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its purpose is to identify and address issues of common concern and national interest; to further state library agency relationships with federal government and national organizations; and to initiate cooperative action for the improvement of library services to the people of the United States.

MEDICAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (MLA)
The Medical Library Association is a professional organization representing more than 6,000 individuals and 1,200 institutions in the health information field. MLA's members are involved in the management and dissemination of biomedical information to support patient care, education, and research.

SPECIAL LIBRARIES ASSOCIATION (SLA)
The Special Libraries Association is an international professional association serving more than 14,000 members of the information profession, including special librarians, information managers, brokers, and consultants. The Association has 56 regional/state chapters in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Arabian Gulf States and 28 divisions representing subject interests or specializations. Special libraries/information centers can be found in organizations with specialized or focused information needs, such as corporations, law firms, news organizations, government agencies, associations, colleges, museums, and hospitals.

URBAN LIBRARIES COUNCIL
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) is an association of large public libraries and corporations which serve them, organized to solve common problems, better understand new opportunities, and conduct applied research which improves professional practice. Full membership in ULC is open to public libraries in metropolitan areas, and to the corporations which serve them. Current library members (115+) provide public library services to over half the population of the United States.