Professional Organizations

Local & Regional

ARLIS-SC is the Southern California chapter of the Arts Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS).

LA as Subject  is a research alliance dedicated to preserving and improving access to the archival material of Los Angeles history.

Los Angeles Preservation Network (LAPN) is an organization established to meet some of the preservation needs of librarians, archivists, conservators and records managers working in Los Angeles city and county.

Society of California Archivists (SCA) is a professional association devoted to the support and development of individuals and institutions that collect, care for, and provide access to the documentary heritage of California and adjoining areas.

National & International

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS-NA) is an organization devoted to fostering excellence in art and design librarianship and image management.

Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) is an international association dedicated to the preservation and use of moving image media.

Code4Lib is a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology “stuff.”

Dance Heritage Coalition (DHC) is a national alliance of institutions holding significant collections of materials documenting the history of dance.

Society of American Archivists (SAA) is North America’s oldest and largest national archival professional association. SAA is the preeminent source of professional resources and the principal communication hub for American archivists.

Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a global organization for information professionals. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives.

Recommended Readings

A running list of past book club readings and other recommended readings can be be found here.

Social Media & Podcasts

Special Collections and Archives Social Media Wiki is a resource for the library and archives community, providing an aggregate of links to the social media sites that special collections libraries and archives use.

The Signal is the Digital Preservation blog for the Library of Congress.

More Podcast, Less Process is a podcast featuring interviews with archivists, librarians, preservationists, technologists, and information professionals about interesting work and projects within and involving archives, special collections, and cultural heritage.

Lost in the Stacks is a research-library rock’n’roll radio show broadcasting on WREK Atlanta. Each show features an hour of music, interviews, and library talk united by a common theme.

Zines Published By Los Angeles Archivists Collective

Other Resources

AVPreserve is a consulting and software development firm focused on leveraging a deep understanding of technology, information management, business, and people to advance the ways in which information is used for the benefit of individuals, organizations, and causes.

The California Rare Book School (CalRBS) is a continuing education program dedicated to providing the knowledge and skills required by professionals working in all aspects of the rare book community, and for students interested in entering the field.

Digital Curation Google Group is intended to be a public forum that encourages cross-pollination across these project and institutional boundaries in order to foster wider awareness of project- and institution-specific work and encourage further collaboration.

Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.

The Western Archivists Listserv is for archival organizations of the Western United States: the Society of California Archivists (SCA), Conference of Inter-Mountain Archivists (CIMA), Northwest Archivists (NWA), Rocky Mountain Archivists (RMA), and the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA).