Membership Blogs

Posted May 7, 2018 by DWOOD

Forty-four Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $40, now through August 31, 2018. Dues increase to $42 on September 1, 2018. ALA encourages you to join and renew online by completing the secure forms found at the joint membership program page. If you join or renew online, ALA membership and the participating Chapters each receive a receipt that day of your having joined! And you save the cost of mailing or faxing your application! These are the 44 state library associations participating in the joint student membership program: Alabama...

Posted May 7, 2018 by DWOOD

Planning on being a leader in the American Library Association (ALA) after you graduate? Great! For students, the best way to start gaining leadership skills and more is by participating in one of the ALA Student Chapters. Student Chapters enhance students’ ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses. Individuals currently enrolled in a traditional or distance program of study in MLS/MLIS, CAEP, or LTA schools are eligible for ALA student membership. Through its Scholarship Program, ALA is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this...

Posted May 7, 2018 by DWOOD

Your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, offers a wide range of benefits and services—and needs your help—and you need its help, as well!—to support libraries in your state. Its members are employed in all types of libraries: academic, public, school, and special. If you're not already a member, strengthen library advocacy by joining today! Indeed, it’s not only a good day to join, with budget cuts and worse directed at libraries in many states, it’s also imperative—now more than ever—to support your state library association’s efforts to advocate for and support libraries, librarians, and library workers...

Posted April 24, 2018 by DWOOD

The New Members Round Table (NRMT) of the American Library Association Student Chapter of the Year Award Committee (SCOTYA) congratulates the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies Student Association as the winner of the 2018 ALA Student Chapter of the Year Award. The SCOTYA Committee was impressed by University of North Carolina (UNCG) at Greensboro’s Library and Information Studies Student Association’s outreach to distance education students. The association hosted meetups in several locations for distance students and utilized a variety of tools to communicate with members....

Posted January 26, 2018 by DWOOD

If you're not a member of your state library association, you're missing out on many opportunities—for you, your career, and your local libraries! Your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, offers a wide range of benefits and services—and needs your help—and you need its help, as well!—to support libraries in your state. Its members are employed in all types of libraries: academic, public, school, and special. If you're not already a member, today, is a good time to join! Indeed, it’s not only a good day to join, with budget cuts and worse directed at libraries in many states, it’s also imperative—now more than...

Posted December 18, 2017 by DWOOD

Forty student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, La., June 21-26. Established in 1973, the program allows 40 students, both ALA members and members of their school's ALA student chapter, to attend and participate in an annual conference in exchange for working 16 hours for ALA staff during the conference. These students also receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meals. Students are selected and nominated by their faculty advisors. Criteria include that each student must be a current ALA...

Posted November 28, 2017 by DWOOD

How would you like to spend a month in beautiful London, England, while earning graduate course credits? If yes, then come along with us next June on British Studies 2018, a month-long study abroad program hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), for on-site lectures and guided tours of some of the U.K.’s most important and historic libraries, archives, and special collections. The program is offered June 1 to July 2nd, 2018, and carries six hours of credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Students...

Posted September 28, 2017 by DWOOD

Want to be active in your profession after you graduate? Of course, you do! One of the best ways to accomplish your goal—and, by the way, contribute to your community!—is by participating in one of the 57 active ALA Student Chapters. What do Student Chapters accomplish? Much! Learn how: ALA Student Chapter Answers Where Can I Find an Overview of ALA and Chapters? How Do I Contact Other Student Chapters? Transforming the American Library Association Student Chapter at University of Southern California (9/6/16) My Chapter Is Looking for Ideas for Fundraising Activities. Where Can We Find Some? And Information about Jobs? And...