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The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field. NCSLMA's current President, President-Elect, and Past President serve as liaisons to AASL's Affiliate Assembly at ALA's Annual and Midwinter conferences.
The ALA Constitution states the purpose of ALA as, “The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship.” The stated mission is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” ALA provides a searchable database of ALA Accredited MLS programs.