ALA Organizational Member Benefits

ALA organizational membership supports and provides access to invaluable for solving problems and providing services to the communities we serve. Learn about the benefits that come along with your organizational membership below.

Not an organizational member? Join today!

Advocacy Toolkits & Resources

Advocacy is integral to achieving libraries’ role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for everyone in our communities. Whether at the localstate, or federal level, telling a compelling story to the right decision maker can make a difference in funding and policies related to the valuable services libraries offer. However, being an effective library advocate goes beyond contacting legislators when a critical bill is on the floor for a vote.

Advocacy is a year-round commitment to building meaningful connections with decision makers at every level – relationships we can draw on when the time comes to advocate for a specific bill or issue.

From best practices for engaging elected leaders and local media to one-pagers on issues like copyright, ALA provides resources to help you develop a year-round advocacy strategy and information to enhance your knowledge of library-related policy issues.

ALA JobLIST (discounts on listings)

Organizational and Corporate members qualify for exclusive discounted member rates and can save as much as 30% on job ads posted to ALA JobLIST – the award-winning source for careers in Library & Information Science & Technology. No one reaches the engaged, qualified professionals and students you want to hire like ALA can!

Booklist Online Unlimited-User Accounts Discount

Give access to 25+ years of Booklist reviews and articles to your school, school district, public library system, or college/university. ALA corporate members receive 20% off pricing listed here. Enter code “ALA Member” in the order form or email info@booklistonline.com .

Conference Group Rate Pricing

Conference Group Rate Pricing Discounts for Organizational member staffers who are not individual members of ALA

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.

Library Worklife E-newsletter

Easy-to-access, easy-to-share information about issues such as career advancement, certification, human resources practice, pay equity, recruitment, research, and work/life balance via a free, opt-in subscription to the Library Worklife e-newsletter from ALA-Allied Professional Association. Delivered electronically the second Tuesday of each month. 

Library Salary Database (ALA-APA Survey)

The Library Salary Database features salary information from the 2019 ALA-APA Salary Survey. (Responses from a total of 727 libraries reporting for 12,032 positions were analyzed for the 2019 report). Users, who access the database with their institutional ALA ID and password, may search for salary information by position, library type, state and/or region.

For technical and content questions please contact the ALA-APA office or lswader@ala.org.

 

Membership Badges

Show your support of ALA!

Display these membership badges on your website or in emails.
To download: Right click (Windows) or option-click (MAC) on image and choose "Save As."  Note the location of the file.

ALA Organizational member badge (purple)

ALA Organizational member web badge (black)

ALA organizational member web badge (blue)

ALA organizational member web badge (red)

Publication and Products Discount

Members save 10% on all books and promotional items from ALA Editions and ALA Graphics, Discounts do not apply to already discounted items, to special offers or sets. Discounts are not combined.

ALA Essentials for Library Workers

Library employees at all levels can be more effective and engaged when they are familiar with the basic principles and core values of librarianship, as well as the role of their library within the community. Leveraging unique expertise across the American Library Association and beyond, ALA Essentials for Library Workers is a series of prerecorded training and informational sessions in these areas that can help both onboard new employees and provide important refreshers for current staff. Your staff can add these courses to their existing ALA eLearning account or create a new account today. Instructions for creating an account and accessing the course are below. Please share with your staff.

In four training sessions, your staff can enhance their knowledge and understanding of these crucial library concerns as they learn from experts about:

  • Creating a welcoming environment for patrons with disabilities, presented by the Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASGCLA)
  • The fundamentals of diversity and tools for creating inclusive environments, presented by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS)
  • The essential principles of intellectual freedom and the Library Bill of Rights, plus resources and support, presented by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF)
  • How to provide excellent customer service—from welcoming new users to the library to tips for handling difficult conversations, presented by Laurie Brown, a customer service expert for more than 20 years

Equip your staff with the essentials that may not yet be part of your HR orientation or ongoing professional development but that can help library employees more fully integrate the unique responsibilities that come with working in a library.

Questions about how to access your eLearning Member Benefits? Please complete this form.

Step 1: Sign In or Create an Account

Sign in to the eLearning Site with your ALA Account by clicking on “Log In” in the top right corner.
To enroll, you must first have an ALA Account. If you have an account, click Login and enter your username and password. If you do not have an account, please create one.

Step 2: Enrolling in the Essentials

Clink the link to the Essentials training below and enter the enrollment key.

After enrolling, you will have access to the courses upon logging in to ALA eLearning site and clicking on the course title. The training will not appear in your list of active courses until you’ve enrolled in the course by entering the enrollment key.

ALA Essentials for Library Workers
Enrollment Key: dv#V&wfR5

Step 3: Navigating the Essentials

After logging in, clicking on the course title, and (for the first visit) entering your Enrollment Key, you will see the course content. You’ll be able to click on any section to view its contents and navigate to the next and previous sections. Once you enroll, you’ll also be able to find the course on your Dashboard.

Need Help? If you need assistance or have any questions, please e-mail ecoursehelp@ala.org.