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New ALA report highlights libraries as engines of entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. —People of all ages and backgrounds come to libraries to transform new business ideas into reality. "The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship" (pdf), a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), highlights how public and academic libraries leverage their diverse resources to work with entrepreneurs during all stages of the business start-up process—from writing a business plan and raising capital to performing market analysis and prototyping.

Through organizational membership in ALA, your library gains a unique opportunity to have its  concerns clearly heard at the national level. Joining ALA is a benefit to your organization and in maintaining a strong a voice in the future of America’s libraries. Eligibility includes all types of libraries, not-for-profit schools conducting programs of library education, and other not-for-profit organizations including library associations, affiliated organizations, and international organizations. 

ALA works to increase public awareness about the value of libraries to our communities. Organizational members can take advantage of many ALA programs and events to help expand staff skills and services. Joining ALA offers your library a wide range of benefits, including discounts such as professional publications, employment and management resources, human resource and managerial resources, information, and important library-related insurance.


Organizational Member Dues Information

Rates effective September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018.

$175 - Very Small Library
$300 - Small
$500 - Medium
$1,300 - Large
$2,000 - Very Large

$150 - Other —includes Chapters and Affiliates, International Libraries, and non-profit organizations other than libraries

Size Public Libraries
by Service Population
School Libraries
by # of Students in the District
Academic Libraries
by Student FTE
Very Small <10,000 Any single building or district <300 <1,000
Small 10k - 24k 300 - 499 1k-3k
Medium 25k - 99k 500-749 3k-10k
Large 100 - 499k 750-999 10k-30k
Very Large >500k >1,000 >30k

State Library Agencies need to self-identify as Very Small to Very Large based on their total budgets minus any "pass through" funds.

Organizational Membership in ALA Divisions

Dues rates effective September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018.

ALA Division Dues
American Association of School Librarians (AASL) $75
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) $86
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) $55
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) $125
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) $61*
Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) $65
Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) $90
Public Library Association (PLA) $103
Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) $80
United for Libraries:  The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations $55
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) $71

* ASCLA membership for state libraries is $500.

Organizational Membership in ALA Round Tables

ALA Round Table Dues
Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange (EMIERT) $25
Exhibits ( ERT) $30
Federal and Armed Forces Librarians (FAFLRT) $30
Games & Gaming (GameRT) $20
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBTRT) $20
Government Documents (GODORT) $35
Intellectual Freedom (IFRT) $20
International Relations (IRRT) $15
Learning (LearnRT) $50
Library History (LHRT) $100
Library Instruction (LIRT) $25
Library Research (LRRT) $25
Library Support Staff Interests (LSSIRT) $10
Map and Geospatial Information (MAGIRT) $60
New Members ( NMRT) $50
Retired Members (RMRT) $50
Social Responsibilities (SRRT) $20
Staff Organizations (SORT) $6
Sustainability (SustainRT) $25
Video (VRT) $35