The following list presents the AILA goals and activities in unranked order.


  1. promotes the establishment, maintenance, and upgrading of Indian libraries on or near reservations and in other rural and urban areas;
  2. develops criteria and standards for Indian libraries, and works for their adoption by other associations and accrediting agencies;
  3. provides technical assistance to Indian tribes on the establishment and maintenance of archival services;
  4. builds support for the development of Indian information networks, facilitating the exchange of information among Indian tribes, and also among these groups and major institutions maintaining Indian archives;
  5. educates legislators, public officials, and the general public about the library/information needs of Indians communities;
  6. brings together those interested in Indian libraries and cultures at ALA conferences and other library and educational conferences;
  7. helps members of individual Indian communities to gain access to and use existing libraries to their best advantage;
  8. works to enhance the capability of libraries to assist tribes and individual Indian authors in writing tribal histories and other Indian-related works;
  9. encourages and helps to coordinate and plan the development of courses, workshops, institutes, and internships on Indian library services;
  10. develops grant proposals and conducts fund-raising activities to support these and other Indian library projects;
  11. helps develop awareness in the majority society that Indian people desire library information resources to help unlock their potential.

Excerpted from “Retaining Cultural Identity in a Transformed Future: The American Indian Library Association Response to ALA Goal 2000” by Loriene Roy. In Equal Voices Many Choices: Ethnic Library Organizations Respond to ALA’s Goal 2000. American Library Association , 1997, pp. 23-24.