ALA Establishes ReMember Fund to Help Members During Times of Financial Insecurity

The American Library Association (ALA) announced a new fund intended to help library workers face financial challenges.

The ReMember Fund, established with initial funding from ALA, will allow current members to ensure that their fellow library workers can retain membership and connection with vital resources and a vibrant and committed network during times of financial need. Unemployed library workers can apply to receive a one-time-only sponsorship to cover ALA basic membership dues for one year.

Seed funding will sponsor at least 100 regular memberships beginning in May. The sponsorship of additional memberships will be contingent on donations from members. Recipients will be limited to members who hold current regular, international, library support staff or non-salaried membership types and members whose memberships have lapsed within the last three years. Applicants must be furloughed or unemployed at the time of application and must continue working within library services. Applications for assistance are strictly confidential, as are the recipients’ identities.

Members are encouraged to donate to the fund.