Membership Memoirs

Written by: Martha Harris

It’s time to reinstate your membership to TASL, and we want to take a moment to remind you of all the great things in store for you by being a part of our professional organization! Membership in TASL demonstrates to your administration and school community your dedication to your field of study; it shows your connectedness to library colleagues and community, and identifies you as someone who wants to stay aware of what’s on the forefront of your chosen profession.

There are great incentives and perks for members too. We receive discounts on conferences, free newsletters and blogs, and opportunities to share our expertise and foster newcomers. Administrators like this because they know we are more likely to stay plugged in and participate in related professional development when receiving these incentives and promotions.

As a TASL member, you’re also eligible for all of our awards and scholarships. You can learn more about those here. Members are part of our e-list subscribers who receive relevant library information via email, so you find out what’s coming down the pike in the world of library before non-members. You will also be made aware of lobbying efforts by ALA, AASL, and TASL so you can be included in educational initiatives, funding, and legislation.

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Currently membership is hovering just over 600. We would like to grow that number by 15% this year! Your mission is to share your experience with every librarian and library aid in your system. Consider recruiting someone by sending them a quick email, and let them know about the convenience of the summer Road Trip, the fun of the yearly conference, and all the perks that come with being a part of this great organization.  Membership fees are only $30 for one year or $50 for two. Library support staff pay only $15! The membership year runs from January 1 – December 31, so head over to our website and renew (or join) now!

Martha Harris is the librarian at North Middle School in Lenoir City (near Knoxville). She is the Membership Chair for TASL. She embraces her status as a crazy cat lady.

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