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Posted April 26, 2017 by DWOOD

Forty-two Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2017. New program partners in 2017 are Colorado Association of Libraries and the New Hampshire Library Association. Dues increase by $2.00 after August 31, 2017. Join today! 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!...

Posted April 7, 2017 by DWOOD

One of the best ways to be active in your profession before you graduate—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 and Resources 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 Information about Scholarships?...

Posted February 22, 2017 by DWOOD

After the October 2016 hurricane that struck North Carolina, MLS Students at East Carolina University provided the "Gift of Literacy" to affected schools and libraries. North Carolinians faced significant challenges in 2016 stemming from a Category 5 hurricane to wild fires. Many students enrolled in East Carolina University’s MLS program were personally impacted, as were their neighbors, schools, and libraries. For these reasons, the program’s ALA Student Chapter’s annual Holiday Book Drive was even more motivated to bring “the gift of literacy” to communities in dire need. This annual tradition has placed over 25,000 books in the...

Posted December 21, 2016 by DWOOD

Forty student members of the American Library Association (ALA) will participate in the ALA Student-to-Staff program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., June 22-27. 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 December 6, 2016 by DWOOD

Forty Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2017. New program partners in 2016 are Florida Library Association, Idaho Library Association, and Vermont Library Association. ALA asks 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 40 state library associations participating...

Posted November 29, 2016 by DWOOD

Want to start being active in your profession and also gain leadership skills and more before you graduate? One of the best ways is through one of the 57 active ALA Student Chapters. Student Chapters enhance students’ ALA membership by providing leadership and programming opportunities on the campuses. ALA student members at the master’s level and beyond are eligible to form official ALA Student Chapter groups at schools offering ALA-accredited programs of library and information services, or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an NCATE/AASL-accredited program. So, if your campus does not have a Student...

Posted November 29, 2016 by DWOOD

Want to save money and advocate for libraries, nationally and in your own state? Join the American Library Association and your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter, right this very minute. Let me show you how! Forty-one Chapters (aka state library associations) partner with ALA to offer students the opportunity to join them and ALA for one low price of $38, now through August 31, 2017. ALA asks 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...

Posted November 7, 2016 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 2017, 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-July 2, 2017, and carries six hours of credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully-accredited institution of higher learning. Students participating in...

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