- Developing an understanding of the place that libraries should take in advancing the educational, cultural, and economic life of the state.
- Promoting the expansion and improvement of library service.
- Fostering activities towards these ends.
About GLA and its Membership
The Georgia Library Association was founded in 1897 to facilitate partnership among Georgia’s librarians, many of whom had previously found themselves isolated in their work. With the advent of this professional network, librarians and library staff could work cooperatively with their peers to develop library services throughout the state.
Since its founding, the Georgia Library Association has been a leader in library innovation and professional librarianship. The Georgia Library Association builds on this tradition by continuing to work diligently, advocating for funding for public and school libraries, promoting and providing opportunities for librarians’ professional development, and supporting the development of technology and systems in libraries.
GLA’s strength has always been its dedicated membership, the people who are willing to give their time, hard work, and talents to provide advocacy and leadership in shaping the future of Georgia’s libraries. Members come together to discuss common interests and to meet the challenges facing libraries today. Currently GLA has more than 800 members – librarians, trustees, paraprofessionals, friends, students, and others – representing libraries of all sizes and types, such as school, public, academic, and special! GLA welcomes new members, who enrich the association with fresh ideas, new energy, and diverse library experience and voices!
GLA Events and Activities
GLA holds its Annual Conference and preconference workshops in October. There is also a Planning/Leadership Workshop every year, as well as a Legislative Day with coordination at the local, state, and national levels. Divisions and Interest Groups sponsor continuing education workshops throughout the year at various locations.
A listserv, GLA-L is intended to provide an ongoing forum for members to share ideas, learn quickly of developments in the state, and keep up with association news and business. GLA’s quarterly journal focuses on themes of importance to the membership.
GLA annually presents the Hubbard and Beard scholarships to two outstanding graduate students in Library and Information Science who in turn agree to take professional positions in Georgia for at least one year after graduation. A number of former Hubbard and Beard recipients have remained beyond that time, a welcome addition to the ranks of Georgia librarians and GLA members. In 1997, an additional Centennial Scholarship was also awarded.
GLA regularly honors notable achievers in Georgia librarianship through the Georgia Library Trustees’ Award, the McJenkin-Rheay Award, and the Nix-Jones Award.
GLA has membership in, is affiliated with, or sponsors the following professional organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), American Association of School Librarians (AASL): Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Council of Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Affiliates, Public Library Association (PLA), Freedom to Read Foundation, Southeastern Library Association (SELA), and Georgia Association of Media Assistants (GAMA).
For more information
If you have questions or need additional information about GLA membership, please contact GLA Administrative Services at
Georgia Library Association
Rex, Georgia 30273