East Carolina University forms first NCATE ALA Student Chapter

Contact: Michael Dowling



For Immediate Release

March 17, 2005

East Carolina University forms first NCATE ALA Student Chapter

CHICAGO - The American Library Association (ALA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are pleased to announce that East Carolina University (ECU) has become the first National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)-accredited institution to create an ALA Student Chapter. ECU becomes the 53rd ALA Student Chapter. Dr. Jami Jones will serve as faculty advisor for the new student chapter.

"The students are very excited about this opportunity to work closely with ALA. Their response to the new Student Chapter has been very enthusiastic!" said Dr. Jones.

“I am so pleased that East Carolina University has taken the initiative to create the first ALA Student Chapter at an NCATE-accredited institution,” said Dawn Vaughn, AASL President.

“ALA Student Chapters provide opportunities for people who are preparing to become school library media specialists to experience the value of professional associations. Professional associations provide members with many opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other professionals. This is a great opportunity for students to participate as they prepare to begin their careers,” Vaughn added.

ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano agrees. She said that professional associations provide excellent venues to display one's talents, develop one's skills and stay abreast of industry advances.

“The American Library Association is proud to provide students everywhere with opportunities to shine," Brey-Casiano added.

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 4 hours of work per day, the students receive complimentary registration, housing and a per diem.