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How do I join ALA?

Why should you spend the money to join a professional organization?  You’re a student, we know.  Money is tight and every dollar has to count.  But joining ALA is not an expense, it’s an investment.  As a member of ALA, you can count on the following benefits:

  • Tangible benefits such as a subscription to American Libraries (11 issues per year)
  • Discounts on ALA publications and graphics
  • Member rates at conferences
  • Special travel and tour benefits
  • Voting privileges
  • Professional support through active national programs in legislation, intellectual freedom, standards, research, technology, and more
  • Information and networking for professional development
  • A voice in the future of your profession

Membership in the UK Student Chapter of the ALA is automatic when you join the national organization. Currently the student rate to join ALA is $33.00 and you can enroll online.  We really hope that you will partner with us and join the premier professional organization for librarians and information professionals.



The student chapter of ALA at the University of Kentucky primarily exists to support the students, faculty, and staff of the School of Library and Information Science at UK.  Find additional information about our local organization here, including a list of our current officers and contact information.

ALA New Student Reception Program Schedule

3:00 PM

Escort new students from the Orientation Session at the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library to W. T. Young Library [refreshments provided]

3:30 PM

ALA officer introductions and introduction of representatives from other SLIS student organizations

3:45 PM

Remarks by Emily Aldridge, President, UK ALA Student Chapter

4:00 PM

Remarks by Gail Kennedy, Director of Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky

4:15 PM

Dismissal to group tours of W. T. Young Library

What is ALA?

The ALA Constitution  states the purpose of ALA as, “The object of the American Library Association shall be to promote library service and librarianship.” The stated mission is, “To provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

Interested in learning more about ALA on a national level?  Here’s a handy page for finding quick answers to questions and examining different aspects of the organization.


Welcome to the virtual home of the student chapter of ALA at the University of Kentucky.  Here you will find announcements for future events, topics of professional interest, and other musings.  Please visit often and leave comments.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  We look forward to connecting with you personally and professionally.


Emily Rae Aldridge, President, UK ALA Student Chapter