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Tumblarians I have a question. What does the American Library Association (ALA) mean to you? →

Are you a member?

Are you into it?

Do you get anything out of it?

Do you identify with it?

Reblog as you like for longer responses and or rants. (Rants encouraged.)

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  1. librarysong answered: I am a member since I could join for student rates. We’ll see next year whether I have a “real job” and can afford it.
  2. onceread reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I’m only a member of ALA because of PLA. (Sometimes I wish PLA were its own organization.) I love Public Libraries and I...
  3. moggie505 reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I am a member and have been for three or four years now, but since I’m a part-timer I pay the reduced rate. I’m grateful...
  4. brycedontplay reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I am a member of both ALA and my state association. So far, I feel more connected to my state association, having served...
  5. magicalbooknerd reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I’m going to join my first semester of graduate school. I’ve heard it’s a valuable resource!
  6. latefees reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    How timely - I just renewed my membership yesterday. I have a membership with ALA, YALSA, and AASL (+ISS). I’m...
  7. theto-readpile reblogged this from alpha-lima-lima-papa and added:
    Yes! The dead links and the site are seriously terrible. It’s not that attractive, the information isn’t well-organized,...
  8. happiesthipster answered: I believe that free access to imformation and helping to preserve intellectual property rights are great causes. I’m glad there’s an ALA!
  9. fancylibrarian reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I am into it and agree it’s pricey. HOWEVER: 1. Part of being a professional means being part of being a part of...
  10. healthscireflib reblogged this from nerdylikearockstar and added:
    I feel much the same. It’s quite cost-prohibitive now that I’ve graduated, and I will likely not get the chance to...
  11. morerobots reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I joined because the student discount combined w/ NYLA was too good to pass up. However, I’m not sure if I’ve gotten...
  12. ex-tabulis reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    Just joined this year for the student MLA/ALA discount (which happily extends to the Annual this year). I have to say...
  13. alpha-lima-lima-papa reblogged this from librarianpirate and added:
    Not a member and will probably never be a member. I’ve written rants about this before, but YALSA is a joke. The fact...
  14. nerdylikearockstar reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I was a member all through school because I got the dual MLA/ALA membership for like $35. When I worked with teens my...
  15. librarianpirate reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I wish I was a member. I want to sit at the roundtables and discuss things and really get into it, I just can’t make it...
  16. oldmancrush said: I only joined after 5 years in the profession when I realized that older librarians (who might be making hiring decisions) LOVE the empty gesture of org membership. I like the discount on continuing Ed, though.
  17. booksyarnink answered: I am a member again, after many years, plus PLA and GLBTRT. Still learning what resources I need and can find. Finally attending Annual!
  18. themugglelibrarian reblogged this from thelifeguardlibrarian and added:
    I’m a member of ALA and the AASL division. I’d like to join YALSA as well, but membership as a whole is too pricey for...
  19. lecieltumultueux answered: Not yet a member, joining once I’m officially a student, it means a network of people I can look up to, ask for help, and share ideas with.
  20. nell-in-dreams said: Foreign librarians look upon ALA as a firm and impressive institution. RDA ahead there will be more cooperation on international terms - hopefully ?!
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