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					ALA: American Library Association
Naomi White Fall 2006

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ALA was founded in 1876 in Philadelphia. It is the oldest library association in the world and has 66,000 Members. Most members are from the US but about 3.5% are international members. The ALA’s mission is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and to ensure access to information for all.”

ALA|Council
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The ALA is governed by a council. The council is comprised of 100 people and each council member is elected by members of the association. Each chapter is allowed one council member. The council “is the governing body” & “it delegates to the divisions of the Association authority to plan and carry out programs and activities with policy established by Council.”

ALA|Executive Board
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“The Executive Board acts for Council in the administration of established policies and programs and is the body that manages within this context the affairs of the Association, delegating management of day-to-day operation to the Association’s executive director. The Executive Board makes recommendations with respect to policy and operation.” “The Executive Board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, treasurer, executive director, and eight members elected by Council from its membership for threeyear terms.”

ALA|Divisions
The ALA has incorporated divisions from early in its existence.  To be a member of any of the organizations you must first be a member of ALA.  The 11 divisions provide:
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publications such as journals, books newsletters and other materials. Continuing Education. Awards and Scholarships. Institutes and conferences.

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American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC) Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Public Library Association (PLA) Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Young Adult Library Association (YALSA)

ALA|Conferences & Meetings
The ALA holds an annual conference in June. The 2007 conference will be in Washington, DC. Conferences include over 2,000 meetings, discussion groups, and programs on topics such as libraries and technology, censorship and literacy.  The ALA also holds a Mid Winter Meeting which will be held in Seattle in 2007. The meeting includes over 2,500 meetings and programs and over 450 exhibits including new books and technologies.
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ALA|Discussion Groups and rounds tables
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Discussion groups are held at meetings and conventions. Discussion groups are set up by the ALA divisions. Groups meet to discuss “topics of common interest.”
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Discussion Group Topics: http://www.ala.org/ala/ourassociation/discussiongroups /listaladiscussion.htm

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A Round Table is set up when at least 100 ALA Members are interested in a subject that is not already a part of ALA.
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Round Table Topics: http://www.ala.org/ala/ourassociation/roundtables/Roun d_Tables.htm

ALA|Personal Membership
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Applications can be downloaded the ala website
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http://www.ala.org/ala/ourassociation/membership/pdf membership.htm
Regular Members: $55 first year, $83 second year, $110 third year+. Non-Salaried Members: $39.00 Library Support Staff Members: $39.00 Retired Members: $39.00 Student Members: $28.00 valid for five years. Trustee Members: $50.00 International Members: $66.00 Associate Members: $50.00

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ALA|Organization Membership
Your library can also become a member of ALA. The dues commiserate with your libraries budget. Dues range from $110$1415.  Non Profit organizations, schools with library education programs and foreign libraries can also become members. Dues for Non profit libraries and international libraries are $110.
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ALA|Corporate Membership and Library Champions
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The ALA also allows people or businesses which do not fall under personal or organizational membership to become members under this category.
$5000-Library Champion  $2500-Corporate Benefactor  $1000-Corporate Patron  $350-Corporate Contributor Corporate Members receive booth space at meetings and conferences.
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ALA|Contacts
The best way to find out more information about ALA is by going to their website at www.ala.org.  You can also write their headquarters: The American Library Association 50 East Huron Street Chicago, Illinois 60611  Or call 800-545-2433 or TDD: 888 814-7692.
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ALA|Publications
ALA Books can be found at the ALA Store: http://www.alastore.ala.org/.  Periodicals can be found at:
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http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=per iodicals&template=/ContentManagement/Cont entDisplay.cfm&ContentID=116341 American Libraries is the ALA’s magazine the price of subscription is included in the dues.

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Conferences & meetings. Professional Tools:
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ALA Provides a site full of professional tools for librarians. http://www.ala.org/ala/proftools/professional.htm

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Education & Careers
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ALA provides scholarships, awards, grants and fellowships for librarians, authors, illustrators, others who support libraries, etc. The ALA Provides information about careers and job placement as well as information about where to find schools which have library programs and continuing education. The ALA’s advocacy page provides information on Library Advocacy, how it effects you and how you can get involved, both on the state and federal level. http://www.ala.org/ala/issues.

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American Library Association. 2006. http://www.ala.org (First Accessed 20 October, 2006)


				
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