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Institutional Membership

All libraries, and all organizations, businesses, and corporations who support the library community, are encouraged to become Institutional Members of CLA. CLA's advocacy efforts are supported by Institutional Membership dues. By participating as an Institutional Member, you support and enable the work that CLA carries out on behalf of all California libraries and the communities we serve.

We are better and stronger when we work together! Please make CLA’s voice even stronger by becoming an Institutional Member today.

  • Standard Membership: basic institutional membership level
  • Enhanced Membership: enhanced benefits and greater participation in CLA; available at platinum, gold, and silver levels
  • Sustaining Membership: for those who want to receive the highest level of member benefits and involvement and make a sustaining contribution to CLA

Standard Institutional Membership

CLA provides California libraries with a strong, collective voice at the local, state, and national levels. A Standard Institutional Membership helps support CLA's library advocacy work. Standard Institutional Member benefits include:

  • Full time legislative advocacy and support on behalf of all California libraries
  • A 50% discount on job postings in CLA's popular online Career Center
  • Discounts on exhibiting at the annual conference.

Institutional Memberships are based on either the calendar year (January 1st to December 31st), or the fiscal year (July 1st to June 30th), according to the institution's preference. Membership is also available to libraries outside of California who wish to support our efforts. 

Annual institutional membership dues for libraries are assessed according to the institution's current annual operating expenditure:

  • $20,000,000 and over          $1,800
  • $10,000,000 - $19,999,999  $1,200
  • $5,000,000 - $9,999,999      $1,000
  • $2,000,000 - $4,999,999     $   750
  • $1,000,000 - $1,999,999     $   600
  • $500,000 - $999,999           $   500
  • $200,000 - $499,999           $   250
  • $199,000 - and under          $   150
  • Out of State libraries            $   150

Print Membership Form

For further information, please call our Membership Department at 1-626-359-6111 or email Membership Associate, Lauren Takeda, at finance@cla-net.org.

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Enhanced Institutional Membership

The Enhanced Institutional Membership levels provide institutions with opportunities for greater involvement in CLA and enhanced member benefits. The Enhanced Institutional Membership levels are available for purchase as an augmentation to the Standard Institutional Membership.

Level Fee Benefits
Platinum Enhanced Membership $1,000 Includes:
  • full time legislative advocacy and support on behalf of all California libraries
  • unlimited free job postings on CLA's popular online Career Center
  • discounts on exhibiting at our upcoming annual Conference
  • 3 free basic member conference registrations
  • 3 free basic member registrations to Spring Fling
  • library profile in newsletter
  • 1 free advertisement in newsletter
Gold Enhanced Membership $750 Includes:
  • full time legislative advocacy and support on behalf of all California libraries
  • unlimited free job postings on CLA's popular online Career Center
  • discounts on exhibiting at our upcoming annual Conference
  • 2 free basic member conference registrations
  • 2 free basic member registrations to Spring Fling
  • library profile in newsletter
  • 1 free advertisement in newsletter
Silver Enhanced Membership $500 Includes:
  • full time legislative advocacy and support on behalf of all California libraries
  • unlimited free job postings on CLA's popular online Career Center
  • discounts on exhibiting at our upcoming Conference
  • 1 free basic member conference registration
  • 1 free basic member registration to Spring Fling
  • library profile in newsletter
     

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Sustaining Institutional Membership

The CLA Sustaining Institutional Membership offers the highest level of member benefits and involvement for institutional members, and provides institutions with the opportunity to support CLA at a higher rate in order to help sustain the organization.

Sustaining Institutional Membership is available for a rate of $9,000 per year. Become a CLA Sustaining Member today! The benefits of a Sustaining Institutional Membership include:

  • Four (4) complimentary full registrations to the Annual Conference for employees, trustees, volunteers and/or advocates of the Sustaining Member institution
  • Four (4) complimentary individual voting memberships for employees, trustees, volunteers and/or advocates of the Sustaining Member institution
  • Complimentary table space in the exhibit hall at the Annual Conference
  • Invitation for four (4) to the President’s Reception at the Annual Conference
  • Unlimited free job postings on the CLA Career Center
  • Complimentary admission for four (4) to the Annual Legislative Luncheon
  • Complimentary advertising space in the CLA e-newsletter
  • Recognition at the Annual Awards Gala (does not include tickets to the Gala)
  • Recognition on the CLA website and conference materials.
  • All Standard Institutional Member benefits

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A message from CLA

CLA needs the support of all California libraries in order to make sure that our collective voice is heard in the State Capitol and localized governments.

With economic challenges facing our State and Federal governments - the California library community needs to stand together. Through the support of California library, CLA has a strong and collective voice that advocates for the needs of all California’s libraries. CLA lobbying efforts, on behalf of the California library community, continues to protect Public Library Fund (PLF), Transaction Based Reimbursement (TBR) and Literacy funding - funding that is continually being challenged during state and local budget discussions.

In 2010, CLA joined efforts with the Council of California County Law Librarians (CCCLL) to defeat a proposed budget reduction to all County Law Libraries. CLA also supported recently passed legislation, Proposition 22, which prevents property taxes from being borrowed from libraries that depend on these taxes for their survival. This legislation also helps protect the budgets of cities and counties that provide general fund support to libraries by ensuring that other sources of local revenues cannot be reallocated or transferred by the Legislature.

In January 2011, newly elected California Governor Jerry Brown informed Californians that major funding cuts would be seen in order to bring California's budget out of the red. Since then, CLA lobbyist have been working closely with leaders in the library community to protect state library funds from complete elimination. Through CLA's lobbying, the California Budget Conference Committee in March recommended reducing funding instead of total elimination.

“We are pleased with the Budget Conference Committee’s recent recommendation to reject the Governor’s proposed $30.4 million reduction, which would have resulted in the elimination of three major library programs, by restoring $15 million of this funding and preserving critical services to library patrons. The action by the Budget Conference Committee seeks to protect the California Library Services Act (the cooperative system of loaning and lending materials in California) as well as the popular California Library Literacy Services program, and the Public Library Foundation. These actions, which were approved on a bipartisan basis by the 10 member Conference Committee, indicate that both the Assembly and Senate support preserving the ability for Californians, regardless of their financial situation or location, to obtain access to information. We believe through CLA’s advocacy efforts, the State Librarian’s data and testimony, the countless librarians and library supporters who traveled to Sacramento to testify, and those who called or sent letters to legislators, our message was ultimately heard. As the legislature prepares to vote on these and other Budget cuts, CLA will be continuing its advocacy efforts in order to protect the $15 million funding baseline.

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