ALA Operating Agreement

Part of the American Library Association's Financial Learning Series

This is a Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) and ALA Finance staff webcast (18 minutes). The purpose of this webcast is to provide you with a basic understanding of the working relationship between ALA (General Fund) and the divisions and the document that makes that possible.

Although we are one Association, in many instances we operate in very different arenas. However, in those different arenas we are all pursuing the same goal of providing leadership in the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

Because we are so different, there needed to be something that tied us all together in such a way so that we spoke with one voice and worked together as cohesively as possible. Additionally, we needed to find a way to equitably share the cost of operating the Association. To that end we have the “Operating Agreement.”

It is our hope that you will find this webcast informative.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Why the Operating Agreement is important.
  • How it is implemented.
  • How everyone benefits. 

Who Should Attend

American Library Association members in general and member leaders in particular.


Clara Bohrer, Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) Chair




How to Register

No registration required. Access the ALA Operating Agreement webcast and the rest of the Financial Learning Series from it's ALA YouTube Channel playlist.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and ability to view videos posted on YouTube.


A new ALA Connect community has been established entitled ALA Budget and Finance Group (membership is open to everyone). You are encouraged to join this group. This is the forum to provide feedback on the ALA Financial Learning Series webcasts, to ask questions about any information included in the webcasts, or to ask financial/budget questions in general at any time. Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) may use this forum to distribute information as necessary.