CHICAGO - ALA President Maureen Sullivan, Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels, and the Committee on Membership Meetings (COMM) invite all ALA personal members to register for and to participate in ALA’s annual online Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM13) on Wednesday, June 6th from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT.
The ALA Scholarship deadline is approaching fast so do not delay, apply now! Scholarship money is available for future librarians! ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school library media at the master's degree level. Scholarships typically range from $2,500 to $7,000 per student per year. The application and instructions are available on-line at http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/scholarships. The application deadline is March 1, 2013.
CHICAGO – On January 29th at its meeting in Seattle during the Midwinter Meeting, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved a dues adjustment proposal and directed that it be placed on the spring ALA ballot for membership approval.
If approved by the membership, a five-year dues adjustment mechanism would be established, directing the Executive Board to review personal member dues annually every September from 2013 to 2017 in consideration of a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI). Any increase proposed above the CPI would be subject to a mail vote of personal members, and any subsequent dues adjustment after 2017 would require approval by the ALA Executive Board, Council, and a mail vote of ALA personal members.
A question and answer document about the dues proposal is attached. Polls for the 2013 ALA election will open on March 19th and close on April 26th.
CHICAGO – On January 29th at its meeting in Seattle during the Midwinter Meeting, the Council of the American Library Association (ALA) approved a dues adjustment proposal and directed that it be placed on the spring ALA
Participate in Money Smart Week, April 20-27, 2013, a national initiative between the ALA and the Federal Reserve Bank (Chicago) to provide financial literacy programming to help members of your community better manage their personal finances. Order your bookmarks and posters by February 6.
As several large book publishers continue to deny libraries access to their e-books, and others make e-books available under difficult terms, libraries find themselves unable to provide the reading and educational materials demanded by their patrons. As a result, many librarians are asking, “What can I do to advocate for fair e-book lending practices?”
I know you’ll all be sharing the Library-World love, so please make a point to stop by to say hello to some of our friends on the floor while you’re there at NYCC. Let them know that we in the library community appreciate their support.