AASL Board approves dues increase

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For Immediate Release
August 8, 2006

AASL Board approves dues increase

CHICAGO - During its annual meeting in June, the Board of Directors of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to approve a dues increase to take effect on September 1, 2006.
Based on the recommendation from the Executive Committee, the Board voted to raise dues from $40 to $50 for regular members, from $15 to $20 for student members, and from $20 to $25 for retired members.
Dues for AASL Sections will remain $5.

The implementation of AASL's Strategic Plan, approved by the Board last summer, requires financial resources, which draw from membership dues revenue.
Since the adoption of the strategic plan, AASL has launched several large projects that will contribute to the growth and strength of the school library media profession.
One such initiative is the implementation of an annual longitudinal survey, which aims to provide information about the school library media field.
Another is rewriting the learning standards and AASL guidelines for school library media programs, to reflect the changing role of school libraries and school library media specialists.

"The Board made its decision based on extensive research data and detailed financial reports, and was guided by the goals and objectives of the strategic plan," said AASL President Cyndi Phillip. "In order to provide excellent service to the profession and remain viable in the future, financial investments need to be made. AASL has not had a dues increase in 12 years, making the funding of new initiatives and special projects very difficult."

The dues increase will also supply the revenue base for initiatives such as development of a comprehensive professional development program, with increased numbers and types of offerings to provide members with valuable learning opportunities.
AASL has also increased its involvement in advocacy activities, an example of which is membership in the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, ensuring school library media specialists a strong voice in education reform.

The AASL strategic plan is available at
http://www.ala.org/aasl/strategicplanning.

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program.
Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.