ARSL Membership

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New Membership Structure To Take Effect 1/1/2022

At their October 2021 meeting the ARSL Board voted to adopt a new membership dues schedule and benefits structure that was developed by the ARSL Membership Committee, reviewed by the ARSL Finance Committee, and recommended to the Board for adoption by both committees. The new structure will take effect beginning January 1, 2022.


 Join or Renew

Using our membership forms, you can join or renew your ARSL Membership. Please email [email protected] if you have any issues accessing the form. If you are currently an individual member who would like to apply for the organizational membership, please email [email protected], as there are some settings that must be manually changed before you apply.

Individual Membership Application
Organizational Membership Application
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Individual Memberships

Individual Memberships
Individual Member Type/Level Dues
Individual Employee Level 1 ($14,999 or less per year) $20
Individual Employee Level 2 Membership ($15,000-$29,999 per year) $30
Individual Employee Level 3 Membership ($30,000-$49,999 per year) $50
Individual Employee Level 4 Membership ($50,000-$74,999 per year) $75
Individual Employee Level 5 Membership ($75,000 or more per year) $100
Students $20
Retirees $20
Library Advocates $20
Unemployed and Seeking Library Employment $20

Individual Member Types

Individual Employees

Individual employees include any individual currently working in a library or in a library-adjacent field (including both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations) who will not be receiving a complimentary staff membership as part of a library, business, or nonprofit organizational membership. Individual employee dues are assessed on a sliding scale based on the individual's self-reported annual income.

Students

Any student enrolled in a formal credential-seeking educational program, including high school, GED courses, undergraduate and graduate school. Students may also be library workers. Student membership dues are assessed at a flat rate through the end of the membership year in which the individual completes their educational program.

Retirees

Any retired library worker. (While retirees may also be active volunteers, Friends, trustees, and/or foundation members, we encourage them to select this membership type if they would like to be included in professional networking and development opportunities for current library workers. The wealth of knowledge to be shared by long-time library professionals is always appreciated!) Retiree membership dues are assessed at a flat rate.

Library Advocates

Any individual who is not working in a library nor a library-related field (including both for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations) who would like to support ARSL, such as volunteers, trustees, Friends, or Foundation members. Library advocate dues are assessed at a flat rate.

Unemployed and Seeking Library Employment

Any individual currently seeking library employment, but not currently employed by a library. Unemployed member dues will be assessed at a flat rate until the individual member obtains library employment.

Individual Member Benefits

All individual members will receive the following benefits as part of their membership:

  • 1 vote per person in all member voting processes
  • Quarterly ARSL newsletter subscription
  • Free access to members-only ARSL round table discussions
  • Discounted pricing for all ARSL paid events, such as workshops and conferences
  • Use of ARSL Zoom rooms for library programming and work-related staff activities (Library Advocates will not receive this benefit)
  • Access to the ARSL member e-list(s)
  • Access to the ARSL Job Board
  • Access to and inclusion in the ARSL Membership Directory (opt-out option included)
  • Opportunities to serve on national and regional committees and task forces, and to run for elected positions on the ARSL Board of Directors
  • Exclusive deals & discounts on library-related products and services

All individual memberships (Individual Employee, Student, Retiree, Library Advocate, and Unemployed/Seeking Library Employment) are non-transferrable and will travel with the individual named on the membership if they leave their current employer.


Organizational Memberships

Library Membership

Library members would include any library, library system, library consortium, or State Library. If you are unsure whether your organization qualifies for a library membership, please reach out to the ARSL Office. Annual dues, number of complimentary individual memberships, and number of additional member-rate conference registrations (a new benefit, detailed below) will be determined by the library’s self-reported annual operating budget.

Library Memberships
 Annual Operating Budget Dues Comp. Memberships Member-Rate Conf. Registrations
Less than $50k $70  1  1

$50k-$74.9k

$85
$75k-$99.9k $100
$100k-$199.9k $125 3 2
$200k-$299.9k $150 3 2
$300k-$399.9k $175 4 2
$400k-$499.9k $200 4 3
$500k or more $225 5 3

 

New Benefit!: Additional Member-Rate Conference Registrations

Before 2022 Library Members could only register their listed complimentary staff members for the annual ARSL Conference at the reduced member rate. This new benefit will allow Library Members to register a specific number of additional staff at the reduced member rate without having to add them as listed complimentary staff members, or purchase ARSL memberships for those individuals.

The number of additional member-rate conference registrations available to an organization is based on their annual dues, as detailed in the table above.

Library Membership Benefits

Library Members will receive the following benefits as part of their membership:

  • Complimentary staff memberships, transferable among staff at any time, based on dues rate
    • Complimentary staff memberships include all Individual Membership benefits listed above
  • Use of ARSL Zoom rooms for library programming and work-related staff events (can be initiated by any staff from the member organization)
  • Free posting to the ARSL Job Board
  • Listing on the ARSL website as an ARSL Library Member
  • Additional member-rate registrations for library staff for the annual ARSL Conference, based on dues rate
  • Find CE opportunities for your staff, trustees, Friends, and advocates via ARSL’s conference, workshops, and other events.
  • Find professional development and leadership skill-building opportunities for your staff, including serving on or chairing national committees, planning conferences, presenting programs, holding Board or other leadership positions, and more.
  • Exclusive deals & discounts on library-related products and services

Nonprofit Organization Membership

Nonprofit organization members would be any registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, including Friends of the Library groups and Library Foundations. Annual dues will be assessed based on the organization's size, as determined by their number of employees (not volunteers or contractors).

Nonprofit Organization Memberships
 Organization Size (Number of Employees) Dues Comp. Memberships
Small (0-9 employees) $100 1

Medium (10-24 employees)

$150
Large (25+ employees) $200

 

Nonprofit Organization Membership Benefits

  • 1 complimentary staff membership, transferable among staff at any time
    • Complimentary staff memberships include all Individual Membership benefits listed above, excluding use of ARSL Zoom rooms
    • Option to pay for additional individual memberships at a fixed rate of $20 per individual
  • Reduced-cost posting to the ARSL Job Board
  • Listing on the ARSL Supporters page as a Nonprofit Organization Member, including the organization’s logo
  • Reduced-cost exhibitor registration at the annual conference

Business Membership

Business members would be any for-profit business, including independent library consultants who join with the intention of promoting their services to ARSL members. Annual dues will be assessed based on the organization's size, as determined by their number of employees (not volunteers or contractors).

Business Memberships
Business Size (Number of Employees) Dues Comp. Memberships
Small (1-49 employees) $150 1

Medium (50-249 employees)

$250
Large (250+ employees) $500

 

Business Organization Membership Benefits

  • 1 complimentary individual membership, transferable among staff at any time
    • Complimentary staff memberships include all Individual Membership benefits listed above, excluding use of ARSL Zoom rooms
    • Option to pay for additional individual memberships at a fixed rate of $20 per individual
  • Reduced-cost posting to the ARSL Job Board
  • Listing on the ARSL Supporters page as a Business Member, including the organization’s logo
  • Bragging rights for supporting rural and small libraries nationwide!
  • Reduced-cost exhibitor registration at the annual conference

 Support ARSL!

Donate to ARSL

ARSL is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. All donations made to ARSL constitute tax-deductible charitable donations. Donations will help ARSL further its mission to build strong communities through advocacy, professional development, and elevating the impact of rural and small libraries.