ALA offers new benefits to help members gain new skills

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/13/2021


Melissa Walling


Member Relations & Services

American Library Association

CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) is offering its members new benefits that will aid in their professional development and help their libraries move forward.

They consist of two benefits each for organizational members and personal members.

For organizational members, ALA is offering ALA Essentials, a series of training courses they can share with their entire staff. It focuses on some of the key pillars of librarianship – creating a welcoming environment, customer service, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and intellectual freedom.

Professional development is an important aspect of ALA organizational membership, and ALA is pleased to offer access to this series of pre-recorded trainings, at a value of $160 per user, that will leverage the unique expertise within ALA and beyond.

The other organizational benefit is a 15% discount on the Cataloging with RDA Toolkit, a subscription-based online platform that allows catalogers to access RDA’s data elements, guidelines, and instructions for creating their metadata. It is currently in use in more than 60 countries across six continents.

This exclusive 15% discount on all first-year subscriptions is available to organizational members who request it by e-mailing with the code ALARDA2021 and their ALA organizational member number. This offer is valid from now through August 2021.

For personal members, ALA offers two exciting new benefits.

For student members and those seeking their next career opportunity, access is now available to the Salary Survey Database.

This valued resource gives students and job seekers the information they need to find your path in the profession and know the value your expertise brings to your community.

The ALA-APA Salary Survey summarizes library workers’ salaries across six position categories and includes data from both librarian and non-MLS workers in public and academic libraries. Members have access to current and historical salary information.

Users have the ability to research salary information by state or region, monitor their skills, and chart a path for their careers.

In addition, personal members will have continued access to two e-learning courses – Fighting Fake News with Information Literacy and Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure.

A four-week eCourse, Fighting Fake News with Information Literacy teaches how to develop and enhance students’ critical information and digital literacy skills. Instructors share techniques and strategies for teaching students how to analyze and critique news and media sources that can apply in a variety of settings.

The four-week eCourse Mindfulness for Librarians: Handling Stress and Thriving Under Pressure teaches tips and tricks to better handle stress and become more mindful in the workplace. Instructors they will introduce the concept of mindfulness, discuss its significance and how it relates to the library profession, and share techniques to put theory into practice.

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