Chapter Education

To assist chapters in meeting the educational needs of its members and the professional requirements of quality education, ALA and ALA members have created a variety of forms, documents and databases which can assist chapter leaders in identifying quality topics, speakers, and programs and understanding the necessary evaluation criteria and processes.

CLM Study Groups

ALA's Guide to Developing a CLM Study Group (PDF) was created to assist chapters with building a successful CLM study group. 

The presentation How to Launch a CLM Study Group (PPT) contains the highlights of the PDF for quick review.


Chapter Education Toolkit

Guidelines for Chapter Presidents and Education Chairs is a practical working guide developed by members of ALA's Regional Leadership Teams to assist chapter leaders in their volunteer duties.

The  Chapter Education Chair Checklist is a helpful companion piece to the guidelines.


Identifying Topics, Speakers, and Programs

Chapter Education Database

The Chapter Education Database is a searchable database housing information from educational events presented by ALA chapters. Chapters are encouraged to use this database as a resource for speaker leads. 

Content Planning

Each ALA Events webpage includes a list of speakers for that particular event as well as the speaker’s biography. Members looking to engage a speaker are advised to conduct their own due diligence. ALA’s Professional Development Team can provide the contact information for any speaker listed on those pages.


Education Evaluation

Individual Session Evaluation Form

Chapter leaders are expected to use the Session Evaluation Form to evaluate the effectiveness of their educational sessions. Completed session evaluation forms should be submitted to the chapter's program coordinator.

Chapter Education Summary Form

The Chapter Education Summary Form is used by chapter leaders to report overall ratings to ALA Headquarters, using uniform session evaluation procedures. The Chapter Education Summary Instructions provide information on the procedures used to calculate the overall ratings, as well as a sample calculation. Direct questions regarding the Chapter Education Database to [email protected].

Access the Chapter Education Database Admin Tool