July 20, 2010
Doesn't AALL charge membership dues or do you know where your SIS dues go?
To join a Special Interest Section (SIS) of AALL you pay a fee in addition to your rather hefty membership dues. That fee was $15. At the recent AALL Business meeting it was announced that the fee was now going up to $20. Thats a 33.33% increase. In this economy? Wih law librarians still losing their jobs? Really?
To add insult to injury, where do you think your SIS dues go? Directly to the SIS? Well, not all. The SIS only gets 50%. Yes, you read that right. Of the $15 dues we have been paying only $7.50 of that goes directly to the SIS. The rest goes to AALL. Don't they already charge us membership dues of $222 annually?
Well, you can call me naive but I never knew this. I thought my SIS fees were going directly to PLL so they could provide me with quality programming and provide grants and scholarships. No wonder the PLL Summit had to charge a registration fee of $195 per person. Look at the math. The PLL SIS has 1445 members. At $7.50 a head (half of $15) that means $10,837.50. That's not a lot of money compared to the dues AALL takes in. A pittance for sure.
Now I can just hear the response from AALL. I am sure they are going to tell you they use the money to support the Special Interest Sections. Why is AALL controlling half of the SIS fees? Why not give it to the SIS to let them do what they deem necessary in the best interests of their constituency. If AALL thinks they know whats best for the Special Interest Sections, why have them? Why? Because they fill a need that AALL does not and because the different constituencies often have very different needs and its members know best what they need.
So we get a pittance. Really? Shame on you AALL, give the Special Interest Sections the money paid in for fees to them in full and directly.
So what John is saying is that they can raise SIS dues without our approval. I just checked the by laws and that is absolutely correct. The amount of the SIS dues is determined by the Board without any member input. And AALL gets half of whatever the SIS dues are. This is something that needs to be changed. I sense another blog post about the need for a by laws amendment. To be continued.
Posted by: Caren Biberman | Jul 20, 2010 9:13:15 AM
Wow! I had no idea. Makes me think I may want to start making a donation directly to my SIS.
This really is something that should be stated on the membership forms!
Posted by: Marijah | Jul 20, 2010 9:05:42 AM
I'm not sure why people think this is such a huge secret. It's clearly stated in Section X, Part 6 of the AALL Bylaws:
"Funds for the operating expenses of a Special Interest Section shall be provided annually from the Association income in an amount equal to 50% of the annual fees collected for that Special Interest Section."
And not to defend the board, but I'm sure they're raising the SIS dues because it's easier for them procedurally to raise income by increasing the SIS dues because they need a member vote to raise the dues at a rate over the current GDP Deflator (about 5%).
Posted by: John Beatty | Jul 20, 2010 8:37:29 AM
I also thought the SIS sections got the entire amount. I agree they should! I wonder how many others like us didn't know about this........hum. AALL, give the SIS sections the entire SIS dues collected.
Posted by: Kathie Sweeney | Jul 20, 2010 7:06:03 AM