Latest draft of Dues Proposal for MidWinter Seattle 2013 Plus Q&A

Here is the latest version of the Dues Proposal.  I got good response from you and passed along those comments.  I believe that some of them have been addressed in this latest revision.  Please let me know if you have further comments.

 

Thanks.

Rob Banks

 

 

Councilors:

 

Below is the wording of the ALA Dues Adjustment Proposal as it will come to you at Council.  Attached is a series of questions and answers which will provide more information on the dues adjustment proposal.

 

2012-2013 ALA CD#14 Revised 1-11-13

2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting

TO: ALA Council

RE: Dues Adjustment Proposal

ACTION REQUESTED/INFORMATION/REPORT:

To review and approve the personal member dues adjustment proposal and direct the

Constitution and Bylaws Committee to review the proposed changes to Bylaws Article I,

Section 2

ACTION REQUESTED BY:

Kay Cassell, ALA Membership Committee chair, kcassell@rutgers.edu

CONTACT PERSONS:

Cathleen Bourdon, AED, Communications and Member Relations, cbourdon@ala.org

Ron Jankowski, Director, Membership Development, rjankowski@ala.org

DRAFT OF MOTION:

1. That ALA Council approves the proposed revision of Bylaws Article I, Section 2

a. Current wording:

Article I, Section 2. Categories and Dues. Categories within each classification of

membership in the Association may be established by the Council upon recommendation by

the Executive Board. Dues for personal members shall be set by the Executive Board with

approval by a vote of the Council and subject to a mail vote of the personal members. Dues

for Chapter Members, Organization Members, and Corporate Members shall be set by

Council upon recommendation of the Executive Board. (Note: See ALA Policy 12.)

Members falling into two or more categories of membership shall pay the highest

applicable dues and shall receive corresponding privileges. The membership year for any

member of the Association and its divisions and round tables shall be twelve consecutive

months effective the first day of the month following receipt of dues payment.

b. Proposed revision: (Text to be deleted has been struck through; new text is in brackets.)

Article I, Section 2. Categories and Dues. Categories within each classification of

membership in the Association may be established by the Council upon recommendation by

the Executive Board. Dues for personal members shall be set by the Executive Board with

approval by a vote of the Council and subject to a mail vote of the personal members.

[Dues for personal members will be reviewed annually by the Executive Board, which may

approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average

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Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, rounded to the nearest dollar.

Any increase beyond the above provision shall be proposed by the Executive Board with

approval by a vote of the Council and subject to a mail vote of the personal members.] Dues

for Chapter Members, Organization Members, and Corporate Members shall be set by

Council upon recommendation of the Executive Board. (Note: See ALA Policy 12.)

Members falling into two or more categories of membership shall pay the highest

applicable dues and shall receive corresponding privileges. The membership year for any

member of the Association and its divisions and round tables shall be twelve consecutive

months effective the first day of the month following receipt of dues payment.

2. That ALA Council directs the Constitution and Bylaws Committee to review the proposed

revision of Bylaws Article I, Section 2 and report back before the close of Council III of the 2013

Midwinter Meeting.

DATE: January 11, 2013

BACKGROUND:

At the 2012 Midwinter meeting, the ALA Membership Committee discussed various strategies for

making future adjustments to the personal member dues rates. The goal of any future adjustments

would be the development of sustainable revenue to support ALA programs and services. The

Midwinter discussion focused on the approaches that ACRL and PLA members have approved – basing

future dues adjustments on increases in an external index. In 2010, ACRL members voted to approve

future dues adjustments not to exceed the percentage of change in the most current Higher Education

Price Index (HEPI) http://www.commonfund.org/CommonfundInstitute/HEPI/Pages/default.aspx rounded to the

nearest dollar. In 2011, PLA members voted to approve future dues adjustments based on the annual

average increase in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ rounded to

the nearest dollar. Because PLA had not raised dues since 1993, members also approved $5 increases

for four consecutive years beginning in September 2011. PLA dues adjustments based on increases in

the CPI will begin in September 2015.

