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ALA creates fund to allow librarians to remain members

Association is giving members with financial security a chance to help laid-off and furloughed members cover their annual dues

JeffersonJefferson

April 16, 2021
By Walt Williams

The American Library Association has established a new fund to ensure librarians who have fallen on hard times don’t lose their membership in the organization.

The ALA ReMember fund allows unemployed library workers to apply for one-time-only sponsorships that cover ALA basic membership dues for one year. The initial investment will allow ALA to cover 100 members, although the group hopes the fund will grow as more donations come in.

ALA is one of many associations trying to figure out how to retain members who have been hit economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. ASAE, for example, extended the memberships of its association members by three months. ALA did something similar, offering a five-month grace period for current members in financial straits.