Membership Blogs

Posted April 18, 2012 by DWOOD

Three categories of joint memberships are offered by the American Library Association: Joint Student Membership, Joint Library Support Staff Membership, and Joint Trustee Membership. Now join online via ALA’s secure database! If you prefer to pay by check or money order, you may also complete and mail in a paper form! Twenty Chapters (state library associations) allow students to join them and ALA for one low price of $35, from now through August 31, 2012. Eight Chapters (state Library Associations) allow library support staff to join them and ALA for one low price of $65, from now through August 31, 2012. Following up on the...

Posted March 19, 2012 by DWOOD

Between Thanksgiving and the last days of December 2011, students in East Carolina University’s Master of Library Science department, in Greenville, North Carolina, gathered 239 books and materials to donate to homeless shelters, after-school programs, hospitals, and libraries in communities throughout North Carolina. This was students’ sixth year participating in the ECU-ALA Student Chapter Holiday Book Drive, in which library science students—inspired by the idea of giving the gift of literacy—collect gently used books from friends, co-workers, students and their families, and from their own collections at...

Posted January 31, 2012 by DWOOD

Forty ALA Student Chapter members were nominated by their schools and were accepted to assist ALA staff during the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. 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): Elizabeth Anastasi—State University of New York, Albany (NY) Elizabeth Borghi—...

Posted January 25, 2012 by DWOOD

I urge each of you to send this message to your own student chapter e-list, encouraging everyone not only to sign the White House petition Ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program but also to broadcast to their friends and colleagues the necessity of gathering the sufficient number of signatures by the February 4 deadline. As of January 30, we are 3,189 signatures away from our mark. This amounts to only 55 signatures per student chapter! Here are two readymade Tweets: We love libraries & can get all 2,500 signatures for school libraries by Feb. 4! http://wh.gov/Wgd...

Posted December 7, 2011 by DWOOD

There are many reasons to join your state library association, also known as an ALA Chapter. Besides receiving discounts for attending their annual conferences, your state library association provides networking, mentoring, and all kinds of other opportunities and services! Most importantly, you have the opportunity to contribute to your state association’s efforts to advocate for the library profession and your own state’s libraries. Visit ALA’s state and regional chapters page and contact your state library association for how to join today! Not surprisingly, the American Library Association has affiliate...

Posted December 6, 2011 by DWOOD

Each Annual Conference ALA provides a great opportunity for 40 students engaged in ALA Student Chapters to participate in the Student-to-Staff Program. In exchange for working 16 hours for an ALA division or office during the conference, these students receive free registration, free housing, and a per diem for meals so they can attend meetings, programs, and events in their free time. To qualify for the Student-to-Staff Program, the student must be: A current ALA member; A member of a student Chapter He or she cannot have previously participated in the program; and Please note: All students selected must be ALA members and...

Posted November 1, 2011 by DWOOD

The 2011 ALA Student Chapters Survey was conducted over a three-month period (July 2011 through October 2011). The results are in and can be found posted at the Student Chapter Leadership group on ALA Connect. Thanks to everyone who completed this 20-minute survey. You have provided us with invaluable information that no doubt will result in your having a greater ALA Student Chapter experience and in helping to ensure a greater ALA Student Chapter experience for future Student Chapter members. A disheartening finding is that only just over 51 percent of the students answering the survey belong to their state library association....

Posted September 21, 2011 by DWOOD

If you're a student, join your Chapter and ALA for one low price of $35, anytime from now through August 31, 2012.  At this time it is not possible to apply online for joint membership; however, it's an easy three-step process. To apply for joint membership, visit Joint Membership Program and find out if your Chapter participates in the program (so far, only 18 Chapters have arranged for this opportunity): Find your appropriate application (a PDF); Print it out; and Mail or fax (312-280-4392) application to the ALA Chapter Relations Office. Need more than one form? Membership brochures are printed on...