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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LIBRARY SCHOOL
ASSOCIATION NEWS LETTER Number 15 December, 1931 To the Association
DEAR FELLOW MEMBERS:
As soon as one American Library Association meeting has passed * we begin anticipating the next and so, already, we Louisiana librarians are looking forward to welcoming you to New Orleans next April. We hope to make you share our enthusiasm for the fascination and charm of this French city. W e are already making plans for the Illinois Library School reunion and dinner and hope that many of you will be with us. > Among the different items of business discussed at the New Haven meeting last spring the one which particularly aroused my attention was that out of an alumni body of 1200, there are only 306 members of this Association. One hundred and eighty-four of these are life members, and only 122 others have paid annual dues during 1930-311 This statement struck me with such force that it seemed to me as if this was the first time I had heard this appalling fact. As I have recently re-read the files of News Letters for the past eight years, however, I see that this matter has been emphasized in each issue and the minutes indicate that it has been discussed at every annual meeting. In spite of the fact that I never miss reading a word of the News Letter and have attended five annual meetings in the last six years, I am just becoming aroused to the significance of this fact. In hoping to increase our list of members this year, I am relying on the fact that perhaps you, too, may be as slow as I in realizing how many have not paid dues; that if you are one who has neglected this, you will send your check to Miss Houchens at once; that if you are paying annual dues, you may decide to increase this to a life membership; and that if you are one m °.f #us who are already life members you will make it your responsibility to solicit memberships among your friends. Let's all pay our dues in this year of 1931 A.D. (Do you knovy that A.I), now means "After Depression"?) As you all know, the annual membership fee is $1.00. Can't even one who is not a life member afford this amount ? And hasn't the training which you received at the Library School been worth a dollar a year to you? Of course it has! Then send your check. Income from these dues is used for current expenses, the expense of the News betters and loans to worthy students. e , u- * ^ ^ Constitution was amended to provide for life memberships at $25 each, to be paid in a lump sum or at th< rate $5.00