Built by Association – Making Connections, Joining Forces

Posted on February 12, 2016

By Tina Creguer

Pop quiz. Are these organizations real or made up?

  • 1904 World’s Fair Association
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • National Clogging Organization
  • National Space Club
  • American Association of Independent Music (A2IM)

All five are real, thriving organizations – and someone in your community may benefit from connecting with them. Tens of thousands of nonprofit associations across the United States bring people with similar interests and needs together. Whether for shared business interests or unusual collections, people value the ability to find like-minded organizations and individuals to work together.

The resource that many rely on to pinpoint valuable information for more than 24,000 associations, both national and multi-national, is the venerable Encyclopedia of Associations. This foundational reference work features both updated content and searchability and is available in print and online through Gale Directory Library.

Information includes much more than you’d find in a standard Internet search, bringing together multiple entries by topic and uniformly providing contact information, founding date, purpose, activities, dues, conferences, and much more. It’s the most comprehensive collection of U.S.-based national nonprofit membership associations and other organizations in the world.

To ensure completeness and reliability, entries are verified and updated each year, so you know your library users will have accurate information.

With Gale Directory Library, you can make information accessible digitally anytime, anywhere. By setting up persistent links, your staff, members, students, and others can access the Encyclopedia of Associations wherever and whenever they need them (e.g., intranet sites such as SharePoint, course management tools, and more). Library users find relevant results quickly and make informed decisions.

Help your patrons connect with causes, organizations, and ideals that matter to them.


Request a free trial of Encyclopedia of Associations and other great GDL directories today.



tina.creguerAbout the Author

Tina has been a library fan-girl since childhood, when she visited weekly with her family.  She can be found many mornings standing outside her hometown library at opening time, waiting to nab a study room.



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