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Posted June 25, 2014 by DWOOD

The mission of Librarians Build Communities is “to connect librarians with libraries and community organizations in need of skilled volunteers in order to form meaningful volunteer opportunities and to improve awareness of the expertise librarians possess.” The 2014 Emerging Leaders team (Team F) assigned to Librarians Build Communities (LBC) was asked to build on the work of three previous Emerging Leaders teams. Those teams, from 2011, 2012, and 2013, delved deep into research on how LBC could be structured and promoted, then set up the initial websites and created promotional tools and procedures. We in the 2014 Team began our...

Posted April 1, 2014 by DWOOD

Tired of the drab, uninspiring sales of T-shirts and coffee tumblers to raise funds for your ALA student chapter? Yes, we at Clarion University were too! Let me share with you how holding a literary photo scavenger hunt helped us raise funds for our annual spring trip to Washington, D.C., and not be bored! Faced with offering another boring fundraiser for our ALA student chapter at Clarion University, we decided to do something that would appeal to our entire member base, many of whom are distance students. We landed on the idea of a literary photo scavenger hunt. Our rules were simple. For $10, and the chance to win a Kindle,...

Posted February 21, 2014 by DWOOD

Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. In exchange for working four hours a day (or a total of 16 hours), these students participating in the ALA Student to Staff Program receive free conference registration, housing, and a per diem for meal expenses. During free time, students attend programs and participate in other conference activities. This year’s students are  (in alphabetical order by last name of student): Grace Atkins—University of Texas—Austin (TX) Nick Auricchio—University of California—Los Angeles (CA)...

Posted February 10, 2014 by DWOOD

Twenty-eight Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $35, now through August 31, 2014. Although you are most welcome to continue to join ALA and one of the participating Chapters by completing and mailing in a joint membership brochure, ALA encourages you to join online by completing the secure forms found at the joint membership program page. If you join 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...

Posted February 10, 2014 by DWOOD

Your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, needs your help to support libraries in your state. If you’re not already a member, now, right now, is a good time to join! Indeed, it’s not only a good time 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 within your state. Your Chapter membership will also benefit you personally and professionally: You’ll receive discounts for attending your state association’s annual conference;...

Posted May 17, 2013 by CCOLEMAN

Chicago, IL (5/16/2013) – The American Library Association (ALA) and UMB CardPartner (cardpartner.com) have launched The American Library Association affinity Visa®Platinum Rewards credit card, expanding its Affinity/MVP Programs for ALA members. The American Library Association Visa® Platinum Rewards card offers qualified cardholders exceptional benefits including competitive rates and terms. “Using the American Library Association Visa® affinity Platinum Rewards credit card for everyday purchases is an easy way for ALA personal members to both support ALA, while gaining the benefits offered via...

Posted May 10, 2013 by CCOLEMAN

 June 6 - ALA Virtual Membership Meeting 2013 CHICAGO - ALA President Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and the Committee on Membership Meetings (COMM) invite all ALA personal members to register for and to participate in ALA’s annual online Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM13) that takes place on Thursday, June 6 from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT. The meeting will begin with a “State of the Association” update and a recap of initiatives during Ms. Sullivan’s Presidential year, an update about ALA’s 2015 Strategic Plan from Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and a financial update by James (...

Posted April 2, 2013 by DWOOD

Twenty-four state library associations (Chapters) now offer joint student membership with the American Library Association. If you're a student, this very minute is the perfect time to join ALA and your state library association for one low price of $35 through the ALA joint membership program. Student membership is a special discounted membership available for students engaged in a program of study or certification in MLS/ MLIS, NCATE, or LTA programs for no more than 5 total years of eligibility. My best suggestion is don’t hesitate to find out all you can about ALA student membership! You’re sure to discover how to put together...

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