ALA membership dues proposal would use CPI for regular modest rate increases - comments welcome
Kay Cassell, Chair, ALA Membership Committee, shared the attached ALA Dues Adjustment Proposal which has been approved by the ALA Membership Committee and the ALA Executive Board. Here's her brief summary of the proposal. She will be visiting a number of meetings in Seattle to present this proposal and answer questions.
The proposal recommends using the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ to make future adjustments to ALA personal member dues amounts. If the Consumer Price Index goes up, your dues would go up by that percentage. If there is no change or a decrease in the CPI, your dues would stay the same. Under this approach, your dues could go up between $1 and $4 annually, based on your membership type. If the proposal is approved by members, it would take effect on September 1, 2013. The ALA Membership Committee is charged to assess needs and make recommendations concerning membership dues and will be responsible for monitoring the use of the Consumer Price Index to adjust dues.
ALA Council members have started discussing the proposal. If GODORT members wish to weigh in, please share your thoughts and concerns with me. Thanks.