Membership Blogs

Posted October 1, 2012 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. In their free time, they may attend meetings, programs, and other conference events. 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...

Posted August 15, 2012 by DWOOD

The Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association, is offering a special student registration rate to the 2012 LITA National Forum to a limited number of graduate students enrolled in ALA accredited programs.   The Forum will be held October 5-7, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, OH.  To learn more about the Forum, visit the LITA website. In exchange for the discounted registration, students will assist the LITA organizers and the Forum presenters with the on-site operations for the Forum. This year’s theme is “New World of Data....

Posted July 3, 2012 by DWOOD

Add your voice to library advocacy within your state by joining your state library association—also known as an ALA Chapter. Once you become a member, you will begin contributing to your state library association’s efforts to advocate for and support libraries, librarians, and library workers within your state. In addition, you will benefit personally and professionally by receiving discounts for attending your association’s annual conference, networking with other students, librarians, and library workers, participating in the opportunities to mentor, and learning about other opportunities and services available...

Posted June 13, 2012 by DWOOD

We surveyed the ALA Student Chapters this past March to determine how they use social networking tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Tumblr, to connect with members and disseminate information. The results are now available in a PDF. Of the 56 active ALA Student Chapters surveyed, with a response rate near 50 percent, we found that Chapters use a variety of tools. However, Student Chapters reported uncertainty about whether their members are actually looking for them online. They wondered whether LIS students really want to add yet another blog to their Google Reader or get yet another Facebook message about an event...

Posted April 30, 2012 by DWOOD

The 2012 Emerging Leaders Team G is exploring ways to transform and extend the former American Library Association (ALA) annual volunteer service day, Libraries Build Communities, into Librarians Build Communities (LBC). The newly named and purposed LBC, which will replace the annual volunteer event at ALA, would provide libraries and other community organizations with librarian-volunteers all year round. Team G envisions Librarians Build Communities as a national volunteer program that connects librarians and library staff interested in volunteering with community organizations in need of their specialized skill sets....

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—...