Network of Alabama Academic Libraries


Ms. Sheila Snow-Croft
P: (334) 242-2109
The purpose of the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) is to coordinate academic library resource sharing to enhance education and research. NAAL is an unincorporated consortium of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and Alabama’s eligible public and private four-year colleges and universities. In addition, other research libraries not affiliated with educational institutions may join as nonvoting cooperative members.

2020 Alabama Affordable Learning Conference

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) cordially invites you to attend the 2020 Alabama Affordable Learning Conference on Friday, March 20 at Troy University-Montgomery Campus. This all-day event will include presentations by nationally recognized and local speakers about ways to make educational materials, such as college textbooks, more affordable. All faculty and staff at Alabama’s two- and four-year institutions are welcome to attend. This event is free of charge and lunch will be provided.

Please register by Friday, March 13 to confirm attendance and to designate your preferred meal.

Affordable Learning Conference - Registration Form

Where: Troy University - Montgomery Campus
              231 Montgomery Street
              Montgomery AL  36104
Room:   Whitley Hall 2nd Floor Gold Room
When:   March 20, 2020
Time:    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Driving Directions and Parking  (The directions are to Troy University’s Rosa Parks Museum which is directly across the street from the conference location in Whitley Hall)


Want to travel the night before? Reserve a room at the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown for our discounted rate of $139 on March 19th or call 334-265-1010 and use group code "ACH."



2020 NAAL Directors Planning Retreat

When:   April 19-21, 2020
Where:   Hampton Orange Beach, AL


NAAL Directors Planning Retreat - Registration Form

In 1984, the Alabama legislature funded the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries (NAAL) to correct deficiencies in graduate-level library resources identified by an assessment of Alabama’s academic libraries. NAAL was charged with coordinating a statewide program to strengthen and share library resources supporting graduate education and research. Since then, the program has eliminated the requirement that member institutions have graduate programs and expanded its services to greatly improve library resources for all Alabamians. NAAL’s ongoing support for the Alabama Virtual Library and AlabamaMosaic digital collections provides leadership for all types of cultural heritage repositories including public, school, and community college libraries, as well as museums and archives. As a result of NAAL’s vision, all Alabamians have access to high quality information resources at a level unimaginable in 1984.

NAAL seeks to eliminate financial, physical, political, and technological barriers that prevent students and other users from obtaining needed information. NAAL programs and initiatives that significantly improve both the quality and quantity of information resources supporting higher education include:

  • Contributing holdings information to an online catalog, searchable via FirstSearch WorldCat at the Alabama Virtual Library
  • Sharing library materials among all academic libraries and lending without charge to affiliated users in NAAL institutions. Requested items are delivered quickly: electronic transfers arrive within 24 hours while physical items such as books are delivered overnight using a commercial package delivery service.
  • Supporting statewide information needs by lending academic library materials to Alabama public libraries without charge.
  • Assessment of academic library collections to eliminate gaps in acquisitions and achieve a collaborative research-level collection accessible to any Alabama student or researcher.
  • Shared licensing of electronic databases resulting in significant savings for NAAL members.
  • Developing the concept of a statewide virtual library, a set of core information resources supporting educational and lifelong learning needs for all Alabamians, and fostering the coalition that successfully obtained state funding to create the Alabama Virtual Library (AVL). The AVL gained national recognition as a model for other states to emulate.
  • AlabamaMosaic, a digital collection of original and unique treasures documenting Alabama history freely accessible online
  • The Alabama Digital Preservation Network (ADPNet), a distributed digital preservation network for locally created digital content. ADPNet represents a low-cost digital preservation solution for academic institutions, state agencies, and cultural heritage organizations in Alabama.
  • Sponsorship of in-person and online continuing education activities to enhance the skills of information professionals.


Original Organizational Agreement

2019-2020 Executive Council and Officers

Janice Franklin, chair
Alabama State University
Katherine Quinnell, vice-chair
Athens State University
David Moore, past-chair
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Don Gilstrap
University of Alabama
Barbara Kelly
Faulkner University
Derek Malone
University of North Alabama
Robin McGill
Alabama Commission on Higher Education
John Meador
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Annie Payton
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University
Shali Zhang
Auburn University