University of Denver creates ALA Student Chapter


Contact: Michael Dowling


For Immediate Release

June 10, 2005

University of Denver creates ALA Student Chapter

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Denver has created a new ALA Student Chapter. Denver becomes the 54th ALA Student Chapter. Sylvia Hall-Ellis, assistant professor in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Denver, will serve as faculty advisor for the new student chapter.

“We have worked very hard to earn the recognition of the American Library Association and the establishment of an ALA student chapter at the University of Denver, after a 20 year hiatus, is an important landmark in our re-entry into the realm of ALA-accredited library education,” said Deborah Grealy, director of the University of Denver School of Library and Information Program.

The first ALA Student Chapter was created in 1980 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

ALA student members at the master's level and beyond are eligible to form official ALA student chapter groups at schools offering ALA-accredited programs of library and information services, or a master's degree with a specialty in school library media from an NCATE-accredited program.

Student chapters pay no fee to ALA. Individual members of the student chapter group pay ALA student dues of $25. Each ALA student member is entitled to all the regular ALA personal membership benefits at a substantially reduced dues rate. The chapter may support its programs through fund-raising activities, dues paid to the student chapter group, or contributions from the school administration.

In addition, each student chapter is eligible to send one participant to the Student-to-Staff program held at ALA Annual Conference. In exchange for four hours of work per day, the students receive complimentary registration, housing and a per diem.