ARCHIVED: Roger H. Parent's Informal Notes - 5/31/2000

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May 31, 2000

Membership Report – May 31, 2000
End of 4th Quarter AALL Membership Year

TO: AALL Executive Board
June 29, 2000

Schedule 1: Members by Members Type

At the end of May 31, 2000 the AALL membership totaled 4945 members. This includes dues paying members, honorary (3) and life (85) members. This figure compares to 4842 members on May 31, 1999, and 4823 members on May 31, 1998.

  • The number of student memberships – 216 in 2000 - has remained stable during the past three years.
  • The number of memberships paid by institutions has increased from 50% in 1998, to 63% in 2000. However this increase may be due to more accurate data entry. All memberships paid by institutional checks rather than personal checks are coded as institutional memberships.
  • In 2000 there were 56 members employed by publishers or vendors, and 49 "other" members. This is the first year that these records are tracked separately. They will be useful in the future in tracking the growth in membership attributed to the recent "opening" of the membership.
  • Law firm and corporate librarian memberships have increased from 1790 in 1998 to 1933 in 2000. However this number is 115 members less than the 2048 firm and corporate librarian members in 1993.

The AALL membership database includes 204 VIP or complimentary memberships. These individuals represent a diverse group of library school deans, donors, and publishers who receive AALL publications and announcements. They are NOT included in the above count of members.

Since June 1, 1999, the beginning of the AALL membership year, 432 new members, including 93 students, joined AALL. We have no comparable number for prior years.

Schedule 2: Members by Employer Types

The number of Employer Types has been greatly expanded to include seventeen Employer Types, from the previous eight Employer Types reported in prior years. This new list was created in consultation with Consultant Helen Little, by reviewing responses from members to her 1999 survey, and by carefully analyzing institutional records in our membership database. The new list of Employer Types reveals a greater diversity of Employer Type than anticipated or recognized in the past.

Although we have no comparable data for prior years, this information will be useful for trend analysis in the future.

Schedule 3: Institutions/Employers by Type

At the end of May 31, 2000 the AALL membership database included 2146 separate and distinct institutions/employers. This number compares to 2183 institutions/employers on May 31, 1999, and 2165 institutions/employers on May 31, 1998. We are not able to explain this modest variation and decline in the number of institutions in our membership.

Schedule 4: SIS Memberships

At the end of May 31, 2000 SIS memberships totaled 6535. This number compares to 6491 SIS memberships on May 31, 1999, and 6247 memberships on May 31, 1998. According to analysis conducted in May 2000, the majority of AALL members, 3652, 73.9% maintain a membership in one or more SIS's.