ALA encourages organizational members to investigate and engage with the resources and initiatives available to libraries of all types.
Working to keep libraries strong.
ALA works on behalf of all libraries in the areas of library funding, intellectual freedom, professional standards, and 21st-century literacy, helping create a future in which communities look to libraries and to librarians as vital, trusted resources. This includes making libraries eligible for funding to provide high-speed, affordable broadband service, and eligibility for other federal programs. Standing together in membership lets libraries, librarians, and other staff members access solutions and resources to address problems otherwise faced alone.
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- Helping you serve your community
- Providing beneficial information & resources
- Offering Organizational Member Value Programs (MVP)
- NEW: ALA Web Badges to display on your website and use with your emails
- Organizational membership information and dues rates.
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Helping you serve your community
ALA provides useful resources and tools to help you address numerous needs and serve your community. In addition to a wide range of professional development materials and opportunities, ALA provides:
- ALA Advocacy University, offering online resources for library advocates including frontline fundraising, how to cultivate local notables.
- Tough-Economy Toolkit, coalition building, and relevant advocacy tutorial webinars.
- ALA E-book Media & Communications Toolkit, a set of materials that supports librarians in taking action in their communities and in informing the public about e-book lending practices.
- Taking the Fear Out of Library Budget Presentations. Access tools, examples and perspectives to make presenting a library budget easier, and to help make your budget presentations more compelling.
- “Empowering Voices” program, providing tools and training for libraries to assess their strengths, recruit community supporters, and tell the story of the transformative power of libraries.
- I Love Libraries and the @ your library campaign ® websites, helping increase public awareness about the value of libraries to our communities. These resources target library users, readers, and those who may be motivated to take action in their communities. ALA divisions, each with a type-of-library or type-of-library-function specialization.
- Advocacy Clearinghouse. Tools and resources to assist you in advocating for your library.
- ALA Divisions: publish journals, books, newsletters, and other materials; provide continuing education in a variety of venues and formats; offer awards and scholarships; sponsor institutes and conferences; and maintain networks of affiliates, chapters, and other collaborative relationships.
Providing beneficial information and resources
ALA offers a broad range of valuable insight and information on important issues, including:
- Library Worklife. Easy-to-access, easy-to-share information about human resources practice, staff development, career advancement, certification, pay equity, recruitment, research, work/life balance, and more via a free, opt-in subscription to the Library Worklife e-newsletter from ALA-Allied Professional Association.
- ALA Research Series, helping expand the knowledge base of library research through publishing quantitative and/or qualitative research and analysis that address topics important to libraries, librarians, and education in the profession.
- Topical Issues Briefs related to issues affecting communities’ access to technology in public libraries, providing key findings from the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in libraries (Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study).
- ALA Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training, and networking opportunities that help thousands of librarians nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult, and family audiences.
- American Libraries magazine. A subscription (six issues per year) to the journal of the Association, providing members with a wealth of knowledge and information about libraries, library work, and current Association events. Members may also receive AL Direct, with weekly headlines and breaking news from the library world.
- Booklist Online. The premier book review site for libraries, published by the American Library Association.
Offering Organizational Member Value Programs (MVP), Benefits & Discounts
Organization members benefit from numerous discounts and special benefits on a variety of products, programs and services. These include discounts on ALA conferences, American Libraries magazine and AL Direct advertising, programs such as Books-A-Million, Dollar Days, library insurance at special member rates for property, casualty, and historic collections and buildings, preferred access to NetGalley (digital galleys), and more. Get the details. As an Organizational Member, your institution is entitled to a discount of 15% off the full-priced registration to ALA Annual Conference for groups of 4 or more staffers, friends and trustees who are not already ALA personal members.
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