Student Member Blog

Posted September 15, 2017 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, 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 ever—to support your state library association’s efforts to advocate for and support libraries, librarians, and library workers within your state....

Posted August 11, 2017 by DWOOD

In or around the second week of November each year, each school affiliated with ALA with an ALA Student Chapter will be invited to nominate one and only one student to participate in the Student-to-Staff Program (S2S). S2S provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 40 students engaged in ALA Student Chapters both to attend an ALA Annual Conference and to work behind-the-scenes with ALA staff. Calls for nomination will be sent to the Student Chapter business e-list. Faculty advisors are asked not to send nominations now or through regular e-mail. Instead, faculty advisors will be asked to complete a...

Posted August 11, 2017 by DWOOD

Forty-three 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. New program partners in 2017 are Colorado Association of Libraries, Nebraska Library Association, and the New Hampshire Library Association. (Updated on 9/1/17) 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...

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...

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...

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...

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