ARCHIVED: Roger H. Parent's Informal Notes - 1/4/2002

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January 4, 2002

Membership Report - November 30, 2001
End of 2st Quarter AALL Membership Year

TO: AALL Executive Board & Membership and Retention Committee
DATE: January 4 2002

Schedule 1: Members by Members Type

Membership statistics at the end of the 2nd quarter in 2001continue to show improvement over prior years.

At the end of November 30, 2001 the AALL membership totaled 4952, a continuing improvement over the 4877 members at this time last year. This includes dues paying members, honorary (3) and life (78) members.

At the end of December 31, 2001 the AALL membership totaled 5004 members. This compares to the 4687 members on December 30, 1999 (the first month when we began preparing these new reports).

The AALL membership database includes 224 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, 2001, the beginning of the AALL membership year, 418 new members have joined AALL. This compares to the lower number of 406 new members in November 2000 and 232 new members 1999 at this time. 43 students have joined AALL since June 1.

As of November 30, 2001, 146 new members have joined AALL by taking advantage of the 1st year free Make the Connection offer. It is important to remember also that 97 (55%) of the 176 1st year free new members in 2000 renewed their memberships.

As of November 30, 2001, 90 (17.4%) of the 516 members who had dropped their memberships as of September 30, 2001 have now been reinstated. This is a larger number of November renewals than the 59 (9.2%) of the 636 who had dropped in 2000.

Once again in November 2001 the Membership & Retention Committee kindly called 75 lapsed members. The results are comparable to the results last year. For example 18 former members were no longer at the employer of record in the database; and 11 former members had retired or changed careers. These are the two primary reasons for dropping memberships in AALL. Other reasons cited: 1 lapsed member thought dues are too high; 5 employers were no longer willing to pay dues; and 3 didn't have time to belong. No one cited the closing or downsizing of law libraries as the reason for dropping AALL membership.

Schedule 2: Members by Employer Types

There are seventeen Employer Types in the AALL membership database. The list of Employer Types reveals the diversity of Employer Types and allows staff to track memberships in all areas. In particular among vendors and publishers of which there were 48 (compared to 51 in 2000) members - less than 1% of the AALL membership - at the end of November.

Schedule 3: Institutions/Employers by Type

At the end of November 30, 2001 the AALL membership database included 2072 separate institutions/employers. This compares to 2062 in 2000 and 2053 1999.

Schedule 4: SIS Memberships

At the end of November 30, 2001 SIS memberships totaled 6468; this compares to 6419 in 2000 and 6311 in 1999.


SIS Council Chair
Chapter Council Chair
AALL Staff
Mary Alice Baish
Mary McNulty, Membership Marketing Consultant