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American Library Association (ALA)

This is the professional library organization for all libraries, academic, public and research.  A search engine enables the user to find needed information.


Center for the Book
The Center for the Book was established in 1977* to use the resources and prestige of the Library of Congress to promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy. Within the Library, the center is a focal point for celebrating the legacy of books and the printed word. Outside the Library, the center works closely with other organizations to foster understanding of the vital role of books, reading, libraries and literacy in society. On behalf of books and reading, the Center for the Book serves as an advocate, a catalyst, and a source of ideas--both nationally and internationally.  

Maryland Center for the Book


Maryland Library Association (MLA)
Maryland Library Association provides leadership for those who are committed to libraries by providing opportunities for professional development and communication and by advocating principles and issues related to librarianship and library service. MLA was founded in 1923 to promote library service in the state.  Among members are library staff and trustees, library school students, libraries, and friends of libraries representing the full spectrum of librarianship in Maryland.  In 1974, MLA became a legally chartered non-profit, tax exempt corporation. The Association is a state member of the American Library Association
, with an elected chapter councilor serving on its governing board.


Maryland's Essential Resource for Library Information Networks  (MERLIN)

Network online with this website created to assist library staff to interact through blogs and wikis.  MERLIN is now being presented to you via Joomla, an open source content management system. Participate and contribute:

  • Use the calendars to learn about training and other statewide events.
  • Launch online training.
  • Engage in discussions and share resources on various library-related topcs.
  • Create and contribute to blogs and wikis for statewide committees and projects. 
  • Network with kindred library folk statewide.

Public Library Association (PLA)

PLA is the Public Library association which focuses on the unique needs of the public library.



Sailor is Maryland’s online resource for reference questions and community information.


State Library Resource Center
In 1971, the Central Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library System was designated as the State Library Resource Center. The Center lends books and other materials to libraries in the State Library Network from sources within Maryland and out of State via the Maryland Interlibrary Loan Organization. It also provides information to State government through the Government Reference Service.



Contact Information

Division of Library Development and Services
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  (410) 767-0444
Email:  dnangle@msde.state.md.us
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