ALSC Dues Increase - Student rates - input sought
Here's the short version of a very long discussion:
ASLC has not raised membership dues going on 17 years. The amount and quality of ASLC services to members has increased significantly during this long stretch of time. The ALSC Budget Committee has been actively addressing this issue, and at ALA annual this past summer, made a proposal to the ALSC board for an increase in kinds of dues categories as well as dues cost. In response to concerns raised at a membership meeting, the Board asked the Budget Committee to revisit the proposed increase for student membership. The current membership cost to graduate students is $18. The Budget Committee suggested this be increased by $2.00, less than the cost of a latte.
ASLC President Carolyn Brodie wrote a blog entry back in September, On ALSC Membership and the Dues Proposal, with links to a rousing and positive online community forum in early August, during which participants discussed the many benefits of membership. A dues budget adjustment FAQ is also linked in the blog entry.
Are you a library/information graduate student? Would a $2 increase in ASLC dues dissuade you from joining this active ALA division? Are you someone who spends time with library/information graduate students and has an opinion about this issue?
Please comment here, or contact me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Budget Committee is reworking the dues increase proposal for the ALSC Board, which must be passed at Midwinter.
Thank you for your consideration.
- Alison A. Ernst, Chair, ALSC Budget Committee Chair