Membership Blogs

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...

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...

Posted March 28, 2013 by DWOOD

Find out how to get involved in your association, your state library association, and your Student Chapter by learning more about ALA Student Membership! Students  enrolled in MLS/MLIS, NCATE and LTA programs are eligible for ALA’s discounted student membership dues (i.e., joining a division or a round table after first joining ALA), including joint membership dues to join both ALA and your state library association. Students are encouraged to participate in ALA activities, including committee work, conferences, and programs. First of all, there are two types of student membership: Regular student membership in ALA is...

Posted March 11, 2013 by DWOOD

Other than being in your favorite library and exploring all it has to offer, of course, another way to love libraries—and find more ways to support all libraries—is by joining fellow library lovers at I Love Libraries on Facebook—well over 46,800 strong! Everyone all over the world is welcome at I Love Libraries on Facebook. Here you’ll find links to stories; pictures and quotes about libraries; and very likely you’ll meet friends and colleagues, as well as make new ones.  Come back often and learn some of the latest news about libraries, librarians, library workers, and library students,...

Posted February 15, 2013 by DWOOD

Planning on being active in your association after you graduate? Great! For students, the best place to start being active and also gain leadership skills and more is through one of the 56 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...

Posted January 10, 2013 by DWOOD

If you want to purchase bookmarks and posters to participate in Money Smart Week, April 20-27, 2013, a national initiative between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances, ALA needs your order form by February 6. You may view the bookmarks and posters on page Money Smart Week Promotional Materials before ordering them on the 2013 Money Smart Week Order Form. Bookmarks are sold in packs of 250 @ $10 per pack. View the bookmark here: 2013 Money Smart Week Bookmark (PDF); posters (24"x36") are sold @ $10...

Posted December 14, 2012 by DWOOD

Twenty-three 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, 2013. 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...

Posted December 10, 2012 by DWOOD

Forty ALA student chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. 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): Mallory Arents—Syracuse University (NY) Jay Ballenberger—Emporia State...