For immediate release | December 1, 2016

ALSC announces student gift membership program

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce a new program to offer a free, two-year membership for current and recent graduates of ALA-accredited Master of Library Science/Master of Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) programs.

Library school students and new graduates are encouraged to launch their career in children’s librarianship with ALSC and ALA membership. ALSC will offer up to 100 memberships which can be used for networking, taking advantage of professional development, and career support.

  • Applicants must be graduating from or have graduated from any ALA-accredited graduate school of library and information science (GSLIS)
  • Applicants must be students in their final year before graduation or must have graduated in the last 12 months.
  • Applicants must have a children's library focus and plan on pursuing a career in children's or youth librarianship
  • Memberships are two years in length

Applications open December 1, 2016. The application is non-competitive and memberships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Only children’s services-focused students in their last year before graduation and graduates up to one year after their graduation date from any ALA-accredited graduate school of library and information science (GSLIS) are eligible to apply. ALSC Student Gift Memberships are made possible by funding from Friends of ALSC.

The Friends of ALSC was created to ensure excellence in the Association's traditional programs and services and to support growth in new directions as our profession meets the exciting challenges of the 21st century. For more information on donating, visit the Friends of ALSC site.

ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. Interested in learning more about ALSC membership? Visit the Membership with ALSC site for a list of member benefits and videos of member testimonials.

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Dan Bostrom

Membership/Marketing Manager