At the 2012 Annual Conference, two approaches for adjusting dues were discussed with the ALA

Membership Committee, the ALA Membership Promotion Task Force, the Budget Analysis and Review

Committee, and the Finance and Audit Subcommittee of the ALA Executive Board. The first approach

would have raised dues by $10 (proportionally less for certain classes of personal members) in the first

year and then tie dues adjustments to increases in the CPI in subsequent years. The second approach

would begin indexing dues adjustments to the CPI in the first and then subsequent years. Based on the

discussions at the 2012 Annual Conference, the proposal was revised and the approach with the initial

$10 increase was eliminated. The Q&A document was also revised to address concerns expressed

about the need for the dues increase, what ALA has done to reduce expenses, and ways to make dues

affordable for new graduates who are unemployed or underemployed.

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Dues Adjustment Proposal

Revise the wording about personal member dues in Bylaws Article I, Section 2 which currently reads:

“Dues for personal members shall be set by the Executive Board with approval by a vote of the Council

and subject to a mail vote of the personal members,” to the following wording: “Dues for personal

members will be reviewed annually by the Executive Board, which may approve a dues adjustment not

to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous

calendar year, rounded to the nearest dollar. Any increase beyond the above provision shall be

proposed by the Executive Board with approval by a vote of the Council and subject to a mail vote of

the personal members.”

Approval of the Dues Adjustment Proposal

The Membership Committee held a conference call on September 6, 2012 to discuss the proposal.

Clara Bohrer (BARC chair), Dora Ho (ALA Board Liaison), and Keith Michael Fiels (ALA Executive

Director) also joined the call. After discussion, it was moved, seconded, and voted:

That the ALA Membership Committee approves the dues adjustment proposal and forwards it

to BARC and the ALA Executive Board for their review and approval.

The Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC) reviewed the dues adjustment proposal on

September 27, 2012. After discussion, it was moved, seconded and voted:

That BARC approves the dues adjustment proposal and forwards it to the ALA Executive Board

for their review and approval.

The ALA Executive Board reviewed the dues adjustment proposal on October 27, 2012. Upon the

recommendation of the Finance and Audit Subcommittee, it was moved, seconded and voted:

That the Board approves the proposal to adjust personal member dues and directs the

Membership Committee to forward the recommendation to ALA Council for their consideration

during the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Membership Committee chair Kay Cassell posted the dues adjustment proposal to the ALA Council

discussion list on December 7, 2012. On December 18, 2012, the ALA Executive Board reviewed the

Council discussion during their conference call and requested that the Membership Committee

consider a modification of the bylaws language to include an annual review of personal member dues

by the ALA Executive Board. The modified language was approved by the ALA Membership Committee

on January 10, 2013.

 

Kay Cassell

Chair, ALA MembershipCommittee

 

Q&A: ALA Personal Member Dues Adjustment Proposal

1. What is the new dues proposal?

The proposal recommends using the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI)

http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ to make future adjustments to ALA personal member dues amounts.

On an annual basis, the ALA Executive Board may approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the

percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar

year, rounded to the nearest dollar. If the Consumer Price Index goes up, your dues could go up

by that percentage if the ALA Executive Board approves the change. If there is no change or a

decrease in the CPI, your dues would stay the same. Under this approach, your dues could go

up between $1 and $4 annually, based on your membership type. If the proposal is approved by

members, it would take effect on September 1, 2013. The ALA Membership Committee is

charged to assess needs and make recommendations concerning membership dues and will be

responsible for monitoring the use of the Consumer Price Index to adjust dues.

2. When was the last adjustment made to personal member dues and why is this proposal being

presented now?

Members approved the last adjustment in the spring of 2006. That adjustment supported the

goals in ALA Ahead to 2010 and resulted in the establishment of the Office for Library Advocacy,

support for programs to increase public awareness of the value of all types of libraries, and

support for library legislation. The additional dues revenue also provided ALA chapters with

advocacy software to assist them in making their case for libraries.

Since the last dues adjustment, ALA has aggressively implemented the goals of ALA’s strategic

plan, ALA 2015, developed with input from thousands of ALA members. ALA 2015 calls for a

more active and proactive association, and though great progress has been made, ALA has

reached its financial limit. A dues adjustment is necessary to continue the work that has begun.

