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The Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) was founded on May 7, 1993, to encourage the systematic study of Human Resource Development (HRD) theories, processes, and practices; to disseminate information about HRD; to encourage the application of HRD research findings; and to provide opportunities for social interaction among individuals with scholarly and professional interests in HRD from multiple disciplines and from across the globe. This remains the mission today. The organization’s vision is "Leading Human Resource Development through Research.”


The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).


The HR Certification Institute™ (HRCI™), headquartered in the U.S., is the premier credentialing organization for the human resources profession. For 40 years, HRCI has set the standard for HR mastery and excellence around the globe.


The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and its members use evidence-based performance improvement research and practices to effect sustainable, measurable results, and add value to stakeholders in the private, public, and social sectors. Founded in 1962, ISPI is the leading international association dedicated to improving productivity and competence in the workplace. ISPI represents performance improvement professionals throughout the United States, Canada, and 44 other countries.


SHRM is a globally recognized HR professional society that exists to develop and serve the HR professional, and advance and lead the HR profession. SHRM provides education, thought leadership, certification, community and advocacy to enhance the practice of human resource management and the effectiveness of HR professionals in the organizations and communities they serve.  SHRM has more than 575 affiliate chapters both in the United States and abroad, which provide additional programming and networking opportunities in your local area. SHRM chapters are autonomous organizations, so it is not automatic that you will be a member of your local chapter when you join SHRM at the national level, and vice versa.


The Organization Development Institute is a non-profit educational association organized in 1968 to promote an understanding of OD. Every year we publish The International Registry of OD. Professionals and OD. Handbook which lists not just names and addresses but also the credentials of all those registered with us. We include information on all OD/OB academic programs, OD. Networks worldwide and the most recent edition of the International O.D. Code of Ethics. We meet at least twice a year both inside and outside the USA to keep our members and the public informed on recent developments in OD.


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The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment Library (IRLEL) is an Affiliated Library of the UC Berkeley campus. It serves faculty, staff, students, members of the Institute for research on Labor and Employment (formerly the Institute of Industrial Relations), other researchers in the UC system, and the general public. Outreach services are of special import.


LABORNET WAS FOUNDED in 1991 to build a democratic communication network for the labor movement. LaborNet's directors believe that the new communication technology must be put to use to revitalize and rebuild the labor movement.

To that end we established the first regular Labor News web page in the United States. We have continued to work at building up LaborNet not only in the United States but internationally through the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and with other independent labor communicators on the Internet.