Membership Blogs

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...

Posted August 24, 2011 by DWOOD

The Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) fall online learning schedule is now available and includes new courses on health reference and spatial literacy. RUSA’s online learning opportunities are open to any interested participant. Students will find these courses to be an excellent opportunity to delve into an area of specialty not covered in library school. With the exception of Readers Advisory 101, all courses are asynchronous—participants log into the course at classes.ala.org and complete weekly coursework at their own pace. Student members of ALA pay just $100 per course! More information about...

Posted August 10, 2011 by DWOOD

A new FAQ, ALA Student Chapter Answers, helps explain how the ALA and ALA Student Chapters partnership works and provides easy access to ALA resources for Student Chapters. It also shows ways to get involved in ALA Student Chapters and ALA. Questions answered include: "What Are ALA Student Chapters?"; "How Do I Start a Student Chapter" and Why, or The Benefits!"; "What Can the ALA Student Chapters Do for Themselves and Others?"; "What Else Does ALA Offer Student Chapters?"; and "Where to Find Additional Resources for ALA Student Chapters." In addition to answering...

Posted July 27, 2011 by DWOOD

By completing this 20-minute survey, Welcome to the 2011 ALA Student Chapters Survey, you will provide ALA 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. Please help publicize this survey widely to Student Chapter members, elected officers, faculty advisers, directors, deans, and anyone else associated with ALA Student Chapters. Specifically, this survey is designed to: Gather information that will result in helping all student chapters by finding and sharing best...