Make the Case For Your Organization to Pay for Your ALA Membership

Make your case for ALA membership — or renewal.  

Show how much more valuable you will be to your organization. Your employer is more likely to cover all or some of the cost of membership in your professional organization if you clearly communicate the benefits.  Use the following ideas to explain how your ALA membership will help your library and help make you a better librarian.Join ALA membership graphic


► Familiarize yourself with the benefits of membership on the page Learn, Connect, Advance. Professionally and Personally. and on Engage with ALA (and the additional links on that page). Take some time to Identify the top benefits that will mean the most to you, to your library, to your supervisor, and even to your Board.  (Your Library Director may need to make the case to the board.)  Be sure to use the information found at Why Join ALA? and Getting the Most from Your Membership.

►  Fellow ALA members are the best kind of consultants – a dedicated community facing similar challenges and working together to overcome them with fresh ideas and energy. Just think what a single, paid consultant would charge compared to the cost of ALA membership, and the wide array of available ideas, information, network, and contacts that you can use right away — including a wide variety of informative and useful publications.

►  Define the additional value you and your library will receive from belonging to an ALA Division and/or Round Table. Divisions, Round Tables, ALA Offices are unmatched in their ability to meet your professional needs and connect you with others in your areas of interest and specialization.

►  Know the cost of membership and the savings your ALA membership offers, such as registration discounts for ALA’s Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, Member Value Program( MVP)  discounts, publication discounts (members save 10% on all books and promotional items from ALA Editions and ALA Graphics), access to member pricing for ALA online learning, and more. 

►  Commit to identify and implement at least one new idea to will add value to your library and the community it serves. Be sure to review the available toolkits, tools, and professional resources to identify those that can be useful to you, your library, or your colleagues. Some tools will be useful now while others will be useful later.

►  Submit your request in writing, highlighting the benefits and value to you and your library. Include relevant ways membership can help your library save money or add value.