Like our member libraries, ALA has reduced its expenses by making reductions and by

improving efficiencies. Since 2008, operating budgets have been flat or reduced and 29 staff

positions have been cut or frozen. ALA will continue to seek cost savings and generate as much

non-dues revenue as possible, but this is not enough. The small proposed dues adjustment is

needed to meet our goals.

3. If this proposal is approved and the CPI increases 2.2% next year, the new rate for third-year,

regular members would be $133 if approved by the ALA Executive Board. How does this rate

compare to dues for other associations?

Here are the current dues amounts for other national associations:

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  • · American Association of Law Libraries: $228
  • · American Society of Information Science and Technology: $140
  • · ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education: $225
  • · Medical Library Association: $195
  • · National Council of Teachers of English: $50
  • · Special Libraries Association: For individuals with salaries $18,000 and under: $40;

$18,001-$34,999: $114; $35,000-$74,999: $185; $75,000 and above: $200

4. If the dues are adjusted, what added value will my ALA membership offer?

Since the last dues adjustment, ALA members have benefited from improved communications

from ALA via AL Direct, the weekly American Libraries e-newsletter; have had hundreds of

online continuing education courses and webinars from which to choose, and have received

many more opportunities to network with colleagues via ALA Connect.

While sustaining all of its current programs, services and benefits, this dues adjustment would

allow ALA to augment valuable work on its many ALA 2015 strategic initiatives, including:

  • · Library Advocacy: Supporting the efforts of advocates seeking to improve and increase

funding for libraries of all types by developing resources and training for advocates at the

local, state and national level. This includes continuing concrete support to libraries through

resources such as ALA’s advocacy tutorial webinars and the “Tough Economy Toolkit” that

help our members confront budget issues and demonstrate the value of their libraries to

their community. ALA’s public awareness campaign, @ your library® continues to promote

the use and awareness of public, school, and academic libraries.

  • · Federal Legislation: Maintaining effective advocacy at the federal level for legislation that

preserves and promotes fundamental library values by lobbying Congress, partnering and

working with others “inside the Beltway” and beyond and engaging in grassroots advocacy

on behalf of the public and all types of libraries – public, school, academic, federal and

research. This includes making libraries eligible for funding to provide high-speed,

affordable broadband services, as well as eligibility for other federal programs.

  • · Intellectual Freedom: Continuing to educate librarians and the general public about the

nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries. This includes helping hundreds of

librarians who face censorship challenges each year, providing education around issues of

privacy and confidentiality, and celebrating the freedom to read.

  • · Digital Content: Continuing its leadership role in helping libraries transform in the digital

realm. This includes ongoing work with publishers to ensure that digital/e-books – and

related standards and practices – will be a viable and vital part of library services and

making the public aware by bringing media attention to the issue.

  • · Diversity: Supporting diversity as a fundamental value of the association, its members and

library workers. This includes developing resources and providing training on recruitment

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and retention, personal and professional leadership, organizational change, team and

capacity building, and service strategies for diverse user populations.

  • · Community Engagement: Helping libraries to become more authentically rooted in

community life, occupy a more purposeful and strategic space within the community, and

prepare leaders who can fulfill the promise of libraries in transforming communities.

  • · Online CE: Expanding the number of easily accessed online continuing education courses,

including workshops, e-courses, webinars, across a wide range of topics and for all types of

libraries – with many offered free or at reduced rates for members.

  • · Member engagement: Providing more opportunities for both face-to-face and virtual

engagement. Examples include ALA Connect and the Virtual Membership Meeting. This

also includes the Emerging Leaders program and the new Leadership Institute that will

debut in 2013.

  • · Member discount programs: Expanding member discount programs on auto and

homeowners insurance, shipping services, car rentals, office supplies, special access to lowinterest

credit cards, and other useful products and services.

5. Can we raise the funds we need through other sources?

Dues are the most reliable source of income for any association, but dues make up only about

20 percent of ALA’s operating income. For every dollar paid by members, ALA generated

another four dollars through conferences, publishing, workshops and grants. The ALA 2015

Strategic Plan calls for the association to develop and sustain the resources required to ensure

the vitality of the association, its programs and services. The dues adjustment is only one part

of the overall strategy needed to meet our goals and the challenges ahead.

6. ALA has never tied dues adjustments to an external index like the Consumer Price Index. Why

is that being proposed and how will it affect my dues?

