All currently enrolled students in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University are welcome to attend ALA @Wayne meetings and events, and there is no cost to be a member of the ALA @Wayne.
Part of our mission is to encourage participation in the ALA, and ALA @Wayne members who are not current members of the ALA should seriously consider joining.
The most economical option is the joint student membership in the ALA and your state’s chapter where available. The Michigan Library Association (MLA) was, until recently, part of that program but effective September 1, 2011 is no longer participating. According to an FAQ document regarding the changes to the MLA’s dues structure and rates, this is the rationale behind the decision not to participate:
I’m currently a student member through the joint ALA membership. How can I join MLA under the new model? The joint ALA membership will be eliminated effective September 1, 2011. After that date, you may join MLA directly as a student by applying online or faxing in your membership. MLA recognizes the value of student members joining and engaging in MLA early in their studies and careers. But at $17.50 a membership, MLA incurred a significant loss on each membership. Students will still be able to join MLA at a significantly reduced rate compared to either the affiliated or unaffiliated member dues rates.
The cost of an ALA student membership is $35.00 per year. For more information, visit the ALA’s Join ALA web page.
The cost of an MLA student membership is $50.00. For more information, visit the MLA’s Membership Service Center.
Click here to read the MLA Membership and Dues Frequently Asked Questions document in its entirety.
If you are interested in joint memberships in states other than Michigan, visit the ALA’s Joint Membership web page.