NSLA / APLA Introduce Discounted Joint Association Membership


On behalf of the two executives, Lynn Somers, president of the Nova Scotia Library Association (NSLA), and Donna Bourne-Tyson, president of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), are pleased to announce a new discounted joint membership for prospective NSLA and APLA members.  


New or renewing members can join both associations and save money in the process!  Members will save $15 or approximately 20% when memberships are taken out in both associations.  A joint membership will cost $65.  “NSLA and APLA recognize that there are several library associations to which our members belong and this is one way that we can acknowledge and mitigate the financial impact of multi-association membership and also encourage new members to join.  We value the support of all our members and want more library workers to benefit from association membership” commented APLA president Donna Bourne-Tyson.


As APLA is a larger association, it is willing to assume a greater financial risk to facilitate this project.  After some discussion, the NSLA and APLA Boards agreed that this trial should be handled like the current membership trial agreement that NSLA has put in place with the Nova Scotia Association of Library Technicians (NSALT).   It was agreed that a joint membership rate would only apply to individual members, not to students or to institutions.  All NSLA and APLA renewal and expiry notices will be adjusted to note this change, effective February 1, 2008.  


APLA will be exploring options for similar joint membership discounts with the other library associations in Atlantic Canada.


NSLA president Lynn Somers notes “We are very excited about this new member benefit.  Hopefully it will attract new members in addition to providing our current members with a bit of a financial break”.


For more information, please see the NSLA website at http://www.nsla.ns.ca and the APLA website at http://www.apla.ca.


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