Basing dues rates on an index allows for small, incremental increases as opposed to larger

increases that are necessary if the adjustments are made only every 5-10 years.

With an average CPI increase of 2.5% a year, this would translate into $1-$4 based on your

membership type. These small increases would minimize the “wear and tear” on members and

the association.

If the Consumer Price Index goes up, your dues could go up by that percentage if the ALA

Executive Board approves the change. If there is no change or a decrease in the CPI, your dues

will stay the same. This approach will provide ALA with steady incremental increases in dues

revenue necessary to help advance the goals in the ALA 2015 Strategic Plan.

Two ALA divisions – ACRL and PLA – have already adopted the use of an external index to adjust

division dues. In 2010, ACRL members voted to approve future dues adjustments not to exceed

the percentage of change in the most current Higher Education Price Index (HEPI)

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http://www.commonfund.org/CommonfundInstitute/HEPI/Pages/default.aspx rounded to the

nearest dollar. In 2011, PLA members voted to approve future dues adjustments based on the

annual average increase in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI)

http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ rounded to the nearest dollar. Because PLA had not raised dues since

1993, members also approved $5 increases for four consecutive years beginning in September

2011. PLA dues adjustments based on increases in the CPI will begin in September 2015.

7. I understand that the costs of most things go up over time. How is ALA helping me make my

membership affordable?

ALA offers numerous, helpful options for many types of members, including:

  • · Reduced rates for individuals who are unemployed or whose income is $25,000 or less. If

the new dues proposal is approved, this discounted rate will be available to individuals

whose income is $30,000 or less. In a difficult economy, this dues category helps those in

career transition or those just beginning their careers.

  • · Discounted rates for students for up to five years to accommodate graduation schedules.
  • · Discounted joint ALA-Chapter membership programs for students, support staff, and

trustees. These programs will continue in the new dues proposal.

  • · First and second year ALA membership discounts for new professionals. These discounts

will continue in the new dues proposal.

  • · Discounted rates for library support staff members, retired members, international

members, and trustees and friends. These discounts will continue in the new dues

proposal.

  • · Installment plans for personal members with dues for ALA, divisions and round tables

totaling more than $135. Dues can be paid in two equal installments over the course of

the year when renewing or joining online with a credit or debit card.

  • · Life Membership, offering personal members the opportunity to join now as a Life Member

and save money in the process. The dues range from $1,400 to $2,000 depending on the

member’s current age. See more information at

http://www.ala.org/membership/specialmemberships/life.

8. Who needs to approve this dues proposal?

ALA members must approve the dues proposal as a Bylaws revision. Before the question

appears on the ALA ballot, it must be approved by the following member groups: the ALA

Membership Committee, the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (BARC), the ALA Executive

Board, and ALA Council. The Membership Committee, BARC and the ALA Executive Board have

approved the proposal. If approved by Council during the 2013 Midwinter Meeting, ALA

members will vote on the dues proposal on the ALA ballot in spring 2013.

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9. What do the ALA Bylaws currently say about personal member dues and how will the

proposed revision read?

Currently Bylaws Article I, Section 2 reads: Dues for personal members shall be set by the

Executive Board with approval by a vote of the Council and subject to a mail vote of the

personal members.

The proposed revision will read: Dues for personal members will be reviewed annually by the

Executive Board which may approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in

the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, rounded to the

nearest dollar. Any increase beyond the above provision shall be proposed by the Executive

Board with approval by a vote of the Council and subject to a mail vote of the personal

members.

10.More questions?

Your questions/comments are welcome. Please send them to Ron Jankowski, Director of

Membership Development, rjankowski@ala.org

 

Personal Member Dues Rates Adjusted by CPI

FY13 FY14 FY15 FY16

Dues change Current Dues CPI = 2.2%* CPI = 2.5%** CPI = 2.5%**

Member Type

*2012

CPI=2.2% **10-year CPI average = 2.5%

Student 33 34 35 36

Non salaried 46 47 48 49

Retired 46 47 48 49

Support Staff 46 47 48 49

Trustee 59 60 62 64

Friends 59 60 62 64

Associate 59 60 62 64

International 78 80 82 84

1st year 65 66 68 70

2nd year 98 100 103 106

3rd year+ 130 133 136 140

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